Your Legal Obligations as a Los Angeles Contractor
Los Angeles contractors have certain rules, laws and requirements which must be upheld if they wish to protect their interests and legal rights. If you are a contractor, you know that your income is largely based on your ability to fulfill your contractual obligations and provide the work according to your clients' specifications. In most cases, providing you meet the terms of a contract or agreement, you will have no difficulty in collecting payment for your services or products you provided. In situations where a client fails to uphold the terms of a contract in payment, it may be necessary to take legal action.
Unless you obtain a contractor's license and keep it current according to the California Contractors State License Law you will have no legal right to initiate any legal action in an effort to recover compensation for your contracted work. This applies whether or not you may actually be entitled to the compensation as per the contract or agreement you have in place. If the work you performed required you to have a contractor's license, then failing to have a valid license makes your right to seek legal recourse null and void.
An indemnity clause in a construction contract or agreement may be able to provide you, as the contractor, with a certain level of liability protection against claims of negligence or neglect. On the other hand, any contract or binding agreement that attempts to free you from being held liable for construction defects, injuries caused during or after the completion of a job, or any form of negligence, will be unenforceable in a court of law. The most effective way to protect your rights is by having an experienced construction attorney help prepare your contracts, agreements and legal documents. An attorney from our firm will also be able to review your legal status and advise you of what needs to be done for you to be in full compliance with contractor laws and requirements. Your career and future financial health may depend on it. Contact The Law Office of Steven R. Lovett and schedule to meet with a Los Angeles construction attorney for legal representation in all construction law matters.