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New York Mechanics Lien Frequently Asked Questions and Free Forms

New York has some of the simplest mechanics lien laws in the country. I say this because it is a true “non-notice” state, meaning that anyone can file a mechanics lien if they are unpaid for materials or labor furnished to a construction project regardless of whether any notices were delivered. Further, New York’s mechanics lien laws […]

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Guide To Serving Your New York Mechanics Lien

New York’s Construction Lien  § 11 requires mechanics lien claimants serve a copy of the mechanics lien upon the property owner within “five days before or thirty days after” filing.  This post will guide you on the acceptable ways to serve a New York mechanics lien and the often overlooked requirement of filing your affidavit […]

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Free Arizona Mechanics Lien, Stop Notice and Preliminary Notice Forms

Here are a few Arizona forms helpful to anyone furnishing materials, equipment labor or services to construction projects in that state, as well as a description of each. All forms are provided subject to Zlien’s terms of use.  These forms relate only to private projects in the state of Arizona. Free Arizona Mechanics Lien Forms […]

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The 1 Thing Almost Everyone Forgets When Sending California’s Preliminary Notice

Hundreds of thousands of preliminary notices are sent in California in-house by companies every year, and they nearly always forget a very crucial requirement: Filling out and signing a declaration of delivery. When A Declaration Is Required Under California’s Preliminary Notice Laws When?  Always! California Civil Code §8118 requires this as a component of every […]

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Florida Notice To Owner: Exceptions To The Requirement

Generally speaking, when working on a private construction project in Florida, you must deliver a “Notice To Owner” to preserve your mechanics lien rights. Like any law, there are exceptions.  This post reviews the rule, the exceptions and some best practices for your company. Explaining Florida’s Notice To Owner Requirement Many states have preliminary notice […]

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Louisiana’s Notice of Lease Tricks, Tips & Forms

Construction equipment leasing companies have a tough time in the mechanics lien world, regardless of where they are.  In some states, they don’t have any lien rights at all.  In other states, to qualify for lien rights, they must jump through hoops and distribute specialty notices. Louisiana has perhaps the most aggravating notice requirement for […]

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Free California Mechanics Lien and 20-Day Preliminary Notice Forms

Here are a few California forms that are helpful to anyone furnishing materials, labor or services to construction projects in that state, as well as a description of each. All forms are provided subject to zlien’s terms of use.  These forms relate only to private projects in the state of California. Free California Mechanics Lien […]

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How To File A Miller Act Claim

When furnishing labor or materials to a federal construction project, your mechanics lien remedy is filing a Miller Act Claim.  The claim’s description refers to the federal act that provides the authority for these claims: the US Miller Act, codified in United States Code 40 § 3131 et seq. (Read Full Text of the Miller […]

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How To File A Lien In Plain English

It’s interesting that in the mechanics lien world, one of the most popular searches is simply “How to file a lien?” Folks out there aren’t necessarily confused about what the mechanics lien instrument is or how it can be useful to a construction company or material supply company…they simply don’t know how to file it. […]

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Florida Mechanics Lien: How To File A Lien And Get Paid

If you have not been paid for labor, services or materials furnished on a construction project in Florida, you may be able to collect the money you are owed by filing a mechanic’s lien (also referred to as a construction lien).  You can file a mechanic’s lien claim on your own, or call upon an […]

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We’ve Got A New Look and More Lien Resources Than Ever Before

I’m very excited to announce the launch of a redesigned and improved Zlien website. The new website is more intuitive than its predecessor, and does a better job of explaining the variety of services Zlien offers to contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers. Some readers may have noticed this Construction Lien Blog underwent a design overhaul […]

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