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Virginia Joins The Crowd On Liens: What Does It Mean?


First and foremost, thanks to my pal Scott Wolfe for the opportunity to discuss what is a major change in Virginia law regarding mechanic’s liens. I always appreciate the opportunity to guest post here at his blog. When I first posted about Senate Bill 891 back in March of this year it sparked a minor […]

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Mechanics Lien Law 2015: A Trend Toward Fairness

2014 was a busy year for mechanics lien law, with significant changes either enacted or contemplated in a large number of states. Changes ranged from providing a more clear definition of what constitutes the “commencement” of an improvement in Nevada, to the creation of an entirely new-from-the-ground-up mechanics lien law scheme in Mississippi. So far […]

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Virginia’s Lien Waiver Law Change Demands Fair Play

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General contractors, lenders, title insurance companies, owners, and sureties on a construction project are concerned about their exposure to mechanics lien claims. This is natural since these claims are a large component of the project’s financial risk. Despite these parties’ ambition to avoid liens, it is illegal in 47 of the 50 states to ask […]

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Virginia’s New Lien Waiver Law Makes Payment More Fair


More than 200 years ago, Virginia’s most famous son invented the mechanics lien concept to protect contractors and suppliers against non-payment on construction projects. In the 2015 legislation, Virginia’s lawmakers finally embraced the public policy reasons behind this legal principle, passing a law prohibiting subcontractors and suppliers against waiving their lien rights, thus protecting these parties against […]

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Lien Law Alert: Who to Include in VA Mechanics Lien Enforcement Action

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To begin this post, and, really, to make sure everybody is on the same page for all of the articles/posts on The Construction Payment Blog, we need to have a quick vocabulary discussion. Mechanics lien law, and the specific language associated with it, can be daunting, even for people well-versed in the credit and/or construction […]

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Virginia Mechanics Lien Law: 5 Things to Know

Need to brush up on your Virginia mechanics lien law before filing? No problem,zlien can help! Just refer to these “5 things to know” before getting started. Most Licensed Parties have Mechanics Lien Rights In Virginia licensed parties that provide service or labor for a construction project, removal or repair or improvement on a completed […]

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Virginia Mechanics Lien: Don’t File Fraudulent Lien

As we’ve mentioned before, filing a false mechanics lien is not a good idea. Mechanics liens are powerful tools, and just like all powerful tools, they shouldn’t be abused. Some states, however, take filing a fraudulent mechanics lien more seriously than others. Generally speaking, if a mechanics lien is filed fraudulently, the lien claimant is […]

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Virginia Mechanics Liens: New Case Provides Answers and Questions

Complying with timing requirements is crucial to mechanics lien claims, but, as we’ve mentioned before, calculating these deadlines can sometimes be difficult. This is especially true in states with more than one date that must be calculated, and when there are different methods to calculating those dates. Even when the deadlines have been successfully navigated, […]

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Virginia Mechanics Lien Law Amendment: How Much Really Changes?

  Construction Payment Blog recently discussed changes to the mechanics lien law scheme in Virginia. These changes mandate that every mechanics lien claimant have a license, and that the license number and dates of issue and expiration be listed on the face of the lien document, in order for the claimant’s lien to be valid. […]

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