Without Karalynn Cromeens’ committed passion for Construction Law, The Cromeens Law Firm as it exists today would simply not exist. This fervor did not begin with the Law Firm, however. It’s been with her from the beginning, instilled in her by an incredibly hard-working, close-knit family. To understand Karalynn’s foundation, as well as the basis of the firm, we first must understand where she came from- a community she refers to as the “Get Shit Done Tribe”. This community made Karalynn who she is today, and now is who she works to protect. She deeply values the GSD tribe, is inspired by their drive and would love to invite you to join it below.
If You Are from the “Get Shit Done Tribe”
You Always Have a Seat at My Table
Who is the Get Shit Done tribe? We are the people who build things; We make the world a better place with our work and effort. Growing up, my dad’s side of the family were farmers. Their effort was put into growing goods from the land and raising animals. That work fed their family, as well as so many other families, and their dedication and effort made a difference in the world. My Mom’s side of the family ran an excavation company. They cleared and shaped the land to create beautiful golf courses and prepared the earth below their feet for other great improvements. Their work was visible and made the world a better and more beautiful place. After a hard day’s work, the land looked different from when they started.
The Get Shit Done tribe is home to me. It is what is familiar. I married a man that sold construction materials, and when he had the idea to start his own company, I was right by his side. We worked harder than we have ever worked, starting at the office at 4am and working until after 6pm day in and out. There were plenty of weeks we went without a paycheck because the money was needed to keep the company running. I understand what it takes to start a family business from the ground up. We made plenty of mistakes, some of which nearly put us out of business, but we learned from them and kept on going.
Some things I know about the Get Shit Done tribe: They work hard to get the job done. They do the right thing, whether a contract tells them to or otherwise. Their work is a reflection of who they are, and they strive to go beyond their client’s expectations. They are clear and direct in their communications and expect the same in return.
What does it mean to have a seat at my table?
It means you are family, and I will use my knowledge and skills to help and protect you. My firm is based on these principles. We care about your company as a whole, not just the matter we are representing you on. Our aim is to help you make a profit and avoid disputes. Having grown up in the industry, started a construction business that is still highly successful today, then made the decision to go to law school and practice construction law for the last 16 years, I have a unique perspective on this work. I know what is needed to prevent the mistakes I had to learn the hard way, I know exactly the steps to take to collect the money you are owed, and I know what it takes to keep your company safe.
Customer Service is of utmost importance to the G.S.D. Tribe. As a member of the Get Shit Done tribe, you pride yourself on customer service and you strive to go above and beyond your clients’ expectations. Your attorney should do the same. At TCLF (The Cromeens Law Firm), our goal is to go above and beyond your expectations. We guarantee a response within one business day, so when you ask us a question, we will get you an answer quickly. We will be honest and open about the status of any matters we are handling for you. We will explain what is going on in plain English and give you all your options. We will recommend strategies based on what is best for your company, even if it means less money for us. We have predictable and transparent pricing. TCLF is here to help you run a better business, and our biggest accomplishment is your success.
The G.S.D. Tribe looks out for one another.
Collections are a necessary part of the construction industry. Having run a material supply business that sold everything on credit, I had to learn how to collect the money we were owed. They say, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Well, to survive as a material supply business, it was a necessity that I figured out how to collect our money. I became the expert at collections and let me tell you, it is not just sending letters. Collections involves making consistent phone calls and emails to the people who matter. In the construction industry, those phone calls are to the general contractor, owner, and construction lender (if there is one). I became an expert at finding these companies, and then narrowing down the people within these companies that could get me paid. I learned the importance of being professional and courteous when discussing matters, as well as straightforward and truthful about what would happen if we were not paid. At the same time, I had to make sure all the proper notices were sent and that we were taking all the proper steps to file a valid and enforceable lien. Do all of this, and your collections process becomes unstoppable. With this collection strategy, we wrote off less than 1% of our gross sales. This is the same collection strategy TCLF brings to our clients. We understand it takes more than just certified mail to collect the money you are owed. More importantly, we understand how much your company needs that money to survive.
Putting the legal process in plain English is a service we pride ourselves on providing. For years, attorneys have acted like the man behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz, trying to portray the legal process as something high and mighty, something that a normal person could never hope to understand. They weave the narrative that this is why clients need the attorney and must endure the astronomical bills that come with keeping them. At the end of the day, just like when Toto pulled back the curtain, we are all just people and there is nothing that an attorney does that you should not understand. Your attorney should be able to explain everything to you and lay out all your options, so you clearly understand what is going on in your contract. This is an attorney’s job. If your current attorney is not doing this, you need to find one who does. Any attorney that does not tell you what is going on and makes all the decisions is extremely dangerous and can cost you a lot of time and money with unnecessary legal fees. Here at TCLF, you are given a copy of everything that comes in and goes out on all of your cases with an explanation of what each document means in plain English. If you still do not understand, you can give us a call, and at no charge we will breakdown what you need help understanding. This is our job.
Education & preventive care are paramount. I once had a client tell me that both dentists and attorneys were anything but enjoyable but were both a necessary evil. I told him, just like how if you get your teeth cleaned regularly at the dentist, you will not need fillings, attorneys can help you implement procedures that keep you out of disputes and the courtroom if you partner with your attorney on the front end. For example, you need an employee handbook based on your specific business. You need an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) approved safety manual. You need to draft the best construction contract for your business or have a contract reviewed before you sign it. All these needs can be met at TCLF for a flat fee. And that is not all we can do; the list goes on and on. Call us for a free evaluation of how we can help your construction company make sure all its bases are covered before an issue arises. We also have tons of free educational content on our blog and free webinars and events every month.