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By Jennifer Therrien on September 21, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Close up of file folder with one labeled "licenses"The potential ramifications of performing construction without being properly licensed can be severe. Fines and penalties are only the tip of the iceberg. For example, in several states, a contractor that is not properly licensed is precluded from filing a mechanic’s lien. In other states, an unlicensed contractor is precluded from bringing a lawsuit to recover amounts due and owing for its work. California imposes an even harsher punishment — unlicensed contractors may be required to disgorge monies paid for work performed without a license. Finally, several states impose criminal penalties for failure to comply with licensing statutes.

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By Jennifer Therrien on December 22, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Money sign hanging from craneA claimant’s ability to file a mechanic’s lien against an owner’s interest in leased property is often a complicated analysis. Missouri law provides that “any person who shall do or perform any work or labor upon land … for any building, erection, or improvements upon land … upon or by virtue of any contract with the owner or proprietor thereof, or his or her agent, trustee, contractor or subcontractor” shall have a lien upon the building, erection or improvements. R.S. Mo. § 429.010 (emphasis added).

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