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New TEXAS Waiver And Release Notices Ready For January 1, 2012

Effective January 1, 2012, pursuant to subchapter L, Chapter 53, TEXAS Property Code, statutory forms are required for any waiver and release of a lien or payment bond claim. An excellent reference for these changes can be found on the TEXAS Construction Association website at the following link: http://www.texcon.org/index.php/resources

The following notices have significant new updates:
-Conditional Waiver And Release Upon Final Payment
-Conditional Waiver And Release Upon Progress Payment
-Unconditional Waiver And Release Upon Final Payment
-Unconditional Waiver And Release Upon Progress Payment

Current customers EAST TEXAS REFRIGERATION and LEHIGH-HANSON gave us external reminders recently about the upcoming change. While we are always working hard to proactively be informed about pending law changes, I always appreciate that our customers expect our software solution to work reliably and be legal so that they can count on it when needed.

The new PreLien2Lien V. 16.01.01, to be released on Friday, December 30th, will have these notices in the software. Word document versions for $12.95 each were uploaded to our online store today.

Use of a Notary for these Waivers is highly suggested. Additionally, use of added language, through dates, special instructions, invoice numbers and other added text is strongly discouraged, as any variation in text will deviate from the statuatory language. While you might not have a problem 99% of the time, the time your added language gets challenged in a lawsuit could make you learn a very difficult lesson. Our opinion is always to keep a document as clean, brief and statuatory as possible. Don’t give someone an opening to challenge you.

New Facebook Marketing Initiative

TRADITION SOFTWARE is now on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/TraditionSoftware). After our annual year end all company meeting, Software Development Manager Miriam Liskin and our new Inside Sales Manager, Amanda St. Germain, took joint ownership of this project.

I have to admit, I had resisted going on Facebook since it was talked about seriously in our 2010 all company meeting. The current reality is that most successful companies are now employing extensive new media marketing. Using Facebook as a way to communicate with a new base of PreLien2Lien customers and sales prospects only makes us more effective in being both reachable and accountable to anyone who has an interest in TRADITION SOFTWARE.

Duplex Printing Now Available For Tradition Forms

At the suggestion of a new customer who used to use Lien Writer, Software Development Manager Miriam Liskin developed in one (1) hour of coding time the ability to print the front and back sides of Tradition Forms with any duplex printer.

PreLien2Lien customers spend less money for their PreLien2Lien Annual Subscription and save even more with our lower price Tradition Forms as compared to using Lien Writer and Pettit Forms. Now factor in the labor/time savings of printing duplex for either a single print project a large mass print run. Our commitment to save you time and money related to construction lien management continues.

New HQ for TRADITION SOFTWARE

TRADITION SOFTWARE has moved it’s HQ to a larger location in nearby Rocklin, CA in order to accomodate anticipated future growth.

Our former space in Roseville was an excellent home for four years. But we felt that with the growth of our TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES division, we needed a new location that would give us the flexibility to allow those employees to work together as a self contained team. The PreLien2Lien and TraditionInk.com sales and support employees will continue to work within the HQ office.

Additionally, we wanted to be a leader here in Placer County for upstart new companies, so we have formed the SIERRA TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR. All divisions under TRADITION SOFTWARE will be members of the newly formed SIERRA TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR. Prospective entrepreneurs will have free access onsite to the conference room and startup experience that I have accumulated over my twenty five (25) year career, mostly with startups.

PreLien2Lien Adds One-Click USPS Certified Mail Tracking

Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager, has just completed work on adding one-click USPS certified mail tracking to PreLien2Lien.

By pressing the “Track Certified Mail” button on the right side of PreLien2Lien, a connection is made with the USPS website. Any certified numbers entered on the legal party tabs (CUSTOMER, OWNER, GENERAL, LENDER, Other Legal Parties) will be check for delivery tracking information.

If there was a sucessful result when checking a number, the word “Verified” will appear on the legal party tab next to the certified number. Also, a note entry will be created on the NOTES tab showing the details for delivery as follows:

Your item was delivered at 2:11 pm on June 20, 2011 in LENEXA, KS 66219.

Processed through Sort Facility, June 18, 2011, 10:22 pm, KANSAS CITY, MO 64121
Acceptance, June 16, 2011, 10:16 am, SACRAMENTO, CA 95821

New Websites – Leader In Construction Lien Solutions

New websites for TRADITION SOFTWARE and TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES are being rolled out in June and July as part of a new national marketing campaign.

