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Washington Mechanics Lien Deadlines That End On Holidays or Weekends Extend To Next Business Day

In Washington state, those unpaid for furnishing labor or materials to a construction project must file their mechanics lien within 90 days of last furnishing to the project. The deadline is very strictly adhered to, as all mechanics lien deadlines are. Except that the Washington mechanics lien deadline may be extended for a very short […]

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Construction Managers in Washington Cannot File Mechanics Liens

Last year I was involved with a case in Washington that asked the courts this very question, and the courts replied negatively. At the current time, therefore, construction managers do not have mechanics lien rights in the state of Washington. The case was Blue Diamond Group Inc v. KB Seattle, Inc.. The construction manager here […]

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Can I Include Lien Costs or Attorney Fees in a Washington Mechanics Lien?

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post to address a very frequently asked question, which is “What costs can I include in a mechanics lien?”  Regardless of where you’re filing your mechanics lien, you are always required to set out in the lien document the amount of your claim. Companies typically have the […]

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Prefabricated Construction Rising – Who Has Mechanics Lien Rights?

Everyone looks for ways to save money. These days in the construction industry, that means manufacturing and constructing as much as possible off site, and then piecing the constructed building or item together at the job site. I recently spoke about this with a friend of mine who works at Universal Forest Products in connection […]

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Filed A Mechanics Lien and Being Threatened?

I’ve heard this story a lot. After you file a mechanics lien, the property owner or prime contractor comes back to you in a rage threatening to torch the earth if you don’t remove it. Perhaps they will threaten to never pay you, to bury you in legal fees, or…more troubling, they may threaten to never […]

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Washington’s 3 Most Common Mechanics Lien Mistakes

If you’re unpaid on a construction project in Washington state, there is no better solution for you other than the mechanics lien instrument. Filing a mechanics lien is hands-down the most effective way to get your debt paid, but actually filing the lien claim can be very complex and detailed. In fact, it’s quite easy […]

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Mechanic Lien Guest Article in Puget Sound Business Journal

Last week, the Puget Sound Business Journal (@PSBJ) published an article I wrote about mechanics lien laws in Washington state. Thanks to them for contacting me about the guest contribution and publishing the article. The article, titled “Mechanic’s liens gets a little easier (subscription required),” addressed the recent legal hurricane in Washington’s construction industry caused by […]

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How To File A Mechanic’s Lien In Washington

If you have not been paid for labor, services or materials furnished on a construction project in Washington, you may be able to collect the money you are owed by filing a mechanic’s lien (also referred to as a claim of lien). You can file a mechanic’s lien claim on your own, or call upon […]

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Washington Supreme Court Adds Equity Exception to Attorney Fees Rule on Mechanic Lien Challenges

In my post from earlier this week, I suggested that the Washington Supreme Court’s Williams v. Athletics’ Field decision was a big deal with a number of consequences to mechanic lien laws in that state. We talked about the liberal v. strict construction of mechanic lien statutes in that article, but now I want to talk […]

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To Strictly Construe or Not Strictly Construe? Washington Supreme Court Clears The Air

When the Washington Supreme Court delivered its big mechanic’s lien opinion last week in Williams v. Athletics’ Field, I only had a few moments to report it here on the blog (Williams v. Athletics’ Field). However, this decision has significant consequences to mechanic lien jurisprudence in Washington state, and it deserves a blog post or […]

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Washington Supreme Court Reverses Controversial Williams v Athletic’s Field

Well, can I say that I saw it coming? Today, the Washington Supreme Court released its opinion on Williams v. Athletic’s Field, and reversed, making all lien claimants breathe a huge sigh of relief.    We’ve written a great number of posts on this interesting case in Washington state, and how much it means to […]

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