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Condominium Liens: How Many Liens Will You Need?

When it comes time to record a mechanics lien every company wants to file the minimum amount of documents. This makes perfect sense. The more documents you need to record the more expensive the lien process will be. Things get a bit sticky when filing mechanics lien claims against a condominium construction project. We’ve addressed […]

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Bond Claims: Is There a Benefit to Sending A Bond Claim When There is No Requirement to Send a Claim Prior to Initiating Suit?

Bond claims, like mechanic’s liens, have requirements that vary from state to state.  Whether or not preliminary notice is required, who must receive preliminary notice or the claim itself, and even if a formal claim is required prior to initiating a lawsuit to recover can all change depending on the state in which the project […]

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Mechanics Lien Claim or Bond Claim? Which Should You File?

Some people get confused about the differences between a bond claim and a mechanics lien claim, and this can result in causing decision paralysis. As this post will explain, however, the question of “which should you file” is usually a trick question. On most occasions, you only have the opportunity to file one or the other. You […]

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Zlien Updates the Resources for Public Projects

Several months ago I noted that Zlien continuously updates the resources section of the website in order to continue being the web’s leading resource for lien, bond claim, and notice information.  In that time span, not only has every state been updated with new FAQs and re-vamped charts for private projects, there are new FAQs […]

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Vermont Mechanics Lien Law: Who Can File?

Zlien’s mechanics lien resources page is an impressive assembly of lien law information, resources and forms. You can select any state and pull up detailed and reliable information about the applicable mechanics lien law. One of the most useful features of the Zlien Resources is the “Frequently Asked Questions” data it provides for both private […]

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California Mechanics Lien Law: Must It Be Notarized?

While a California mechanics lien must be signed and “verified,” there is not an independent requirement that it also be notarized. Confusion arises because the mechanics lien statute requires verification, but as we’ll see in this blog post, a “verification” requirement is not the same as a “notarization” requirement. The statute in question is California […]

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Preliminary Notices: What It Means When Your Notice Is Returned Undelivered?

When you slip your preliminary notice in the mail it is usually delivered, but there are a surprising number of alternative endings here. The mail piece can get lost, it can get rejected by the recipient, it could get returned undeliverable, and more. What does it mean to your obligation to send a preliminary notice if […]

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Mechanic’s Lien: How Long Do I Have To Wait Before I Can File?

Yesterday, someone in Treasure Coast, Florida submitted a question about mechanics liens to the “General Plumbing Discussion” forum at PlumbingZone.com.  The post, titled “Mechanic’s Lien in Florida” boils down to this question: “How long do I have to wait before I can place a mechanics lien on the property?” There are two components to this question, and […]

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What Is A Mechanics Lien?

This would seem to be an easy question, but alas, the mechanic’s lien instrument is one of the most confusing legal instruments in the United States.  The other day, in fact, I had another attorney call my law office (Wolfe Law Group) and ask us to help one of their clients file a lien. Why?  […]

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Mechanics Liens: Can You File A Mechanics Lien Foreclosure Lawsuit Without An Attorney?

If unpaid on a construction project filing a mechanics lien is a best-practice, as mechanic liens are usually successful at getting construction debts paid. In fact, based on a survey we conducted last year, over 64% of mechanic liens are paid within just 90 days of filing without any further legal or collection action whatsoever. […]

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Mechanics Lien v. Notice of Intent to Lien: What’s The Difference?

The name of these documents should give away most of the answer, but still it can be confusing to distinguish these two documents and figure out which is the best for your particular situation.  It certainly doesn’t help that each state calls the “mechanics lien” by a different moniker, and sometimes the names of these […]

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