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Mechanic’s lien–When Work Commences for Pre-lien Notices

An important inquiry is the last day working on the job. This is significant because this time starts ticking as to when you have to file a mechanic's lien. What about the beginning of the job? That can be important as well. Take for example California's requirement by subcontractors and suppliers to serve a preliminary 20 day notice. It must be served within 20 days of commencing your work. If not, a mechanic's lien may not subsequently be recorded. Under ...
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Mechanic’s Lien Update: What Amount Should be Included in your Lien?

Here is an interesting scenario that presented itself the other day. A general contractor on residential property performed all the basic works in the contract for rehabilitation of the residence. But the homeowner decided, midstream, to replace some of the GC's subcontractors. The General contractor did not dispute this for customer service reasons, but as a result had to spend untold hours supervising, coordinating, and bringing the other subs up to speed. The basic contract was for a stipulated sum ...
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Mechanics Lien Strategy–When is the Project Really Complete?

Here is a scenario that occurs more often than not. As a general contractor or sub, you have completed the project. Not only that, but the construction services have been performed within the contract, plans and specifications, as well as industry standards. You are now owed approximately $25,000 and no matter what you do, you cannot get paid. Instead of launching right in with a mechanic's lien, you have exercised due patience. This has consisted of phone calls, emails, and ...
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