Category Archives: Civil

5 Tips to Avoid a Contractor Dispute

Contractor disputes are unfortunately not uncommon. While there is no clear-cut way to completely avoid a contractor dispute, there are ways to reduce the chance of a contractor dispute occurring. It's important to set expectations up-front, have good communication, and resolve disagreements peacefully and professionally. Set Up Front Expectations It's important to be realistic about…
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Why Invest in a Partnership Agreement

Partnership disputes are inevitable but oftentimes can easily be solved. However, when a big dispute arises, you may need to involve the help of a Ventura contract dispute lawyer. Oftentimes, many partnership disputes can be avoided with a partnership agreement. It’s important to keep in mind that if you don't have a partnership agreement in…
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Basic Steps in a Civil Litigation Case

A civil lawsuit often arises out of disputes between people, businesses, or other entities, including government entities. Civil lawsuits generally proceed through a few basic steps: pleadings, discovery, trial, and possibly an appeal. However, parties can halt this process by voluntarily settling at any time, which is what happens in most cases. Catanese & Wells,…
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Understanding California’s Contractors’ License Laws

In California, the contractor (builder) cannot collect for work performed if he did so without a license, even if he completed the work and the homeowner received a benefit from the home improvement. This law is set forth in order to protect the public. If a contractor works without a license, there are substantial criminal…
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