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Mechanic’s Liens

Mechanic’s liens can pose a serious threat to your home if not properly managed. A mechanic’s lien is a legal claim against a property that is filed by contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers who have provided labor or materials for a construction project and have not been paid for their services. This lien ensures that the claimant has a right to seek compensation from the property owner by potentially forcing the sale of the property to recover the unpaid amounts. Here’s what you need to know to protect your property:

  1. Understand Mechanic’s Liens:
    A mechanic’s lien is a legal claim against your property for unpaid work or materials. Contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers can file liens if they don’t receive payment.
  2. Ensure Proper Documentation:
    Keep detailed records of all payments, contracts, and communication with your contractor. This documentation can help resolve disputes and prevent liens.
  3. Use Lien Waivers:
    Include lien waiver clauses in your contracts. These waivers require contractors to relinquish their right to file a lien upon receiving payment.
  4. Make Direct Payments:
    Consider making payments directly to subcontractors and suppliers to ensure they receive their dues, reducing the risk of liens.
  5. Seek Legal Assistance:
    If a lien is filed against your property, consult with a construction law attorney to understand your options and resolve the issue.

Wyman Legal Solutions can help you navigate mechanic’s liens and protect your home from potential risks.

Do you have a $50,000 or greater problem? Call us at (561) 361-8700.

Essential Permit Tips

Permits are a crucial part of any home renovation project. Here’s why they’re important and what you need to know:

  1. Legal Requirement:
    Permits ensure that your renovation complies with local building codes and regulations. Failing to obtain the necessary permits can result in fines and legal issues.
  2. Safety:
    Building codes are designed to ensure the safety and integrity of your home. Permits require inspections that verify work is done correctly and safely.
  3. Property Value:
    Unpermitted work can affect your home’s resale value. Future buyers may be wary of purchasing a home with unverified renovations.
  4. Insurance Coverage:
    Insurance companies may deny claims for damages resulting from unpermitted work. Obtaining permits helps protect your investment.
  5. Avoiding Costly Redo:
    If unpermitted work is discovered, you may be required to redo the work to meet code, which can be costly and time-consuming.

If you’re unsure about the permitting process or need assistance, Wyman Legal Solutions can guide you through it.

Do you have a $50,000 or greater problem? Call us at (561) 361-8700 for expert advice.