Mechanic Lien Guest Article in Puget Sound Business Journal

Mechanic Lien Guest Article in Puget Sound Business JournalLast week, the Puget Sound Business Journal (@PSBJ) published an article I wrote about mechanics lien laws in Washington state. Thanks to them for contacting me about the guest contribution and publishing the article.

The article, titled “Mechanic’s liens gets a little easier (subscription required),” addressed the recent legal hurricane in Washington’s construction industry caused by the Williams v. Athletics’ Field decision. Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision last fall, case law in the state was confusing, with one division applying strict scrutiny to every lien dispute and another division applying liberal scrutiny. The effect of this difference in perspective became really pronounced in 2010 when an appeals court held that the mechanics lien form within the state’s lien statute wasn’t good enough (even though the statute itself said the form was satisfactory), the effect of this decision essentially invalidating every mechanics lien claim in the state.

The Supreme Court’s fall decision reversed the controversial appeals decision and clarified that Washington law requires courts to liberally construe mechanics lien claims. The result? Filing a lien claim, or at least defending a lien claim, became a bit easier.  What does this mean to the construction industry, to real estate owners, to the real estate market?  It’s all debated in the article…

We followed the Williams v. Athletics’ Field case through the courts here on the Construction Lien Blog, and you can read our articles on the case by clicking on its tag.

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Scott Wolfe Jr

About Scott Wolfe Jr

Scott Wolfe Jr. is the CEO of zlien, a company that provides software and services to help building material supply and construction companies reduce their credit risk and default receivables through the management of mechanics lien and bond claim compliance. He is also the founding author of The Lien and Credit Journal, a leading online publication about liens, security instruments and getting paid on every account. Scott is a licensed attorney in six states with extensive experience in corporate credit management and collections law, with a specific emphasis on utilizing mechanic liens, UCC filings and other security instruments to protect and manage receivables. You can connect with him via Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.