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Construction Law Authority / Articles posted by Edward C. Lohrer

“Through Self-Determination, SFSC Alumnus Edward Lohrer Realized His Dream of Becoming an Attorney,” SFSC

When South Florida State College (SFSC) alumnus Edward Lohrer graduated from high school, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. He had grown up in Lake Placid, Fla., and all he knew was that he wanted to see what life held for him beyond the borders of Highlands County. Although he didn’t have a life plan in those early years, he discovered that through self-determination, he could create the life he wanted. He is now an attorney and shareholder with the law firm Becker & Poliakoff in its Fort Lauderdale, Fla. office....

Attorney’s Fees and Construction Liens: The Effect of Pre-Foreclosure Settlement Offers

In Florida, F.S. §713.29 allows the prevailing party in a construction lien foreclosure action to recover reasonable attorney's fees incurred as a result of the foreclosure. By introducing the risk of potentially paying the opposing party's attorney's fees, this statute is designed to encourage settlement of lien disputes without the need for litigation. In its most basic form, this statute awards the "winner" in a lien foreclosure lawsuit its attorney's fees. What many people do not realize however is the impact this statute can have in settlement discussions prior to the filing of a lawsuit....

Are Your Payments Proper?

The owner of any construction project runs the unfortunate risk that its general contractor will not live up to its end of the bargain. If the contractor has not been paying its sub-contractors or suppliers, the owner may wind up in a situation where it faces liability for liens that exceed the contract price....