5 Myths About Mechanic’s Liens

Mechanic’s liens are effective legal remedies in New York construction projects, but they are also commonly misunderstood, particularly regarding who can file them and what can be included in the lien. To ensure that you understand your rights in the event of nonpayment for your labor or supplies, we’ve listed 5 persistent myths about mechanic’s liens and the truth behind each one. Anyone who worked on a Read More

Who Can File a Lien?

Although the New York construction industry often associates lien rights with general contractors, the truth is that mechanic’s lien protection is quite broad. In addition to contractors, it extends to: Subcontractors Construction workers Materials suppliers Landscape gardeners Nurserymen or sellers of ornamental or fruit trees, shrubbery, rose bushes, vines, and small fruit In short, nearly Read More

5 Steps to Take to File a Mechanic’s Lien

Also known as a construction lien, a mechanic’s lien is an effective means of ensuring that contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and other professionals who work on a construction project get paid. If the owner fails or unreasonably refuses to pay for services or materials provided, the party who filed the lien can seek to enforce it, which could involve selling the property to cover the money owed. Filing a Read More

5 Things to Know About Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosures

As you may know, a mechanic’s lien is a tool that contractors use to ensure they are properly paid for the work they have performed. But what happens when you as a contractor or sub-contractor still don’t get paid? At that point, you need to move to the next step of foreclosing, or enforcing, that lien. This article highlights a few things you need to know about the lien foreclosure process. 1. A Lien Foreclosure Read More

Understanding Lien Releases and Lien Waivers

We see it all the time in New York State: A construction project doesn’t go as smoothly as either party had hoped. Payments are delayed or refused. It becomes a “he said/she said” situation, and a standoff ensues. Depending on who took action first, there could be a lien on the property that is later resolved, or the contractor could have signed a lien waiver to prevent any disputes in the first place. In this Read More