Jacksonville Construction Liens Attorney
Construction jobs typically involve a lot of parties, a lot of work, and a lot of money. Payment on a construction project may occur in pieces as significant milestones are met, with final payment at the end of the project. Rare is the construction project where the entire amount owed is paid at the beginning of the project. Contractors, subs, suppliers and workers all want to ensure that they will be paid at the appropriate time. To meet that need, construction liens exist as an assurance of payment and as a remedy for non-payment. Florida construction lien law is complex, however, and liens must be done right from the start if they are to be enforceable. Jacksonville construction law attorney Daniel M. Copeland represents contractors, subcontractors and property owners in northeast Florida in the construction lien process, including prosecuting and defending lien foreclosure actions. Learn more about construction liens below, and contact Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. for assistance with construction liens on your project.
Florida Construction Lien Law
Florida construction lien law, found at Florida Statutes Chapter 713.001-.37, is meant to protect all parties in construction projects – contractors, subcontractors, property owners and others who play an integral part in the process. Lien requirements are very technical and precise, and failure to follow the Florida construction lien law can mean the defeat of a lien claim.
Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. can advise and assist you in all important aspects of Florida construction lien law, including:
- Claims of Lien
- Notices of Commencement
- Notices to Owner
- Payment Bonds
- Sworn Statements of Account
- Lien Releases
Who can file liens in Florida, and what is lienable?
Contractors, subcontractors, laborers, materials suppliers, architects, engineers, land surveyors, interior designers and others can all file liens. Labor, services and materials supplied in the improvement of real property are all lienable under Florida construction lien law. In most cases, services must be part of the contract in order to be lienable. Complex questions arise when extra work is done without a change order or clear documentation regarding the preservation of lien rights. Importantly, unlicensed contractors or subcontractors do not have any rights to file or enforce liens, if they are required to be licensed.
Jacksonville construction law attorney Daniel M. Copeland helps contractors avoid common errors in filing liens, such as failing to provide required notices of foreclose in a timely manner. For property owners, Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. can help ensure you obtain a release of liens so you don’t end up paying twice. Property owners should ensure the contract puts the responsibility for obtaining all releases on the contractor. Otherwise, the property owner is responsible to obtain releases from all lienors.
Legal Help is Available for Construction Liens in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida
Timelines and procedures for the lienor to enforce lien rights or for the property owner to contest the lien are very specific and complex, and failure to follow the law can result in the loss of important lien rights. For help with construction liens in northeast Florida, call Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A. in Jacksonville at 904-482-0616 for a no-cost evaluation of your claim.