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Recording Liens in Travis County, Texas

Recording Liens in Travis County, Texas:

Travis County is the home of the city of Austin, state capitol of Texas, and Texas has a long history of marching to the beat of its own drummer. So it’s not surprising that the process of recording of Lien Affidavits would have its own nuances. Following are a few of the highlights.

If you are sending regular First Class mail, you would use their P.O. Box (P.O. Box 149325, Austin, TX 78714). However USPS Express or Priority Mail should go directly to their street address (5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751.) These take priority and are recorded the same day received.

Fees are comparable to many other Texas counties: $16.00 for the first page & $3.00 for each additional page. Be sure there is at least a 3″ margin at the bottom of the last page, or an extra fee of $4.00 applies.

There are no requirements for the “legal property description”.

They do not do Conformed Copies, but will send you a Certified Copy for an extra fee of $6.00 for the first page, and $1.00 for each additional page. On the bright side, the entire Lien Affidavit can be viewed and printed from their website within about 3-5 days of recording.

If you would like to have your lien recorded in a matter of hours, Tradition Software can E-FILE your Lien Affidavit for just $25.00 plus the county’s recording fees. Just send us a PDF of your notarized lien and we can submit it for you.

All CALIFORNIA forms change July 1st. PreLien2Lien v. 16.07.01 available June 29th.

As many people are becoming aware of, CALIFORNIA will have several changes to its construction lien laws effective July 1, 2012. Most of the changes are minor and intended to standardize and simplify the California lien laws into a new subdivisions–Civil Codes §§ 8100-9556.

We have carefully rewritten each notice, updated the corresponding explanations in the Print Menu, and updated custom templates purchased previously by customers who paid the $50 template customization fee.

PreLien2Lien v. 16.07.01 will be available for download from this website on Friday, June 29th. This new version will do a find/replace to update the CALIFORNIA notices for the software. TRADITION SOFTWARE’s Customer Service Department will be calling customers who have custom templates for CALIFORINA to help install any templates that need changes for the new laws.

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.

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.