Stop Payment Notices

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The Project “Completion” Paradox in California

We’ve written before about why the date of “completion” on a California construction project is important, and why, if I may be blunt, determining that date can be as frustrating as a one-legged man in a game of kickass....more

Construction Payment Remedies: You May be Able to Skate by, But Why?

My grandfather used to say that “anything worth doing, is worth doing well.” It wasn’t until later that I learned the quote wasn’t his, but a quote from Philip Stanhope the Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who said in his...more

New Notary Language For Mechanics Lien Releases and Stop Payment Notice Releases

Thanks to Scott Wolfe, Jr. over at ZLien for bringing this to my attention: Effective January 1, 2015, the notary language required for Certificates of Acknowledgment – used by notaries for mechanics lien releases and...more

There’s a Reason Why It’s Called a “Stop Payment” Notice Not a “Let Me Pay Myself First” Notice

In a decision published January 31, 2014 (Brewer Corp. v. Point Center Financial, Inc.), the California Court of Appeal (Fourth District) affirmed a trial court’s judgment holding a lender liable for contractors’ stop notice...more

Stop Payment Notices: The Lesser Known Construction Payment Remedy

My kid sister was popular in high school, unlike me. She was an officer on the student council, a member of Yearbook, numerous campus organizations, and someone whose name made it in the yearbook polls (in a good way). I, on...more

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