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Construction Contracts: Allowance or Contingency?

By on June 10, 2017 in Commercial, Construction, Contracts

While both relatively simple concepts, allowances and contingencies are often confused with one another. Conflating the two can lead to pitfalls, warn Randolph E. Ruff and Jonathan M. Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins.

“An easy way to remind oneself of the difference is: allowances are for known unknowns, and contingencies are for unknown unknowns,” they write.

In their article, they explain the differences between allowances and contingencies, how they are used, and how they can be drafted.

Read the article.


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