Lien Rights in Bankruptcy

Avoid these mechanics lien mistakes

By Alexandra Zabinski

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…

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Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Worker Classification Rules

By Patrick McGuiness

Many businesses try to hire “independent contractors” by issuing IRS Form 1099 and signing independent-contractor agreements. Unfortunately, these steps don’t guarantee that workers are legitimate subcontractors or independent contractors. Instead, federal and state guidelines generally focus on the worker’s job duties in order to determine the appropriate classification. Each state can create additional rules and…

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5 clauses that should be in every landscaping contract

By Patrick McGuiness

“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.…

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Lien Rights in Bankruptcy

By Bryan Zlimen

4th Circuit Case Looks at Perfecting Liens During Bankruptcy Court finds that when a lien right arises pre-petition, the lien can be perfected despite the automatic stay. Subcontractor Claims: What can you do once your General Contractor Files Bankruptcy?

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