Design professionals are a unique part of the construction industry. Why? Because these individuals and firms conduct work many times prior to the actual commencement of construction. Other times, they are hired as supervising agents. Because of these…Read More
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WHY send a 20 day preliminary notice?
The short answer: Sending notice is essential to protecting your lien rights.
The long answer: Preliminary notices are the foundation to mechanics lien compliance (and…Read More
California’s Right to Repair Act (Cal. Civ. Code § 895 et seq.) is designed to provide homeowners with exclusive remedy for damages arising out of certain construction defect claims. Originally, California courts in Liberty…Read More
WARNING: Massive spoilers for the television show True Detective are in this article. Read at your own risk.
It’s not often that massively popular television shows reference liens. It’s even more unconventional that…Read More
In order to gain some protection against paying for disputed or insufficient work, or from claims made by subcontractors and suppliers, public entities are allowed to withhold certain funds otherwise due to contractors. However, this ability to retain funds…Read More
2014 was a busy year for mechanics lien law, with significant changes either enacted or contemplated in a large number of states. Changes ranged from providing a more clear definition of what constitutes the “commencement” of an…Read More
Mechanics liens are powerful tools to secure payment, but in some situations, it’s ultimately a lien’s priority that determines whether or not the lien claimant will be paid. If proceeds from a foreclosure sale are insufficient to cover…Read More
The laws, rules, and regulations surrounding construction payment are complex, indicate, and can have significant consequences if not followed. As well as providing remedies for nonpayment (such as the security provided by mechanics liens) there are specific rules related to…Read More
Mechanics liens in California are not specifically required to be notarized in order to be valid. In fact, the confusing requirement that a California mechanics lien be “verified” but it’s not required to be “notarized” has been the subject…Read More
One of the conveniences of technology is the ability to accomplish things in a shorter amount of time than it would take to do the same task in an “analogue” fashion; email is faster than sending a piece of mail through the…Read More