How to Properly Dispute a Change Order

Say you are the owner of a construction project and are presented with a change order for work you thought was within the scope of the project. Maybe the contractor did some work based on an email or passing conversation you had and you are thinking it’s part of the price. But then, a week or a month later, the contractor submits a bill to you. What do you do?

Alexander Barthet is a board certified construction attorney in Florida and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He manages The Barthet Firm, a ten lawyer construction law firm in Miami. He can be reached at 305-347-5295 or