Lien Waivers: A Subcontractor’s Land Mine

Working in the construction industry comes with numerous risks – many that are outside a contractor’s control, but many (in fact, most) that are.  One such risk is waiving rights to liens and claims in the middle of a construction project, through a lien waiver. What is a lien waiver?  This is not intended to […]

Phil Truax Honored as 2022 Ohio Super Law and CLSA Fellow

Truax Law is pleased to announce that our founder, Phil Truax, has been selected as an 2022 Ohio Super Lawyer, and a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). Super Lawyers Magazine distinguishes the top 5% of attorneys in Ohio in more than 70 practice areas, and recognizes those who have attained a […]

Architects & Engineers, Armed with Lien Rights

Recently we published an article on the common ways contractors, subcontractors and suppliers lose their lien rights in connection with the work they perform on a given project.  Traditional mechanic’s lien laws have been in place in Ohio for nearly 200 years. Effective September 30, 2021, Ohio expanded lien rights to include design professionals as […]

Five Ways to Lose Your Lien Rights

One of the strongest ways to secure payment rights on a construction project is through a mechanic’s lien. Contractors and subcontractors often “finance” construction projects with their work, which is paid for later.  And like the banks that finance projects with money and secure their capital with mortgage liens, contractors and subcontractors (and suppliers) use […]

Impacts from the Champlain Towers Collapse

By now you’ve heard about and seen images of the Champlain Towers-South Tower that collapsed suddenly in the early morning hours of June 24, 2021. As the Miami-Dade County Mayor said later that day, things like this just aren’t supposed to happen in the United States.  And she’s right.  The collapse was shocking, and something […]

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Yesterday, my family and I stopped at a local Veteran’s Memorial Park, in Avon Lake, Ohio, to honor some of our fallen soldiers and celebrate Memorial Day weekend.  My wife and I want our kids to learn to appreciate and understand the sacrifice that many have made for our country and what that means.  We […]

What is Indemnification?

Contract negotiation is a big part of what we do. Lawyers often write contract forms so that only lawyers can read them, so I like to walk a client through the proposed terms and different approaches we are taking. It’s important you understand what we’re doing and why it matters from a practical perspective. And […]

Truax Law Group | Building Collapse During Construction

Building Collapse During Construction

Renovation and rehabilitation projects continue to flourish in Ohio, as owners and developers prefer in some instances to salvage older structures. This is a good thing. These original buildings tell a story about who we are, and as an industry, we should work hard to keep, improve, and/or re-purpose them. These older structures, however, come […]

Pay-if-paid: 100% Valid, But Not Absolute

Pay-if-paid clauses. They are the thorn in every subcontractor’s and supplier’s side.  Even GC reps, while loving the risk protection these clauses provide, know they’re not fair.  And they only really exist in the construction industry.  Certainly your credit card company, your mechanic, or your butcher would never agree to be paid only after you […]

Truax Law Group | Disaster Preparedness: Before and After a Major Loss

Disaster Preparedness: Before and After a Major Loss

You’ve all seen and heard of the tragedies brought on by hurricanes in the Southeast or other natural disasters.  Surely the wind and rains from the storms are devastating but the slow, ongoing and ever-rising floods throughout parts of the Carolinas and Florida forever change hundreds of thousands of lives.  Seemingly lost in the news […]

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