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An important reminder from Hunt Ortmann
Los Angeles Construction Law Attorneys

New Mechanic's Lien Laws and Stop Notice Rules

Change Effective January 1, 2011!

Considered experts in construction, Hunt Ortmann attorneys have been assisting the Law Review Commission over the past decade on this major revision to the Mechanic's Lien law and Stop Notice rules. Having a heavy hand in the outcome of SB 189, Hunt Ortmann knows what these changes really mean to you and how they will affect your business. Some of the major changes are enclosed and listed below for your information.

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California as Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 189. The forms have changed, the rules have changed, and you need to know before it's too little, too late.

Being actively involved in understanding the construction industry, we at Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Lubka Darling Mah, Inc. want to share with you the importance of these upcoming changes to provide awareness so as to eliminate any unwanted surprises in the future. Let's face it- nobody likes to be in the dark.

Knowing how to approach Mechanic's Liens and Stop Notices will ensure the documents remain valid when posed with an issue regarding your business. Sometimes, especially when dealing with new laws, you may require some guidance. That is where we come in…

As a firm who specializes in construction matters, Hunt Ortmann has over 20 years experience in dealing with Mechanic's Liens and all other aspects of Lien Law and construction.

Many companies think they know the new rules, but we helped rewrite them. Since 1879, the State of California has protected and guaranteed contractors, subcontractors and suppliers who have not been paid the right to be compensated- make sure you are exercising your right to be protected.

Although you have until July 2012 to implement these changes, it remains important to understand how these changes will affect you prior to the date of SB 189's inception.

Changes Made by SB 189 Include:

-The current waiver and release forms for progress and final payments will no longer be usable.
-The Stop Notice (renamed Stop Payment Notice) rules, particularly public agency related rules, have been entirely reorganized.
-There are new and expanded grounds to petition for the removal of a Mechanic's Lien and improved recovery of attorney's fees.
-There is a new requirement for a Notice of Intent to Record a Lien.
-The numbering of all code sections has changed.
-Hundreds of other critical and minor changes to the laws.

If you have any questions regarding the application of SB 189, please do not hesitate to visit our Mechanic's Lien page on our website at or contact us at (626) 440-5200.

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