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What should I do if my client refuses to pay me according to stipulated payment schedule in our contract?

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Anonymous contractor
Sep 29, 2020

I am a prime contractor and have completed 85% of my obligations according to the contractual agreement I signed. I have all of my insurances and Bond in order so their funds aren't at risk of being squandered or disappearing. Now my client refuses to release funds I was supposed to receive one month ago. I need this money to complete the remaining 15% of project I am still obliged to complete. He claims that I've taken longer than agreed, but that is incorrect and I am still within permitted time according to our contract. I've paid labor and materials for 25 days prior to this and am being hindered in my ability to complete my obligations by his actions. What would be advisable for me to do in this situation? Thank you for your valued advise.

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Anonymous contractor
Sep 29, 2020

If you have exhausted all attempts to work it out and you are not paid, within 60 days of recordation of a noitce of completeion or cessation, or within 90 days of completion if no notice of completion or cessation is recorded, record a mechanic's lien, and then file suit within 90 days of recording the lien.

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