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California Mechanics Lien. When to file.

As is commonly known, a mechanic’s lien in California filed by a general contractor or sub/supplier, is recorded in the recorder’s office of the county in which the project is located. In most cases, that must be within 90 days of completion of the overall work of job. However, if a notice of completion has been recorded, general contractors have 60 days and subcontractors have 30 days to record their California mechanic’s lien. That aspect of the law is commonly ...
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Texas Mechanics Lien. Can it Be Discharged?

After a mechanics lien in Texas lien is filed, is there anyway an owner can bring a motion in court to discharge it before trial? There certainly is, but it is important to understand the limitations. This involves Texas mechanics lien statute 19(6) which allows the owner to apply for a summary discharge order. Many think it is a “mini trial” in which the amount of the mechanics lien, how much services were performed, back-charges, contested change orders, and other ...
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Can You Include Lost Time and Inconvenience in Filing a Mechanic’s Lien Claim?

Unfortunately, you cannot. All states have a basic rule, namely a mechanic’s lien is only for the actual labor and materials furnished to the site. There are some gray areas, including impact damages for delay and extended overhead, but these are difficult to prove and usually only apply to larger commercial projects. Take Ed for example. The last thing he wants to do is file a Mechanic lien. He has just renovated the upstairs bathroom for a homeowner for a ...
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