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The Property Manager's Guide to Construction Defect Claims

ISBN: 978-1-49512-526-3
2014, 72 pages
1st edition
Author(s): Berding, Hunting & Fabiano
Product Format: Book
Item #: R5263
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This straightforward guide gives managers a basic understanding of the elements of construction defect claims so they can advise their clients, recommend professionals and monitor the claims process. Though focused on California claims, the information provided in this guide will be useful to all community managers.

 
Content
 
Introduction
 
Chapter One: What Are Your Client’s Objectives?
 
Chapter Two: What Are Construction Defects?
 
Chapter Three: What Are a Property Owner’s Legal Rights?
       Who Can Sue for Construction Defects?
       Typical Defendants
       What Legal Theories are Available to
       Community Associations and Building Owners?
       Establishing Liability
 
Chapter Four: Limitations on the Right to Sue
       Statutes of Limitation
       Statutes of Repose
       Contractual Limitations on Actions
       Tolling Statutes of Limitation or Repose
 
Chapter Five: Special Issues for Community Associations
       Time Limit Traps
       Member Vote Requirements
       Inspection Requirements
       Binding Arbitration Provisions
 
Chapter Six: Damages
       Cost of Repair
       Condominium Conversions
       Litigation Costs and Expert Fees
       Attorney’s Fees
       Business Losses
 
Chapter Seven: Sources of Recovery
       Liability Insurance
       Surety Bonds
       Personal or Corporate Assets
 
Chapter Eight: Alternatives to Litigation
       Informal Negotiations
       Title 7 – Alternative Dispute Resolution and “Right to Repair”
       Formal Mediation
       Arbitration
 
Chapter Nine: Commencing Litigation
       The Complaint
       The Response
 
Chapter Ten: Evidence
       Expert Testimony
       Documents
       Investigation
       Interrogatories, Requests for Admission, and Depositions
       The Role of the Court or Special Master in the Discovery of Evidence
       Working with Owners and Tenants
 
Chapter Eleven: Mediation
       Choosing a Mediator
       Mediation Statements
       Client and Manager Participation
       The Mediation Process
       Considerations in Assessing the Value of a Case and its Readiness for Settlement – reviewing the Evidence with the Client and the Experts
       Determining If an Offer is Acceptable
       Closing out the Case
 
Chapter Twelve: Trial and Appeal
 
Chapter Thirteen: Choosing an Attorney
       Consult the Association’s or Owner’s General Counsel
       Make a Warranty Claim
       Seek the Advice of an Independent Expert
       Interview Several Law Firms
 
Chapter Fourteen: Attorney Fee Agreements
       What are the Fee Agreement Options for Litigation?
       Hourly Fee Contract
       Contingent Fee Contract
       Hybrid Arrangements
       Which Agreement Is Right For My Client?
       Can Other Lawyers Share an Attorney’s Fee?
 
Conclusion
 
Authors
 
Chart of Title 7 Standards and Periods of Limitation (Revised To NDS)
 
 
 

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