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2016 BATC Builders & Remodelers Show features growing MNCLS legal team

Minnesota Construction Law Service’s growing legal team was out in full force at the golf-themed 2016 BATC Builders & Remodelers Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 7.  Attorney Bill Gschwind was joined by associate Hugh Mulligan and Courtney Ernston, of counsel, immigration at the annual Minneapolis Convention Center event. A steady stream of […]

Minnesota Construction Law Services adds Immigration Counsel as Supreme Court DAPA Ruling Approaches

Minnesota Construction Law Services is dedicated to serving owner-operated construction firms. Because many construction companies are owned by or employ immigrants, we have retained immigration attorney Courtney Ernston to further serve our clients’ needs. It is especially important to have competent immigration counsel this year because the Supreme Court is scheduled to vote in June on […]

MN Contractors Now Must Use Attorneys for Mechanic’s Liens

Based on a reason court decision, only licensed attorneys are allowed to prepare and record mechanic’s liens for Minnesota contractors. This means liens prepared and filed by non-attorney collection agencies may not be valid and future liens certainly will be affected. Watch this brief video to learn more. Then contact Minnesota Construction Law Services to […]

MN Contractors Should Act Fast to Collect Bad Debt

As Minnesota sits in the middle of winter, many general contractors use this time to reflect back on completed jobs from the previous year and start planning for 2016. Part of that reflection includes jobs that were completed but the balance remains unpaid. The Commercial Collection Agency Association says that the probability of collecting on […]

RRP Lead-Safe Refresher Goes Online

Minnesota contractors who work on homes and child-occupied structures built before 1978 now will be able to update their EPA Certified Lead-Safe credentials online rather than participate in classroom refresher courses. But the new EPA rule published Jan. 21 won’t help firms facing March 31 renewals. Certification companies still are developing the digital programs or […]

MN Contractors: Avoid Mechanic’s Lien Pitfalls and Get Paid

Many general contractors and their subcontractors believe mechanic’s liens are legal instruments that ensure they will be paid for their work, if not immediately at least when the uncooperative property owner refinances or sells. Maybe, if you understand how they work, follow the rules, and recognize when they are the right collections tool. A mechanic’s […]

Hugh Mulligan, Minnesota Construction Law’s New Attorney

Hugh Mulligan served as a law clerk at Minnesota Construction Law Services while in his third year at William Mitchell College of Law. After receiving his JD degree last year, he passed the Minnesota Bar exam on his first attempt and was sworn in on October 30. We talked with the young Minneapolis resident about […]

‘Free’ Model Contracts Can Be Costly to Minnesota Contractors

Using another contractor’s contract or a model document provided by a trade group or online source can be as risky as taking someone else’s medication rather than consulting your own doctor. And making your construction business contractually liable for more than is legally required is even worse than exceeding the prescription’s recommended dosage. In construction […]

Close the Costly Subcontractor Loophole In Your CGL Insurance Policy

If your Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance agent hasn’t asked to see a copy of your written subcontractor agreement, you probably have inadequate insurance protection for your construction or remodeling business. The typical CGL insurance policy for contractors contains a “my work” exclusion. That means it covers incidental or consequential damage arising from the contractor’s bad construction, […]