Construction Disputes & Litigation

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Construction Disputes

Theodore Small 

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott has represented enough clients in construction projects to understand that disputes are inevitable in even the simplest of building projects. They can be caused by alleged unsatisfactory work by a contractor, claims of design errors, or a customer’s failure to make payments. If left unresolved, disagreements can lead to costly delays and unforeseen expenses, if not ultimately to lengthy and expensive litigation. No one wins when a project gets put on hold by a serious construction dispute.

The Maine construction dispute lawyers at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott look for cost-efficient ways to resolve disagreements without prolonged litigation. We have represented customers, contractors and construction companies through every step of negotiations, ADR, arbitration and litigation.  Many construction contracts require that the dispute be resolved through arbitration.  An arbitrator or panel of arbitrators hears the facts in the case and makes a decision based on the evidence. The arbitration can be binding, if both parties agree.

While arbitration is less formal than a court trial, it’s equally important to have legal representation in an arbitration proceeding because the decisions may be final, with no right of appeal.  Usually such cases are very complex to prepare and present because the facts are the key to a success.  Also they often involve engaging and preparing critical expert witnesses.  We have experience and a track record of success in handling these matters.

With more than 150 years of service and tradition to guide us, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott has built a reputation as one of Maine’s most respected law firms. Our lawyers assist clients in Portland, South Portland, Biddeford, Lewiston, Auburn, Rockland, Augusta, Waterville and Bangor, as well as Androscoggin, Cumberland and York counties. If you are involved in a construction dispute, the construction law attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott stand ready to help.