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Preliminary Notices: Should I Wait To Send My Preliminary Notice?

Earlier this week, a subcontractor in Arizona posted a question on Avvo.com about whether he should or should not wait to send a 20 day preliminary notice. The resounding answer from me and other Arizona attorneys was “No, never wait.”  Why did we respond in this way?  Is it the right response?  Is there ever […]

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Mechanics Liens: Mechanics Lien Against Habitat For Humanity And Non-Profit Projects?

Last week, someone in Oregon posted a question on Avvo.com inquiring whether a mechanics lien can be filed against a non-profit project – specifically a Habitat for Humanity project. This is a frequently asked question because the non-profit nature of these projects can create confusion.  What type of project is it?  Can you lien an […]

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What If Your Mechanics Lien Is Filed After The Owner Sells The Property?

Earlier this week someone asked a question on Avvo.com about whether a mechanics lien would be effective if filed after ab original owner sold the property. This is a great question that comes up pretty infrequently, but depending on the applicable state law, may be a great illustration of how effective and dangerous mechanics lien […]

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Bad Mechanics Lien Advice And Information Is Easy To Find

A few months ago I wrote a blog post titled “Beware of Bad Mechanics Lien Information Online.” It was to make a point you’ve probably heard before about a lot of topics, and that is that you can’t always trust information you find on the Internet. This is especially true for mechanics lien information because […]

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4 Great New York Mechanics Lien Avvo Legal Guides

We’re a great fan of Avvo.com, an online directory of attorneys and legal information, and a place where you can go for free legal advice. In fact, we’ve integrated Avvo right into our LienPilot software, making it easy for clients to get legal advice and answers from attorneys at no charge. Avvo collects Legal Guides […]

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Yes, Property Owners Can Be Forced To Pay For Construction Work Twice

Over the past few years, I’ve participated in an online community of attorneys at Avvo.com. It’s a community I highly recommend to other attorneys and to the public, as anyone can use the site to get free legal advice about anything. As a matter of fact, we’ve integrated Avvo directly into our industry-leading LienPilot application […]

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Mechanics Lien Wrecks Havoc On Property Owner 8 Years After It’s Filed

Our blog’s readers should know I firmly believe that mechanics lien claims help companies get paid. When a mechanics lien is filed, it operates in multiple ways to increase pressure at the project to pay your debt. Reference a white paper we’ve published in the past titled: 5 Ways A Mechanics Lien Will Get You […]

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Can A Contractor File A Mechanics Lien If They Didn’t Finish The Work?

Short Answer:  Probably, yes. Long Answer:  I love Avvo.com, and frequently participate in that community of attorneys. A question was asked to the attorney world at large two weeks ago by someone in Seattle, Washington, that interested me. I planned to answer it on Avvo, but didn’t get around to it until it was too […]

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FAQ: Can I File A Mechanics Lien Too Early?

Short Answer:  You can never be too early. Long Answer: We recently had a client pose this question to us, and it’s not the first time.  I also saw a thread about this question on Avvo.com, and thought the answers there weren’t terrific (except for the one I posted there, of course).  So, I figured it […]

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California Preliminary Notices: Devil Is In The Details

California’s preliminary notice requirement seems straight-forward enough: send preliminary notice to the property owner, the prime contractor and the lender within 20 days of first furnishing labor or materials to a project. As with everything in life, however, the devil is in the details. This is the subject of a Legal Guide I published this […]

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Arizona Mechanics Lien Requirements Can Be Thorny

Mechanics lien law is complex in every jurisdiction, and the state of Arizona is no exception.  In fact, as the title of this article states (with obvious connection to the state’s cactus population), the mechanics lien laws can be a bit thorny in Arizona. The good news for contractors and suppliers is we recently announced that […]

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