New Washington State Law Regarding Public Works Projects

This past summer a new law took effect in Washington that will make it easier and more appealing for a general contractor to accept a smaller public works project. Until now, if a general contractor was performing work with a total contract value equal to or less than $35,000 or less, the public body would…

Why file a lien?

The importance of liens in securing payment on construction projects cannot be overstated.  Washington’s lien law was enacted primarily to safeguard contractors’, material suppliers’, and laborers’ rights to payment on construction projects.  Failing or refusing to utilize Washington’s lien procedures could turn out to be a catastrophic mistake.  At times, having a valid lien in…

What is a property lien?

In the broadest sense, a lien is a legal right or interest that a creditor has in another’s property.  Usually, creditors use liens to secure payment of debts.  There are many different types of liens.  For example, there are judgment liens, construction liens, crop liens, and various labor liens.  There are also various regulations that…

How does a lien sale work?

The purpose of every construction lien is to secure payment.  But, there are times when there are no funds to pay lien claimants.  In these situations, lien claimants may have to enforce their lien, which can mean having to file a lawsuit, obtain a specific type of judgment, and sell the property to which the…

Don’t Sign the Wrong Lien Waiver Form. It Could Cost You.

Two important things to understand about lien waivers: When a general contractor requests that a waiver be signed in exchange for payment, the burden of determining whether the correct form is being used and whether the amounts and dates are correct typically rests entirely on the party signing the waiver. Waivers cannot be undone. To…

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Lien Perfection Services: Protecting Contractors and Suppliers

In order to take advantage of lien claim rights, contractors and suppliers must jump through certain legal hoops before, during and after the work is done. As you probably know, that process is called perfecting a lien claim. It’s generally a four-step process, but very few contractors and distributors have the internal resources to preserve…

Make Sure You’re Signing the Correct Lien Waiver Form!

By Rebecca Bowers and Ted Levy Many of Levy · von Beck & Associates’ clients receive weekly requests from general contractors to provide lien waivers in exchange for payment. Exchanging waivers for payment can be one of the quickest strategies for sub trades to receive payment of invoices and is often essential once a preliminary…

Is Contractor Registration Required on Washington Public Works Projects?

  Washington law is clear as to who may assert a private works lien claim, which is contained in RCW 60.04.021: “…any person furnishing labor, professional services, materials, or equipment for the improvement of real property shall have a lien upon the improvement for the contract price of labor, professional services, materials, or equipment furnished…