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How To Secure Your Risk When Shipping Materials On Credit

Zlien is an Associate Member of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), and a controller for a material supply company recently posed a question to that organization’s LinkedIn Group, inquiring about how others in the group mitigate their risk when supplying materials on credit. There were 4 or 5 responses to the question, and these […]

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Preparing A Mechanics Lien Claims Against City Construction Projects in New Orleans

This afternoon I came across an article from one of my favorite publications, published in my hometown: New Orleans City Business. The article is titled “Community Projects Highlight City’s Construction List,” and it predicts that “the summer months in New Orleans will be marked with a spate of public construction projects.” Specifically, between May 29th […]

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Suppliers to Suppliers Rarely Catch A Break In Mechanics Lien Laws

Earlier this year we wrote about Suppliers to Suppliers and how they are rarely qualified to file a mechanics lien.  This week, an unpublished decision from the Indiana Court of Appeals demonstrated just how difficult it is for these parties to get lien protection. In Indiana, there are two statutes available to construction participants, their […]

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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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How Zlien Can Help Material Suppliers

This past month, I’ve run a series of posts here specifically addressing preliminary notice and mechanic lien issues encountered by those in the building material supply business (Read the Supplier Series).  It was desperately needed here on the Construction Lien Blog, as we didn’t have a plethora of resources written directly to this group, and […]

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Question for Attorneys: Any Exceptions to Delivery Presumption for Material Suppliers?

Yesterday I published an article title “How Material Suppliers Prove Its Materials Were Incorporated Into the Property When Filing A Mechanics Lien.”  Those lawyers out there, and especially construction lawyers, probably immediately know the answer here, and that’s the presumption created by most state laws.  The presumption is this: If the building material supplier can […]

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How Material Suppliers Prove Its Materials Were Incorporated Into The Property When Filing A Mechanics Lien

While mechanic lien laws are different from state-to-state, one constant among the laws is that a mechanic lien right only arises if your materials are incorporated into the property being liened. I’ve talked about this in the past in some Scenario posts.  Some of these posts address whether cleaning services, landscaping services, furniture installers, etc. […]

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The Material Supplier’s 50 State Guide to Mechanic Lien Laws

I’ve read a lot of mechanic lien resources in my day, and most of the time, these online resources try to explain everything about the lien laws to the reader.  Heck, this is the case even with our resources.  But, you really don’t need to know everything. If you’re a material supplier, you only need […]

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Washington mechanics lien treatise is good

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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Suppliers to Suppliers Usually Can’t File A Mechanics Lien

In the mechanics lien law world, there are very few rules that are consistent state-to-state. That a material supplier to another material supplier is without mechanic lien rights, however, is an exception. Nearly every state prohibits suppliers to suppliers from filing a mechanics lien. This is not only true for private (residential, commercial or industrial) […]

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Special Mechanic Lien Rules for Specially Fabricated Materials

Time and time again on this blog, I’ve said that if there is one lien law rule consistent from state to state, it’s that in order to qualify for a mechanics lien claim, the materials or labor you furnish must actually be incorporated into the jobsite’s property (click here to see mentions of “incorporation” on […]

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