Peter Menge

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About Peter Menge
Peter works to create useful content that makes the mechanics lien and construction payment process simple, easy, and fair for everyone in the construction industry.
Recent articles by Peter Menge

Common Reasons Mechanics Liens Are Rejected – Issues with the County Recorder

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Getting your mechanics lien filed with the county recorder can be quite the hassle. County recorders have very finicky rules, and their bureaucratic offices can even make arbitrary decisions. In... Read more


Mechanics Lien Laws: What Are Lien Rights?

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Lien rights come from construction lien laws that benefit the construction industry nationwide. Read this post to learn more about who has the right to file a lien and how... Read more


The “A Christmas Story” House Is Slapped With a Mechanics Lien

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The “A Christmas Story” house faced a mechanics lien recently, and we’ll bet Old Man Parker is none too pleased. This just goes to show that even in the most... Read more


Negotiating Your Lien Claim — Should You Make the First Offer?

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When negotiating your lien claim, should you make the first offer, or should you wait and let the other party make the first offer? This article contains a thorough discussion... Read more


Minnesota Pre-Lien Notice Requirements and Exceptions

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The Minnesota pre-lien notice requirements are pretty simple, but the exceptions to those requirements are mind-numbing. Learn about this essential document for Minnesota contractors and suppliers. Read more


How to Calculate Construction Bond Claim Deadlines

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One quick note before we dive in: this article is about bond claim deadlines on PUBLIC construction projects. While it’s possible that a payment bond could be present on a... Read more


Do Material Suppliers to Suppliers Have Lien Rights?

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If you’re a material supplier in the construction industry, when it comes to securing your payments on a construction project, we have good news and bad news. First the good... Read more


Do You Need an Attorney to Foreclose on a Mechanics Lien?

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In the event of non-payment on a construction project, filing a mechanics lien is usually your best bet to get construction debts paid. Since the potential outcome of a successful... Read more


Mechanics Lien Rights and 2-Tier Distribution: Are You Protected?

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In short, the effect that 2-tier distribution might have on lien rights is directly related to “project role.” (Project role is a term that’s used as a way to classify each... Read more


Is Preliminary Notice Required on Public Construction Projects?

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In the world of construction, one of the fundamental ways that projects are classified is by project type. Generally speaking, all projects fall into one of two basic categories —... Read more


Construction Payment: What Is a Notice of Intent to Foreclose?

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Nobody likes liens, but if you’re not getting paid on a construction project – money that you’ve already earned – then sometimes, filing a lien is necessary. When it gets... Read more


Do I Need to Send a Notice of Intent Before Making a Construction Bond Claim?

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Even though this is a voluntary document, we strongly recommend sending it before making a payment bond claim (as long as there’s still enough time). We’ve got a free, Notice... Read more


A Mechanics Lien Is Not an Automatic Lawsuit

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Filing a mechanics lien is a powerful tool available to subcontractors and suppliers to help them get paid the money they’ve earned on their projects. In the event of non-payment,... Read more


How to Use a Construction Job Sheet to Your Advantage

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In the construction business, the process of collecting important project information that’s required on payment documents such as preliminary notices and lien waivers is an industry-wide challenge. It gets frustrating... Read more


California Preliminary Notice Requirements When Work Is Commissioned By a Tenant

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This article applies to absolutely anyone on a California construction project whenever a tenant is involved, starting with the party that contracted with the tenant and going all the way... Read more


Do You Still Have Lien Rights If Someone Besides the Owner Is Paying for the Work?

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The issue at the center of this article gets to the core of mechanics’ liens and how they operate. In the event of non-payment, filing a mechanics lien gives you... Read more


I Received Partial Payment — What Should I Do With My Mechanics Lien?

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Imagine this scenario: you’re a subcontractor on a project with a payment issue. First, the payment was late. Then, the payment was even later, and after waiting for too long... Read more


Can I File a Mechanics Lien on a Residence When It’s Owned by an LLC?

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Preliminary notice requirements for mechanics liens vary from state to state and project-by-project. One particular type of project that can prompt extra, or at least different, preliminary notice requirements in... Read more


If I’ve Been Promised Payment, Should I Wait to File a Mechanics Lien?

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One subject that we write about often on the Construction Payment Blog is how long it takes to get paid in the construction business. In fact, it takes longer to... Read more


Material Suppliers: Proving Incorporation When Filing A Mechanics Lien

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Incorporation is an important concept for material suppliers. The right to file the mechanic lien only arises when the materials are physically incorporated into the project’s property. That means that... Read more

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