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CALIFORNIA MECHANIC’S LIEN TIPS AND STRATEGIES—PART 1

After filing hundreds of California mechanic’s liens over the years, National Lien Law has developed certain tips and strategies to make your collection efforts more successful. These are some of the factors that we have learned: • Watch out for time deadlines. You can certainly send in your California lien by mail to the recorder, but if you only have a couple of days before the running of the statute of limitations, there is a lurking danger. What if for ...
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To Whom Do You Serve Your Mechanic’s Lien?

General contractors and subcontractors alike are mindful of the importance of what happens after recording or filing your mechanic's lien. Simply having it as a matter of record is not enough. For both legal and practical purposes, you also want to serve the lien. In most cases, this means serving the applicable persons by mail. If you are a general contractor, you will be serving the owner. If you are a subcontractor or supplier, you will be serving both the ...
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Mechanic’s Lien Waiver–Paying Subcontractors and Suppliers

As a general contractor, on each job you are eventually required by the owner, upon final payment to fill out and send a lien waiver. But what if you have disputes with subcontractors or suppliers or for any other reason, they are not paid the full amount owed? This places you in a predicament. Most lien waivers have a statement to the effect that upon the payment of the final invoice, as a general contractor you are representing that all ...
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