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Latest Mechanics Lien Law and News

California Mechanic’s Lien–Does a General Have to Serve a 20 Day Notice?

We are all familiar with the requirement of subcontractors and suppliers serving a preliminary 20 day notice at the beginning of a California construction project in order to later record a California mechanic's lien.  The general rule is typically if you are a general contractor with direct privity with the owner, you do not have to serve such a notice. But, are there any other instances in which a general must serve a 20-Day? There may be in the area ...
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Mechanic’s Lien News–How to Treat the Construction Lender

When recording a mechanic's lien, a question arises as to whether you should also serve the construction lender. Here are some general pointers. First, we have to define who is a construction lender. It is only a lending institution that specifically funds the construction process. So for example, if you are Mr. and Mrs. Smith and are doing a remodel and are using your own funds or a personal loan secured by real estate, it is not within the definition ...
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Mechanic’s Lien Update: Are You a General or Subcontractor?

In deciding how and when to record a mechanic's lien, it is important to define your status. This depends whether you will be categorized as a general contractor or a subcontractor/supplier. The first thing to do is ignore your license status. Some people think that if you are a licensed electrical subcontractor, for example,  you will always be considered a sub for purposes of the lien law. This is not true. This is because your status is determined by who ...
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