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Verify with the Contractor's State License Board that a potential contractor you want to hire is licensed. Faulty work by an unlicensed contractor will never be covered by insurance. However, if someone deceives you into into believing that they are licensed, all is not lost. In California, a contractor must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board in order to lawfully perform construction operations. The consequences of contracting without the proper license can be severe. An unlicensed contractor may not sue to recover for the value of its work. B&P § 7031(a). Even more damaging, an owner can seek disgorgement of all monies paid to a contractor, even if there was nothing wrong with the contractor’s construction of ...

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The below article was authored by Pepper Hamilton LP, a multi-state law firm. The article sums up very well the essential basics of mediation.

What Every Contractor Needs to Know about Mediation.

A generation ago, mediation of construction disputes was unusual. Today, it is rare that a construction claim goes to trial without some effort at mediation first. Indeed, a substantial percentage of construction contracts require mediation as a precondition to filing suit or demanded arbitration.

Still, as pervasive as mediation has become, misperceptions about mediation persist among the contractor population generally.

What does a mediator decide? Who controls the proceedings? Is there such a thing as binding mediation? How confidential is confidential during and after a mediation?

What Is Mediation?

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