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How to Protect Your Construction Business from Risks Involving Subcontractors

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

A unique situation confronts general contractors and builders in terms of risk management. The law holds them liable to the owners for the actions and omissions on the part of their subcontractors. Therefore, it is vital for you to take the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your company as you work on job… Read More »

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Three Issues to Consider Before Listing Your Home for Sale

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

Finding the right buyer for your home is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time, planning, and effort on your part. The good news is that residential properties all over the country have increased in value since the Great Recession. So, the effort you put in can help you earn a… Read More »

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What Happens When Home Sellers Fail to Disclose Defects in Maryland?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

When you sell a real estate property in Maryland, you are required by law to make certain disclosures about its physical condition to the buyer. There are statutes in place which require you to disclose what are called ‘latent defects’ to the buyer. Failing to do so can open you up to lawsuits from… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Zoning Appeals in MD

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

Real estate development and construction activity is vital to the economy of Maryland, and well-organized development in conformance to the local laws benefits the residents at an individual as well as a community level. Every land parcel in Maryland is governed by zoning regulations, which help determine what the property can be used for… Read More »

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Zoning Appeals & Zoning Use Changes

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

As a homeowner, when you want to remodel your home or even a build an addition, you must obtain permission from the local government. That is understandable in that the government assesses boundaries, environment impacts, and building regulations.   The same requirements also apply to new land use. Without clearing the way through zoning ordinances… Read More »

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How Do I File a Mechanic’s Lien in MD?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

You completed a project by furnishing labor or materials to a construction site.  In the past you’ve been paid on time, but not this time. If you are a contractor or a supplier, an architect, surveyor, an engineer, or certified interior designer, and have not been paid, you can file a mechanic’s lien to… Read More »

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The Importance of Proper Licensing for Contractors

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

If you have a home improvement project in your future, it is very important that you make sure the person you hire is licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.  The Commission regulates contractors and the sales force involved with the home improvement industry, including remodels and repairs. It may be tempting to hire… Read More »

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Four Common Misconceptions about Surety Bonds

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

In the construction industry, there are a lot of moving parts. There is the contractor, subcontractors, suppliers, and other third parties that work together to complete the project. In this industry, it is not uncommon for projects to be left half completed, companies to go out of business, suppliers and subcontractors to not get… Read More »

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What is Normal Wear & Tear on a Rental Property and When Can a Security Deposit be Withheld?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

Renting has been an increasingly preferred housing option in recent years. Part of this is due to the Great Recession of the late 2000s, when so many homeowners were stung by the collapse in the housing market. As a result, many homes ended up in foreclosure, forcing large numbers of consumers to rent.  The… Read More »

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What Should I Do if I Suspect my Contractor is Using Defective Materials?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

Construction disputes can be complex and highly contentious, often involving multiple issues that parties have vehement disagreements about. Most of these have to do with perceived failures to meet contractual obligations, failures to meet performance standards, and similar matters. One issue that may come up during a construction project is the quality of the… Read More »

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