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Ask an Attorney: How to Avoid the Hassles of Litigation

I am looking to hire a subcontractor for a home renovation. How can I be sure I am hiring the right subcontractor so that I am avoiding the problems and possible litigation down the road?

Our Annapolis attorneys are virtually inundated on a regular basis with both homeowners and contractors who find themselves in disputes over renovation work performed on both homes and commercial properties.  Their disputes almost always arise as a result of the parties’ failures to fully flesh out in writing what is to be performed and how much is to be paid for that performance.

Both homeowners and contractors oftentimes “assume” that the other side knows what they want or forget to amend the contract when changes are made.  Do not fall into that trap.  Get a clear and precise contract, and if there are deviations or changes to that contract, always get modifications reduced to writing.  Your life will be a lot easier.