“The Leader In Construction Lien Solutions” reflects the a new direction in marketing for TRADITION SOFTWARE. With the launch of the TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES division in 2010, companies in US construction now have the option to use the leading do it yourself software solution for in-house construction lien management (PreLien2Lien) or have TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES, the leading document preparation service for construction lien management, prepares notices as an outside service.

Craig Altman and Steve Winter are the co-designers of new websites, with assistance from Miriam Liskin.

PreLien2Lien Now Prints To Business Envelopes

Miriam Liskin, Software Development Manager has completed work on enabling PreLien2Lien to print onto business envelopes. This new capability is now available on the new May version of the software, V. 15.05.01.

Users can print one envelope at a time by pressing the ENVELOPE button at the bottom of each of the legal party tabs (CUSTOMER, OWNER, GENERAL, LENDER/SURETY, PUBLIC, OTHER OWNER, OTHER GENERAL, OTHER LENDER/SURETY).

The capability to print envelopes for all legal parties for one project can be done by pressing the ENVELOPE button on the far right side of PreLien2Lien, underneath the DYMO Labels button.

Mass printing can be done for all legal parties by going to the MASS PRINT drop down menu and selecting “Print Envelopes For Marked Records.”

PreLien2Lien users will be prompted for a printer that is already setup to print to envelopes as they go to print. Keep in mind not all printers can print to envelopes. If they can print, some use a manual feed method, others use a separate print tray.

Six Year Anniversary For TRADITION SOFTWARE

TRADITION SOFTWARE celebrates its six year anniversary today, April 1st. With the complete overhaul of PreLien2Lien finished along with two new divisions being successfully launched – TraditionInk.com and Tradition Notice Services, much has been accomplished since 2005 by a relatively small group of people.

Our first employees – Valerie Bekefy, Mark Barber, Justin Hussey and Mike Emmons, took giant strides in transitioning the PreLien2Lien customer base from its former owner, SIERRA PHOENIX, to TRADITION SOFTWARE. We moved our Headquarters twice in the first nine (9) months. TraditionInk.com was formed just four (4) months after we incorporated.

A very key addition occurred in 2006 when Miriam Liskin was hired as Software Development Manager. A HARVARD UNIVERSITY graduate with a Master’s Degree from the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, she is the author of fifteen (15) books on database programming, along with being a part-time professor, computer magazine contributor and consultant. Miriam’s programming experience has produced major user enhancements for PreLien2Lien, including editable notice templates, Dymo label printing, Tradition forms and online integration with www.MyLienCenter.com.

Current customer support comes from seven hundred (700) plus companies relying on either PreLien2Lien’s lien software solution or TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES’ lien document preparation service. Additionally, our TraditionInk.com division has an online storefront with over fifteen hundred (1,500) ink, toner and postage products available for sale.

Customer Service Managers Alex Canada (TRADITION SOFTWARE), Michael Walker (TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES) Michael Walsh (TraditionInk.com) along with Software Development Manager Miriam Liskin do great work for all our customers on a daily basis. Very few organizations our size have a team that can match their respective educational, personal and professional accomplishments.

Going forward, new challenges remain that we will address with passion. A new online version of PreLien2Lien is being planned. TRADITION NOTICE SERVICES will be launching an automobile lien recording division, www.USAutoLiens.com. A new website, www.USConstructionLawyers.com, will be created as an online directory for attorneys who specialize in construction law.

As for myself, I still create some personal time to coach boys and girls teams in a local youth basketball league. When I can turn the laptop off and the smartphone to vibrate, I enjoy time on the golf course, jogging and camping in the nearby Sierras.

Like most entrepreneuers, TRADITION SOFTWARE is my life. I come to work to every day to make our products and services better. We will continue to aggressively go after new business and our competitors because we offer customers better solutions at a lower cost with superior service. There is no other country in the world that offers the business environment we enjoy for business success.

Experience the Tradition.

CALIFORNIA General Contractors Required To Send Preliminary Notices Starting July 1, 2012

CALIFORNIA SB 189 mandates that General Contractors begin serving Preliminary Notices to construction lenders on private works projects (Commercial, Exisiting Residential, New Residential) starting July 1, 2012.

As part of this change in procedure, a new CA Preliminary Notice will become mandatory for all contractors starting July 1, 2012. The wording “20-day” will no longer be allowed in the notice.

TRADITION SOFTWARE will make available the new Preliminary Notice and explanations for new notice procedures during the first week of June next year.

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