Conrad H Johansen

How to File a Bond Claim

Bond claims are essential to recovering money owed you on a construction contract. And yet, it’s an area where much confusion remains. More than once I’ve spoken to clients who thought they’d filed a bond claim, only to discover they were mistaken. A little unsure of the process yourself? Read on. Payment bonds are often …

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A Caution to Construction Material Suppliers: Don’t Get Caught in a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Sham

Scenario: You just finished quoting a government project and the contractor you submitted the bid to tells you that you will be awarded the contract to provide construction supplies for the project. However, there is a catch.  When you receive the contract for signature you notice that the party that you are contracting with is …

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Tips for Getting Paid and Avoiding a Lawsuit on Your Next Construction Project

Being a part of building something that will last can be a great source of lasting satisfaction. That said, there is one thing that will sour that satisfaction regardless of how successful the project is—NOT GETTING PAID! As anyone in the construction business knows, too many projects end up with conflicts over payment, resulting at …

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What Is a Preliminary Notice and How Do I File One?

Over the years, I’ve fielded countless calls from frantic individuals, subcontractors, contractors and suppliers desperate to file a construction lien against a project immediately because that was the only way they were going to be paid. They’re right. That is the only way they were likely ever to get paid. But unfortunately, it’s not quite that easy. …

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