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Recent Questions & Answers About California Paymant

Should I update our prelim to a larger amount if the scope of work changed on a time and material contract?

We have a time and material job where we estimated and filed our prelim for $30,360.00 within the 20 days of starting the job on 2/4/2021. We are in California. Now the scope of work has changed and we are getting more work orders. My boss asked me to file for $100K...

Can we place a lien?

We have clients who we have done service work for. We did not send a 20-day prelien. The work was all Time & Materials. We had no idea how much the final amount of the invoices would be. Now they are not paying us. What is our legal rights? Can we still...

Lien rights when no contract and no countersigned estimate

Our lien date is due on a project where we are the subcontractor. The GC did not countersign our estimate/proposal but he received it with the amount and the same amount was also included in the preliminary notice. The GC now wants to pay us $15,000 less so our question now is,...

Understanding subcontractor payment rights

In California what are the payment laws for change orders? Also, as a sub contractor when our contract/scope is complete does a mechanics lien need to be filed 90 days after our last day of work or when the GC completes the entire project?

Do I need to add the retention amount when sending a preliminary notice?

Our customers don't pay on time, they pay when they want and I cannot sustain the company with ZERO funds.

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What You Need To Know About Construction Payment in California

This page helps you find the free California construction forms you need and answers to all of your questions about construction payment in California. Learn how documents such as pay applications, notices, contracts, lien waivers, mechanics liens, and more fit into California’s construction payment process and download your free lien, notice, or waiver forms. Select a document to learn more about how it applies to construction projects in California, see your specific requirements, and download a free PDF to get started.

It’s essential to exchange these documents when payments are flowing smoothly and when payment problems arise. These resources will help you navigate the payment process, increase visibility and communication, and avoid payment issues. But, if the need arises, they can also help you resolve payment problems and get paid what you earn.

If you need more information or can’t find the answer to a question, you can ask a licensed attorney for free and get a response fast.

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