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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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Colorado Mechanics Lien–First Steps to Take

In most states, before recording your mechanic's lien, there is a requirement to serve a pre-lien notice. This is the case for a Colorado mechanic's lien. In this state they called a notice of intent to file a Lien statement. It is served 10 days before the mechanic's lien. In a previous article, we discussed generally how this notice would work. Here are more details. This warning shot has a dual function. First, it prevents the more serious avenue of recording ...
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California Mechanic’s Lien–When is a 20 Day Preliminary Notice Required?

Most of us by now are well aware of the requirement, in California, as a condition to recording in the recorder's office a mechanic's lien, the prior service by certified mail of a preliminary notice. In other words, a traditional subcontractor is required to serve such a pre-lien notice. In other words, if you have a direct contract, whether verbally or in writing with the owner of the project, no such pre-lien is required. But there are cases in which ...
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