We’re a great fan of Avvo.com, an online directory of attorneys and legal information, and a place where you can go for free legal advice. In fact, we’ve integrated Avvo right into our LienPilot software, making it easy for clients to get legal advice and answers from attorneys at no charge.
Avvo collects Legal Guides published by attorneys on a variety of topics. Of course, mechanics lien law is a popular topic for those attorneys who practice construction law. I, for example, have written a number of mechanics lien legal guides on Avvo.
Vincent Pallaci, a New York construction lawyer, has written 4 great legal guides on Avvo.com about mechanics lien laws in New York. Here is a summary of those 4 guides.
New York Mechanics Lien FAQs
Start with the basics: Frequently asked questions about mechanics lien laws in New York. Zlien has published its own set of frequently asked questions on New Yorks’ mechanics lien laws (as well as every state’s laws). The Pallaci legal guide, however, is a great resource for anyone looking for the basics on New York’s lien laws.
Read the “New York Mechanics Lien FAQs” Legal Guide.
10 Reasons That A NY Mechanics Lien Is Defective
I like the way this legal guide is structured, as it gives good information about how to correctly file a mechanics lien by pointing out the most popular reasons a mechanics lien is filed incorrectly. We do this frequently here on the Lien Blog and publish it under our “Common Mistakes” tag.
My favorite “no-no” is the simplest one on the list: “The mechanics lien identifies a post office box as the lienor’s address.” This is my favorite because it is so easily overlooked. New York lien law requires claimants to identify their actual address and post office boxes are insufficient, but just imagine how many times this is overlooked. Lots! More great stuff within the article, which you can read here: 10 Reasons That A NY Mechanics Lien is Defective.
Bonding A Mechanics Lien in New York
If you file a mechanics lien, it can be bonded off. As explained in a blog post some months back, this process gets a bad reputation but it isn’t actually that bad for the mechanics lien claimant. It’s actually…good.
Nevertheless, this article discusses how folks in New York can bond off a mechanics lien, looking at the event from the perspective of someone who wants to get the mechanics lien off record. It’s a great resource for this. Read “Bonding A Mechanics Lien in New York.”
Lien Release Do’s and Don’ts
This is important. If you’re a reader of this blog you know we’ve written about Lien Releases and Lien Waivers lately, as they’ve been popping up in cases across the country with contractors, suppliers and others getting the screws put to them based on lien waivers they have signed.
This legal guide is a great resource for folks in New York being asked to sign a lien waiver of lien release. Read “Lien Release Do’s and Don’ts.”