If you're a New Jersey construction contractor, you need to be good at writing New Jersey construction contracts.
Once installed on your Windows computer, Construction Contract Writer will make it easy to draft enforceable New Jersey contracts that fit your jobs precisely and avoid the penalties imposed by New Jersey and federal law.
- New Jersey Administrative Code Section 13:45A-16.1 to 16.2 (Home Improvement Practices) and New Jersey Administrative Code Section 13:45A-17.1 to 17.14 (Home Improvement Contractor Registration) require that all home improvement contracts for more than $500 and all changes to the terms of those contracts be in writing and include extensive disclosures. Failure to comply with the code is a violation of New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act. Penalties for violation can include a refund of all money collected (New Jersey Statutes Section 56:8-2.11) or treble damages plus legal fees (New Jersey Statutes Section 56:8-19).
- Failure to disclaim warranties under New Jersey Statutes Section 12A:2-316 results in an implied warranty of both merchantability and fitness for purpose.
- Omission of the notice required by New Jersey Statutes Annotated Section 17:16C-63 (home repair financing) can result in a $500 fine (Section 17:16C-64.3) and may bar recovery of finance charges (Section 17:16C-64.4).
- Omission of the notice required by New Jersey Statutes Annotated Section 17:16C-100 (home repair) risks a fine up to $500 (Section 17:16C-102), makes the contractor liable for the owner's attorney fees (Section 17:16C-101) and other penalties (Section 17:16C-103).
- Failure to make federal truth in lending disclosures requires restitution of the overcharge.
- Failure to include the disclosures required by 12 Code of Federal Regulations Section 226.15 extends the right of rescission to three years (rather than three days).
- Omitting 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.