When unpaid on a construction project, those who furnished labor or materials to the job have the option of filing a mechanics lien claim. These claims can be a very effective remedy for the unpaid contractor or supplier….Read More
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Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will determine the fate of a claimant who filed several mechanic’s lien claims and mechanics lien enforcement actions to secure an unpaid debt owed to them after rendering over $2 million dollar in demolition services. With…Read More
While, as a whole, California’s mechanics lien laws are relatively clear and decently put together, there are still areas that may give rise to some confusion or differing interpretations. In a fairly recent case that is just now making…Read More
Mechanics liens provide good protection against the risk of non-payment on construction projects. One of the reasons why is that mechanics liens encumber the improved property itself, and generally, have priority over other subsequent encumbrances on the property. This…Read More
What happens after you file a lien? We hope you get paid, and that’s generally the case, but it doesn’t always happen. In the few cases when filing a lien does not result in payment, the next step to recover the money owed is generally filing a law suit to enforce your…Read More
Mechanics liens are powerful instruments to induce payment on construction projects. There are many reasons this is so, but perhaps the most attention grabbing (at least for the owner of the improved property) is that the property may be sold…Read More
All mechanics liens expire and are extinguished at some point, but when exactly is that date, and how is it calculated? The infographic below is a quick guide and provides some down-and-dirty info.
Bear in mind, though, that lien enforcement deadlines are strict, strictly determined, and very, very important. While this…Read More
To begin this post, and, really, to make sure everybody is on the same page for all of the articles/posts on The Construction Payment Blog, we need to have a quick vocabulary discussion. Mechanics lien law, and the specific language associated with it, can be daunting, even for people well-versed…Read More
Earlier this month attorney Bill Fig published an article in the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce titled “The downside of construction liens.” In it, he argued that industry participants “do not fully understand the ‘foreclosure piece’ of the lien process” and…Read More
At the end of last year we wrote about a new law passed in Louisiana affecting the state’s Private Works Act. That law was scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2013, which means that the law goes into effect today.