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By Michael Benson on August 21, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Construction siteMost construction professionals regularly file or dispute mechanic’s liens and feel fairly comfortable dealing with them. However, this experience is often concerning a single building constructed under a single contract. Professionals don’t regularly deal with contracts covering multiple buildings. Therefore, professionals often try to follow the same rules they use to file a single lien on multiple buildings constructed under one contract. Unfortunately, by following the same rules, they often inadvertently give up their lien rights on at least one building.

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By Jessica Courtway on November 28, 2017 at 2:18 PM

Blueprints with a stack of money and hard hat sitting on top of them. Subcontractors and suppliers performing work in Illinois do not have the right to file a mechanic’s lien on publicly owned property. Despite this, the “lien against public funds” provides a useful tool for subcontractors that have performed work on public projects in Illinois and have not been paid.

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By Jackson Glisson on August 18, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Measuring tape on a stack of moneyIf you are a contractor, subcontractor or other entity offering construction goods and services, you probably know that the ability to place a lien on property for the unpaid value of labor and materials provided is a great piece of leverage. Conversely, if you are a property owner, you have likely had to take steps to avoid the title of your property becoming clouded by liens. This is typically required by most loan agreements.

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By William Holthaus, Jr. on March 28, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Image of a man holding a hard hart and wearing a utility beltAn unpaid contractor’s best friend is often the mechanic’s lien statutes, which provide an avenue for the unpaid contractor to apply pressure to the owner or higher-tier contractor for payment. A mechanic’s lien will likely attract attention from the owner’s lenders and potentially motivate the owner to pay the contractor’s unpaid balance. Additionally, in Illinois, a mechanic’s lien can even allow the contractor to foreclose on the property if the lien is left unsatisfied.

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By Jessica Courtway on January 19, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Photo of businessman displaying a clockMissouri law (R.S.Mo. 429.005.1, et seq.) grants general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers the ability to assert a mechanic’s lien for labor and materials provided to a property, provided the lien is properly filed within six months of the last date of work (excluding warranty and corrective work).

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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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