Preliminary Notice and Mechanics Lien Compliance: How?

Getting paid in the construction industry is an art, especially for subcontractors and suppliers who must rely on payment to trickle down from the property owner, through the general contractor, and sometimes through even more parties. Offsetting these complexities are state laws that provide subcontractors and suppliers with "mechanics lien" rights. These rights have existed […]

In The Pipeline – Changes in Louisiana Construction Law

If there is any one constant in the legal profession, it is that the law is an ever-evolving, dynamic thing. While there are some general principles that tend to not change all that drastically over the years, the devil truly is in the details. Having to keep abreast of these changes is why you'll hear […]

California Lien Law In For A Change…

Over the past few years the California Legislature has been tinkering with its construction lien laws, both public an private. There have been numerous write-ups with commentators chiming in on whether the changes are a good thing or a bad thing. Nevertheless, many have happened and more changes are set to come shortly. As of […]

Sworn Statement of Amount Due – Louisiana’s Public Lien

Here at Wolfe Law Group, I have been blogging a lot lately on liens for both public and private projects (See other posts here). Anytime a property is owned by and arm of the state then you are dealing with a public project. Although, this seems simple, many contractors do not always see the connection. The […]

Louisiana Contractors & State Licensing – Home Improvement

Just the other day here at Wolfe Law Group, I had to do so research for a client on the licensing rules for contractors. I deal with these rules daily but this client's issue helped to refresh me. This got me thinking that many contractors and hiring parties do not necessarily know the rules that […]

Sports and Construction – Lessons Learned

Growing up in South Louisiana, originally from Baton Rouge and now residing in New Orleans, I've had a really rough week being a sports fan. After LSU laid an egg in the BCS Championship game and the Saints came up seconds short in the NFL playoffs, I began to ponder, what can we learn from […]

Louisiana Suppliers – Extra Notice Needed for Lien Rights

Over the past holiday season, I was at a Christmas party discussing with a friend of mine who runs an electrical supply company here in South Louisiana, the intricacies of notice provisions before a company like his can file a lien on a private project. Others party-goers probably thought our conversation boring, but we were […]

Leasing Equipment in Louisiana? How To Protect Your Lien Claim

You are in the business of leasing heavy equipment to contractors. You are beginning to provide more and more machinery to jobsites. You just hit your first snag with payment. What do you do? Chances are you are stuck in rough spot and have to defer to your contract for remedy. There is likely no […]

Washington Law Protects Contractors from Dangers of Frivolous Lien Statute

A quick word from the construction law case files: The Court of Appeals, Division 1, out in Washington state, has refused to deem a construction lien as frivolous based upon the complexity of the construction contract at dispute. The court in SD Deacon Corp. of Washington v. Gaston Bros. Excavating, Inc., decided back in May […]

Washington Court of Appeals Confirms It’s Tough To Argue Around the Model Disclosure Statement Requirements

In previous posts, I’ve written about the requirement for contractors contracting with property owners to provide a Model Disclosure Statement (Requirement in RCW 18.27.114(1)). A case decided Division III of the Court of Appeals last year addresses a challenge to this act made by a contractor, and highlights just how difficult it is for folks […]