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Latest Mechanics Lien Law and News


It’s important to know all the “ins and outs” of recording a California mechanic’s lien. Because these liens are extraordinarily technical, National Lien Law has decided to do  a number of separate blogs outlining what a contractor can and cannot do. Here are some of the salient points. Remember, anyone can email us and receive a free California Mechanic’s Lien Law Summary that has much more detail. The effect of the lien: In the United States, mechanic’s lien go back ...
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California Mechanic’s Lien–When to Serve a Pre-Lien Notice

A California mechanic's lien requires certain preliminary prerequisites before its filing. But it only applies to some claimants. Here are some of the basic rules. If you are performing labor for wages only, there is no requirement to serve the 20 day notice. However, if you are performing labor under a stipulated sum contract or T & M/cost plus basis, you must serve the notice. Non-service only applies if you are performing the labor for wages. Assume hypothetically you are ...
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South Carolina Mechanic’s Lien–Using a Notice of Project Commencement

In order to file a mechanic's lien in South Carolina, lien claimants need certain information to fill out their forms. South Carolina has a solution to this dilemma by allowing a general contractor to file what is called a Notice of Project Commencement. Unlike other states in which the owner typically files such a notice, in South Carolina it is filed by the general contractor. The purpose is to let other persons down the chain of title, including subcontractors and material ...
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