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When are you entitled to recover bid preparation costs?

What is the design professional's liability to a contractor?

When does a subcontractor have a legal right to terminate?

Who may claim under a payment bond?

Get the answers to these and all of your construction law questions—when you need them—in Smith, Currie & Hancock's Common Sense Construction Law. Growing out of the extremely popular national construction law seminars given by Smith, Currie & Hancock's construction law experts, this user-friendly reference equips construction professionals and the attorneys who counsel them with all of the crucial facts on:

  • Bidding in the private and public sectors
  • Contracts and contract changes
  • The Uniform Commercial Code
  • Responsibility of project architects and engineers
  • Subcontracting, subcontract administration, and dispute avoidance
  • Scheduling and delays
  • Inspections and warranties
  • Insurance, bonds, and termination
  • Claims and disputes
  • Environmental liability
  • Bankruptcy
  • And much more

Filled with dozens of useful checklists, charts, and valuable sample forms, Smith, Currie & Hancock's Common Sense Construction Law gives you the practical help you need to make sure you've got your legal bases covered.

In the construction industry—as in any type of business—knowledge is power. This is especially true when it comes to knowledge of the complex body of local, state, and federal laws and regulations that apply to virtually every aspect of the construction industry. Now Smith, Currie & Hancock's Common Sense Construction Law arms you with the legal knowledge and practical insight you need to survive and thrive in today's business climate.

Written by the attorneys at Smith, Currie & Hancock, one of North America's leading law firms focusing on construction contracts, law, and disputes, this straightforward guide is pitched to address the practical concerns of construction professionals. Complete, self-contained, and easy to use, it provides contractors, subcontractors, owners, and designers, as well as the attorneys who advise them, with instant access to all of the crucial legal principles pertinent to every phase of a construction project—from bidding to completion.

In plain English, the book defines all of the important legal terms and concepts, informs you of your rights and responsibilities under the law, tells you what you need to know to avoid common legal pitfalls, and offers valuable tips on how to take advantage of both well-known and not-so-well-known aspects of construction law. The book also provides you with a wide variety of useful checklists, charts, and sample forms that help you to avoid unwelcome legal surprises that can cripple a project or kill a business.

Comprehensive and up to date, Smith, Currie & Hancock's Common Sense Construction Law is a peerless source of solid information and practical guidance for today's construction industry professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471010319
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.53(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.39(d)

About the Author

The Smith, Currie & Hancock lawyers who coauthored this book represent a broad range of experience in both public and private construction law, federal government contracts, and labor law. They represent contractors, owners, subcontractors, architects, engineers, suppliers, sureties, and others in claims, arbitration, and litigation throughout the United States and the world. Smith, Currie & Hancock's Construction Department is believed to have the largest number of attorneys in one private law firm practicing exclusively in the area of construction law.

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

Bidding on the Contract.

Interpreting the Contract.

The Uniform Commercial Code and the Construction Industry.

Subcontract Administration and Dispute Avoidance.

Contract Changes.

Differing Site Conditions.


Performance Bonds and Terminations.

Proving Costs and Damages.

Resolution of Construction Disputes.

Construction Industry Environmental Concerns.

Federal Government Construction Contract Disputes.


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