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How to File a Mechanics Lien in Mississippi

How to File a Mechanics Lien in Mississippi

October 14, 2019

This guide spells out all the important information that you must keep in mind when filing a mechanics lien in Mississippi. If you want to file your mechanics lien successfully, be sure to always keep track of the important deadlines and avoid committing the common mistakes that most construction participants make.

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The Ins and Outs of Retainage in Construction

The Ins and Outs of Retainage in Construction

October 10, 2019

Retainage is a unique feature of construction. Unlike a mechanics lien, retainage is a controversial topic among construction participants. Not all contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers are keen about retainage, although it remains to be widely used across all 50 states. This article will walk you through the basics of retainage in construction, what it seeks to do, and how it affects different construction stakeholders.

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How to File a Mechanics Lien in Illinois

How to File a Mechanics Lien in Illinois

October 10, 2019

Illinois has its own rules and requirements regarding what counts as a valid mechanics lien, and failing to adhere to these rules could cost you your right to receive proper payment. This guide will walk you through the rules and regulations surrounding an Illinois mechanics lien, from protecting your lien rights to ensuring that you follow the best practices when recording a mechanics lien in the state.

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“Should I Sign a Lien Waiver if…” 6 Scenarios That Require Signing a Lien Waiver

“Should I Sign a Lien Waiver if…” 6 Scenarios That Require Signing a Lien Waiver

October 8, 2019

Lien waivers are essentially “proofs of payment.” A party who has received payment in a construction industry is therefore expected to sign a lien waiver as a declaration that they are effectively waiving their lien rights. If used correctly, lien waivers can actually protect both the paying party and the party claiming the payment from having to deal with a mechanics lien. Sometimes, however, it is not clear whether signing a lien waiver is the right thing to do. Waiving your lien rights is strong statement to make, so it is not something that should be done in a hurry. Here are six situations in which signing a lien waiver is highly advisable.

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A Trade Credit Guide for Material Suppliers

A Trade Credit Guide for Material Suppliers

October 7, 2019

Trade credit – also known as supplier’s credit or mercantile credit – is a form of financing that allows one business to deliver its services to another business before payment is exchanged. It is a short-term financing option, which means that the outstanding payment is expected to be settled within 30 days or up to 18 months.

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How the Little Miller Act Protects Construction Parties at the State Level

How the Little Miller Act Protects Construction Parties at the State Level

October 5, 2019

A Little Miller Act is a state-specific version of the federal Miller Act. Its main purpose is to protect subcontractors and material suppliers in government projects by requiring general contractors to furnish surety bonds to the government. Instead of a mechanics lien, a bond claim may be filed by construction parties who wish to recover payment from a delinquent prime contractor.

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What Is a Texas Mechanics and Materialmen’s Lien?

What Is a Texas Mechanics and Materialmen’s Lien?

October 4, 2019

This guide seeks to answer some of the fundamental questions that you may have about the Texas mechanics and materialmen’s lien. If you are a construction professional working in Texas, it is in your best interest to understand the different rules and regulations that apply to you.

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California’s “Unconditional Waiver and Release Upon Progress Payment”: A Detailed Guide

California’s “Unconditional Waiver and Release Upon Progress Payment”: A Detailed Guide

October 2, 2019

There’s very little room for error when signing lien waivers in California. Regulated lien waiver forms are provided by the state, and California statutes require contractors, subcontractors, and other construction stakeholders to specifically use these forms when issuing lien waivers.

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California Preliminary 20-Day Notice: A Step-by-Step Guide

California Preliminary 20-Day Notice: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 1, 2019

The preliminary notice in California is one of the most important documents that every construction professional in the state must be familiar with. Without a valid 20-day preliminary notice, mechanics liens in California are rendered invalid. Knowing how to properly prepare and serve a preliminary notice in California is therefore key to protecting your mechanics lien rights. This article should help you understand the basic steps in filing a 20-day preliminary notice properly, from the step-by-step instructions, the most common mistakes, and the chief reasons why the preliminary notice must be filed at all times.

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September Construction Insider: US housing starts’ 12-year high, construction job surge, more

September Construction Insider: US housing starts’ 12-year high, construction job surge, more

September 30, 2019

This month on Construction Insider: US housing starts rise to 12-year high, lumber mills close down amid trade war, construction jobs increase by 14,000 in August, and more

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