“It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove.” Maybe that is exactly why people become so frustrated with the legal system, but that is justice. If we went off of trust or honor instead of cold hard facts,…Read More
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Mechanics lien and bond claim laws change constantly. New bills, laws and cases construe the mechanics lien laws on an almost daily basis. For years, we’ve made a commitment to providing our readers with free notifications of important changes in state and federal mechanics lien and bond claim laws, and these notifications are all organized under this “Lien Law Alerts” section. Rely on Zlien to continue monitoring legislation and case law across the country and report on any changes that could impact your company’s legal compliance with lien and bond claim laws.
Every state has a separate statute which dictates what qualifies as a valid mechanics lien. Some are very precise in requirements, while others can be vague and left up to the courts to fill in…Read More
Once a lien has served its purpose and resulted in the claimant being paid, it still hangs around on the property record unless something is done to remove it. Obviously, a property owner that has paid the…Read More
Many lien claimants are worried about a lien claim being “bonded off”. This is usually because parties don’t understand how bonding-off a mechanics lien works and, as a result, fears it, or fears the “loss” of their mechanics lien security. The…Read More
A lot of people think the Illinois mechanics lien statutes are engraved in granite, immovable and inviolate for time. But nothing could be further from the truth. There used to be a provision allowing no-lien contracts -…Read More
Mechanics liens are one of the most powerful tools to protect against the risk of nonpayment on construction projects. But, like with all tools, there are certain situations in which the effectiveness of the mechanics lien…Read More
Notice deadlines can cause headaches for parties in the construction industry. Since the deadlines often have significant consequences for mechanics lien rights, or rights/obligations related to others’ mechanics liens, they should be paid attention to and marked in your calendar…Read More
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…Read More
Priority is a very important, and sometimes complicated, issue for courts to hash out when deciding which parties ultimately get paid in a case where there is not enough money to go around. Mechanics liens can make the priority battle…Read More
Every state has some sort of Prompt Payment Act which statutorily requires “prompt payment” to contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. However, not all of these laws have been applied to design professionals such as architects. Arizona…Read More