International Door & Operator Industry

SEP-OCT 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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got the By Brian J. Schoolman, Safran Law Offices 1. Name that Project: The first thing your contract should do is properly identify the property where the work is to be done. This is important for at least two reasons. First, if you have the correct name and address, then your workforce is more likely to show up at the right place for the job. (There are far too many stories about contractors who address wrong, and ended up working on the wrong property.) Second, in the event there is a dispute regarding payment, you will need an accurate description of the property for filing a lien claim to secure your payment. TOP 10 TOP 10 Continued on page 15 At least every three years IDA members should review their contract forms to make sure you are protecting yourselves against the risks known in the garage door industry. This is true whether you are using a detailed standardized form such as those published by ConsensusDOCS or the AIA, using a short form, drafted by a local lawyer, or in-house forms. Clauses for Your Contract LEGAL&LEGISLATION 12 International Door & Operator Industryâ„¢ Your experience is the best tool for determining what specific provisions you need in your contract. Each business has had its own ups and downs and you've probably had projects that you either wished you had never taken, or found out where there was a hole in your particular contract form. This article is not intended to be a substitute for your experience and judgment. Rather, it is meant to highlight some common clauses to most need to be present, and which most often can lead to issues when they are either unclear or absent.

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