If you're a Hawaii construction contractor, you need to be good at writing Hawaii construction contracts.
Once installed on your Windows computer, Construction Contract Writer will make it easy to draft enforceable Hawaii contracts that fit your jobs precisely and avoid the penalties imposed by Hawaii and federal law.
- A residential contract that does not comply with Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 444-25.5 has four consequences. First, the contract is void. Second, the contractor has no mechanics' lien rights. Third, the contractor has committed a deceptive act under Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 480-12 and is liable for a $5,000 fine (Section 444-23). Fourth, the contractor's license can be revoked (Section 444-17-2).
- Failure to provide the disclosures required by Hawaii's Code of Rules, Title 16, Chapter 77, Subchapter 12, Section 79 and 80 can result in suspension or revocation of the contractor's license. Hawaii Revised Code Section 444-17.
- Hawaii's Contractor Repair Act, Section 672E-11, requires that residential contracts include a notice of the contractor's right to repair construction defects.
- Failure to provide the roofing bond required by Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 444-25.7 voids the contract, deprives the contractor of lien rights (Section 480-12) and can result in a fine of up to $5,000.
- Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 431:10-222 voids any provision in a construction contract which would indemnify someone for their own sole negligence.
- Omission of any notice required by either Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 481C-2(1) or (2) voids the contract and risks a fine of between $500 and $2,500.
- Omission of the disclosures required by either Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 476-3 or Section 476-7 (credit sale) makes the contractor liable for a 10% penalty plus attorney fees. Section 476-21.
- Omission of federal truth in lending disclosures required by 15 United States Code Section 1638 makes the creditor liable for both the overcharge and the debtor's attorney fees.
- Omission of disclosures required by 12 Code of Federal Regulations Section 226.15 extends the right of rescission to three years (rather than three days).
- Omission of insulation disclosures required by 16 Code of Federal Regulation Section 460 can result in an $11,000 fine.
When a job goes bad, you better have an iron-clad contract. Consider what happens if you get into a dispute before collecting final payment. An attorney for the other side won't be impressed with your two-page "legal in all 50 states" contract. Most likely, you'll discover that the signed agreement is either partially or totally unenforceable under state law. Game over! You lose. You're not going to collect another dime on that job. Fortunately, there's a better way.
Just answer a series of questions -- like an interview -- to construct a legal contract for each project you take on. Construction Contact Writer explains in plain English what you need to know before answering an interview question. If you know the job and you know what the job requires, Construction Contract Writer will do the rest.
Whether you are writing commercial or residential construction contracts, you'll be able to anticipate where disputes could arise and settle them in the contract before they happen. Then include the warranty protection you intend, the payment schedule, and create subcontracts from the prime contract.
Resolve key issues in your favor with bias control.
Many contract clauses in Construction Contract Writer suggest a bias that favors either the owner, the contractor or the subcontractor. That allows you to shift burden or risk to a particular party. Want to draft a contract that protects the property owner? No problem. Need an aggressive contract that pushes the limits in your favor? That's easy. Of course, if you just want a balanced and fair contract, Construction Contract Writer will do that too.
Need legal help drafting a contract?
Construction Contract Writer even includes a feedback button to an attorney on the Craftsman Book Co. staff to help if you get stumped. This service is free, and you can expect a response within 24 hours.
When you're done, save the contract for future use or modification at a later date. Print contracts directly or export to MS Word or Adobe PDF for electronic delivery or archiving on disk.
Construction contract law changes. But don't worry -- the first three years of updates are included with the purchase price! Your contracts have to change to stay in compliance. That's why Construction Contract Writer includes an 'Update' button. You'll be invited to click 'Update' when a change affects the contracts you're drafting. A connection to the Web is required.
Even experienced construction contract attorneys will find plenty of useful reference material in Construction Contract Writer.
Construction Contract Writer cites local court decisions and code sections relevant to key interview questions.