You have to be careful when doing residential projects. First, residential jobs generally come with a higher risk of litigation because a great deal of protection is given to homeowners and consumers under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Secondly, in Texas, the Property Code requires that you jump through extra hoops to perfect a lien…

It is not uncommon for a general contractor or subcontractor to stop working on a project when they are not paid for work previously performed and invoiced. However, professionals in this situation should be careful to make sure their contract does not have any provision that forbids them from stopping their work.  They should also…

Often times in residential projects both general contractors and subcontractors find themselves in situations where they believe it is best for them to file a lien. Unfortunately, many of these liens are invalid due to the fact that the builder is unaware that the property is the owner’s homestead. The fact that the property is…

“Yea… some guy up and filed a lien out of nowhere. We’re probably just going to pay them and be done with it so that we can move on.” Unfortunately, I hear this on a weekly basis. In construction, liens are a regular part of doing business. Sometimes, subcontractors file invalid liens on projects and…

It’s 2:00 pm on a sunny Friday in Houston, Texas. The temperature is 102 degrees with humidity thick enough to make you question why you elected to spend your summer in the city. You stop at a light downtown and see 20 or more guys in long sleeve shirts working diligently on a construction project….

It’s the kind of project a Texas contractor would love to be involved in. There’s a huge plant going up. The project is approved by all required government entities. The state governor endorses it and it appears to be backed by more money than the Dallas Cowboys! What’s not to love right? Well, unfortunately, all…

Drive down any Texas interstate long enough and you’ll run into Buc-ees. It is a Texas staple and many Texans’ favorite chain of convenience store. What most Texans don’t know is that there is a war brewing due to the arrival of Bucky’s, a Nebraska based chain of convenience stores. Further complicating matters is the…

Stephens Bell successfully resolved a lien dispute between client Tradewind Homes, LLC and one of its subcontractors. Tradewinds asserted that it had paid in full for the work performed while the subcontractor asserted that it was owed a great deal more money. A lien filed by the subcontractor jeopardized Tradewinds ability to close on a…

If you’ve been building long enough, you know that every project comes with its challenges. Whether it’s unforeseen additional work requiring a change order or project delays due to material shortages, there is typically a fire to put out. Unfortunately, when it comes to residential construction defects, many challenges progress into full blown disputes that…

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