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
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Mechanics liens provide security for extensions of labor and/or materials to a construction project. That security can sometimes be decreased, however, by the amount paid to the general contractor by the property owner by some certain date. In…Read More
In many states, sending preliminary notice is a one-time requirement, a boxed to be checked off and forgotten. Sure, the timing requirements or deadline calculations may be difficult, and complicated when the potential claimant has multiple projects in…Read More
Public Private Partnership (P3) projects present unique challenges to unpaid parties. Mechanics liens, bond claims, both, or neither may be appropriate.
Public Private Partnerships Generally
What Is a P3 Project?
Public private partnerships are rapidly growing in popularity, and represent a growing segment…Read More
While security rights are utilized by businesses all over the world, the mechanics lien is a fundamentally American creation. That’s not to…Read More
We recently discussed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Bricklayers of Western Pennsylvania Combined Funds, Inc. v. Scott’s Development Co. and Laborers’ Combined Funds of Western Pennsylvania, et al., v. Scott’s…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
The requirements that must be met prior to filing a valid mechanics liens can be complex. These requirements range from sending the appropriate preliminary notices, to filing the lien within a specific time period, to serving the lien on the…Read More
Preliminary notice requirements for mechanics liens vary from state to state and project-by-project. One particular type of project that can prompt extra, or at least differing, notice requirements in several states is a project on an owner-occupied residence. Many states have…Read More
We have seen in recent posts that pay if paid clauses are generally disfavored and subject to strict review by courts. While pay if paid clauses are still enforceable in many states, provided…Read More