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The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C.

We provide a full range of legal services relating to construction law in New York, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn, Queens and Florida to Property Owners, Contractors and Design Professionals.

About

John Caravella

John Caravella’s ability to provide experienced legal representation is based on actual construction experience as a former project architect and providing clients with undivided personal attention to their matters.

Practice Areas

This firm’s mission is to help those with construction related concerns resolve their legal issues quickly, and in a cost effective manner. Typical matters include construction litigation, mechanics liens, bond claims as well as the negotiation, review, and preparation of construction contracts. Our areas of practice include:

Solar Energy Disputes

Solar Energy Disputes

Just like finding a good contractor, finding truthful solar panel companies could be difficult, even in today’s age of internet resources. Though solar panels have their pros and cons, the negatives can heavily outweigh the good.

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Supplier Disputes

Supplier Disputes

For an unpaid construction supplier, allegations of poor quality supplies many times can damage their reputation within the community. Our construction law firm represents those who supply equipment and materials to construction projects who are facing non-payment.

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Construction Contract Claims

Construction Contract Claims

Whenever possible, we seek to have our clients avoid the need for litigation by reviewing and drafting construction contracts with a straightforward approach that minimizes potential misunderstandings and disputes pro-actively.

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Construction Defects

Construction Defects

A construction defect exists where the work performed does not comply with the building codes, statutes, or contract terms which govern the work. This means that the term can encompass anything from a minor nuisance or maintenance issue, to one as major as a structural impairment.

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Construction Disputes

Construction Disputes

Florida hosts a large community of contractors and sub contractors who work hard to provide workmanship of the highest quality to be found anywhere. Unfortunately there are also situations where a few ‘bad apples’ may spoil the reputation of the bunch.

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Labor Law

Labor Law

Florida Labor Law provides that the wages paid to laborers, workmen, and mechanics on public works construction projects may not be less than “the prevailing rate for a day’s work in the same trade or occupation in the locality within the state where such public work… is to be situated, erected or used”

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House Lifting

House Lifting

One of the most common causes of home elevation is extreme weathering and flooding. In general, there are two options when deciding to elevate your home. The homeowner can physically lift the home, building the new foundation at the bottom, or leaving the home as is, but just building a “livable space” upper level, alternatively converting the ground level to complete closure.

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Construction Litigation

Construction Litigation

Florida construction projects today are complex operations. The construction methods used, the technology required, and the number of participants involved makes for a complex web of obligations and liability.

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Construction Arbitration

Construction Arbitration

Arbitration is one method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) commonly available for parties in dispute seeking to avoid the time consuming and costly prospect of litigation. For Florida contractors, subcontractors, architects or owners involved in construction disputes, arbitration may be their best option to resolve their legal issues.

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Construction Contract Advising Consultation

Construction Contract
Advising Consultation

Many people who start a construction project know very little about what goes into a construction contract and what reasonable terms and protections available are. These contracts should spell out everything that will take place from start to finish during the construction process, including the plans & specs, a schedule and the total price to be paid to the contractor.

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Post-Fire Reconstruction and Insurance Claims

Post-Fire Reconstruction
and Insurance Claims

Though you may be super careful while cooking, stringing up holiday lights, or blowing out candles, unfortunate events can happen without expecting they will. Below are the most important statistics reported by the ESFi, Electrical Safety Foundation International.

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Natural Disaster Recovery

Natural Disaster Recovery

As we know, many of our neighbors are currently combating the harsh realities of post-disaster re-building. From hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and tsunamis, we’ve come to know and understand the challenges that are faced when disasters like these occur.

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Marine Construction

Marine Construction

As we know in the very lucrative business of marine construction, there are many different facets of this industry that require unique knowledge and expertise. Common marine construction projects include submarine cable installation and repair, bridge construction, and dock construction.

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Modular Home Construction Disputes

Modular Home Construction Disputes

If you know anything about Modular Homes, you know they are homes that are built off-site, typically in a construction warehouse, and are then delivered to your plot of land for assembly.

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Construction Lien Law

Construction Lien Law

A Mechanics Lien is a legal encumbrance that reserves the right for the supplier of unpaid labor or materials.

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Construction Funding and Lending Compliance

Construction Funding and Lending Compliance

When it comes to any type of loan, there are many different terms within a traditional loan contract. From federal, state and consumer protection terms, it is important to review these with your local construction attorney before signing such documents.

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Payment and Surety Bonds

Payment and Surety Bonds

A surety bond is defined as a three-party agreement that legally binds together a principal who needs the bond, an obligee who requires the bond and a surety company that sells the bond.

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Licensing for Contractors and Design Professionals

Licensing for Contractors and Design Professionals

In Florida, it is essential that members of the construction and architecture industry must be insured before performing work.

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Liability Insurance and Building Violations

Liability Insurance and Building Violations

In my construction law practice, I’m often confronted with instances of building code violations and questions of whether building code violations should subject a contractor or architect to liability.

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Construction and Scaffold Liability

Construction and Scaffold Liability

Can homeowners be held responsible for injuries that may occur to contractors while work is being done on their property?

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Prompt Payment Law

Prompt Payment Law

General Business Law Section 756 (and the sections that follow it), commonly known as the Prompt Payment Act, establish requirements for how soon a construction contractor or subcontractor must be paid…

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Green Construction and Sustainability

Green Construction and Sustainability

When it comes to Green Construction and Sustainability, there is no true definition of building green. However, we know there are many characteristics that support any such definition of “building green”.

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Florida Homeowners have less time to Sue for Construction Defects under New Law – A Spectrum News Article

The Law Offices of John Caravella, P.C. does not own this content. This content was created by Jeff Allen and was published to Spectrum News. To view the full article, please click here.  LAKE MARY, Fla. — Homeowners across Florida who want to file legal claims against builders for construction defects now have a much… Read more »

Construction in the Marine Industry

As we know in the very lucrative business of marine construction, there are many different facets of this industry that require unique knowledge and expertise. Common marine construction projects include submarine cable installation and repair, bridge construction, and dock construction. Marine construction may also include the erection of coastal structures such as seawalls and submarine… Read more »

Mastering Contract Management in Construction: A Business Owner’s Guide

Long Island Construction Law does not own this content. This content was created by Suzie Wilson. To view Suzie’s website, please click here. Contracts form the backbone of any construction business, establishing clear, effective communication and understanding between parties. They ensure that every project’s details are agreed upon, protect your interests, and help avoid conflicts…. Read more »

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