Preliminary notices are the building blocks to the mechanics lien process. Subcontractors and suppliers (and sometimes general contractors and design professionals) must send notice to protect their ability to file a lien. General contractors, property owners, and lenders rely on notices to paint a picture of who is working on…Read More
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How many times did your parents used to tell you to clean your room or make your bed and you just rolled your eyes? Such a simplistic act of organization seemed unnecessary and a waste of your time. Well, now we are older and time is money. Simple acts of…Read More
Can you waive your right to file a mechanics lien or bond claim before you even begin working on a project? Attempts to strip subcontractors and suppliers of their lien rights at the start of a project — so called “No Lien Clauses” — are usually void and unenforceable. However, the law…Read More
Every state has different mechanics lien laws and notice requirements for those filing a mechanics lien. Some states, like New York, have no notice requirements at all. Many states, including California and Arizona, have preliminary notices that are required to be delivered at the onset of a construction project. Other…Read More
Filing a Wisconsin mechanics lien? No fear, look here for “5 things to know.”
Project Participants have Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Rights Regardless of Tier
Any party who furnishes labor or materials, in the erection, alteration, repair, or improvement of a building or structure has mechanics lien rights in Wisconsin. A party’s tier…
In previous blog posts we’ve discussed the importance of lien waivers. This is especially the case in Wisconsin, where the law is strictly construed against lien claimants. Those asked to sign lien waivers in this state, therefore, should do so with extreme caution.
The Strict Treatment of Lien Waivers Is Spelled…
Short Answer: Only in the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Long Answer: It’s extremely common for folks to not quite understand the differences between preliminary notices and notices of intent to lien; and further, to not quite understand when a state requires notices of…Read More
When looking at mechanic lien laws across the country, one of the critical questions any potential lien claimant must ask themselves is this: Do I have lien rights under the applicable state law?
The answer, unfortunately, can sometimes be complex. And yes, we’ve said it before and will say it again,…Read More