Coronavirus and Construction-Clauses for Your Contracts

On Friday, April 17, the City published a draft COVID-19 Safety Policy for Construction.  These are new requirements designed to make job sites safer for workers and communities that are expected to be implemented by Monday, April 27.  The requirements offer guidelines for performing construction work for the “new” normal.  Essential work in Boston includes…


Coronavirus and Construction-Guidance as of March 25, 2020

Yesterday the Governor wrote a letter providing further guidance for construction projects in Massachusetts.  It provides additional information and clarity regarding the March 23, 2020 Order “Assuring Continued Operation of Essential Services in the Commonwealth, Closing Certain Workplaces, and Prohibiting Gatherings of More than 10 People.” Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash I am writing this newsletter in order to…


Why You Need a Lawyer to Review Your Home Improvement Contract

The economy is good.  Home improvement contractors are busy, and homeowners are finally undertaking those renovation projects that they postponed when times were bad.  You’ve done your research and found a great contractor.  Everyone is excited to start the job.  Perhaps you glance at the contract, and it seems fine.  Why hire a lawyer to…


Explaining Allowances in Contracts

To contractors, allowances in contracts may be self-explanatory, but owners often find them confusing.  A typical section on allowances may look like this: Cabinets   $10,000 Kitchen appliances  $25,000 Bathroom fixtures  $20,000 What contracts often don’t explain is, what happens when the full value isn’t used? If I only spend $8,000 on the cabinets, do…