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Last Minute = No Bueno! (Part 1)

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

If you are experiencing payment issues for work you've done or if you're hearing empty promises, PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to reach out. You often have options if there is time to explore them, but payment issues are difficult to address last minute. The law in each state is riddled with deadlines, especially if you're interested in filing a mechanic's lien.


Let's look at South Carolina as an example. Filing a lien in South Carolina is still very technical, just like every other state. In South Carolina, there is a short window of time to file a lien (90 days). Not only does it have to be filed within 90 days, it also has to be served on the owner within that window. If you cannot find the owner, you can serve it on the person in possession of the property. If you cannot find them, then you can have the sheriff prepare an affidavit stating that they attempted to locate the owner/occupier but were unable to do so. That's a lot of options to perfect service, IF you have the time to explore them. Time can make or break your right to lien! Filing a lien is a great step towards payment.


If you're experiencing payment issues or suspect an issue may be brewing, please don't hesitate to reach out so we can evaluate your timing and lay out your options. It's easy to wait until tomorrow, which becomes the next day, and so on, but sometimes a day makes a difference, especially if you may want to file a lien. If you have 5 potential avenues for success, why only give yourself 1? Would you enter a football game with only half of your protective gear? Set yourself up for success, and Contact Us.


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