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Texas Cracks Down on Lien Waivers

The mechanic’s lien is the most powerful tool that a contractor can wield to obtain payment for services provided. As we’ve covered previously, the State of Texas has some of the most complex lien laws in the nation, often to the detriment of anyone seeking owed payment. However, new Texas laws aim to protect the […]

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What’s the Difference Between Conditional and Unconditional Lien Waivers? Part 2

Construction professionals who fail to review the contents of a lien waiver are not only signing away their mechanic’s lien rights but also putting their very livelihoods on the line. If they signed an unconditional lien waiver, there’s very little that can be done in the event that only partial payment is received. Conditional lien […]

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What’s the Difference Between Conditional and Unconditional Lien Waivers? Part 1

The mechanic’s lien is perhaps the most powerful tool that a contractor, subcontractor, or material supplier can employ to receive payment. However, signing a lien waiver and forfeiting lien rights is often the cost of doing business in the construction industry. In the event that full payment is not received on a project, a contractor’s […]

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Invalid and Fraudulent Mechanic’s Liens: What’s the Difference? Part 2

Filing an improper or fraudulent mechanic’s lien can often bring on harsh consequences. In these instances, a contractor would have been better off not filing at all. But a contractor that has lien rights and fails to file may not be able to afford to stay in business. As a Texas contractor, you shouldn’t be […]

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Invalid and Fraudulent Mechanic’s Liens: What’s the Difference? Part 1

The responsibility for properly filing a mechanic’s lien in Texas rests squarely on the shoulders of contractors. In trying to secure payment from an irresponsible owner, a contractor can find themselves in the wrong by filing an invalid or fraudulent mechanic’s lien. But what is the difference between an invalid and a fraudulent mechanic’s lien?  […]

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The Deadline for Filing a Texas Mechanic’s Lien

Contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in the Lone Star State have their work cut out for them when it comes to filing a mechanic’s lien. This is due, in part, to the state’s complex rules regarding the deadline for filing a lien, which varies depending on which of the above three roles you fall into. […]

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Why You Should Have an Attorney Review Your Construction Contracts Part 2

When working on a construction project, you must always perform your due diligence and make certain that every specialized task you perform is to the best of your ability.  The same can be said for the process of agreeing to a construction contract with an owner. At Cotney Law, a knowledgeable attorney can assist you […]

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The Intricacies of Filing a Mechanic’s Lien in Texas Part 4

We will now conclude this four-part article by summarizing the deadlines and requirements for filing against a residential property as laid out in the comprehensive presentation by one of the Houston contractor attorneys at Cotney Law. To join the presentation and learn about these topics, please click here. We cannot stress enough how important it […]

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The Intricacies of Filing a Mechanic’s Lien in Texas Part 3

Suppliers have their own set of deadlines that must be met in order to properly file a mechanic’s lien in the State of Texas. In parts one and two of this four-part article, we discussed the points laid out by a Houston construction lawyer at Cotney Law in their presentation on mechanic’s lien laws in […]

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The Intricacies of Filing a Mechanic’s Lien in Texas Part 2

Mechanic’s liens may be the most reliable way to receive payment when an owner’s funds dry up. As our Houston construction lien attorneys know, Texas arguably has the most complicated rules in place for anyone interested in securing payment. Fortunately, a Houston construction lien attorney took the time to create an in-depth presentation outlining the […]

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