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Does Amending a Recorded Notice of Lien Reset the Deadline to Foreclose on a Construction Lien in Utah?

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com To preserve a lien claim, a lien claimant must, among other things, record a notice of construction lien with the county recorder’s office, and within 180 days thereafter, initiate a lawsuit to foreclose on that lien. But what happens if, within that 180-day period, the lien claimant files an amended notice of …

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Utah Construction Liens: An Overview of the Five Basic Steps

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com In Utah, a construction lien is a valuable tool for any contractor, subcontractor, or supplier who does not receive payment for work it performs on a construction project. If the party who contracted for the work refuses or is unable to pay, the construction lien provides a second route to payment. It …

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The Final Steps of a Lien Claim: Winning the Lawsuit, Selling the Property, and Dividing up Proceeds

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com In prior articles, I explained four general steps to preserving and enforcing a construction lien (also known as a mechanic’s lien) in Utah. These steps include: 1) filing a preliminary notice; 2) recording a notice of construction lien; 3) filing a lawsuit and recording a lis pendens; and 4) prevailing in that lien foreclosure lawsuit. The …

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Construction Liens: A Basic Comparison Between Utah and Idaho Law

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com Many contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and other parties in the construction industry conduct business in both Utah and Idaho. To preserve and enforce their construction lien rights, these entities must be aware of and adhere to the different laws that govern Utah and Idaho (in addition to any other states where they may …

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Enforcing Lien Rights in Utah Through a Construction Lien Foreclosure Lawsuit

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com As I have explained earlier, liens are automatically created when a worker, contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or other person or entity provides construction services on real property. Although nothing more is required to create this lien, the lien claimant quickly loses the lien forever if he doesn’t take certain steps to preserve the lien, including the …

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Enhanced Penalties to Utah Contractors Who Fail to Pay Their Subcontractors and Suppliers

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com When a contractor fails to pay a subcontractor or supplier, the contractor takes a risky path. Even if the contractor doesn’t pay the subcontractor because he himself hasn’t been paid by the owner, it certainly isn’t good for business. Subcontractors and suppliers may, of course, refuse to engage in future projects with …

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Lien Enforcement in Utah: Put It in a Self-Storage Unit and Consider It “Liened”

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com In Utah, the owner of a self-storage unit can sell a tenant’s property that is stored there to pay outstanding rent or other amounts owed by the tenant. Below is a more detailed explanation of how this process works. A Lien on the Stored Property Self-storage units are used to store personal …

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New Insurance Option Offers Brokers Unprecedented Protection against Cargo Claims

Freight brokers often find themselves in a losing game of tug-of-war with carriers when it comes to deciding who will shoulder the costs of lost or damaged cargo. Now, thanks to the emergence of industry-specific insurance, this is starting to change. The Carmack Amendment places liability for lost or damaged cargo in the laps of …

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What You Can Do Now to Prevent Expensive Legal Battles Down the Road

Time is money, especially when it comes to the law. A primary reason is that in the majority of cases, attorneys are paid hourly. And additional legal experience an attorney brings to table is typically reflected in the rate. Combine this with the fact that litigation is often a long and cumbersome process, and you …

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