It’s amazing living in California. There are fantastic beaches, events and nightlife. You have access to amazing cuisine and so many things to do. As an architect, it’s a place you truly love because there are so many interesting things to see.

You have your own design and construction firm, so you’ve been a prominent fixture in the community for some time. You’ve built many amazing structures for homeowners and businesses.

Part of that process is allowing construction teams to bid on the projects. You allow them to work with you as a third party, so you can have multiple jobs being done at the same time. You monitor them all and expect them to be of the highest quality.

That’s why you were shocked when you received a notice that you were facing a lawsuit. A client claims that defective work to their home has left it an absolute disaster. They say that water damage, mold and other issues have ruined the extension your team added on.

At this stage, it’s important for you to protect your business and reputation. Faulty work or materials do sometimes affect people, and you’re willing to fix the damage if it’s justified. What you don’t want to do is to be accused of something that isn’t true. You were there and oversaw the process; you don’t think that the claim is fair or accurate.

If you face a claim for poor workmanship or other issues, you need to defend yourself immediately. Your attorney can step in to help hone the discussion with your client on the true issues, so you can come up with a solution that is pleasing to everyone involved. Our website has more on what to do if you face a claim.