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 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: Your MLA Notice Must Have Your License Number

Remember a couple of years ago when the Virginia mechanic’s lien rules changed to require inclusion of a claimant’s contractor’s license number (where a license is required)?  If not, then this is a reminder of that particular wrinkle in the strictly interpreted mechanic’s lien statute.  This requirement applies to all mechanic’s lien memoranda and, like…

Q: What can you lien? A: What did you bring to the project?

Originally posted 2009-02-23 10:00:00. Mechanic’s liens are a powerful tool when used correctly. However, as I have discussed on numerous occasions here and elsewhere, these tools must be wielded correctly if they are to be effective. Another case in point occurred recently in the Hanover, VA Circuit Court. In Dallan Construction Co. v. Super Structures…

Changes to Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Code

For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Musings, we welcome Jim Fullerton.  Jim is the President of the law firm of Fullerton & Knowles, P.C., which has attorneys licensed in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, is a Martindale Hubbell Peer Rated Lawyer AV® Preeminent.™  The firm represents owners, lenders, design professionals,…

Early Action on Your Construction Contract is Key

I bang the drum of early and frequent consultation with one of us construction attorneys on a regular basis here at Musings and in other places of the “blawgosphere.” Why do I do this?  Doesn’t such consultation help to avoid the problems that seem to make those of us in the construction law business happy? …

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