What happens when change orders are not in writing?

Many construction contracts provide that change orders (additions or subtractions to the original construction scope) must be in writing. While it is clearly recommended that a contractor or subcontractor obtain change orders which are signed by the owner, what happens if changes aren’t in writing? Can the contractor or sub-contractor still obtain payment? Can the owner still obtain a credit? While the answers to these […]

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Debt Limits for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

According to section 109 of the bankruptcy code, you (or you and your spouse jointly) are generally ineligible to file a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy if your unsecured debts (i.e. credit card debt, medical bills, taxes, student loans) are more than $383,175.00 or if your secured debts (i.e. mortgages, car loans) exceed $1,149,525.00. If your debt exceeds these limits, unfortunately, the only bankruptcy that you can […]

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What am I Required to Put in My Maryland Construction Contract?

Maryland Contractors:   Generally, if you perform work on a home or a yard and the person who lives there pays you to do the work, including an owner or a tenant (we are going to refer to those person in this article as “customers” although you may call them “homeowners”), you need to be a licensed home improvement contractor through the Maryland Home Improvement […]

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