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The Law Offices of Jonathan E. Dekel is experienced with both private development and public works construction projects. We represent clients involved in a wide range of major infrastructure projects, including roads, transportation facilities, schools, colleges, and solar energy. We provide experienced, ethical, practical and cost-effective service. Please call 310-571-8079 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Public Works

We know the public works business. We are familiar with the array of issues that can arise during a public's works construction project. We have counseled clients in connection with stop notices, labor compliance and performance issues as well as other conflicts on public and private projects.

 

SUSPENDED LICENSES?
Filing a bankruptcy petition can help cure your suspended licenses.

When a judgment is entered against a contractor, the Contractor's License Board ("CSLB") suspends that contractor's license. The suspension or threat of suspension often causes the contractor to pay the judgment rather than have the license suspended, but not all construction companies have the means to pay. Federal bankruptcy laws generally require that all efforts to collect money from a bankrupt person/business stop once the bankruptcy is filed. The scope of the bankruptcy stay is broad and can affect CSLB collection measures as well. Our clients have found that notifying the CSLB of a pending bankruptcy often stays a license suspension. In fact, the CSLB's requires contractors the contractor notify them of all filed bankruptcies.

Only an attorney can file a bankruptcy petition on behalf of a corporation. If your license has been suspended due to a judgment, and your company's liabilities exceed your assets please call us (310) 571-8079 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We have helped numerous construction companies file Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions at an affordable flat rate.

Private works and Mechanic's Liens.

The Law Offices of Jonathan E. Dekel helps contractors file complaints against property developers and landowners to protect and enforce mechanic's liens. We enforce mechanic's lien actions on behalf of general contractors,
subcontractors and first-tier material suppliers.

 

A mechanic's lien is a powerful device for obtaining payment. While a mechanic's lien is in place, the owner is prevented from selling its property. In most cases, a lawsuit must be filed within 90 days of the filing of the lien. A prime contractor cannot record a lien until the completion of the contract and must do so before the expiration of 60 days after a notice of completion or notice of cessation, or, if no notice of completion or notice of cessation has been recorded, before 90 days after completion of the work of improvement. California Civil Code § 3115. Subcontractors and other claimants only have 30 days after a notice of completion or notice of cessation has been recorded, or if no notice of completition or notice of cessation has been recorded, 90 days after completion of the work of improvement. California Civil Code § 3116. In many cases, the the prospect of foreclosure prompts the owner to pay the debt. If you have not been paid and have filed a mechanic's lien and have not or need help recording a lien, please call us at (310) 571-8079 or or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

License Bond Claims - "Small" Claims Are Important To Us

Whether you are an owner or a contractor, the decision to pursuse a "smaller" claim, for example under $15,000, can often pose a difficult dilemma. On the one hand, attorney fees and court costs involved in pursuing such a claim often exceeds the amount of the claim. In addition, the party who owes the money may be judgment proof. While other lawyer may disregard claims of this nature as too "small," we understand that they are significant to our clients and that's how we treat them. In such cases, filing a claim against a contractor's license bond may be a cost effective strategy. The Law Offices of Jonathan E. Dekel is experienced with the license bond claim process and helps both owners and contractors pursue claim's against license bonds. Effective January 1, 2007, the bond amount increase to $12,500. However, the full $12,500 license bond amount is reserved exclusively for homeowner claimaints under Section 7071.5(a) of the Contractors license Law. For contractors, the maximum bond claim amount is $7,500 as set forth under Section 7071.6(b) of the Contractor's License Law. If you you have a construction claim, please call us at (310) 571-8079 or or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

 
 
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The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan Eric Dekel represent clients throughout Los Angeles County and Southern California. Woodland Hills Bankruptcy - Woodland Hills Chapter 7 lawyer. Reseda Bankruptcy Lawyer. Reseda Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney. Encino Bankruptcy lawyer. Encino Chapter 7 bankruptcy atttorney. Construction lawyer for Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Monica, the South Bay, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, the San Fernando Valley, Woodland Hills, Agoura Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Encino, Glendale, Northridge, Studio City, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Hancock Park, Beverlywood, Westlake Village and Valencia.
Attorney Jonathan Dekel speaks Hebrew and serves the Israeli community in Los Angeles.
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