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Roundup of State Bond Claim Series Blog Posts

This February, we focused a lot of attention on state bond claims, authoring a series of blog posts that discussed state bond claim issues that ranged from basic to technical. Through the years of consulting with companies about lien rights, I’ve learned that a lot of folks are confused about bond claims. This is especially […]

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FAQ: The Difference Between Payment and Performance Bonds

Short Answer: Performance bonds are issued to the benefit of the owner and guarantee the prime contractor will finish performance of the contract. Payment bonds are issued to the benefit of subs and suppliers, guaranteeing they will be paid for materials and labor they furnish. Long Answer:  Whenever bonds are required on a construction project, there […]

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A Guide To California Payment Bond Claims and Stop Notices

The Construction Lien Blog welcomes Seth Smiley, who contributes this guest post about payment bond claims in Louisiana. Seth is a partner at Wolfe Law Group, and a contributor to that firm’s Construction Law Monitor blog. He frequently writes and litigates about construction law issues ranging from payment bond claims, workmanship disputes, construction delay matters […]

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A Guide To Louisiana Payment Bond Claims

The Construction Lien Blog welcomes Seth Smiley, who contributes this guest post about payment bond claims in Louisiana. Seth is a partner at Wolfe Law Group, and a contributor to that firm’s Construction Law Monitor blog. He frequently writes and litigates about construction law issues ranging from payment bond claims, workmanship disputes, construction delay matters […]

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Who Do I Send My Bond Claim To, and How?

Two weeks ago, as part of this State Bond Claim Blog Series, I published: “Tip: Send Your Bond Claim To Surety To Ensure Maximum Protection.” I got a surprising amount of feedback to this post because many of our clients and readers had previously confronted the situation discussed: When a prime contractor hadn’t delivered the […]

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A Guide To Virginia Payment Bond Claims

Thanks to guest blogger Christoper G. Hill for his contribution to our State Bond Claims Blog Series, addressing the topic as it relates to Virginia’s Little Miller Act. Christopher G. Hill is lawyer and owner of the Richmond, VA firm, The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC, a LEED AP, and member of Virginia’s […]

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Are Bond Claim Regulations The Same In Every State?

If you’re a reader of this blog, you can probably guess the answer to this question. If there is a single theme in the mechanics lien and bond claim world, it’s that there are so few rules that carry over and apply in every state. The same is true for state bond claim requirements. A […]

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Preliminary Notice Is Required On State Construction Projects, Too

Preliminary notice is frequently required on private projects, and never required on federal projects.  So, is preliminary notice required on state and county projects?  The answer here depends on your state, but odds are that public preliminary notice requirements closely mirror the private notice requirements for that state. Why Many Believe Preliminary Notice Is Not […]

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Why You Can’t File A Mechanics Lien On A State or County Project

In this State Bond Claim Series, we’ve talked about the lien-like remedy available to contractors and suppliers on federal, state or county projects. While many folks believe they can file a mechanics lien on a state or county project, they are incorrect.  The traditional mechanics lien remedy – where you file a privilege against an […]

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Why Bond Claims Can Be Better Than Mechanic Lien Claims

It’s surprising how often I encounter disappointment when I explain that a traditional mechanic’s lien cannot be filed against a state, county or federal project. The terms “mechanic’s lien” and “lien” get thrown around so much in the construction industry, that they’ve acquired a mystic existence.  If there aren’t “lien rights,” disappointment ensues. As I’ve […]

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Good Practice: Get A Copy Of The Payment Bond On State Projects

When working on a state (or federal) construction project, the payment bond is key. If you’re unpaid for labor or materials furnished to a state or federal construction project, you’re entitled to file a claim against the payment bond.  This works exactly like a traditional mechanic’s lien claim, except that instead of filing your claim […]

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