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Don’t Miss Your Lien Deadline By Waiting Until the Last Minute to File

It’s always a good idea to keep informed of lien deadlines and not wait until the last minute to file. Even though giving the property owner a bit more time to pay you, or to put pressure on the contractor who owes you money, may sometimes enable you to get paid without needing to go […]

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Missouri Case Clarifies Mechanics Lien Deadline Rules

Deadlines are omnipresent when it comes to mechanics lien law. There are deadlines by which notices of commencement must be posted, deadlines by which preliminary notices must be sent or filed, and deadlines by which liens must be recorded. Keeping track of these deadlines can be tricky, but abiding by them, even when they are […]

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Calculating Mechanics Lien and Bond Claim Deadlines: A Map of Last Furnishing and Completion States

The simple way to think about a deadline is that it is the process of counting a period of time from one point to another, and at its core, this is true. In the world of mechanics lien and bond claim deadlines, however, the time counting process is complicated by a variety of factors dictating […]

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Washington Mechanics Lien Deadline: Can You Change Them By Contract?

Mechanics lien deadlines are established by statutes. Sometimes, as is the case in California and Texas, the right to file a mechanics lien claim is embedded in the state’s constitution. In other states it is a strong public policy that forbids parties from waiving the rights or forcing a party to give them up (see […]

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Mechanics Lien Deadlines Not Extended By Mediation Clauses

Mediation is a popular topic in construction law circles.  Christopher Hill just recently posted about it on Construction Law Musings (Construction Mediation Works! Even When It Doesn’t), and Seth Smiley did the same on Construction Law Monitor (Mediation is a Great Alternative to Litigation). Full disclosure is that these two cats are both construction mediators, […]

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6 Days to Becoming a zlien Pro – Day 6: What To Do After You Order Mechanics Lien (Or Other Document)

You have tracked your projects and you are pushing up against a mechanics lien deadline, so you pull the trigger and file the lien.  What happens now? Does it go off into the abyss? How do you know what happens next?!! Fear not, your order is in the hands of zlien’s highly competent and efficient […]

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6 Days to Becoming a zlien Pro – Day 5: Filing Documents in the Lien Pilot

Your lien deadlines are only as important as the documents that they guide, and filing your notices and liens on time is the best way to protect your lien rights and secure your invoices. Now that you are tracking your deadlines, what do you do when it’s time to file a lien? There are a […]

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6 Days to Becoming a zlien Pro – Day 4: Using Your Lien Deadlines to Your Advantage

So you know what liens are, you have your own lien policy to back it up, and you have even put some projects into your Lien Pilot account… now what?  It’s time to track your deadlines and file some documents! Knowing your deadlines is paramount in protecting your lien rights. If you miss a deadline […]

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Minnesota Mechanics Lien Case Holds Repair Work May Extend Lien Period

Mechanics lien aficionados will enjoy reading a recent unpublished decision from the Minnesota Courts of Appeal, which contains a detailed discussion about what work extends the lien filing deadline and what work qualifies for a mechanics lien at all. The case – Bright Star Systems Corporation v. MN Theaters 2006, LLC – is so robust […]

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Vermont Mechanics Lien: When to File

The deadline to file a mechanics lien on a private project varies from state to state. For instance, in California, lien claimants have 90 days from the last date that they furnished labor or materials on the project in question to have the lien filed. In Wisconsin, the deadline to file a mechanics lien is […]

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Nevada Mechanics Lien Law: What’s the Real Lien Deadline?

Sometimes, it seems like I am constantly discussing deadlines. There’s a good reason for that, though. The importance of monitoring and complying with the statutory deadlines cannot be overstated. It is crucial that the time period in which a lien can be filed is not allowed to slip by unnoticed. If it does, the ability […]

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