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Illinois Mechanic’s lien–Commercial Pre-lien Notice

If you are a subcontractor on a commercial Illinois project, step one before filing a mechanic's lien is to serve the pre-lien notice. Here is some general information on the subject. 90-Day Notice (Commercial and Residential Projects) Name of Notice:      Subcontractor’s Notice of Intention to File a Mechanic’s Lien (90-Day Notice). The same basic format and content is used for residential and commercial projects—in fact the notices are identical.  For example, the 60-Day Notice is given at the start of ...
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Mechanic’s Lien Law–Copy to the Lender?

We are all familiar with the basics of serving a certified copy of your mechanic's lien upon various persons. For example, if you are a general contractor, you would always serve the lien upon the owner and/or their representative. Correspondingly, if you are a subcontractor or supplier, you would serve a copy of the mechanic's lien on the general contractor and the owner. If you are even further down the chain, for example having a contract with another sub, then ...
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Mechanic’s Lien Law–When Does Work Start?

When calculating time periods for a mechanic's lien, oftentimes the actual date in which work started is important. Take for example priority issues. In the battle between a mortgage and a mechanic's lien, the question arises as to what has priority. This usually occurs when the property is being sold due to foreclosure and there are limited proceeds upon sale to be distributed. In many states, a mechanic's Lien claimant has priority over the mortgage if work was started by ...
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