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6 Days to Mastering Mechanics Liens – Day 1: Understanding the Basics

Day One: Understanding the Mechanics Lien Lifecycle Whether you are a mechanics lien veteran, or just getting started, navigating lien laws across the country can be a mess. Having a general knowledge of mechanics lien basics – what liens are, why they exist, and how they work — provides a strong foundation to mastering mechanics liens, […]

Pay If Paid Clauses in California

Credit Application Series: Person v. Business Credit Check

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Defining the construction market

CFM Review: Does Construction Need Its Own Business Status?

Every Friday, we select a few articles from the week that we think are worth your time as a construction financial manager (CFM). We look for compelling articles not only about financial topics, but about business, technology, and life, that challenges you to think about your role as a CFM in different ways. We’d love […]

CFM Review: 5 Technologies to Increase Cash Flow

Spring is Here: 3 Ways Contractors Can Take on More Work With Little Cash

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These Common Mistakes Can Invalidate Your Mechanics Lien

Parties in the construction industry who are unpaid after furnishing labor and/or materials to a project are generally able to secure payment through the use of a mechanics lien. There are many reasons why mechanics liens are the most formidable tool in the construction industry to virtually guarantee payment, but in order for the lien […]

Don’t Miss Your Lien Deadline By Waiting Until the Last Minute to File

3 Lien Waiver Mistakes That Can Burn Your Company

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2015 CRF Forum & EXPO: Everything You Need to Know

On August 10, some of the biggest names in the credit industry are descending upon Seattle for the annual Credit Research Foundation Forum & Expo. If you are a credit executive and you’re looking to network with other high-level managers in the credit industry, then you are likely already familiar with the event. If this is news […]

Cloud Technology Can Give Lien & Notice Functionality To Your ERP or Accounting Platform

10 Things to Consider When Writing A Credit Policy

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When to send preliminary notice

When to Send Preliminary Notice [50-State Guide for Subcontractors]

Are you a prime contractor? View the Prime Contractor’s Lien and Notice Deadline Chart. Do I have to send a pre lien notice? Is my mechanics lien going to be invalid? Sound familiar? The quest to find pre lien notice (or preliminary notice) requirements and deadlines leaves many scratching their heads. To solve this problem, […]

What is a Subcontractor Lien Waiver? [FAQs and Forms]

The Project Completion Date: When It Matters And How You’ll Know

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Deceptive Attempts to Circumvent Liens by Subs

Can “Relating Back” Extend the Miller Act’s One Year Limitation Period?

Under the Miller Act, a party is limited to a one year period to file suit against a payment bond to recover payment. This one year period may be extended for very limited circumstances. The reason for these limited circumstances is because to allow an extension of the one year period alters the risk profile of sureties […]

Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures Revised

California Courts Push Right to Repair Act In The Right Direction

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Mechanics Lien Rules for Architects, Engineers, and Designers [Infographic]

  While most of the writing about construction payment and mechanics liens focuses on contractors and suppliers, there’s another group of people out there vital to completing (and even starting) any construction project. I’m talking about design professionals. Design professionals include architects, engineers, interior designers, and other licensed professionals. Without these guys and girls, buildings […]

Prove Your Price Or Your Mechanics Lien Could Be Worthless

Ohio Courts: Suppliers Must Prove Materials Used For Improvement

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Utah Improvements

Utah Court’s Definition of “Improvement” Is Poor, Should Be Reconsidered

Questions regarding a mechanics lien’s, or potential mechanics lien’s, validity are some of the most important questions considered by lien claimants. While there are many reasons that may cause a mechanics lien claim to be invalid, the most fundamental is whether or not the work performed is of a type granted mechanics lien protection – whether […]

Super Bowl Turf Installers Filed A Mechanics Lien: 3 Things This Teaches Contractors Everywhere

Decorative Holiday Lighting and Mechanics Liens

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Mechanics lien subordination

Subordination of Mechanics Liens: The New No-Lien Clause?

Lien waivers have an important, even critical, place in construction payment. The parties closest to the money are highly motivated to make sure the project proceeds free of any lien claims, for several reasons. Not only can mechanics liens potentially force double payment, they cloud the property title and can negatively impact bonding capacity and cash-flow, all of […]

Taylor Swift and Prompt Payment

Textura: A Friend or Foe To Subcontractors?

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How to make prompt payment claims

How To Make A Claim Under Prompt Payment Laws

The construction industry frequently sees big, well-funded organizations contracting with smaller, capital-needy companies, and it’s no secret that subcontractors must navigate substantial working capital challenges.  For this reason, the construction industry has well-established “prompt payment laws” in place to protect contractors and suppliers against slow and delayed payments. If a payment is tardy, contractors and […]

What the Billtrust + zlien Partnership Means To You

B2B Receivables and Collections Benchmarking Offers Lessons To Construction Industry Finance Professionals

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