For most residential construction contractors, the risk of non-payment is a threat that, if realized, can cease the day-to-day operations of the business. Non-payment usually stems from a dispute between the owner and general contractor (“GC”) regarding the quality of the work. Regardless of whether you are a GC or subcontractor, the filing of a construction lien is a powerful weapon against non-payment. In the residential construction context, the filing of a construction lien has additional requirements above and beyond that of commercial construction. This article will discuss the added requirements necessary to validly record a residential construction lien claim.
For most nonresidential construction subcontractors, the risk of non-payment on a job is a threat that, if realized, can cease the day-to-day operations of the business. Non-payment usually stems from a dispute between the general contractor and the subcontractor regarding the quality of the work. If you are a subcontractor, this article will explain your rights to lien property in efforts to ensure compensation for the work you have performed. Please note, the contents of this article only apply to liens involving non-residential construction contracts.
Leasing commercial space is more complex than renting an apartment, and in the current economy, both parties have more at stake. The experienced real estate lawyers of Scura, Wigfield, Heyer & Stevens, LLP, can protect your interests on the front end of commercial lease agreements or when conflicts arise regarding renewal, termination or violations. You don’t have to deal with your business disputes alone.
Whereas a "normal" will dictates how a person's tangible assets will be distributed after death, a "living will" deals with an even more personal matter: a person's physical health. If you should become incapacitated for any reason such as the following, a living will can allow a loved one to make decisions regarding your medical treatment:
Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies. It includes:
- proving in court that a deceased person's will is valid (usually a routine matter)
- identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property
- having the property appraised
- paying debts and taxes, and
- distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there's no will) directs.
Is It Time To Consider Your Estate Planning Needs? Yes.
It is never too early or too late to start planning ways to protect your family finances for the future. Wills and trusts are very important legal tools for you to protect your loved ones from making tough decisions about your final wishes and financial matters after you die.
Estate Planning and probate administration needs can include:
- Standard wills and pour-over wills
- Family trusts, revocable living trusts
- Charitable giving
- Advance health care directives, living wills
- Durable powers of attorney, financial and medical
- Guardianship and conservatorship
- Business succession planning