Quick Favor: Legal Blog contest

smilesA quick favor?  My goal on this blog has been to educate you to risks and give you strategies on how to manage the legal minefield that is part of being a practicing design professional.  I hope that you have found information, news, and tips that have helped your practice.

If so, I’d welcome a vote in the “Best Legal Blogs” contest being run right now by The Expert Institute.  Apparently, they had over 2,000 nominations, so to be one of the 250 selected to participate is an honor.  There are some massively famous/popular blogs among the nominees, and right now I have a total of 19 votes (ahem!), but then again, so do many other fine blogs.  While I don’t expect to win, it would be nice to place. (or is it show? I’m not much into horse racing).

If you are short on time, go here and you can vote directly for my blog   If you have more time, and want to explore other fine blogs, go here to check out some of the “competition” in the “niche and specialty” category.  You can vote for more than one blog, so have had it!

The vote counting is by IP, so even though my whole office, of COURSE, loves them some Construction Law in NC, they could not stuff the ballot box  all vote here at Ragsdale Liggett.

The competition ends Thursday night (actually, 12:00 AM this Friday, October 9th), so do it now before you forget.  THANKS!


5 Amazing Ancient Engineering Feats (infographic)

I was cruisin’ around the ‘Net recently and came across this fun info graphic listing their “Top” 5 Ancient Engineering Feats. What say you? Agree? Disagree? Anything they left out that they shouldn’t have? Share in the comment section, below.

Top 5 Most Amazing Feats of Ancient Engineering

Please pardon our dust…. (blog update in progress; back to your construction law posts shortly!)




Pardon for the interruption you may have gotten today in your RSS feed.  I’ve been working on some behind-the-scenes housekeeping matters, and inadvertently published a not-ready-for-prime-time post.  Please disregard.

I’ll be back with good construction law issues and questions shortly…..


Construction Communication Done Right!

thumbs upGreetings all!  Today, I have the honor of writing a guest post on Chris Hill’s blog, Construction Law Musings, on the topic of how to communicate– and how not to miscommunicate–on a construction project.

I know that I talk a lot about communication on this blog– and with good reason.  One of the number one reasons complaints turn into lawsuits against architects and engineers (and contractors, and others) is a failure of the parties to understand– really, truly understand– one another.

Check out my post, and pass it on.

 Photo courtesy openclipart.org.

Poor Record Keeping = Going to the Poor House (or, why project documentation matters)

You are an engineer or architect.  You understand the importance of thorough designs.  What about thorough documentation of the daily happenings on the construction project?  That is equally important.

As regular readers of this blog know, I have often spoken of the importance of proper record keeping on construction projects.  In fact, lack of good project records is one of the 7 mistakes in my white paper 7 Critical Mistakes that Engineers & Architects make During Project Negotiation and Execution that Sabotage their Projects & Invite Litigation.poor house

Now, a construction management expert, who, like me, sees the ugly when construction projects turn bad, has weighed in with perhaps the authoritative reasoning and rationale (pdf) for good project records.  In short, if you need to make a claim later, or defend a claim of design errors or omissions, you need the documentation.  It needs to be made during the project, and all team members must buy into the system.  If you fail in these efforts, you could lose your claim or lawsuit.  Hence, this post’s title.  Poor record keeping can lead to the poor house, or today’s equivalent, bankruptcy, shuttering of your business, and related gloom and doom.

Paperwork is crucial during the construction lawsuit.  Remember this, and plan and act accordingly.

 Photo:  Sampson Kempthorne workhouse design modified from Wikimedia (via cc).

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