If you're a Louisiana construction contractor, you need to be good at writing Louisiana construction contracts.
Once installed on your Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP computer, Construction Contract Writer will make it easy to draft enforceable Louisiana contracts that fit your jobs precisely and avoid the penalties imposed by Louisiana and federal law.
- A contract which does not comply with the Home Improvement Act subjects a contractor to discipline and administrative penalties that include suspension or revocation of a license and a fine of $100 or 25% of the contract price, whichever is greater. (Louisiana Revised Statutes Section 37:2175.4).
- Payment terms which don't comply with Louisiana Revised Statutes Section 9:2784 will incur a penalty of 1/2 of 1% per day (up to 15%) plus the applicable interest rate and attorney fees.
- Louisiana Revised Statutes Section 9:3145 requires that the owner be given a description of Louisiana's New Home Warranty Act but (as yet) prescribes no penalty for failure to comply.
- Omission of the waiver allowed by Louisiana Revised Statutes Section 9:3144-B(18) makes a contractor liable for damage caused by soil conditions or soil movement.
- Louisiana Revised Statutes Section 9:2779 voids any attempt to apply the law of another state or resolve disputes in another state if the project is located in Louisiana.
- Any contract clause which limits liability for intentional or gross fault is void under Louisiana Civil Code Article 2004.
- 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 -- update subscriptions are available. 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.