At the Los Angeles, California law firm of Baker & Associates, we represent clients
throughout Southern California including the communities of Santa Clarita Valley,
Santa Monica, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Simi Valley, Studio City, Encino, Thousand
Oaks, Westlake Village and Valencia.
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The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice.
You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.
At the law firm of Baker & Associates we understand that timely payment and receipt
of quality workmanship for a project are import to the continuing success of a business.
In order to protect your interests, we will review all options of recovery and will
pursue payment on your behalf through aggressive negotiation and litigation.
Baker & Associates attorneys represent general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers,
and landscapers in the collections process. There are many avenues our firm can take
to collect money owed for construction services you or your company rendered.
Prompt Pay in California Construction Matters
The prompt payment statutes generally provide that an owner or general contractor
must pay for work promptly, and may withhold up to 150 percent of a disputed progress
payment or retention where there is a “bona fide” or “good faith” dispute. To deter
unscrupulous owners, the Legislature provided a remedy for the contractor, whereby
the owner must pay a 2 percent per month penalty to the contractor on any “improperly
withheld” funds, i.e. where there is no “bona fide” or “good faith” dispute.
Prompt Pay and Attorney Fees
The statutes also provide that the “prevailing party” in any action to recover the
“wrongfully withheld” funds shall be entitled to attorney’s fees. The net effect
of the statutes was to level the playing field by basically providing contractors
with additional remedies in the event the owner breached the contract by failing
to timely make payment or by refusing to make payment based on frivolous excuses.
Baker & Associates recently won a significant victory in the Court of Appeals on
Contact a Construction Prompt Pay Lawyer
One of the most important things a contractor is typically concerned about is getting
paid. Payment can often be delayed by allegations of faulty workmanship, contract
disputes, or lack of money by the owner. It can be a frustrating and financially
burdensome experience when a construction company isn't paid after providing its
services, materials, and workers. Our experienced attorneys know how to navigate
your case to a successful conclusion.
Call 818-999-0106 or contact us online. We take a hands-on approach to every case
and keep our clients informed at every stage of the legal process. There are many
misconceptions about prompt payment actions - trust an experienced attorney to inform
you about what can be done under the law.