Thank you for visiting The Contractor’s Legal Kit.com website! The site was developed in 2022 and our mission is to offer high quality, user friendly, easy to access editable contract forms online to builders that may help to minimize some of the risks that builders and remodelers face when building projects. The revised and new forms found on this site have many roots in the original Contractor’s Legal Kit first published back in 1996. Builders who have used the earlier forms have often asked about revised forms and you will now find the latest revised version of The Contractor’s Legal Kit forms (no book or CD), along with some new forms on this site.
We strive now, as back in 1996 and with subsequent revisions, to infuse the Contractor’s Legal Kit forms with an understandable, practical, focused and editable template form language that comes from the unique perspective of having been both a builder and an attorney for many decades. As construction evolved over the past decades, the various tools to creating and running a successful construction company have also evolved and towards that end we hope that you will find the information and most recently updated, revised and new Contractor’s Legal Kit forms on this site useful.
Gary Ransone, the managing member of The Contractor’s Legal Kit, LLC, author of The Contractor’s Legal Kit and creator of the form templates on the site, worked for many years first as a laborer, carpenter, general building contractor, developer and real estate broker. He has also been an attorney with the Law Office of Gary Ransone in Soquel, California for more than 32 years. He has had extensive experience with construction cases before various courts in California as well as experience in alternative dispute resolution and expert witness work in construction related cases. Having had one foot in the construction world and the other in the legal world for decades, his focus and professional interest has always been in the creation, drafting, review and use of construction agreements as a builder tool in the hopes of improving communication and minimizing disputes on construction projects.
This “in the trenches” construction experience is why I work in this area of the law. Like you, I hate what happens to contractors and owners when they end up in court. Nobody wins (except the lawyers) and nobody can afford it (especially these days). It’s a trap and game that nobody needs. It shakes your confidence, drains your checkbook and kills your interest in this business. Do everything that you can to avoid the things that land you in court. Start with a good contract because that’s where problems often start.
Over the years I’ve learned a lot about the kinds of problems that contractors and owners face when trouble arises on projects and when trying to put together contracts. More importantly, I’ve learned some ways to resolve or better still, prevent some of these problems from occurring in the first place.
My approach to problems in the construction business is tempered by a strong dose of job site reality gained while working as a both General Contractor and an attorney. This is why an important part of my work is focused on PREVENTATIVE STEPS contractors can take to better organize and streamline the business basics (e.g. contracts, subcontracts, paperwork with the owner, etc…) in a way that attempts to minimize agonizing and costly disputes and promotes contractors and owners having a successful relationship and avoid and/or quickly resolve many disputes.
Gary Ransone’s publications and speaking engagements have included: Author of numerous articles on construction law and contract administration, The Contractor’s Legal Kit, 344 pages, Builderburg Group (1996) and Second Edition (2003); Created numerous contracts for Microsoft’s, Reader’s Digest Guide to Home Improvement with template contracts for owners & contractors; Edited Mechanic’s Liens (1998) by Nolo Press. Authored numerous articles on construction contracts and construction administration that were published in national builder’s magazines. He has been the featured construction law speaker at numerous local and national builder conferences from San Francisco to Chicago to the East coast.
We hope that you will find the information and most recently updated, revised and new CONTRACTOR’S LEGAL KIT forms on this site useful and an essential communication tool that enhances your business.
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