The Barthet Firm

Solutions Found is not just a tagline for us; it is at the core of how we practice law. We understand that clients are interested in finding an answer to their problems and with more than 200 years of legal experience under our combined legal belt, we can cut through the legalese, identify the real issues, and pin down practical solutions. We know that value and responsiveness are important, and we appreciate the fact that in the real world business consequences matter more than legal theories.

Liens are useful tools in assisting contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers to get paid what they’re owed. A lien represents an amount of money which remains due for work performed to improve real property. And when prepared properly, and filed timely and correctly, they are very effective. But what happens when a lien isn’t accurate, […] The post Is Your Lien Fraudulent? appeared first on Miami Construction Lawyers.…
The use of independent contractors has seen a steady rise in America over the decades. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the construction industry that revolves around independent contractor relationships between owner, general contractor, and sub-contractors. This is not to say that employees are shut out of the industry, rather their use is compartmentalized […] The post Independent Contractors in Construction: A Matter of Control appeared first on Miami Construction Lawyers.…
Be careful – owners and contractors are now being held criminally liable for their carelessness and disregard of safety protocols. Safety may be job one on any number of job sites, but state and federal prosecutors are now charging developers, general contractors and subcontractors with actual crimes. No longer are safety violators just facing monetary fines, they are looking at actual jail time. A New York case involving a wall collapse at an excavation site…
If you understand how releases work, you can use them to your advantage during the course of a construction project. There is the release that you give to someone and there is the release you receive from someone. These two releases look very different and they serve two very different purposes. So let’s talk about the release that you may present to someone. It’s time for you to pick up a check and you need…
A change order is a simple document that can modify three basic aspects of a construction project: scope, cost, and timeline. Whether the change order increases or decreases any or all of these, signing off on the specifics in writing is the safest way to go. Time is the most valuable resource on a project, and you’ll have less as time goes on. Still, many if not most fail to add time to their change…
We’ve all seen them – those “No Trespassing” signs, often on chain link fences, surrounding construction sites around town. But do you know there are two distinct forms of trespass laws depending on the size of the construction site – the placement being different whether the site is more or less than one acre. Both need signs with the same message: “THIS AREA IS A DESIGNATED CONSTRUCTION SITE AND ANYONE WHO TRESPASSES ON THIS PROPERTY…
The project started off well, as they all mostly do, full of excitement, great expectations and the hope of profit. The owner hired a well known architect to design the building and an experienced contractor to build it. But as sometimes can happen, things began to not go well. It became clear the job was behind schedule and significantly over budget. So the contractor was fired. But rather than face the music alone, the contractor’s…
Most construction professionals understand the reason for a Notice to Owner.  It is in fact self-explanatory – a notice to advise the owner of anticipated labor, services or materials being furnished to its property.  And most know that it is a pre-requisite to liening a property in the event one is not paid for work done improving the owner’s property. But what many may not know is that a Notice to Owner is not necessary…