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What is Meant by the Requirement of Filing a Mechanic’s Lien in Good Faith?

If you look in detail at the case law, some court decisions require as a prerequisite, that a mechanic lien be filed in good faith. What exactly does that mean and should we be concerned with that requirement? Without being irreverent or flip, it happens in very few cases and it’s not something that should keep you up at night. In other words, it only applies in substantially unreasonable or outrageous cases. In almost all situations, it doesn’t even arise ...
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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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