Should I have An Attorney Review This General Contract?

A typical homeowner question: “Should I have An Attorney Review This General Contract?”  The simple answer, yes.  Given the relative amount of money you may spend having an attorney review your contract with your contractor, could save you thousands down the line.  There are nuances in the law, particularity relating to construction contracts, that the…

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What is a Lien and How Does it Work?

By D. Jeffrey Craven Originally published in the June/July 2011 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine. Wood floor guys are pretty good with the tools of their trade. However, there are certain tools in the business side of contracting that are often overlooked and misunderstood. One of the better tools for protecting the contractor’s right to…

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Who Can Record an Arizona Mechanic's Lien?

Who Can Record A Mechanic’s Lien in Arizona?  A lot of people make the assumption that a Mechanic’s Lien refers to an auto mechanic.  The reality is that it has nothing to do with auto mechanics. Mechanic’s Liens are an important way for contractors, suppliers, manterialmen, architects and others who improve real property (land and…

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What is the Purpose of A Mechanic's & Materialmen's Lien?

Below is a video taken from our recent seminar on Arizona’s Mechanic’s Lien laws.  Here, we provide a brief overview of the purpose of a lien. If you would like to learn more, please contact us to find out when our next seminar will be held.  Or you can schedule a consultation to discuss your…

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Court of Appeals (Div 1) Rules That Prompt Pay Act Does Not Apply To Architects

In RSP Architects v. Five Star Devel’p Resort Communities , the Court ruled that Arizona’s Prompt Pay Statute (A.R.S. 32-1129.01), does not apply to a contract for architectural services.  The prompt pay statute provides a mechanism to protect contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers  from non-payment.  The statute sets forth scheme that governs when payment is due.  For…

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