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Why Your Secretary Can’t Handle Mechanics Lien Compliance

In consulting with companies around the nation about mechanic lien compliance, you’d be surprised how many companies (big and small) try to delegate their company’s mechanic lien compliance onto a secretary or office assistant. The thought is that this mechanic lien stuff is just paperwork, and that’s what the secretary or assistant is paid to […]

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Round-up of Material Supplier Blog Series Posts

You may have noticed we’ve spent the past two weeks doing a pretty comprehensive series on material suppliers and the mechanic lien laws. Here’s a roundup of all those posts, which acts as a nice resource for material suppliers interested in learning more about their mechanic lien rights. Top 4 Mechanic Lien Law Challenges For […]

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The Material Supplier’s Guide To Creating A Mechanics Lien Policy

Here I present a short guide to material suppliers on creating a Mechanics Lien Policy for your company, ending with a sample policy for free download. What Is A Credit Policy? A Mechanics Lien Policy? According to, a credit policy is: Clear, written guidelines that set (1) the terms and conditions for supplying goods […]

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Should Material Suppliers Wait Until An Account Is Overdue Before Sending Preliminary Notice?

This is a question frequently asked by those in the material supply business. In fact, it’s a common practice by suppliers to worry about preliminary notices only when an account goes unpaid. This makes mechanic lien compliance remarkably easier, because the company need not worry about sending notices to owner correctly every time or being […]

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Top 4 Mechanics Lien Law Challenges For Material Suppliers and Materialmen

More than any other construction participant, complying with mechanic lien and bond claim laws is most burdensome for building material suppliers. This post examines the four primary challenges material suppliers face in the mechanics lien context. It’s interesting that material suppliers are so consistently met with strict lien and bond claim laws in each state. […]

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2012 New Year’s Resolution: Protect Your Lien Rights and Stop Losing Money

Every company has receivable problems.  It doesn’t matter if your a tradesman, a material supplier, a design professional or equipment lessor, every now and again you provide your services and go unpaid. You may or may not have debt collection procedures in place.  Perhaps you have an in-house staff member hound debtors with phone calls […]

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Use Zlien And The Lien Laws To Reduce Your Bad Debt in 2012

As the holiday season winds down and 2012 approaches, everyone in the construction industry is looking back on the fiscal successes and failures from 2011, and making plans for the new year. Many businesses will be staring at a mound of “bad debt,” which may be written off when tax time approaches this spring.  You […]

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How To Incorporate Lien Protection Into Your Credit Policy – For Material Suppliers and Equipment Rental Companies

To material suppliers and equipment lessors who ship thousands or millions of dollars of materials and equipment out on credit, credit policies are quite important.  One component of a credit policy too often overlooked in the construction industry is lien protection. When it comes to getting paid, filing a lien can be the most effective […]

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Monitor Deadlines And Send All Required Notices for $28 Per Project (Or Less)

Yesterday, we wrote an article titled “4 Reasons Why It’s Smart To Outsource Your Preliminary Notice Work,” which discussed some reasons why outsourcing makes sense for construction and material supply companies who need to send preliminary notices to preserve their lien rights. Today, we’re going to get specific, and explain how simple and inexpensive it […]

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4 Reasons Why It’s Smart To Outsource Your Preliminary Notice Work

Filing a mechanic’s lien can be the difference between collecting your debt, or not.  It’s as simple as that. If you’re doing work or supplying equipment or materials on a project that requires delivery of a preliminary notice, you’ll be left without lien rights unless you deliver that preliminary notice pretty immediately after first furnishing […]

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Help Videos Added to Guide You Through Calculation of Lien Deadlines in the LienPilot

We’ve added some video tutorials to the LienPilot’s navigation bar. When logged into the LienPilot, you can click on the YouTube Help Video icon to display a video designed to help you with that particular screen. You can also watch the videos on our YouTube Page (where we’ll be adding more videos soon), or by […]

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