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The Project Completion Date: When It Matters And How You’ll Know

It’s very common that we get questions about project completion dates and its effect on a party’s mechanics lien or bond claim rights. This is an important and tricky topic, and unfortunately, there aren’t very many answers. In fact, I spent 6 months last year digging into California county records to locate a solution to […]

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Mechanics Liens: Missouri Appeals Court to Rule on Landscaping Lien Case

On March 19, 2013, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District heard oral arguments on a fascinating landscaping lien case with potential precedential value, Manning Construction v. MCI Partners.  The PAID blog expects the court to rule on two important issues.  First, does work completed after a substantial amount of the project has already been completed […]

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California Mechanics Lien Law: When Is A California Construction Project Substantially Complete?

Short Answer:  It’s a legal determination ultimately left up to a court, but takes into account a variety of factors.  Typically, the most controlling or popular factor is when the property is ready for occupancy. Long Answer: This is the hardest question to answer in California’s mechanics lien law. Unlike the majority of states, a mechanics lien […]

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California Appeals Court Gives Leeway To Lien Claimant Who Can’t Make Up Mind About Completion Date

Earlier this month, the California 4th District Court of Appeals encountered a bizarre situation in Coastline Corp. v. Famers & Merchs. Bank of Long Beach. The September 21, 2012 unpublished decision wrestles with the “sham doctrine” in California, which loosely instructs the courts to ignore any supplemental pleadings that state facts that are inconsistent with […]

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Knowing A Project’s Final Settlement Date Is Key For State Bond Claim Deadlines

One frustrating thing about the mechanic’s lien and payment bond claim laws across the nation is that they are all different. In particular, the lien claimant’s deadline to file a mechanic’s lien or payment bond claim varies state-to-state. Since this post is part of our State Bond Claim Blog Series, it will focus on claim […]

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