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Relating Back Under the Miller Act? Good Luck.

Because liens cannot be placed on public property, the Miller Act was passed to provide recourse for subcontractors and suppliers working on federal projects. Miller Act claims have a strict one-year period during which they can be filed. Should a claimant file after one year following the last date they provided labor or materials to a project, […]

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No Lien-iency for Florida Lien Deadlines

No Lien-iency for Florida Lien Deadlines

No matter where you are, it is imperative to be aware of deadlines regarding your lien and bond claims. In Florida, it has become apparent that courts will not show leniency toward lienors when it comes to procedural matters. In Jack Stilson & Co. v. Caloosa Bayview Corp. the Supreme Court of Florida made its stance particularly clear by […]

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Bond Claim Deadlines

Bond Claim Deadlines

We spend a lot of time discussing mechanics liens here at zlien. But mechanics liens can only be used to secure payment when the project in question is residential or commercial. If contractors, suppliers, equipment lessors or other parties are unpaid on federal, state, or municipal projects, filing a bond claim is the best means of […]

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Email Notice Of Bond Claim Takes One More Step

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In Massachusetts, like almost every state, a bond claimant on a public works project must notify a general contractor by certified mail of the bond claim. This notice is mandated by the Massachusetts Little Miller Act. The statutory provision requires the notice be delivered by “mailing the same by registered or certified mail,” but like […]

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Clarification Of California’s 90 Day Claim Rule

Meeting deadlines can make or break a contractor when dealing with mechanics liens. Every state has different deadlines that must be met when it comes to notices and filings, but the language of that state’s mechanics lien statute greatly dictates when the countdown to many of these deadlines start. In California, a contractor must record […]

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Can I Send Preliminary Notice Late?

Lien laws vary from one state to the next. Some states require several preliminary notice documents, others don’t require any. Some states have strict deadlines, others are flexible and more forgiving. This article answers the question “Can I send preliminary notice late?” Here we divide states into three categories: States where sending notice late doesn’t matter States that offer limited […]

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Mechanics Lien Deadline Chart for Contractors [All 50 States]

This article was originally posted on March 1, 2012. This post (and the download it links to) has been updated to reflect changes in lien laws since that time. Note that this chart is for parties that have contracted directly with the property owner. Not you? … > Download the Lien and Notice Deadline Chart for Subcontractors […]

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Checklist To Follow When Filing A Mechanics Lien

Have you ever tried to figure out how how to file a mechanics lien? Or even just when to file a lien? The point is this: mechanics liens are complicated. But they’re too important to give up on. The mechanics lien is a powerful legal tool that provides a number of benefits to the person […]

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Mechanics Liens Can Turn Promises Into Payment

Payment problems are frustratingly common on construction projects. Many times the problem may be the classic “the check’s in the mail” problem. Payment may or may not be coming eventually, but you are constantly being told that the payment is forthcoming with little or nothing to show for it. One way to alleviate this issue […]

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