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Joint Check Agreements: 3 Fatal Mistakes You Can Make

Getting a joint check agreement is a plus for any credit department, and I highly recommend utilizing the joint check remedy when it’s available.  Don’t make the mistake, however, of thinking that joint check agreements are a one-size-fits-all type of document. To the contrary, there are lots of traps and mistakes to be made.  This post discusses […]

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Service Mistakes Are Common When Filing A Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien

Jerry Geiger at Newman Williams published a blog last week titled “Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Missteps.”  The article focused on a common mistake made by lien claimants in Pennsylvania; best summarized by Geiger with this sentence: In each case [that Geiger handled to remove invalid mechanic liens in Pennsylvania] …the claimant assumed the affidavit of service […]

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3 Ways To Get Burned Filing Your Own Mechanics Lien

No one goes to medical school to learn how to file a mechanic’s lien.  It isn’t brain surgery. Claimants must be careful, however, because mechanic lien laws are hyper-technical and there are many traps for the inexperienced and the do-it-yourselfers. In fact, as an example of one of these traps, we previously wrote a post […]

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Connecticut Court Forgives Small Error In Mechanics Lien

Mechanics lien statutes are complex and technical, and they get mixed treatment by courts across the country with some courts very strictly construing and others very liberally construing the statutory requirements. It’s because of these varied restrictions that filing a mechanics lien can be a treacherous affair, and folks are at risk to make common mistakes […]

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Does One Mechanics Lien Protect Everyone On The Project?

Believe this: When a contractor runs out of cash and has his back against the wall on a project, he will say just about anything to prevent others from filing a mechanics lien. [pullquote style="right" quote="dark"]Whatever the contractor’s problems are on the project, they are not your problems[/pullquote] Why?  Because anyone who files a mechanics […]

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Mechanics Lien Rumors Cause Problems

Mechanics Lien Rumors Are Not Mechanics Lien Laws

Granted, mechanics lien laws are complex. It’s still surprising to me how many folks out there think they know everything about the lien laws when they in fact know little to nothing at all. This is a huge problem in the marketplace. Many companies rely on these misconceptions to their detriment, and wind up with defunct […]

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Mistakes You’ll Likely Make When Sending Your Own Preliminary Notices

I was working with a company recently trying to sell our preliminary notice services to them.  They had complained that sending notices takes too long, and that they frequently have to do a lot of research to get down to the bottom of confusing projects (who is the owner?!?).  Ultimately, they decided to continue sending […]

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5 Things People Have Wrong About Mechanics Liens

Little in the law is as misunderstood as the mechanics lien instrument. We’ve dedicated some entire sections of this blog to trying to lift this fog, such sections being devoted to analyzing Common Mistakes and Lien Errors. While each state has its own mechanics lien rules and, therefore, it’s own unique common mistakes, there are […]

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What Is A Mechanics Lien? Mechanics Lien 101

Mechanics Liens are a staple in the construction industry, and while everyone in the industry knows liens exist, its sometimes surprising how little folks know about these instruments. Unfortunately, that’s probably because there is just so much to know about liens. Hell, I’ve dedicated an entire blog to the issue. But in this short post […]

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3 Mistakes Mechanics Lien Claimants Make When Identifying Themselves

We posted an article yesterday about a California case published last month where a mechanics lien’s validity was in dispute because of the way the lien claimant identified itself on the lien. That case -  Montgomery Sansome LP v. Rezai - was very similar to a California case we wrote about a few months ago – Ball […]

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Washington’s 3 Most Common Mechanics Lien Mistakes

If you’re unpaid on a construction project in Washington state, there is no better solution for you other than the mechanics lien instrument. Filing a mechanics lien is hands-down the most effective way to get your debt paid, but actually filing the lien claim can be very complex and detailed. In fact, it’s quite easy […]

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