Design professionals are a unique part of the construction industry. Why? Because these individuals and firms conduct work many times prior to the actual commencement of construction. Other times, they are hired as supervising agents. Because of these…Read More
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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.
Recently, our CEO, Scott Wolfe, Jr. conducted a webinar about lien waivers. After the webinar, Scott answered some questions. These are questions that consistently arise about lien waivers in the construction industry, so we thought…Read More
“It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove.” Maybe that is exactly why people become so frustrated with the legal system, but that is justice. If we went off of trust or honor instead of cold hard facts,…Read More
Every state has a separate statute which dictates what qualifies as a valid mechanics lien. Some are very precise in requirements, while others can be vague and left up to the courts to fill in…Read More
When is our deadline to send a preliminary? Who do we need to send it to? Let me check the calendar, then my email, then the post-it notes around my computer. Then let me search the internet again.
Is this you? You’re not…Read More
A lot of people think the Illinois mechanics lien statutes are engraved in granite, immovable and inviolate for time. But nothing could be further from the truth. There used to be a provision allowing no-lien contracts -…Read More
WARNING: Massive spoilers for the television show True Detective are in this article. Read at your own risk.
It’s not often that massively popular television shows reference liens. It’s even more unconventional that…Read More
This article was originally posted on March 1, 2012. This post (and the download it links to) has been updated to reflect changes in lien laws since that time.
(Note that this chart is for parties that have…Read More
We’ve discussed at length the benefits and limitations of e-recording services for your mechanics lien, and concluded that electronic filing is generally a massive benefit for the claimant when it is available. E-Recording allows…Read More
Priority is a very important, and sometimes complicated, issue for courts to hash out when deciding which parties ultimately get paid in a case where there is not enough money to go around. Mechanics liens can make the priority battle…Read More