Just a quick resource note:
As anyone who has had the misfortune of sitting through the North Carolina General Contractor’s exam can tell you, there are two very important deadlines to keep in mind if you are not getting paid on a project– 120 days and 180 days. These are dates associated with filing a Notice of Claim of Lien on Real Property and Notice of Claim of Lien upon Funds, and the date associated with perfecting a Claim of Lien with a Complaint. Once these dates have passed, you may still sue to collect unpaid fees, but your statutory lien rights are lost (and with them, your most likely chance to get attorney fees). There is no room for error here. One good site to bookmark is this online Date Calculator. Use it to plug in the date of last furnishing to determine your notice and complaint deadlines. For future reference, I have added a permanent link to this calculator to the “Resources” page.
50 state lien law resource:
If you need to know the basic notice and filing requirements of lien laws in other states, check out this article which details mechanic lien law information in all 50 states.
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