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According to a March 14 article titled, “Most L.A. County cities failing to protect historic sites, study finds,” many cities in the Los Angeles County haven’t been able to adequately protect historically important structures. This includes homes as well. Malibu is one of the cities with falling grades. Concerned homeowners who want to remodel their homes to remain protected against super storms and earthquakes or simply make certain additions or structural changes for aesthetic reasons often face hurdles. Since most of these homes are under the jurisdiction of the CA Coastal Commission even simple additions or remodels can be deemed “development,” meaning the project requires approval and a permit from the Commission. In addition, much of the land in Malibu is subject to the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan and LA County zoning laws.
Because of these well-known hurdles for Malibu homeowners, an architect who has experience serving as an expeditor, land use consultant or contract administrator is a valuable resource when embarking on any construction project in the City of Malibu. However, even though the permit process can be confusing and ambiguous, the architectural services contract should be well-defined, understandable and transparent. It is here that Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation helps its clients to understand the essential details of every matter.
Harrison Barnes, Founder of Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation says, “We know of at least one architect in the area who has a reputation for taking advantage of clients by going beyond the scope of the work requested to generate additional fees. This architect has even sued clients who refuse to pay for his runaway billing.” Investing in legal services offered by Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation can help clients think the situation over before signing anything and make a wise decision, confirms Barnes. He adds, “When the matter is of critical importance, it’s time to contact Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation.”
Being billed for expensive yet unapproved work can be easily avoided through clear terms in a contract. Unfortunately, the contracts presented to clients by architects are strategically crafted with the architect’s best interest in mind – often leaving clients with no recourse to dispute invoices for work done without prior approval.
Clients presented with a service contract for a construction project are often pressured by the architect, expediter, land use consultant or contract administrator to sign the contract immediately and even say the contract is non-negotiable. Being excited to get the construction started right away after having a great conversation with the service provider, they often sign important legal documents in haste. A decision made in a hurry could hurt in the long run. Hence, it is very important to read through all service contracts line-by-line and ask for written clarification for any ambiguous terms. Investing in an experienced lawyer from Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation can help better protect the rights of home owners and avoid billing work done without prior approval.
About Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation:
Attorneys at Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation assist their clients with legal issues spanning a variety of areas of law. We are a Malibu-based firm focusing on providing top quality representation to the Malibu community that has won millions of dollars for its clients. For more information about the firm or for a consultation, call 310.598.1719 or visit https://www.harrisonbarnes.com.Harrison Barnes, A Professional Law Corporation Ensures Transparency in Architectural Services Contracts for Malibu Homeowners by Andrew Ostler
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