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No License, No Lien, No Recovery? Sometimes.

While mechanics liens can provide valuable protection for parties who furnish labor and/or materials to construction projects, the claimant must qualify to file a valid mechanics lien before the protections can work to his or her benefit. In many states, having a license to perform the work at issue is a…

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“Final” Waiver is Not Always Final in New York

One topic we frequently write about here is whether a party such as a subcontractor or supplier can waive any mechanics lien rights they might have on a property, and, if so, how that waiver will stand up to judicial scrutiny.  For example, Wisconsin permits enforceable lien waivers at any point…

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New York Mechanics Lien Priority: Who’s On First?

If a construction project gets saddled with mechanics lien claims and money gets tight, the topic of “Lien Priority” can suddenly become very important. Every state has some method of ranking lien and paying lien claims. These methods typically not only pit mechanics lien claimants against one another, but also against…

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New York Mechanics Lien: What’s The Deadline When A Two Family Home Being Converted To A Single Family Home?

New York is one of those states with multiple mechanics lien deadlines. Your deadline will actually change depending on the nature of the project. As explained in zlien’s New York Mechanics Lien Resources:
Generally, lien required w/in 8 months of last furnishing services. On single-family residential projects, w/in 4 months.
Work on single-family residential…

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