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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.

The Presidential Debate Highlighted Issues in the Construction Industry

The Presidential Debate Highlighted Issues in the Construction Industry

The first debate between 2016 presidential nominees Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump resulted in unprecedented ratings. Whether you support Trump, Clinton, or neither, you can’t argue that the debate drew a lot of eyeballs. In fact, the event proved to be the most-watched debate in American history and spurred millions of tweets. While the trend of […]

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Payment and Performance Bonds on a Private Project?

Payment and Performance Bonds on a Private Project?

Requiring bonds on a construction project is a great way to insure that a project stays on track. In calling for payment and performance bonds, the awarding authority adds another layer of accountability for prime contractors. Because public projects are funded by tax dollars, and because subcontractors and suppliers cannot avail themselves to some of their […]

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Arson, Insurance Fraud in Fargo Sparked by Mechanics Lien Foreclosure

Arson, Insurance Fraud in Fargo Sparked by Mechanics Lien Foreclosure

When the word “Fargo” comes up, nearly everyone immediately thinks of the critically acclaimed film or television series. While hilarious, I’m sure the Minnesota-set show may cause frustration and confusion among those who live in Fargo, North Dakota. Recently, the tragic story of a Fargo (North Dakota) family has caught some local media attention. What seemed like gross misfortune […]

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Miami Museum Hit With a Lien, Other Suits

Miami Museum Hit a With Lien, Other Suits

Construction liens aren’t exactly a conversation topic at parties, but maybe they should be. Mechanics liens affect celebrities, are placed on high profile properties, and the inventor of modern mechanics liens, Thomas Jefferson, was a huge wino. While tax liens may pop up in the news more often, who really wants to talk about taxes? […]

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Solar Contractor Bankruptcy Results in Over 150 Liens

Solar Contractor Bankruptcy Results in Over 150 Liens

Green construction is one of the fastest growing fields in the construction industry. With heightened attention now given to environmental impact, homeowners and businesses alike are doing what they can to go green. Green construction projects can, however, pose unique issues. The recent bankruptcy of Summerlin Energy did not involve these unique issues, though. Summerlin Energy is a contractor […]

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Former Miss USA Facing Mechanics Liens

Former Miss USA Facing Mechanics Liens

It’s not uncommon for construction liens to appear in the headlines. Even high profile property owners have struggled with construction payment. Liens have appeared next to the names Donald Trump, John Cena, and Justin Bieber in recent years. Liens were even a major plot point of True Detective last season. Maybe what the construction industry needs to […]

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Canadian Lien Law Alert: Developer Must Face the Music

Canadian Lien Law Alert: Developer Must Face the Music

Understanding the lien laws of a particular state can be overwhelming. However, it is important to also take note of legal developments in other states in order to understand how lien laws are shaped. So too is it worthwhile to pay attention to lien laws in other countries, especially those with similar legal systems. As Canada looks to revise […]

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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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