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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.