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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 When Paid and Pay If Paid Clauses in California

Credit Application Series: Person v. Business Credit Check

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Partnership in Order to Cash Process zlien and Billtrust

What the Billtrust + zlien Partnership Means To You

Here is a story of two credit and collection departments: the status-quo team and the data-driven team. The status quo team has a way of doing things that work, and has worked for years. Their credit risks are controlled, and their collection rates are acceptable to management. Their system may be a green-screen, but it […]

Construction Executive Risk Management Publishes Guide to Improve Receivables and Cash Flow

Lien Policy: Best Practices and Overview

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Mechanics Lien Mistakes

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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CFM Review: Are Teaming Agreements Binding and Enforceable?

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 […]

4 Qualities to Look for When Hiring a Credit Manager

How A/R and a Lien Policy Work Together

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

It’s very common that we get questions about project completion dates and its effect on a party’s mechanics lien or bond claim rights. This is an important and tricky topic, and unfortunately, there aren’t very many answers. In fact, I spent 6 months last year digging into California county records to locate a solution to […]

Arizona Mechanics Lien Law: Preliminary Notices -The Basics

Stop Notice: What Is It?

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No License, No Lien, No Recovery? Sometimes.

While mechanics liens can provide valuable protection for parties who furnish labor and/or materials to construction projects, the claimant must qualify to file a valid mechanics lien before the protections can work to his or her benefit. In many states, having a license to perform the work at issue is a prerequisite to filing a valid […]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reviewing Mechanics Lien Enforcement Procedure

California Court Allows Subordination of Mechanics Lien to Deed of Trust

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Correcting Mechanics Liens with Lien Amendments

Mechanics lien amendments serve to correct, modify, or add information to a previously recorded lien. Very few states have concrete statutory rules when it comes to the applicability or availability of amendments, or the process of modifying a previously recorded lien. This can make the process all the more confusing. However, in some cases, an amendment […]

Top Lien Release Myths Examined

Property Research: The Hidden Step in Mechanics Lien Prep

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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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Virginia’s New Lien Waiver Law Makes Payment More Fair

More than 200 years ago, Virginia’s most famous son invented the mechanics lien concept to protect contractors and suppliers against non-payment on construction projects. In the 2015 legislation, Virginia’s lawmakers finally embraced the public policy reasons behind this legal principle, passing a law prohibiting subcontractors and suppliers against waiving their lien rights, thus protecting these parties against […]

Louisiana Lessors Have Disparate Burden To Use Lien Rights

Construction Payment Utopia

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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 […]

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

Take Control of Cash Flow With This CFMA Webinar

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