South Carolina Construction Law Attorney
Construction Defects • Mechanic’s Liens • Contracts
The Law Office of F. Craig Wilkerson, Jr. represents homebuyers, subcontractors, builders and other parties involved in complex construction law matters. Craig Wilkerson has experience on both the plaintiff and defense side of disputes relating to residential and commercial property transactions, construction and property defects.
We represent homeowners in suits against contractors and material suppliers for water intrusion, mold damage, foundation and structural defects, or inferior building materials. We can also represent owners in manufacturer warranty disputes over defects in windows and structural components.
Likewise, we have defended builders, home inspectors and subcontractors against claims by buyers and the flurry of cross-claims as co-defendants seek to shift liability.
Construction Contract Disputes
Our firm has represented buyers, builders and subcontractors in conflicts arising from contracts for new home construction or remodeling, including breach of contract, change orders, completion dates, cost over-runs, non-performance and quality of workmanship. We understand that work stoppage is like bleeding money to a contractor, and that delays in consummating the transaction cause headaches all around.
Our goal is to quickly resolve mid-project or after-the-fact disputes in a timely and sensible manner.Craig Wilkerson is a trial lawyer who can also pursue injunctions, judgments and specific performance as necessary, or advance his client’s interests in full-fledged litigation.
We know that subcontractors rely on prompt, full payment to meet their payroll and finance the next project. If you have not been paid for work performed, we act quickly to file and serve liens against the builder and property owner to preserve your rights and gain leverage for payment sooner rather than later (or never).
Our attorney has represented suppliers, concrete workers, framers and carpenters, roofers and siding contractors, electricians and plumbers, cabinetmakers, carpet layers, landscapers and other construction trades in perfecting mechanic’s liens.
York and Lancaster Counties sit on the border of North Carolina, and many contractors confuse the laws of the two states. South Carolina’s laws are more strict. For instance, a mechanic’s lien must be filed AND served within 90 days of the date the work was last performed, and the foreclosure must be commenced within six months of the date the work was last performed. For any mechanic’s lien over $5000, the artisan must have a valid LLR license in most cases. The 90-day provision is usually the key matter, as the contractor usually does not even realize there is a problem until 70 to 80 days after the fact. Acting promptly is a necessity in these matters.
Construction law is an unsettled and changing field. The South Carolina Supreme Court has made this more so as the law is in flux again due to new legal precedent. Mr. Wilkerson is aware of the recurring issues, new case results and the most viable approaches to his client’s desired resolution. Call our Rock Hill or Lancaster office at 803-324-7200 to discuss your situation.