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Sham Contracts and the Constitutional Mechanic’s Lien

Posted in Mechanic's Liens, Owners, Payment, Subcontractors
Compared to prime (general) contractors, it is much more difficult for subcontractors to perfect lien and bond claims on private projects.  Subcontractors must give timely notice of non-payment to the owner.  If the subcontractor claimant does not have an agreement with the prime contractor, notice must also be given to the prime contractor.  Failure to… Continue Reading

Criminals in the Construction Industry – Texas’ Trust Fund Statute

Posted in Best Practices, General Contractors, Owners, Payment, Subcontractors
Do you know any criminals?  If you have worked in the construction industry for very long then the likely answer is, “Yes”!  I’m not talking about folks that you believe are cheats, scoundrels and liars.  Nope.  Instead, I’m talking about contractors, subcontractors and owners that misapply funds for construction projects received for the benefit of those… Continue Reading

Avoid Being Bitten by Spoliation

Posted in Best Practices, General Contractors, Owners, Subcontractors
  Don’t lose downstream claims correcting construction defects. Your project did not go well. Subcontractors performed poorly, the architect was impossible and delivery occurred late.  You were lucky to break even and glad to be finished.  A couple of years pass and the phone rings.  It’s the owner.  The project is now leaking and merchandise… Continue Reading