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Colorado Mechanic’s Lien. When to file?

As is commonly known, a mechanic’s lien in Colorado is primarily for general contractors, subcontractors, laborers, as well as material/equipment suppliers. But it also covers architects, engineers, draftsmen, and artisans who have furnished designs, plans, plats, maps, specifications, drawings, estimates of cost, surveys, illustrating or superintendence, or who have rendered other professional or skilled service. Suppliers of equipment are also entitled to a lien. As of 2000, Colorado also allows personnel agencies who provide laborers to a construction project, be ...
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How to file a mechanic’s lien in Illinois for tenant improvement work

We’ve all been there. We sign a contract with a tenant whose business occupies a space in a larger shopping center or mall. We do not have a direct contract with the owner and so wonder if, when unpaid, we will be able to file an Illinois mechanic’s lien. And if so, a lien against whose property? Different states approached the situation in divergent ways. But the underlying principle has a do with the landlords knowledge. Take Illinois. A mechanic’s ...
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Project Delays and Filing a Mechanic’s Lien

In most cases, the controversy surrounding a contested mechanics lien has to do with the accusation from the owner that the labor and materials were not furnished adequately. In turn, this has to do with the defense of defective material, substandard performance, untimely work, not following the plans and specifications, violation of local building codes, and contested change orders. The contractor’s goal is to prevent as many of these disputes as possible so that the filing of a mechanic’s lien ...
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