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WYOMING gets new notices, custom template technology (CTT)

I would like to see more of Laramie, WY than two brief overnight stays at the Holiday Inn off 30th Street that hosted me as I drove cross country on Highway 80 from Batavia, IL to San Jose, CA in 1992.

Thirty-five (35) WYOMING notices were entirely re-written in PreLien2Lien this month. They also have (CTT) Custom Template Technology, enabling each template notice to be customized for a one-time $50 fee.

Both General/Prime Contractors and Subcontractors in WYOMING have mandatory 1st notices they must deliver at the start of a construction related improvement. WYOMING Statutes § 29-2-110 mandate that a Notice To Owner must be served by the Prime Contractor or Subcontractor to the Owner within thirty (30) days after first furnishing construction related labor, professional services, materials, machinery, fixtures or tools to a jobsite. Furthermore, on all private (commercial or residential) projects where the General/Prime Contractor’s contract is for $50,000 or greater, WYOMING Statutes § 29-2-111 mandate that a Notice Of Right To Claim A Lien must be served by Subcontractor or materialman to the General/Prime Contractor within sixty (60) days after first furnishing construction related labor, professional services, materials, machinery, fixtures or tools to a private (commercial or residential) or public (city, county, state or authority) jobsite.

General/Prime/Sub Contractors (Private Projects):  WYOMING Statutes §§ 29-1-301; 29-2-106 mandate that you have 90 days (Subcontractors) or 120 days (General Contractors) to file a Lien Statement (Mechanic’s Lien) in the county at the County Clerks office where the project occurred after the last day labor was provided at a jobsite or materials were delivered. All legal parties must be notified by Certified Mail or personal delivery of the recorded Lien Statement. A Lien Statement must be perfected through a foreclosure action at the Superior Court in the county where the project is located within 180 days of the Lien Statement being recorded.

GOOGLE Site Search added to TraditionSoftware.com website

There is always a business challenge when faced with picking a technology company that will become the branded partner for your company and its products. An example is our use of the industry standard Installshield Windows installer for PreLien2Lien. It is well respected by the majority of professional IT people who either use it by default when installing software or like TRADITION SOFTWARE licenses it for use in their products.

Our company reached a decision recently to add a licensed GOOGLE custom search button to all 600+ pages of the TraditionSoftware.com website.  After paying the yearly Annual Subscripton fee, it took a half day of myself and Miriam Liskin playing around with the HTML that exists for the search button and finding the right permanent home on our website so that it could appear in the same location across our 600+ content pages that currently comprise the site.

I have test the results, and will say the accuracy has been very solid. Perhaps the greatest benefit lies in the fact that you articulate what sites you would like queried. For us, it is our main site, the ecommerce section that has 200+ products for purchase and this blog.

NORTH CAROLINA Stop Notice and Lien combined for Subcontractors

A change was made today in PreLien2Lien for NORTH CAROLINA that affects Subcontractors. Since they should be delivered jointly, the Claim of Lien On Real Property (Subcontractor) that is recorded is now combined with a Notice Of Claim of Lien By First, Second Or Third Tier Subcontractor/ Supplier (in essence, a Stop Notice of money from the funds source to the General Contractor.

Subcontractors (Private Projects): NORTH CAROLINA General Statutes §§ 44A-20(d), 44A-23 mandates that a Claim of Lien On Real Property (Subcontractor) be filed within one hundred twenty (120) days of last providing labor or materials for a project. It must be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the project is located. The Claim of Lien On Real Property must then be enforced through a lawsuit within one hundred eighty (180) days of last providing labor or material for a project.

Delivered jointly with a recorded Claim of Lien On Real Property (Subcontractor) is a Notice Of Claim of Lien By First, Second Or Third Tier Subcontractor/Supplier. NORTH CAROLINA General Statutes § 44A-19(b) mandates that it be sent to the property owner and any other legal parties on the project (General/Prime Contractor, Lender, Customer. It does not need to be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the project is located. There is no time limit to enforce through a lawsuit a Notice Of Claim of Lien By First, Second Or Third Tier Subcontractor/Supplier. The Owner or party owning the money for the project has an obligation to withhold payment to the General/Prime Contractor until the Lien Claimant’s payment is satisfied.

