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Contractors Going Unpaid in Minnesota’s Iron Range

Contractors Going Unpaid in Minnesota's Iron Range

One of the reasons mechanics liens are such a valuable tool is that they create a secured debt interest in the property to which the lien is attached. In bankruptcy proceedings, this becomes invaluable because, generally, secured debts are given first priority. Unfortunately, these secured debts often exceed the assets of the bankrupt party. When […]

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How To Send A Notice To Owner – Certified Mail, or Certified Mail Return Receipt?

How to Actually Mail A Notice to Owner

Sending a Notice to Owner is a complicated affair. The document has a lot of criteria, such that contractors and suppliers must, within a certain period of time, make certain that they are sending the correct form with the required information to the appropriate recipients. Importantly, however, a notice to owner must be mailed in a certain way. If a mechanics […]

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Minnesota Mechanics Lien Law: 5 Things to Know

Not sure where to start on your Minnesota mechanics lien? Let the “5 things to know” below guide you into getting paid! Suppliers to Suppliers do Not have Minnesota Mechanics Lien Rights Parties who furnish labor, materials, or services at the request of the owner, owner’s agent, general contractor, or subcontractor on a construction project […]

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Minnesota Mechanics Lien Law: Priority and Relation-Back

Mechanics Lien Priority

Many states allow a mechanics lien to relate back to the beginning of the project for purposes of establishing priority. The hard part is determining what constitutes the beginning of the project. After much litigation, the Minnesota Supreme Court may provide some guidance on how to define “one continuous project”. Minnesota’s “Relation-Back” Doctrine Regarding Mechanics […]

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Minnesota Lien Law: Bond Claim Invalidated On Tiny Technicality

In Safety Signs LLC v. Westfield Insurance Co, the Minnesota Appeals Court issued a decision that feels clearly wrong. In response, the case was appealed to the state’s highest court, and the American Subcontractors Association has submitted an application to file an Amicus Curiae brief requesting that the appeals decision get overturned. While this case should […]

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