Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce Law Firm in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Our collaborative divorce attorney is highly trained, experienced, and dedicated to resolving the family law matter in the collaborative process. At J Lowe Law, we believe broken marriages and relationships can be transformed from the collaborative process. The collaborative process is an alternative to litigation and is a confidential, structured, team-oriented process. In the collaborative process we focus on goals and interests, not positions. To learn more about the collaborative process click here.

Collaborative Divorce

Who We Represent

Our firm has experience representing a range of individuals and companies in construction matters and disputes, including:

  • Negotiation and administration of construction and design contracts
  • Property owner delays
  • Contractor delays
  • Property owner delay damages
  • Contractor delay damages
  • Design defects and defective work
  • Failure to pay and right to withhold payment
  • Change orders and extra work
  • Preparation of liens
  • Contract formation and review
  • Prosecution and defense of RCLA claims
  • Mechanic’s lien
  • Removal of invalid liens
  • Performance and bond claims
  • Construction defects
  • Building code violations

Over 18 Years Experience In Construction Law

Our Construction Legal Team Is Ready

We Provide Active Representation and High-Quality Legal Services to Ensure your Success

We represent clients across all aspects of the construction industry, including homeowners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, design firms, engineers, architects, suppliers, and other related professionals. Through our extensive experience and expertise, we represent clients in all phases of construction, from drafting and negotiation of contracts to resolving issues that may arise during construction. We are well-versed in litigation and dispute resolution should the need arise, including construction defects, design claims, and many more. We are geared towards obtaining maximum protection and recovery for our clients.

Our construction attorneys are dedicated to resolving disputes with alternative resolution strategies, including arbitration, mediation, and other options, but are highly skilled in representing clients in trial before a judge or jury, when necessary.

Construction Legal Team

RCLA Claims

The construction attorneys at J Lowe Law are especially skilled at handling claims under the Texas Residential Construction Liability Act (RCLA)

Chapter 27 of the Texas Property Code addresses residential construction liability.  Unfortunately, residential construction defects can be common.  To initiate a formal claim against a builder/contractor, a homeowner must follow the statutory procedures outlined in Chapter 27 of the Texas Property Code.  In 1989, the Texas Legislature enacted Chapter 27 “to promote settlement between homeowners and contractors, and to afford contractors the opportunity to repair their work in the face of dissatisfaction.”  Chapter 27 is a mandatory statute and must be followed to make a valid claim against a builder/contractor.  Chapter 27 applies to both new home construction and residential remodel projects, and is applicable to both the original homeowner and any subsequent home purchaser.  A new home contract or remodel contract subject to Chapter 27 must contain a disclosure statement in at least 10 bold font outlining the Chapter 27 requirements.  Failure to include this notice in the contract subjects the builder/contractor to a penalty of $500.00.

A chapter 27 claim is initiated by preparing and sending a formal notice to the builder/contractor by certified mail at the builder/contractor’s last known address, specifying in reasonable detail the construction defects and cost to repair, if known.  If available, the notice should be supported by evidence, such as inspection reports, photographs, video recordings, and repair estimates. 

In response a homeowner’s Chapter 27 notice, the builder/contractor, upon written request, has the right to inspect, test, and document the defects.  Within no later than 45 days after the builder/contractor receives the notice, the builder/contractor may make a written offer of settlement to the homeowner.  The offer may include either an agreement by the builder/contractor to repair the defects or have the defects repaired by an independent contractor at the builder/contractor’s expense.  The repairs must be made within 45 days from when the builder/contractor receives notice of acceptance of the offer by the homeowner.  If the builder/contractor makes a written offer of which the homeowner deems unreasonable, the homeowner has 25 days to respond in writing to the builder/contractor outlining the basis for the rejection, thereby giving the builder/contractor an additional 10 days to present a counter-offer.  If the homeowner rejects a reasonable offer or does not allow the builder/contractor an opportunity to inspect/repair the defects, the homeowner’s potential recovery through a lawsuit and/or arbitration will be limited to the original offer and the homeowner’s attorney’s fees will be limited to those incurred before the reasonable offer was made.

