During these difficult and trying times, social restrictions and new procedures brought on by Covid-19 have affected every industry, especially construction. As the laws governing this industry are complex, having competent legal advice oftentimes is paramount to a successful outcome when legal problems arise. Construction firms need to protect their interests and by working proactively with an experienced construction law attorney, they can mitigate potential legal problems from developing.
Though construction law covers an extremely wide range of legal issues, none are more important than ensuring the insurance coverage for potential liabilities and the need for implementing on-site safety measures brought on by the Coronavirus. During this unprecedented time, consistent and thorough documentation is important in protecting resources. At Heekin Law, P.A. our construction law attorneys represent many construction firms throughout the timeline of their projects, from drafting contracts to handling disputes that have arisen during and after project completion. We understand the challenges the entire construction industry has had to adapt to due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The detailed documentation that has to take place during the duration of a construction project, is important in preparing for potential liability. If your construction firm is in need of legal assistance, Geoff Heekin, Ariel Spires, and Chelsey Pankratz have over 50 years of shared construction law experience. We understand that numerous parties are involved in every construction project, from contractors, sub-contractors, and architects to property owners and developers. Navigating the complex interplay between parties and understanding the regulations and laws governing those processes and procedures is a major part of this specialized field of law.
Florida’s construction industry is booming which includes developments of new homes, residential condominiums, apartments, and commercial property as well. The Coronavirus pandemic has made many companies adjust their office environments to include employees working from home. This is causing companies to reconsider their brick and mortar strategy with many considering downsizing locations. Those commercial property re-fits are a perfect example of new construction commitments adding to a very vibrant and expanding the secondary sector of the economy. With all this activity and growth comes the need for experienced construction law attorneys assisting with unique legal issues that may arise.
At Heekin Law, P.A., our construction law attorneys have tremendous experience successfully handling a wide variety of construction law issues.
Below are some of the most common construction law issues we handle in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, Nocatee, Clay & Putnam County, Fernandina Beach, Palm Coast, The Villages, and many other areas of Central and North Florida.
At Heekin Law, P.A. our construction law attorneys have experience handling all types of construction law issues. We are extremely well versed in all aspects of construction law and can represent any party involved including, contractors, sub-contractors, material suppliers, architects, engineers, builders and developers, and owners/buyers, basically any entity with a financial interest. If you are starting a project, having issues during a construction project, or believe you have an issue or are an injured party, give us a call for a free, no-obligation consultation at 904-355-7000. We strive to expeditiously handle issues that can arise and help prevent costly future litigation. If you are already facing a construction action or litigation, we can analyze your situation, develop a successful strategy that protects your interests, and keeps your ongoing project and your business moving forward.
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.
To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
If you’ve found a malfunction or have ideas for improvement, we’ll be happy to hear from you. You can reach out to the website’s operators by using the following email
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to