Mechanics' Liens - A Virginia Perspective

Christopher Hill, a friend and quality construction lawyer has posted some interesting articles on Mechanics' Liens.  Click here to see his latest: constructionlawva.blogspot.com. While the timing for the filing and releasing of mechanics' liens varies from state to state, Chris includes some great thoughts and comments regarding more generally applicable problems surrounding mechanics' liens. In short, they are tricky animals.

In Iowa and most states, the applicability and proper timing for the filing of mechanics' liens vary between commercial and residential properties. The primary rationale is that in commercial projects the general contractors and owners are more business savvy. Of course, that is not universally the case. Under the current state of economic affairs, mechanics' liens are significant problems for homeowners and commercial owners alike. Pay attention to the specific laws applicable to your situation and don't get caught without someone to help you through the mine field of mechanic liens.

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Chris Hill - January 9, 2009 4:18 PM

Pat,

Thanks for the post. I appreciate the kind words. I couldn't agree more. I just recently had a friend get into issues in OH with a lien and I just hope it was filed correctly. I always recommend use of a local, and knowledgeable, attorney when dealing with these tricky beasts. Mechanic's liens are one of those areas of law that one needs to do a lot of in order to keep up.

Thanks again.

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