Chapter 27 limits the nature and type of damages a homeowner may recover against a builder/contractor to the following: (1) the reasonable cost to repair the construction defects; (2) the reasonable cost to repair or replace any damaged personal property caused by the construction defects; (3) reasonable and necessary engineering and consulting fees; (4) reasonable expense for temporary housing incurred during the repairs; (5) the reduction in current market value, if any, after the construction defects are repaired if the defects are structural in nature; and; (6) reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation costs. If the construction defects are greater than $7,500.00, a court may, upon filing a motion, compel the parties to mediate the dispute at the outset of litigation.

In conjunction with the Chapter 27 notice, the builder/contractor is typically placed on formal notice of any potential violations of the Texas Business and Commerce Code, Section 17, the “Deceptive Trade Practices Act” or also known as the “DTPA.”  The DTPA is a consumer protection statute that protects consumers from false, misleading, or deceptive acts by a builder / contractor, to include the builder/contractor’s failure to honor either an express or implied warranty of habitability and/or good workmanship.  The DTPA applies to the builder/contractor entity and any individuals who have violated the statute.

Construction Disputes and Resolution

Our attorneys handle a wide range of construction law litigation and dispute resolution to resolve common construction claims, including:

Performance Bond Claims

Performance Bond Claims

Despite your best efforts to fulfill a contract, you may still find yourself facing a performance bond claim. To assure compliance with all bonding issues, you can obtain J Lowe Law's proactive legal advice to help you navigate all issues. The attorneys at J Lowe Law are prepared to deliver pragmatic and reasoned advice on all aspects off your bond issue.
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Contract Completion

Contract Formation

We are prepared to negotiate and draft all types of construction contracts. Our attorneys are prepared to effectively address any unique issues involved in your project, and most importantly draft a contract that protects your interests. Based on our vast experience, we can provide our clients with truly individualized solutions to their contract needs.
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RCLA Claims

RCLA Claims

The Residential Construction Liability Act ("RCLA") was put into place to help homeowners and contractors resolve construction defects. The attorneys at J Lowe Law are well versed in every aspect of the RCLA and are ready to assist you through the process to assure that your rights are protected.
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Enforcing or Challenging Mechanic's Liens

Enforcing or Challenging Mechanic's Liens

The lien laws in Texas are complex and must be followed to assure compliance. The attorneys at J Lowe Law are experienced in filing liens as well as challenging/removing liens. Over the course of the last 18 years, the attorneys at J Lowe Law have filed countless liens and successfully sought the removal of invalid liens. When navigating the lien laws of Texas, you can trust the attorneys at J Lowe Law to protect your interests.
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Construction Defect Claims

Construction Defect Claims

The attorneys at J Lowe Law are well versed in both the prosecution and defense of claims involving construction defects of all types. Construction defect claims can be some of the costliest construction claims, so it is vital to have an attorney at your side who understands the issues associated with such claims. With over 18 years of experience in dealing with construction defect claims, you can rest assured that the attorneys at J Lowe Law will be there to protect your rights.
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Tailored Advice

Tailored Advice

We provide tailored advice, effective legal representation, and impeccable service. Regardless of the issue, we handle each case with the highest level of care, commitment and professionalism. We help clients find solutions to their specific legal construction challenges in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Our attorneys will protect your interests involving all types of construction litigation and dispute resolution issues.

Do You Need A Construction Lawyer?

Construction Law Firm

Place Your Trust in a Proven Construction Law Firm

At J Lowe Law, our skilled attorneys are familiar with all aspects of Texas construction law. From construction contract formation and review, construction insurance, to the litigation of construction claims involving residential and commercial projects, we are your one-stop shop for all your construction law requirements.  Our construction law attorneys provide proactive legal advice and effective representation geared towards protecting and strengthening relationships involved in construction projects, both big and small.

We understand that construction disputes can impact the overall cost of projects. Additionally, claims can have a negative impact on integral business relationships moving forward. While we are proficient in representing our clients in court, our strength lies in the determination and resolution of construction disputes before litigation starts. We develop alternative dispute resolution interventions such as arbitration and mediation, ensuring resolution of dispute in the most-efficient, quickest, and cost-effective manner possible. Whether you are filing a construction claim, or you are facing such claims yourself, our attorneys at J Lowe Law will use their extensive knowledge to advance your best interests.