Demand Letter: How An Attorney Letter Can Help You Get Paid

In the legal and collection industry we call this document a demand letter, but in most other circles its simply known as an "attorney letter." There are many people who are fearful of this type of correspondence and others who simply trash or avoid it as a matter of course. Regardless of how it is treated by the recipient, an attorney letter can 1) get you paid quickly and 2) is generally inexpensive. Neither of these two qualities exist in many legal offerings.

Contract Terms and Conditions That Help Collections

Depending on which side of the table you are sitting at when signing a contract, will determine how the collections process at the end of project will go. Contract terms are key to a successful collection for final payment. A good contract can help the parties by: Lay out the scope of work for the […]

Commercial Debt Collection – How Do I Collect When A Company Owes Me Money?

  In today's business culture we call businesses working with other businesses B2B. It has always been a popular practice to the alternative, business to consumer. The rules are different governing B2B as opposed to B2C. The legal and business world assume that the B2B relationship and players are more sophisticated. This post discusses what […]

Eviction – Get Out Of My Property!

Here in Louisiana as is the case in many states there is no "self-help" with regard to Landlords evicting an unworthy, lease breaching tenant. Evictions can be a prickly subject and even more difficult when you have a tenant who will simply not vacate the property. When it comes to commercial property and leases, there […]

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 […]

Construction Lien Removal Suit in Louisiana

Attention all home owners or property owners, there is only one surefire way to have that annoying illegal lien (in Louisiana called a statement of claim and privilege) removed from the title of your property, a Mandamus action. In Louisiana and other states, a Mandamus can be used for a number of things (listed out […]

Common Contract Provisions to Avoid and Prepare for Collections

Preparing and signing a comprehensive construction contract is your construction company’s best way to take a proactive approach to collections. A good contract can help your company avoid collection scenarios by: Clarifying the scope of work and its costs, to avoid disputes; Stipulating that one party can recover attorneys fees from the other in the […]

Washington Appeals Case Confirms Lien Requirements Are Technical, But Fighting Liens Risky

Alan Middleton of the Washington Construction Law Blog published a pithy update to its site last week concerning mechanic liens in Washington State. In "Battle of the Lien Forms: Claims of Lien Must Strictly Comply with the Lien Statute," Alan reports on a recent Division II appeal decision that "underscores the need...to comply with the […]