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The Ultimate Guide To Lien Waivers

Everyone in the construction industry encounters lien waiver documents, but too often, these complex and consequential forms are overlooked. Whether you’re a sole proprietor or a large corporation, understanding and managing lien waiver requests is important. Ask yourself:  Does your company have a defined policy for how lien waiver requests are received and handled?  Is […]

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Georgia's mechanics lien law changes

Lawyers Believe In Lawyers – Everyone Else Doesn’t

Jonny Wells ignited a little firestorm when he posted a Viewpoints article in April simply titled “Lawyer as Constructor.” I personally loved this article, and it inspired me to chime in on the topic.  Are there Too Many Lawyers In Construction, I asked? This led to a small flurry of conversation, including a piece from my friend […]

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mechanics lien helps you avoid litigation

Mechanics Lien: Why Filing A Lien Will Help You Avoid Litigation

CFMA CEO Stuart Binstock, a lawyer, opened the May/June 2013 issue of the organization’s Building Profits magazine with a message about minimizing legal risk. He quoting French Philospher Voltaire as saying that “he had two terrible experiences in his life – once when he lost a lawsuit and once when he won a lawsuit.” Litigation […]

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The Law is Broken And It's Costing You Money

What’s Wrong With The Law And How It Is Costing Your Business Money

Let me introduce myself:  My name is Scott Wolfe, and I’m an attorney.  I have first hand knowledge about everything that is wrong with America’s legal system, but so do you. That’s because what’s wrong with the law is all around you. Just look at recent news reports.  The recent IRS scandal and scandal involving wire-tapping of […]

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Construction Law is Complicated

Are There Too Many Lawyers In Construction?

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a proclamation designating May 1st as “Law Day,” and he “especially urged the legal profession, the press, and the radio, television and motion-picture industries to promote and to participate in the observance on that day.” In honor of the same, we’re going to take a look at the somewhat controversial […]

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Legal Tips On Extending Credit

Credit Management: Legal Tricks To Make Extending Credit Easier

Last week I wrote an article about the epic battle between Credit Departments and Sales Department. In examining how the two departments can co-exist, and thrive, we discussed a best practice of creating options to take new business. If a customer’s credit doesn’t qualify, in other words, what other options are there to bridge the gap and […]

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California Mechanics Lien Law: Preliminary Notice Requirements When Work Commissioned By A Tenant

California Civil Code Article 8200 provides that serving a preliminary notice upon the owner, the direct contractor and the construction lender is an absolute pre-requisite to later filing a mechanics lien, stop notice or payment bond claim. There are few exceptions to the California preliminary notice requirement, but one overall exception is within part (e)(2) […]

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune Reporter Unfair To Mechanics Lien Laws

Michael Braga of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (@MichaelBraga2) published an article last week titled “Harassing lien angers Sarasota senior,” reporting on a mechanics lien filed by Gulfeagle Supply against “a retired…resident living on social security.” The article is clearly biased in favor of the retiree homeowner and against the “harassing” company. It appears to be poorly […]

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Pennsylvania’s Mechanics Lien Law Has Flaws With Its Service Requirements

Yesterday, inspired by an article from Jerry Geiger about common missteps claimants make when filing a Pennsylvania mechanics lien, I published a post examining the state’s service requirements in “Service Mistakes Are Common When Filing A Pennsylvania Mechanics Lien.“ That post examined the service requirements within Pennsylvania’s mechanics lien law, which frequently requires service upon the property owner be […]

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What’s The Risk Of Filing An Invalid Mechanics Lien?

It is often that someone contacts us suspecting that they don’t have mechanics lien rights, and they are wondering: should I file the mechanics lien anyway?  There is a lot that goes into answering this question. Since Zlien is not a law firm, it can’t and doesn’t give legal advice, and so we always inform […]

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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 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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