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SUMMER ASSOCIATE REFLECTIONS, WRITTEN BY ALAYNA M. PIWONSKI

JUNE 2020-BOARD OF DIRECTOR STATEMENT REGARDING COMMUNITY EVENTS

LUKINS & ANNIS, P.S. MOURNS THE LOSS OF GENE ANNIS, RETIRED FOUNDER OF THE FIRM, WHO PASSED THIS WEEK SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY.

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO MINIMIZE RISK AND UNCERTAINTY IF I END UP IN A CONSTRUCTION DISPUTE?

Charles Hausberg  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: WHAT ARE UNIQUE ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE OFFICE LEASES?

Joe Romberg  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PLAN ERRORS

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: ESTATE PLANNING

David Webster  

LOCAL NEWS: INVESTIGATION REOPENED IN DEATH OF BICYCLIST RYAN HOLYK

Mike Maurer  

LOCAL NEWS: IN HOLYK CASE, SCIENTIST'S TESTIMONY DOESN'T SQUARE WITH INVESTIGATORS' STATEMENTS

Mike Maurer  

LOCAL NEWS: EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL SETTLES PATIENT DEATH LAWSUIT FOR $360,000

Mike Franklin   Kelly Konkright  

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: HOW WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED? LEADING BY DOING AND THE WELL-LIVED LIFE

SPECIAL REPORT BILL HYSLOP: ENSURING ACCESSIBLILITY

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL "LEGAL" RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR?

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: THE RISING COST OF LITIGATION AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE

WSBA PRESIDENT'S CORNER: EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - EASEMENTS

WILLIAM HYSLOP SWORN IN AS WSBA PRESIDENT

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - HIPAA

L&A IN LOCAL NEWS> HOLYK'S DNA FOUND ON PATROL CAR; SHERIFF DENIES THAT DEPUTY HIT BICYCLIST

Mike Maurer  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - PROBATE

Tom Culbertson  

ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL - WHAT VALUE DOES A BUSINESS ATTORNEY BRING TO MY COMPANY?

Paul Davis  

IDAHO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE COMPLIMENTS WINNING LUKINS & ANNIS ATTORNEY IN TRUST LITIGATION

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS REVERSAL OF INJUNCTION ON LAND USER RESTRICTIONS BY THE IDAHO SUPREME COURT

Michael Hines  

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS DISMISSAL OF HOME OWNER'S LAWSUIT BY DIVISION III OF THE WASHINGTON STATE COURT OF APPEALS

LUKINS & ANNIS CLIENT OBTAINS SIGNIFICANT 9TH CIRCUIT DECISION AGAINST RED LION HOTEL FRANCHISOR UNDER WASHINGTON FRANCHISE INVESTMENT PROTECTION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACTS

Mike Maurer  
ASK THE LUKINS & ANNIS LEGAL PROFESSIONAL: WHAT STEPS CAN I TAKE TO MINIMIZE RISK AND UNCERTAINTY IF I END UP IN A CONSTRUCTION DISPUTE?

Charles Hausberg

Q:What steps can I take to minimize risk and uncertainty if I end up in a construction dispute?

A: Attention to certain basic aspects of a construction project can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. For example:

1. Document everything as it happens, including negotiations, meetings, daily work progress, and costs. Take frequent pictures of the work. Documentation can be time-consuming and is often neglected, but is very important if a dispute occurs.

2. Know the project and your role in it. While projects are often given labels like "design-bid-build" or "design-build", these are terms of convenience. Be comfortable and familiar with the specific details of your responsibilities.

3. Negotiate the contract carefully. Avoid unclear terms. Pay close attention to provisions concerning: the scope of your responsibilities; change orders; notice and claims procedure; dispute resolution; and prevailing party attorneys' fees.

34. Once you have agreed to a contract, consult it and abide by its terms. This list of basic tips is certainly not exhaustive. The attorneys at Lukins & Annis are able to assist with legal matters concerning construction projects, from contract negotiation to dispute resolution.

Charles Hausberg an attorney at the law firm of Lukins & Annis, where his practice includes Commercial and Business Litigation, Labor and Employment Advice and Litigation, and General Litigation.

Published in the July 20, 2017 issue of the Spokane Journal of Business.

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