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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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Mechanic’s Lien Tip–Also Use a Demand Letter

We all know the importance of timely collection on your construction receivables. No business can operate successfully without such cash flow. We also realize that a potent weapon in those collection efforts is the recording of a mechanic’s lien. But is that all that should be done? Assume you are a subcontractor and haven’t been paid. There is a dispute between you and the general contractor and you believe their defenses are without merit and you have the right to ...
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