Program to look at high-end residential construction, Feb. 26

The Oakland County Bar Association will present “High-End Residential Construction: Pitfalls, Challenges and Legal Solutions” on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the OCBA offices in Bloomfield Hills.

Presenters will include Lawrence M. Dudek of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone PLC; along with Jim Schmid, founder and managing director of Resolution Experts PC.  They will use real-life case studies to cover legal issues to consider when representing the high-end residential and commercial construction client.

Topics of discussion will include:

• Structuring the relationship using proper project delivery mechanisms and key contract provisions.

• Problems to anticipate and suggestions for mitigation: fraud and overbilling, compliance with quality expectations and schedule expectations.

• The importance of project documentation, document retention, and your right to audit project records.

• Dealing with the project in distress.

• Understanding market norms and bargaining strengths and weaknesses.

• Roles of the construction lender, title agency and title insurer.

Cost is $40 for OCBA members; $30 for OCBA?new lawyers, paralegals, and students; and $50 for non-members. To register, visit and click on “Events.”