One of the challenges that face owners of architectural firms when general economic conditions require planning are associated with what proactive steps an owner can take when a temporary firm closure or merger to another firm is contemplated.
Attorney’s fees are a fact of life when you have to go to court. Normally, unless your purchase agreement/contract contains a provision for recovering these fees in the event that litigation becomes necessary, you’re going to have to pay your attorney yourself and you won’t be able to get that money back.
Whether you’re a building owner or a builder, finding a neutral forensic expert associated with a defect claim can be a difficult proposition. You need someone that will remain completely objective throughout the handling of the claim and not become an advocate solely for either party. You need someone who will look at all of the facts available and present fair opinions based on the facts as opposed to formulating opinions that correspond closely with the interests of the client paying the expert.