Mechanic’s Liens

Virginia Mechanic's LiensGiven the economy and the construction landscape, mechanic’s liens are becoming more and more useful and necessary. This is particularly true in Virginia where mechanic’s liens are perfected upon filing of the lien and therefore they are a secured claim in a bankruptcy court. Please check out the posts on this page (or click here if on a mobile device) for more on this important tool in a construction contractor or subcontractor’s collection arsenal.

Once you have read these posts, please contact an experienced construction attorney to make sure that you meet all of the specific and technical requirements for filing and maintaining a mechanic’s lien action in Virginia.

Reminder: The Devil is in the Mechanic’s Lien Details

As readers of Construction Law Musings are well aware, mechanic’s liens and their picky and at times overly form oriented nature are near and dear to my heart as a construction attorney here in Virginia. I recently had the opportunity to meet this head on in Hanover County, Virginia Circuit Court. I was defending a…

Happy New Year! Looking Back and Forward

Originally posted 2016-01-01 10:00:55. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIt is the time of the year here at Construction Law Musings where we look back at a great 2015 and forward to an even better 2016. This past year was another good one for both Musings and my law practice. Musings hit its 7 year anniversary…

Private Project Payment Bonds and Pay if Paid in Virginia

One of the many items of construction law that has always been about as clear as mud has been the interaction between a contractual pay if paid clause and payment bond claims either under the Federal Miller Act or Virginia’s “Little Miller Act.” While properly drafted contractual “pay if paid” clauses are enforceable by their…

Mechanic’s Liens and Legislative Sausage

Originally posted 2012-03-05 09:00:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterOver the past week or two I’ve been covering HB 1265, a bill that was working its way through the Virginia General Assembly legislative sausage making process. I gave you my thoughts on the original bill as written and then on the somewhat better (though far from…

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