VIRGINIA Memorandum For Mechanic’s Lien Claim is improved

The VIRGINIA Memorandum For Mechanic’s Lien Claim (GC, Sub, Sub-Sub) notice was improved today. A good suggestion from a power user in PA gave us the idea to create separate data entry values for the Property Type and Legal Property Description. This update is included in V. 12.12.01 R.04.1911, available for download from the Software Downloads link of our website.

General/Prime Contractors (Private Projects): VIRGINIA Code Annotated § 43-5 mandates that a notarized Memorandum For Mechanic’s Lien Claim must be recorded by General/Prime Contractors no later than ninety (90) consecutive calendar days of last providing labor, services, equipment or materials at a project. It is recorded at the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court in the city or county where a project you provided labor, services, equipment or materials is located.

Subcontractors (Private Projects): VIRGINIA Code Annotated § 43-8 mandates that a notarized Memorandum For Mechanic’s Lien Claim must be recorded by General/Prime Contractors no later than ninety (90) consecutive calendar days of last providing labor, services, equipment or materials at a project. It is recorded at the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court in the city or county where a project you provided labor, services, equipment or materials is located.

Sub-Subcontractors (Private Projects): VIRGINIA Code Annotated § 43-10 mandates that a notarized Memorandum For Mechanic’s Lien Claim must be recorded by General/Prime Contractors no later than ninety (90) consecutive calendar days of last providing labor, services, equipment or materials at a project. It is recorded at the Clerk’s office of the Circuit Court in the city or county where a project you provided labor, services, equipment or materials is located.

DYMO label printing a new feature for PreLien2Lien

Over the Thanksgiving holiday break I got on my computer more than I would have liked to. I tasked Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager for TRADITION SOFTWARE, the project of adding the capability of PreLien2Lien to print to DYMO desktop label printers. I drafted a goal of January 2009 for this new feature to be both developed and implemented successfully.

To my pleasant surprise she got done in two days a fully functioning DYMO print button on each of the legal party tabs to print a individual label. She also designed a DYMO mass print option from the LABELS drop down menu, and a DYMO print menu in the CURRENT JOBS view that prints labels for only those legal parties entered for the current PROJECT being viewed.

DYMO’s printers can be purchased from most office supply retailers for around $200. TraditionInk.com, a Division of TRADITION SOFTWARE, has the LabelWriter Twin Turbo available for online purchase for only $184.99. Easy postage and mailing label print capability is included via a USB connection to your PC.

I can’t say enough good things about Miriam and what she has meant for the development and subsequent improvement of PreLien2Lien. Smart people like her can be tough to find sometimes, but if you surround yourself with as many of them as you can find, success will often result.

PreLien2Lien improved for the visually impaired

I met with twenty-two (22) customers in three days on my recent customer onsite training trip to the following metro areas in Southern California (Irvine, San Diego, Riverside).

Two of my customers had some form of visual impairment.  I realized that PreLien2Lien needed to be improved for those users, so I asked Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager, to make the software open up maximized in large type by default.

This can happen automatically in two ways.  First, if you maximize the CURRENT JOBS FILE the type will appear in 12-16 point type font.  The program will remember to reopen maximized the next time it is opened by the user.  Secondly, the setting to set PreLien2Lien to open all windows maximized can be found in the SETUP<SETUP DEFAULTS screen by selecting the “Open Forms Maximized” checkbox.

Simple change, but for those users who need it, it helps them do their jobs more effectively. I doubt we would have made this the priority it became if we did not make an effort to visit our customers.

MISSISSIPPI gets new notices, custom template technology (CTT)

If the weekend does not have great golf weather, I am usually on the laptop working in between my kids Saturday Roseville Youth Soccer games.

This weekend I just finished writing the new notices for the state of MISSISSIPPI. It is the 36th state to have it legal notices entirely re-written in PreLien2Lien. They also have (CTT) Custom Template Technology, enabling each template notice to be customized for a one-time $50 fee.

Subcontractors have it tough here – the right to record a lien is reserved exclusively for General/Prime Contractors. Also, unlike neighboring states there is no 1st notice law for Subcontractors to notify Owners of the future right to lien. You still have the option of sending a Preliminary Notice. It will improve your chances of being paid on a timely basis, as it notifies all legal parties of your future right to file a Bond Claim or Stop Notice in the event you are not paid on a timely basis.

