Promises To Pay Mean Squat To Your Lien Deadlines

Promises To Pay Mean Squat To Your Lien DeadlinesOwed money on a construction project, but weary about filing a mechanics lien because the owner or contractor is promising to pay?

Well, as the promise to pay “tomorrow,” turns into “Friday,” and turns into “next week,” the time period available for you to file a mechanics lien continues to tick. And in some instances, the time periods can be quite short.

It’s very important for contractors and suppliers to realize that these promises to pay do not extend the lien period. You only have one shot to file your mechanic lien, and once the window closes, it will never re-open.

So, while a promise to make a payment is a significant comfort (it’s better than an outright refusal to pay), a business should be weary about relying on this promise and foregoing its right to lien. The lien protections will disappear…and your client’s promises? Who knows.

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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+.