What would be the best document to file in CA if we have not been paid for our last invoice?

3 weeks ago

We worked on a job for around 3 years and sent our last invoice only July 23rd that we have not received payment for. I am not sure if a 20 day notice was sent since we just signed up with Levelset and it would have been done through a previous process. What would be the best document to send at this time to try and secure payment for that last invoice?

Managing Partner Gibbs Giden LLP

It is essential to determine whether a prelim was sent or not. If not, your options may be limited, but it depends on a few factors. Is this a public or private project? Are you a direct contractor or a subcontractor? Is there a construction lender?

Best,
Chris

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Managing Partner Miller, Ross, & Goldman

If the indebted party’s A/P is on a 30-day net term, perhaps you should make a phone call to confirm your payment is scheduled prior to even considering a lien, especially if there’s a risk your prelim notice wasn’t served timely, or at all, on respective project parties. If your previous invoices have been paid on time during the course of a long 3-year project, that should set some precedent as far as your indebted party’s intentions. Without knowing more about the project dynamics, if the project is complete, there may be progress payments/retainage held up due to pending inspections, lien waivers etc. Best of luck and I’d be glad to chat if I may be of further help.

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