General/Prime Contractors (Private Projects): MISSISSIPPI Code Annotated § 85-7-133 mandates that a Claim Of Lien can be filed only by the Prime/General Contractor who is in direct contract with the Owner. It should be recored with the Chancery Clerk in the county in which the project is located. It must be recorded no later than twelve (12) months after the invoice due date after providing equipment, labor, materials or services for the improvement of a project. A recorded copy of the Claim needs to be delivered promptly to the Owner and other legal parties (Owner Agent, Lender) after the Claim Of Lien is recorded.

Subcontractors (Private Projects): Anyone providing equipment, labor, materials or services who is NOT in direct contract with the Owner has to move aggressively when they are not getting paid. MISSISSIPPI Code Annotated § 85-7-181 mandates that in lieu of a Claim Of Lien, a Subcontractor on a commercial or residential project must deliver a Stop Notice to the Owner and General/Prime Contractor in order to stop payment of funds to the General/Prime Contractor owed to the Subcontractor. The Notice should be delivered in person or by Certified Mail to the Owner of the property and the General/Prime Contractor along with any other legal parties related to the improvement of the property (Customer, Lender).

MISSOURI gets new notices, custom template technology (CTT)

I think a lot about my my first professional job out of colllege.  I drove frequently to MISSOURI for business trips there from 1988-1990.  Myself and my sparsely annoited Pontiac 6000 company car drove once every other month from my office alongside O’Hare Airport to St. Louis for five (5) hours to see my largest customer, Sigma-Aldrich Co., as the Midwest District Sales Manager for a trade journal magazine that is known today as Bioscience Technology.

I just finished entirely writing for PreLien2Lien thirty-six (36) new notices for the state of MISSOURI.  They also have (CTT) Custom Template Technology, enabling each template notice to be customized for a one-time $50 fee. 

MISSOURI is not a traditional 1st notice state for Subcontractors, but General/Prime Contractors do have to provide Owners with a Notice To Owner. It forewarns Owners that Subcontractors have a future right to lien if payment is not made to them.  It also advises them to request payment waivers (Partial/Full Conditional/Unconditional waivers and releases for payments made to “persons” supplying labor or materials for a project.

General/Prime/Sub Contractors (Private Projects): MISSOURI Revised Statutes § 429-080 mandate that a General/Prime/Sub contractors on a commercial or residential project must record a Lien Statement with the Clerk of the District Court in the county where a project you provided construction related equipment, labor, materials or services is located. It must be recorded within six (6) months after the last day of supplying equipment, labor, materials, labor or services to a project.

Project Data Sheet in Other Documents tab improved

I have learned that the small number of PreLien2Lien customers are very passionate about using the Project Data Sheet. Lien Services especially use it as a tool for fact checking the legal parties names and addresses.

Based on two good suggestions from a Southern California based lien service the Project Data Sheet was improved to include the printing of Other Legal Parties, Other Liening Parties and Notes automatically created or manually entered on the Notes tab for the Project.

The Project Data sheet can be emailed from the Print Preview screen. When printed, it can be a good resource that documents who the legal parties are for a project and what notices have been printed and what notes have been entered.

KANSAS gets new notices, custom template technology (CTT)

Ten years ago I attended what might be the largest family reunion ever for my wife’s family in Wichita, KS on hot 4th of July weeked. This weekend I just finished entirely re-wrote for PreLien2Lien thirty-seven (37) new notices for the state of KANSAS.  They also have (CTT) Custom Template Technology, enabling each template notice to be customized for a one-time $50 fee. 

All contractors and suppliers must identify themselves in advance to the Owner on a new residential construction project by delivering to them a Notice Of Intent To Perform. On existing residential projects where a improvement is being made, Subcontractors must send a Warning Statement to the Owner prior to a Lien Statment being recoded.

General/Prime Contractors (Private Projects): KANSAS Statutes Annotated § 60-1102 mandate that a General/Prime Contractor on a commercial or residential project must record a Lien Statement with the Clerk of the District Court in the county where a project you provided construction related equipment, labor, materials or services is located. It must be recorded within four (4) months after the last day of supplying equipment, labor, materials, labor or services to a project.

Subcontractors (Private Projects): KANSAS Statutes Annotated § 60-1103 mandate that a Subcontractor on a commercial or residential project must record a Lien Statement with the Clerk of the District Court in the county where a project you provided construction related equipment, labor, materials or services is located. It must be recorded within three (3) months after the last day of supplying equipment, labor, materials, labor or services to a project.

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