Lien

A Promise to Pay Doesn’t Extend Lien Deadlines

Mechanic’s lien rights arise from the laws of each state; there is no common-law right to unilaterally lien someone else’s property. As such, compliance with statutory requirements and deadlines is paramount. Thus, when an owner promised to pay a… Read More
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Pursuing a Lien? FOLLOW THE LIEN LAW!

Mechanic’s liens are a creature of statute, and each state has its own law, with different deadlines, terms and forms. But there is one common element: if you don’t follow the procedure as spelled out in the law, your lien claim will fail. The la… Read More
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Categories: Construction

Lien Rights without an “Improvement” to the Property

A surveyor who laid out a subdivision where only one house was built was nonetheless entitled to a lien under Illinois law, per the Illinois Supreme Court. As many readers know, mechanic’s lien laws have historically derived from the idea that cons… Read More
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Categories: Construction

Subcontractor Charged For Having Its Own Lien Bonded Off

Based on subcontract language, a Minnesota appeals court has held that the prime contractor could charge its lien bond premium against the sub who filed the lien. Arising from a power generation station project, the prime and a sub pursued breach of… Read More
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About Stan Martin

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Stan Martin holds a law degree and an undergraduate degree in architecture. He has been involved with the construction industry for more than 45 years, working in construction prior to law school and beginning his construction law practice. Over the course of his career, he has served on boards and committees for organizations including the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Massachusetts Building Congress.

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