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Mechanic’s Lien Law–Copy to the Lender?

We are all familiar with the basics of serving a certified copy of your mechanic's lien upon various persons. For example, if you are a general contractor, you would always serve the lien upon the owner and/or their representative. Correspondingly, if you are a subcontractor or supplier, you would serve a copy of the mechanic's lien on the general contractor and the owner. If you are even further down the chain, for example having a contract with another sub, then ...
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Mechanic’s Lien Law–When Does Work Start?

When calculating time periods for a mechanic's lien, oftentimes the actual date in which work started is important. Take for example priority issues. In the battle between a mortgage and a mechanic's lien, the question arises as to what has priority. This usually occurs when the property is being sold due to foreclosure and there are limited proceeds upon sale to be distributed. In many states, a mechanic's Lien claimant has priority over the mortgage if work was started by ...
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Mechanic’s Lien Update–Don’t Include Freebies

We are all used to filing a mechanic's lien for all the unpaid services, both labor, materials and equipment. But during almost any construction project, there are instances in which, for customer relations, you agree to reduce portions of the bill or not include certain items. But if you are not subsequently paid, can you retract those offers and ask for the full amount? The answer is yes. Assume the following example. You are performing a kitchen remodel and the ...
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