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A mechanic’s lien is a security interest in the title to property for the benefit of those who have supplied labor or materials that improve the property. First introduced to the United States by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, contractors and suppliers frequently use this device to get paid or secure a contract. Requirements are technical and complex, thus typically requiring software or great discipline to manage. Get more information on these documents, including forms and state-by-state summaries, here: Mechanics Lien.

Changes To Texas Lien Law May Be On The Horizon

Changes To Texas Lien Law May Be On The Horizon

Texas is infamous for having what may be the most confusing, jumbled set of lien laws in the nation. As it stands, the state’s notice requirements are a mess, yet remain toughest in the country. Texas construction attorneys have taken notice of this issue, and since 2013 a group has been working to make changes to Texas lien […]

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Arizona Mechanics Lien Survives Attempt to Extinguish

Arizona Mechanics Lien Survives Attempt to Extinguish

Everyone in the construction industry looks for a more collaborative future where the payment system is less about covering your own rear and more about fairness and efficiency. A recent suit regarding an Arizona mechanics lien makes that future seem distant. In Markham Contracting Co. v. Federal Deposit Insurance Company, First Arizona Savings and Loan (Federal Deposit Insurance Co. […]

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Virginia General Contractor Serves as Cautionary Tale

Virginia General Contractor Serves as Cautionary Tale

Financial management is vital in the construction industry. Contractors can quickly find themselves in hot water should something go awry. When a contractor faces financial troubles with projects underway, the fallout spreads to homeowners, subcontractors, and suppliers. This is exactly what happened to Romm Custom Homes, and it’s not looking good for this once respected Virginia general contractor. What happened? […]

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Three New York Liens May Stem From State Scheme

Three New York Liens May Stem From State Scheme

Three New York liens on a public project are calling for over $2.2M in payment. The liens very well could be a result of the uncollaborative payment system in the construction industry. However, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, which is involved in an investigation by federal prosecutors, is a party to the project. The Project It’s easy to forget […]

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What is a Mechanics Lien on a House?

What is a Mechanics Lien on a House?

What is a Mechanics Lien on a House? A mechanics lien on a house is a legal security interest in the title of the property claimed by a party who provided labor or materials to improve the property as payment for their work. What is the Purpose of a Mechanics Lien on a House? Mechanics liens […]

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Florida Contractors Scam Homeowners and Suppliers

Florida Contractors Scam Homeowners and Suppliers

  Over the past few months, we have seen two Florida contractors scam homeowners and suppliers. In Pasco County Florida, Over 70 customers of Ike’s Roofing have complained that despite paying the full balance on their projects, material suppliers have been placing liens on their homes. When you think of construction scams, though, good craftsmanship and […]

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Are Mechanics Lien Holders Entitled to Notice of Foreclosure?

Are Mechanics Lien Holders Entitled to Notice of Foreclosure?

Virginia has a special relationship to mechanics liens, as many attribute the modern mechanics lien to Thomas Jefferson. A little more recently, Virginia has made strides in establishing fair lien practices. In a recent case, a Virginia contractor represented himself against JPMorgan Chase in lien proceedings. While there were plenty of issues with the contractor’s pro […]

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Even Attorneys Struggle With Lien Law

Law Office Failed Miserably Against Lienors

A recent Michigan case serves as a pretty fair tutorial on Michigan lien law, maybe even moreso than what we’ve provided with our 5 things to know. The property here was actually a law office, and the owners’ unfamiliarity with mechanics liens was glaring. In the end, the mechanics lien was enforced on appeal, but not before the […]

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Canadian Lien Law Alert: Major and Minor Lien Funds

Tennessee Amendment Changes Payment Bond Details

While the modern mechanics lien may have been born in America, it has become an international sensation. Not unlike how Justin Bieber was born in Canada and has since taken the world by storm. (Belieb it or not, this is not the first time he’s come up on the blog.) The provisions and terminology differ at times, […]

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Be Careful Estimating Lien Amounts

Be Careful Estimating Lien Amounts

Everyone in the construction industry struggles to get paid at some point. The most basic tip to ensure payment is to put the contract in writing. An oral contract might not destroy your chances at recovery, but common sense will tell you the best practice is to document everything. This principle is even more important when […]

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