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Round-up of Material Supplier Blog Series Posts

You may have noticed we’ve spent the past two weeks doing a pretty comprehensive series on material suppliers and the mechanic lien laws. Here’s a roundup of all those posts, which acts as a nice resource for material suppliers interested in learning more about their mechanic lien rights. Top 4 Mechanic Lien Law Challenges For […]

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How Zlien Can Help Material Suppliers

This past month, I’ve run a series of posts here specifically addressing preliminary notice and mechanic lien issues encountered by those in the building material supply business (Read the Supplier Series).  It was desperately needed here on the Construction Lien Blog, as we didn’t have a plethora of resources written directly to this group, and […]

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Question for Attorneys: Any Exceptions to Delivery Presumption for Material Suppliers?

Yesterday I published an article title “How Material Suppliers Prove Its Materials Were Incorporated Into the Property When Filing A Mechanics Lien.”  Those lawyers out there, and especially construction lawyers, probably immediately know the answer here, and that’s the presumption created by most state laws.  The presumption is this: If the building material supplier can […]

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How Material Suppliers Prove Its Materials Were Incorporated Into The Property When Filing A Mechanics Lien

While mechanic lien laws are different from state-to-state, one constant among the laws is that a mechanic lien right only arises if your materials are incorporated into the property being liened. I’ve talked about this in the past in some Scenario posts.  Some of these posts address whether cleaning services, landscaping services, furniture installers, etc. […]

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The Material Supplier’s 50 State Guide to Mechanic Lien Laws

I’ve read a lot of mechanic lien resources in my day, and most of the time, these online resources try to explain everything about the lien laws to the reader.  Heck, this is the case even with our resources.  But, you really don’t need to know everything. If you’re a material supplier, you only need […]

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Washington mechanics lien treatise is good

The Material Supplier’s Guide To Creating A Mechanics Lien Policy

Here I present a short guide to material suppliers on creating a Mechanics Lien Policy for your company, ending with a sample policy for free download. What Is A Credit Policy? A Mechanics Lien Policy? According to, a credit policy is: Clear, written guidelines that set (1) the terms and conditions for supplying goods […]

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Suppliers to Suppliers Usually Can’t File A Mechanics Lien

In the mechanics lien law world, there are very few rules that are consistent state-to-state. That a material supplier to another material supplier is without mechanic lien rights, however, is an exception. Nearly every state prohibits suppliers to suppliers from filing a mechanics lien. This is not only true for private (residential, commercial or industrial) […]

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Special Mechanic Lien Rules for Specially Fabricated Materials

Time and time again on this blog, I’ve said that if there is one lien law rule consistent from state to state, it’s that in order to qualify for a mechanics lien claim, the materials or labor you furnish must actually be incorporated into the jobsite’s property (click here to see mentions of “incorporation” on […]

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Should Material Suppliers Wait Until An Account Is Overdue Before Sending Preliminary Notice?

This is a question frequently asked by those in the material supply business. In fact, it’s a common practice by suppliers to worry about preliminary notices only when an account goes unpaid. This makes mechanic lien compliance remarkably easier, because the company need not worry about sending notices to owner correctly every time or being […]

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Top 4 Mechanics Lien Law Challenges For Material Suppliers and Materialmen

More than any other construction participant, complying with mechanic lien and bond claim laws is most burdensome for building material suppliers. This post examines the four primary challenges material suppliers face in the mechanics lien context. It’s interesting that material suppliers are so consistently met with strict lien and bond claim laws in each state. […]

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Blog Series on Mechanics Lien Laws For Material Suppliers

For the rest of January, we’re going to run a blog series focusing on how mechanic lien laws affect those in the material supply business. These blog posts will address the challenges material suppliers specifically face when trying to comply with lien and notice statutes across the country, and answer from frequently asked questions and […]

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