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Connecticut’s Home Improvement Act: Subcontractors Can Breathe Easy

When viewed in a vacuum, it seems odd that the lien rights of subcontractors and suppliers can be negatively impacted by the actions of third parties. It is easy to think that some rule of fair play is violated when actions out of the sub’s control extinguish otherwise valid lien rights. For example, whether or […]

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Connecticut Pay If Paid Clauses

Pay if paid and pay when paid clauses are treated differently depending on the state. Some, like Illinois, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, have statutory restrictions on such clauses, and others, like California and New York, do not enforce them on public policy grounds. In other states, however, the enforceability of a pay if paid or […]

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Connecticut Mechanics Lien Law: Five Things You Should Know

Connecticut mechanics lien law is complicated and it’s important to understand the laws applicable to your project. Here are five things you should know about Connecticut mechanics lien law. 1) Notice Requirements Are Complex Connecticut does not require any notice prior to performing work on the project. However, the general contractor is allowed to file […]

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Payment Bonds: Connecticut Court Rules on Deadline to Foreclose Case

If you’ve ever looked at Zlien’s state-by-state resource page, you’ll see that each state has deadlines that must be complied with.  One deadline common to every state is the time in which a party must sue to foreclose on a mechanic’s lien.  Connecticut is fairly generous in this regard; a party has up to one year […]

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Mechanics Liens: How does Zlien sign your documents?

Will Zlien be sending me paperwork to sign? In most cases, the answer is No.  Zlien is compliant with every state’s lien and notice requirements.  If we are capable of signing your documents on your behalf as an authorized agent, then we take care of getting your documents signed and notarized if necessary. When you […]

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More Problems With Misidentification of Lien Claimant in Mechanics Lien

Who are you?  Seems like a simple enough question. You’d be surprised how often mechanics lien claimants wrongly identify themselves in a mechanics lien, and you may even be surprised how often this makes a difference. The issue was addressed recently in Connecticut, and a mechanics lien claimant in that state lost its lien claim […]

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Which Work or Materials To Include When Calculating A Mechanics Lien Deadline

A footnote in a July 2012 Connecticut Court of Appeals decision presents an interesting issue about calculating a mechanics lien deadline.  This task, as readers of the blog will know, is not as easy as it seems. Calculating a mechanics lien deadline usually requires the claimant to select its last date of furnishing labor or […]

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The Amount of Your Mechanics Lien Should Be Directly Tied To Value, or not?

How much should you claim in your mechanics lien? That is a very frequently pondered question, and something we’ve addressed on this blog from a few angles. A recent case in Connecticut illustrates that setting your claim amount may not always be straight-forward, and that there is a battle in mechanics lien laws between securing the […]

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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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FAQ: Are We Required To Deliver A Notice Of Intent To Lien Before Filing Our Lien?

Short Answer:  Only in the following states:  Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Long Answer:  It’s extremely common for folks to not quite understand the differences between preliminary notices and notices of intent to lien; and further, to not quite understand when a state requires notices of intent to be sent. […]

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New Case Explains Priority of Liens in Connecticut

Sometimes, a claimant’s mechanic lien is just one of many inscriptions placed upon a property.   There may be additional  construction liens (filed both before and after yours), a construction loan, a bank’s mortgage, and others.   When you’re looking to use the lien procedures to get paid, all of these inscriptions begs this question:  who gets […]

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