Category: Change Orders

Can You Lien For Work Without a Signed Change Order?

Obtaining a signed change order can be harder than doing the actual changed work. As a result, you may get to the end of a job with a number of change orders that have yet to be signed. Can you lien for those amounts? This is a tricky question and is subject to some debate. But the most conservative answer is that you should only lien for work that is contained in a change order executed by all parties. What if you have other documentation (letters, emails, text messages) which supports your position, showing that the owner or contractor approved ... Read more

Are You Using Daily Job Reports?

In a court of law, a contractor’s daily reports are critical. In many instances, they are considered key evidence showing what actually occurred at specific times on the job. And since people’s memories fade, a court will likely rely heavily on what the daily reports say happened (especially when presented with a corroborating witness). The problem is that many contractors fail to create these reports. And those that do create them, do it only at the beginning of the project or sporadically throughout the progress of the job, generally only when they are reminded to do so. Daily reports (hence ... Read more

Can You Still Lien Without a Signed Change Order?

We all know that obtaining a signed change order may in many instances be harder and take longer to accomplish than the changed work itself. As a result, you may get to the end of a job with a number of change orders that have yet to be signed. Can you lien for those amounts? This is a tricky question and is subject to some debate. But the most conservative answer is that you should only lien for work that is contained in a change order executed by all parties. What if you have other documentation (letters, emails, text messages) ... Read more