Mechanics’ liens protect landscapers, construction companies, and many other businesses against the risk of nonpayment. If a landowner refuses to pay for improvements made to their property, the business can often file a lien on the property. Filing a lien frequently incentivizes payment. If the landowner still doesn’t pay after the lien is filed, the business can foreclose on the lien.
However, the Minnesota lien process is very specific, and certain mistakes can prevent you from being able to record or enforce a lien. Keep reading to avoid the following mistakes:
Not realizing that you can file a […]
Many small businesses rely on equipment financing contracts and equipment leases to obtain office equipment or tools of the trade. Equipment financing and/or leasing helps businesses meet their equipment needs right away, but there are risks involved. Here are our top 5 tips for managing risk:
1. Don’t stop making payments under a lease or financing contract.
Equipment should always be inspected before the contract is signed. Most equipment leases and financing contracts contain, at the least, a clause indicating that the purchaser/lessee has had the opportunity to thoroughly inspect the equipment. Many contracts require […]
“Will you look at my contracts and make sure they are good?” Our attorneys hear this frequently from contractors. So what does a good contract look like?
First, every contract is different. What works for some industries may not work in others. That said, several basic items should be addressed in every landscape installation contract.
Scope of Work. What will you be doing for the customer? What type of project is it? Be specific. The scope of work for each contract should be different and apply specifically to that customer and project. Let’s use a patio as […]
Collecting as a Subcontractor: Tips You Need to Know
One of the most common types of collection matters our firm sees is subcontractors who aren’t getting paid on a job. If you work as a sub, knowing who you can collect from, what collection tools are available to you, and taking care to reduce disputes can make a big difference in your bottom line.
Collecting from General Contractor
1) Get it in writing. If you are hired by general contractor to work on a project, you need to have a written agreement for your services […]