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4 things to do before a power outage

A High Wind Warning throughout the Portland and Vancouver Metro areas means your power outages are very possible Thursday.

Pacific Power is offering residents some suggestions on how to prepare for a potential power outage.

  • Charge up your mobile devices now
  • Pack an emergency outage kit with a flashlight, battery operated clock, extra batteries, non-perishable foods, a manual can opener, bottled water and blankets.
  • If a power outage occurs, check your fuses and circuit breakers
  • Set aside candles, a flame source, and stock wood ahead of time if you have a wood fire place

In the event of a power outage, stay away from downed power and utility lines.

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Let's talk about liens. A construction lien is somebody's right, whether it's a material supplier whether it's a contractor subcontractor - it could be somebody you never even met, you didn't even know existed. But entity or person provided materials labor to your construction jobs. Even though you didn't hire them as the owner, they may have been hired by a subcontractor, they may have been hired by a general contractor. You could and up being liened because that entity was not paid by whoever was supposed to pay them and even know you paid fully for the project you could end up paying again.

If you're thinking about doing a construction project; whether it's remodeling, whether it's a new construction project, whether it's an addition, whatever it is there are issues you need to consider before you sign on the dotted line. Many times issues that you should be considering before you enter a contract will raise their ugly head once construction is underway or even after construction is completed and if you don't consider them be four you signed the contract before the construction project gets underway they could raise a very ugly head later on. So it would behoove you to see an attorney, come talk with me so we can discuss these issues before you sign a contract and make sure that you're protected for later on. 

Oregon City Attorneys

Millard & Bragg Attorneys at Law P.C. is a Litigation Firm out of Oregon City, Oregon that Specializes in Construction Law, Business Law, First Party Insurance Claims, Fire, Wind and Water Claims, and Civil Litigation. Practicing law in both Oregon and Washington.

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Millard: If you’re planning to terminate your contractor, there's several things that need to go into the analysis. Firstly, and the most important thing, is don’t act spontaneously. This must be very carefully planned and you really need to have a professional guide you through this process.

What can a professional offer me?

Millard: The benefits of getting together with a professional before actually terminating the contractor is to avoid the risks of having to pay the other side’s attorney’s fees and potentially if it turns out that you’re terminating the contractor for cause then the contractor is probably in debt to you for contract damages, so therefore it’s really important for you to identify these issues so when you take action it is carefully planned and executed.      

 

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