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Mechanics Lien & Partial Payment: What Are the Options?

Filing mechanics liens pursuant to a robust lien policy is a great way for companies in the construction industry to secure extensions of labor and/or material on credit, and position themselves well to be paid on every project. While the best case scenario is to receive full payment after a mechanics lien has been filed, […]

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Release of One Texas Mechanics Lien Does Not Prohibit Future Filings For Additional Work

A Texas appeals court issued a decision last week commenting on a situation that happens quite frequently in mechanics lien law across the country. In Lyda Swinerton Builders, Inc. v. Cathay Bank, a contractor filed a mechanics lien, got paid, and released the mechanics lien; and thereafter, continued to perform work which led to an additional […]

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Mechanics Lien: May They Be Re-Filed After Release?

Mechanics Liens Must Be Released When Paid or Expired After a mechanics lien has been filed, there comes a time when it must (or at least should) be released. This may be because the claimant has been paid, or because the lien has expired without enforcement being initiated. As has been discussed on this blog […]

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St Tammany Recorder Changes Their Mind And Agrees To Cancel Lien

Last week we posted a blog article titled “Is This Capricious Action By St Tammany Clerk of Court?”  The article addressed some behavior from the 22nd Judicial District Court’s clerk office, and specifically the head of Land Records there Ms. Jeanne Roques. Read the article for the full details, but the digest is this:  The […]

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Is This Capricious Action By St Tammany Clerk of Court?

UPDATE:  2 Days after this blog was posted and sent to the 22nd JDC Clerk of Court’s office, the recorder mysteriously and without notice to us changed their minds and cancelled the lien, apparently deciding they were wrong. It’s a pleasure to work with many clerk of court offices. At Zlien, we should know. We […]

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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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FAQ: Must Mechanic Liens Be Released, Or Can I Just Let Them Expire?

Short Answer: It’s much better and safer to formerly release your mechanics lien claim if you don’t intend to enforce it. Long Answer:  As we’ve found from conducting a survey of mechanics lien claimants, most mechanics lien claims are paid without the need for a foreclosure or enforcement action. However, some liens aren’t immediately paid.  And since […]

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How Do You Remove A Frivolous Mechanics Lien?

This blog traditionally focuses on how to file mechanics lien claims, largely analyzing the mechanics lien process from the lien claimant’s perspective. However, we’re going to take a brief break to turn the tables and look at the opposite perspective.  Mostly because two great resources has been published in the past few weeks which guide […]

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Free Florida Mechanic Lien, Bond Claim and Notice To Owner Forms

Here are a few Florida forms that are helpful to anyone furnishing materials, labor or services to construction projects in those states, 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 Florida. Free Florida Mechanics Lien […]

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Primer on Mechanics Lien Bonds and Bonding Off A Mechanics Lien

This article was written by Danielle Rodabaugh of SuretyBonds.com, an agency that issues surety bonds to contractors nationwide. As a part of the agency’s surety bond educational outreach program, Danielle writes informative articles that explain complicated bonding issues to contractors and their lawyers. It’s no secret that filing a lien on a property is the most effective way for […]

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FAQ: We’ve Been Paid! How Do We Get The Lien Released?

Short Answer:  You need to file a lien cancellation or lien release with the county or office where the lien was recorded.  Lien release documents must identify the lien and property being released, must meet strict statutory wording requirements, and usually must be notarized.  Be sure to secure payment before releasing the lien, because if […]

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