We Represent Construction Professionals
A contract is the baseline of any construction project and establishes the relationship between project owner and contractor. Failure to adhere to the contract can result in a dispute that slows project progression and increases costs. All parties should closely read the contract, especially sections outlining the dispute process, and any questions about the contract should be discussed and adjustments made as necessary.
If a dispute arises, the contract’s dispute process may state that the first step is to try to resolve the issue in a private manner. If this is not possible, a third party can evaluate the problem and recommend a solution. Litigation should be the last resort, because it can delay the project.
Our attorneys can help structure contracts and provide insight as to how the contract might be interpreted in court. In addition, we can provide guidance in responding to issues of missed deadlines and low-quality work, as well as in handling disputes.
A mechanic’s lien can be placed on a property if the general contractor has not properly paid the supplier or subcontractor involved in the project. The supplier or subcontractor is then able to make a legal claim against the property. If you are a property owner facing a mechanic’s lien, or a subcontractor or supplier filing the lien, our attorneys will help you achieve favorable, fair results by representing your best interests.
Surface & Subsurface Ownership Rights
The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania offers large stores of natural gases that energy companies are striving to capitalize on. If you’re a property owner in this area, you can choose to retain rights over the minerals on your property, meaning you can exploit those minerals, or you can sell your mineral rights for profit. If you are planning to sell your land, mineral rights are usually transferred over with the sale of the title. However, you can also retain ownership of your land and sell your mineral rights by severing the mineral rights from your property title.
By retaining ownership of your property and severing your mineral rights, you can gain a significant tax benefit. Interested in more details? Our attorneys can help you navigate your mineral rights and help you make the best decision for your unique situation and goals.
Energy companies, including Shell and Darco Energy, are seeking to capitalize on the immense natural gas potential in the Marcellus Shale formation. They are purchasing mineral rights from property owners, as well as demanding natural resources such as sand and stone for hydraulic fracturing and construction purposes.
This is a complex project, and no matter the role you pay in the Marcellus Shale development, whether you own property in the area or are an energy company, you need experienced construction attorneys who can protect your rights and best interests. We are heavily involved in the Marcellus Shale project and look forward to ensuring you are receiving fair compensation.