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The Strict Nature of Virginia Lien Apportionment Rules

This is a guest post from our friend Christopher Hill of the Construction Law Musings blog. Christopher is a construction attorney in Virginia who has contributed to the Lien Blog in the past. We follow his blog closely to keep up to date on mechanics lien law in Virginia and are honored to have him […]

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A Virginia Mechanic’s Lien Change for the Better

Christopher G. Hill, LEED AP is solo practitioner, Virginia Supreme Court certified General District Court mediator, lawyer and owner of the Richmond, VA firm, The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC.  Chris has been nominated and elected by his peers to Virginia’s Legal Elite in the Construction Law category on multiple occasions and is […]

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Warning: More Virginia Transportation Projects May Be Without Payment Bonds

When performing work on a state construction project anywhere in the nation, those furnishing labor or materials to the project typically have bond claim rights in lieu of mechanics lien rights. These claims are secured pursuant to “Little Miller Act” statutes present in each state. Whenever a contractor or supplier goes unpaid on a state construction project, […]

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Is Virginia Poised To Change Its Mechanics Lien Law For The Worse?

UPDATE: Christopher Hill informed me this morning that the bill has now been tabled until the next session, and therefore, is dead for now.  Chris had testified before the legislature this morning regarding the bill. While the bill is tabled for not, it’s still worth anaylzing as it may creep back into discussions in 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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Can Contract Provisions Alter Your Lien Rights?

My friend Chris Hill recently posted a blog post on Construction Law Musings discussing a recent Virginia trial level decision in TWP Enterprises v. Dressel, wherein the court addressed the question of whether contractual provisions can alter a party’s mechanic lien rights.  The blog post is highly recommended:  Where Mechanic’s Liens and Contracts Collide. Chris […]

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Recent Indiana Mechanic Lien Cases Underscore Usual Priority for Mortages over Mechanic Liens

When a project is short on funding, lien priority becomes a pretty big deal. Unfortunately for contractors and suppliers, the priority afforded to liens will vary from state-to-state. We’ve discussed lien priority issues in the past (see Lien Priority tag). One of my favorite posts on the subject is: Mechanic Liens – Is it Like […]

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Alert: Virginia General Assembly Tweaks Mechanic’s Lien Notice Requirements

We’re pleased to welcome Christopher Hill back to the Construction Lien Blog for this guest post, bringing information about important changes to mechanic lien statutes in Virgina.  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 Legal […]

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Can I File a Mechanics Lien For This?

Lien laws vary from state-to-state, but across the country it’s a consistent principle that contractors and suppliers can only file mechanic’s liens for work they perform on a construction improvement project. This begs the very important questions – what is a construction improvement project?    And beyond that, what is a construction improvement? With respect […]

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Christopher Hill Launches Great Resource for Virginia Mechanic Liens

Our friend at Construction Law Musings, Virginia construction attorney Christopher Hill, just add a really great resource to his top-notch construction law blog for those interested in construction liens.  A Mechanic’s Lien Page. Before the lien page, Musings was already a great source of  information on Virginia lien laws.  The new page really organizes that […]

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Mechanics Lien – Is it like a Mortgage? Yes and No.

In most states, contractors and suppliers can file “Mechanics Liens,” whereby they acquire a privilege against the construction jobsite’s property.    The liens usually work like a mortgage on the property, such that it must be satisfied before a property is sold, transferred or refinanced. While liens act a lot like mortgages, they certainly are not […]

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