If you're a Missouri construction contractor, you need to be good at writing Missouri construction contracts.
Once installed on your Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP computer, Construction Contract Writer will make it easy to draft enforceable Missouri contracts that fit your jobs precisely and avoid the penalties imposed by Missouri and federal law.
- On residential projects, omission of the right to repair notice forfeits protection provided by Missouri Revised Statutes Sections 436.350 to 436.365.
- On commercial jobs and larger residential projects, Missouri voids any provision in the contract which does not comply with Revised Statutes Sections 436.300 to 436.336. Failure to comply with the Retainage Act can result in an interest penalty of 1-1/2% per month plus attorney fees. Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 34.057 imposes similar requirements for public works subcontracts.
- Failure to get a signed consent statement on a residential home improvement job extinguishes the lien rights of subcontractors under Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 434.100.
- Failure to deliver the lien law notice jeopardizes lien rights. Fraudulent omission of the lien notice makes a contractor liable for a fine of up to $500 and six months in jail under Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 429.012.
- Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 434.100 voids any indemnity clause in a construction contract which would require indemnification of someone for their own negligence.
- Omission of the Sales Act notice required by Revised Statutes of Missouri Section 407.710 gives a property owner the right to cancel the contract at any time, even years after work is completed.
- 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.