Legal Guides ArticlesRSS feed for this section


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 […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

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 […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

4 Great New York Mechanics Lien Avvo Legal Guides

We’re a great fan of, an online directory of attorneys and legal information, and a place where you can go for free legal advice. In fact, we’ve integrated Avvo right into our LienPilot software, making it easy for clients to get legal advice and answers from attorneys at no charge. Avvo collects Legal Guides […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

What To Do After You File A Bond Claim

Filing a bond claim is an effective way to get paid on a state, county or federal construction project, but it’s very common for things to get very quiet after a bond claim.  What is going on?  When can you expect to get paid?  And is there anything you can do to push your claim […]

Read full story Comments { 2 }

Guide To Filing Mechanics Lien in South Dakota

Filing a mechanics lien in South Dakota is a pretty straight-forward procedure, as far as mechanics lien procedures go. The state’s preliminary notice is conditional on whether a Notice of Commencement has been filed (which is probably less than likely), and its mechanics lien deadline is easy to calculate and applies to everyone on the […]

Read full story Comments { 1 }

The Guide To Filing A Mechanics Lien in Oregon

To properly file a mechanics lien anywhere in the United States you must meet a very technical process, fulfilling statutory requirements that are very unforgiving. This guide provides a guide to the mechanics lien laws in Oregon, helping you understand the notice requirements and mechanics lien deadlines in the state. Preliminary Notice Required Quickly in Oregon Oregon […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

California Preliminary Notices: Devil Is In The Details

California’s preliminary notice requirement seems straight-forward enough: send preliminary notice to the property owner, the prime contractor and the lender within 20 days of first furnishing labor or materials to a project. As with everything in life, however, the devil is in the details. This is the subject of a Legal Guide I published this […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

The Material Supplier’s 50 State Guide to Mechanic Lien Laws

I’ve read a lot of mechanic lien resources in my day, and most of the time, these online resources try to explain everything about the lien laws to the reader.  Heck, this is the case even with our resources.  But, you really don’t need to know everything. If you’re a material supplier, you only need […]

Read full story Comments { 1 }

Washington Construction Lien Information at

The lawyer rating website,, has just published two “Legal Guides” related to construction liens and the filing of construction liens in Washington state. Take a look at these two articles, written by Washington attorney Scott Wolfe, Jr., for a fairly clear discussion of Washington lien laws.   The articles address a number of important […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

California Preliminary Notice

Update:  This article updated on July 14, 2012, to conform with the new preliminary notice requirements in California. In California, if you provide materials or labor to a construction project, you are generally allowed to lien that project in the event of non-payment. In some circumstances, however, California law requires that a claimant provide notice […]

Read full story Comments { 15 }