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Alabama Prompt Pay & Reasonable Attorney Fees

Prompt pay laws exist to protect construction industry participants from slow or nonexistent payments. If payment is delayed beyond a specific amount of time (that varies by state) a contractor may be able to make a claim for payment pursuant to prompt payment laws of the state in which the project was located, and may […]

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Alabama Mechanics Liens – Free How To File Guidebook

How Lien and Bond Claim Laws Work

Thousands of companies every day across the United States ship materials, rent construction equipment, or provide labor and effort to construction projects within the state of Alabama. In doing so, they brush up against their right to get paid, which is strongly protected by Alabama laws and courts. In large part, when work is performed […]

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Alabama Does Require Preliminary Notices — And Strict Compliance Required

The Alabama Court of Appeals addressed the state’s preliminary notice requirements in an October 2013 decision, Gunther v. Carpet Systems of Huntsville, Inc. The case isn’t significant for any change in the law, but it is noteworthy in that the appeals court discussed the state’s preliminary notice requirement at length.  The decision makes clear that […]

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Alabama: Notice of Unpaid Lien

sending construction notices

Many states require preliminary notices to be sent at the beginning of work to preserve a claimant’s future lien rights. States like California, Arizona, and Florida have these traditional notice requirements. Alabama does have a notice requirement in order to preserve one’s lien rights, but it is not the traditional preliminary notice (there is an […]

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“Pay When Paid” & “Pay If Paid” Clauses in Alabama

Mechanics Lien Rights Landscaping

Several weeks ago I wrote a post introducing undertaking a 50-state survey of “pay when paid” and “pay if paid” clauses.  While there are some nationwide trends in how these clauses are interpreted, each state can still have vastly different applications.  Thus, a closer look at how pay when paid clauses are applied by courts […]

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Alabama Mechanics Lien Law: Five Things You Should Know

Alabama Mechanics Lien

Two of the most popular posts on this blog have been “5 Things” articles titled: 5 Things To Know About  Florida’s Mechanics Lien Laws and 5 Things To Know About The Miller Act. Given the popularity of these two articles, we thought it would be a good idea to write a “5 Things” article for every state, starting […]

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Update on Zlien and Hurricane Isaac

There are many perks when it comes to living in New Orleans, such as Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and the French Quarter; however, with the good comes the bad, such as humidity, Alabama winning the national championship and hurricanes!  Although we have satellite offices in San Diego and Seattle, zlien ’s home base is in the good […]

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