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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.

Construction Financial Manager Review: April 29, 2016

Construction Financial Manager Review

SUBSCRIBE  |  SHARE This week’s Construction Financial Manager Review touches on news from across the industry. Ranging from from advice for managing your construction company to industry financial trends, this newsletter provides a summary of what’s been going on. We hope you enjoy this week’s review and would love to get your feedback. Happy weekend, Scott […]

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Securing Lien Rights in California: A Fact Sheet

Securing Lien Rights in California Fact Sheet

Securing lien rights in California can be more challenging than in other states. California has strict preliminary notice requirements that apply to almost everyone involved on private construction projects. Failing to submit California’s required 20 day preliminary notice can severely limit and even invalidate the right to file a mechanics lien for material suppliers, equipment lessors, laborers, […]

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Resurrecting A Discharged Mechanics Lien May Be Fraudulent

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In many states, filing a fraudulent mechanics lien can result in a hefty amount of damages coming your way. The reason many states allow such damages to be awarded is to deter and prevent parties from abusing the power a mechanics lien gives to construction parties. Possessing the ability to obtain an interest in a […]

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New York Lenient On Notice Requirements

New York Lenient On Notice Requirements

Notice requirements can make or break a mechanics lien, depending on the jurisdiction your in. Content, timing, delivery. Each state has their own requirements for you to follow concerning different types of notices. Some states are very strict when determining whether a party complied with these requirements. Other states look for “substantial” compliance. New York […]

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Indiana Supreme Court Awards Mechanics Lien Attorneys Fees

Strict Proof of Delivery May Be Required For Construction Notices

Attorneys fees are an important aspect of mechanics lien statutes. Many state lien statutes allow for the recovering of attorneys fees to prevent owners and general contractors from gaining all the leverage when a mechanics lien is filed and/or payment is withheld. If contractors were not able to recover for attorneys fees, then certain mechanics […]

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Information You Should Get at the Start of Every Project

Information you should be getting at the start of every project

zlien Users often ask us what information they should be entering into our platform to protect their projects. Our answer to them is the same answer for any company wishing to protect their lien rights, regardless of how they are sending and filing documents. Read on to see what information you should get at the […]

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Double Damages For Bad Faith Discharge Claims

Most mechanics lien claims get paid before a foreclosure action is ever required

When a mechanics lien is filed and the lien claimant moves to enforce that lien in court, the owner or other parties of interest have the opportunity to discharge this lien by depositing a certain amount with the court. The amount that must be paid into court to discharge the lien is equal to the […]

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Clarification Of California’s 90 Day Claim Rule

Meeting deadlines can make or break a contractor when dealing with mechanics liens. Every state has different deadlines that must be met when it comes to notices and filings, but the language of that state’s mechanics lien statute greatly dictates when the countdown to many of these deadlines start. In California, a contractor must record […]

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How Do I Identify Property in a Mechanics Lien?

How Do I Identify Property in a Mechanics Lien?

More often than not, some property description in addition to a municipal address is required when filing a mechanics lien claim. A mechanics lien encumbers real property and, therefore, it is essential to carefully and accurately identify the property in question. No one wants to accidentally lien the neighbors! Generally, a mechanics lien is recorded […]

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Mechanics Lien On Meadowlands Cannot Be Discharged

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  Mechanics liens are rather simple. Generally, if you contribute to the improvement of property, you are entitled to a mechanics lien on the property. The lien gives you an ownership interest in the property. Some states will include exceptions to this general rule. For example, in New Jersey, construction liens cannot be asserted against […]

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