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Construction Law


Miami firm builds solutions

The Law Offices of Michael J. Yates, P.L. understands the construction business. With more than 20 years of experience practicing construction law in Florida and seven years of experience as an engineer, Attorney Yates can help you build solutions to the problems affecting your residential, commercial, industrial or public development projects.

He handles construction disputes for a wide variety of clients, including contractors, property owners, developers, architects, engineers and construction companies. He advocates for clients’ interests in court, arbitration and administrative agency hearings, and he is dedicated to providing clients with the best possible results. Michael Yates helps clients avoid and resolve construction disputes in the following areas:

  • Architectural and engineering errors
  • Contract disputes
  • Contract negotiations
  • Collections and payment disputes
  • Insurance coverage
  • Material suppliers’ rights
  • Mechanic’s liens

Architectural and engineering conflicts

Errors and omissions in site plans can severely affect the progress of your project. Attorney Yates has extensive experience handling these disputes from every angle, and he regularly protects the interests of contractors, owners, architects and engineers when conflicts of this nature arise.

Contract disputes

Construction projects often require the signing of multiple contracts to secure access to labor and materials. Breach of any of these contracts can cause havoc on your worksite. Attorney Yates helps you get the compensation and services you need to finish your project on time. He also assists with drafting and review of contracts to protect your interests in the future.

Contract Negotiations

Attorney Yates will effectively negotiate construction and design contracts under terms that protect your rights and remedies, give you the advantage of fully understanding the risks and liabilities before committing your resources as well as insure proper compliance with state or federal laws. Whether the situation is unique or complex with many parties involved, the art of negotiation with the accompanying background knowledge is critical to drafting a successful project contract.

Collections and payment disputes

Attorney Yates handles all situations involving payment disputes, including:

  • Bid contests, mistakes and protests
  • Collections
  • Non-payment for extra work
  • Surety bond claims
  • Stop notices
  • Work stoppages and delays
  • Writs of attachment

Attorney Yates expects the unexpected, and he works to get you the relief you are looking for. He also represents property developers and owners, helping them fight unjustified claims brought against them.

Insurance coverage
Insurance companies often cause serious problems during the construction process. If an insurance company has denied or disclaimed your coverage, Attorney Yates can help you get the protection you need to move forward.

Material suppliers’ rights
Suppliers have many of the same rights as contractors, and deserve the relief that they are entitled to. Attorney Yates helps suppliers receive the compensation they deserve by enforcing personal guarantees made by property developers. He assists in filing liens, stop notices and writs of attachment.

Mechanic’s liens
Attorney Yates helps contractors and material suppliers draft, serve, file and enforce mechanic’s liens against property developers and owners to ensure payment for services rendered. He also represents contractors, developers and owners, helping them to vacate improper or exaggerated liens brought against them.

Contact the Law Offices of Michael J. Yates, P.L.
Call Attorney Yates today at 305-666-8100 or contact him online for answers to all your construction law questions.