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June 4, 2014

You Can Never Serve Too Many Preliminary Notices

by Larry Lubka, Esq. In a case published yesterday, Shady Tree Farms vs. Omni Financial, the court held that only “the” general contractor is exempt from serving preliminary notices in order to preserve their lien, stop notice and bond rights. In that case, Shady Tree Farms was a seller of trees for landscaping. It had […]

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June 4, 2014

To Serve and Protect Your Rights – Use The New Preliminary Notice Form

The New Preliminary Notice Form: How To Serve It by Dale Ortmann, Esq. Part 2 of a 6-part series on the new Mechanic’s Lien Laws, effective July 1, 2012 In Part 1 of this series, we explained the new changes to the Preliminary Notice form, effective July 1, 2012. In this Part 2, we explain changes […]

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June 4, 2014

You Served The Preliminary Notice: Now Prove It

By Dale A. Ortmann, Esq.Part 3 of a 6-part series on the new Mechanic’s Lien Laws, effective July 1, 2012 In Parts 1 and 2, we explained the new Preliminary Notice and how to serve it. In Part 3 of our series, we cover the new requirements for proving that the Preliminary Notice was properly […]

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June 4, 2014

New Waiver And Release Forms: What The Heck Is A Through Date?

By Dale A. Ortmann, Esq. Part 4 of a 6 part series on the new Mechanic’s Lien Laws Effective July 1, 2012 In this Part 4 of our series, we explain the changes to the waiver and release forms under the new law effective July 1, 2012. The release forms are mostly the same, as […]

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June 4, 2014

Stop, Look, and… READ! Don’t Sign That Subcontract Just Yet

by Richard Mah, Esq. You’ve just been informed that your subcontract bid has been accepted on a public works project and your company will receive a subcontract agreement shortly. When you receive the draft agreement, you look it over and confirm that the scope of work and exclusions are consistent with your bid. As to […]

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