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Connecticut’s Home Improvement Act: Subcontractors Can Breathe Easy

When viewed in a vacuum, it seems odd that the lien rights of subcontractors and suppliers can be negatively impacted by the actions of third parties. It is easy to think that some rule of fair play is violated when actions out of the sub’s control extinguish otherwise valid lien rights. For example, whether or […]

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Confronting The Perils of Chasing Out-Of-State Construction Work

Through the years, I’ve consulted with many companies who worked exclusively in a particular state or small region, and accordingly, knew the laws and landscape of that region reasonably well. However, when these companies eye other states or regions to expand their business, the complications of legal variances between those states should stand out as […]

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Challenges of Subcontractor Expansion And Where Mechanics Lien Law Fits In

We’re at the CFMA 2012 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, and there was a great session yesterday titled “The ‘Gotchas’ of Subcontractor Expansion.” This was a great presentation by Lisa Autino of Corbin Electric, Kevin Burnett of the Sundt Companies, and Marjorie Weber of Irontree Construction. Any discussion of subcontractor expansion is very relevant in […]

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Work Performed By Your Subcontractors Will Extend Your Mechanics Lien Period

When does the mechanics lien clock start and stop? This is a complicated question whose answer will vary from state to state. It’s also a question we’ve addressed on the Lien Blog in the past, but only with respect to whether punchlist, remedial and warranty work would extend a lien claimants filing period (usually, it […]

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Virginia’s Interesting 150 Day Rule

In most states, a contractor only has 1 lien deadline of concern:  when the lien must be filed.  In Virginia, however, contractors must juggle two lien deadlines. First, like other states, Virginia has a regular lien filing time requirement.  All liens must be filed within 90 days from when labor and services were last performed […]

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Virginia – Strongest Liens of them All?

In the past, we’ve posted about the strength and effectiveness of construction liens.    Across the nation, construction or mechanics liens can be used as a powerful collections tool by contractors, suppliers and others working on construction projects. The state of Virginia, however, has perhaps the most powerful mechanics liens in the nation. In most circumstances, […]

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Be Careful When Using Free Legal Forms

Gerard Simington with “” published an informative article that warns businesses about using free legal forms found on the internet. The Internet has placed legal information and legal forms at our fingertips — and its easy to forget sometimes that the law is a very complicated subject, and legal forms are no exception.  While a […]

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7 Habits of Contractors Who Lose Money…and How to Break Them

The Construction Commando’s “Contractor’s Secret Weapon” published an article with this title that described seven instances when contractors lose money on a project.  While the article was drafted to an audience of California contractors, the habits apply nationwide. It will be to any contractors’ benefit to review this article online, access which habits apply to […]

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Georgia Mechanics Lien: New Laws Go Into Effect April 2009

In the spring of 2008, a senate advisory committee in Georgia completed a report on the state’s lien laws, and proposed a bill to make certain substantive changes to OCGA 44-14-361 et seq., which houses Georgia’s lien laws. The first paragraph of the report’s summary nicely explains the challenges facing legislatures when drafting and re-drafting […]

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Is Notice Required Before Filing a Construction Lien? Louisiana Law

It’s difficult to stress how beneficial filing a lien can be for your company when attempting to collect on a non-paying project. However, this begs the very important, and sometimes difficult to answer question: Are you legally entitled to lien? In Louisiana, the lien statutes are drafted with a certain balance. On the one hand, […]

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Why Lien?

Dear Contractor/Subcontractor/Supplier: There are some customers or prime contractors who will not pay you after a significant amount of work, labor, services and materials have been invested into performing a job. The founder of Zlien’s father and grandfather were both general contractors in New Orleans, LA, so we know your frustration. The best way to […]

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