Navigating the Tricky Waters of the Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act

Navigating the Tricky Waters of the Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act

The Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act (MBTFA) can have a significant financial impact on Michigan restoration contractors. The MFBTA mandates that payments made by an owner to a contractor are to be held “in trust” for paying subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers. This means that if you’re a general contractor who has received project funds, you Read More

Navigating the Legal Terrain: Proactive Strategies for Restoration Contractors

Navigating the Legal Terrain: Proactive Strategies for Restoration Contractors

At The Law Offices of Edward H. Cross, we continuously strive to empower restoration and disaster remediation contractors with the legal knowledge they need to succeed. That’s why, in a recent appearance on IAQ Radio with legends Joe “Radio Joe” Hughes and Cliff “Z-Man ” Zlotnik, attorney Angela Bajramaj shared invaluable insights on how contractors Read More

Protecting Your Right to Payment: What Contractors Must Know in the Wake of Hurricane Hilary

Protecting Your Right to Payment: What Contractors Must Know in the Wake of Hurricane Hilary

As a disaster recovery contractor, you play a vital role in helping communities rebuild after a devastating natural event like Hurricane Hilary. Your dedication to repairing and restoring homes and businesses is commendable. However, rushing out to address the damage can lead to some legal and financial pitfalls if you don’t carefully navigate California’s labyrinth Read More

Navigating the Storm: How Restoration Contractors Can Successfully Work with Difficult Insurance Adjusters

Navigating the Storm: How Restoration Contractors Can Successfully Work with Difficult Insurance Adjusters

Amidst the roaring winds and crashing waves of the restoration industry, there exists a tale of how contractors and insurance adjusters, like seasoned sailors, can navigate the storm and chart a course to successful collaboration. However, for many restoration contractors, working with difficult insurance adjusters can pose unique challenges. There are many practices and strategies Read More

Top Collections Strategies for Restorers
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Top Collections Strategies for Restorers

In the latest issue of C&R Magazine, attorney and collections expert Angela Bajramaj tackles one of restorers’ biggest challenges – getting paid – in the article “Top Collections Strategies for Restorers.” The key to successful collections, according Bajramaj, lies in setting realistic expectations, implementing effective communication, and thoroughly documenting throughout the project. Collecting payment starts Read More

Preparing Restoration Contractors for Hurricane Season: Essential Steps for Success

Preparing Restoration Contractors for Hurricane Season: Essential Steps for Success

As hurricane season approaches in the United States, restoration contractors face a unique set of challenges and opportunities. With the potential for widespread property damage and increased demand for their services, contractors must be well-prepared in order to thrive in the aftermath of these powerful storms. From understanding licensing laws and lien requirements to implementing Read More

Allstate Pays Contractor $335,000 to Settle Dispute Over $33,000 Restoration Invoice – C&R
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Allstate Pays Contractor $335,000 to Settle Dispute Over $33,000 Restoration Invoice – C&R

SANTA ANA, CA – Allstate Insurance Company has paid $335,000 to settle an insurance bad faith lawsuit filed by an Orange County, California property damage restoration contractor with an Assignment of Insurance Rights (AOR) that included an assignment of benefits. The case arose from a $250,000 insurance claim for a fire that burned part of Read More

Law Offices of Ed Cross Now Serving Restorers in Michigan

Law Offices of Ed Cross Now Serving Restorers in Michigan

Detroit, Michigan, May 17, 2023 – The Law Offices of Edward H. Cross is excited to announce that Michigan attorney, Angela Bajramaj, has joined the firm as a partner and will run the firm’s new office in Detroit. Angela is a restoration collections expert. For eight years before joining the firm, Angela served as Corporate Read More

How to NOT Get Roasted in a Deposition

How to NOT Get Roasted in a Deposition

5 Tips for the Subpoenaed & a Music Video A deposition can be a traumatic experience. Depositions are a tool used by the parties to gather oral evidence during the discovery process. Not only could the process of being deposed be excruciating, but it could also be expensive. If you have a looming deposition, it Read More

Pennsylvania Decides Again that Assignments of Bad Faith to Restorers are Valid

Pennsylvania Decides Again that Assignments of Bad Faith to Restorers are Valid

Pennsylvania Federal Court held that bad faith claims could be assigned to a third party, such as a restoration company, who alleged injury from the insurer’s conduct in adjusting the claim.  State Farm Fire and Casualty Company (“State Farm”) insured 1133 Columbia LLC’s property (“Columbia”). Royal Water Damage Restoration (“Royal Water”) performed mitigation, remediation, and Read More

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