Category Archives: Contractor’s Corner

Mechanic’s Lien Refresher – September 2014 Construction & Remodeling Newsletter

By Attorney Patrick Noaker This month’s Construction & Remodeling Newsletter is a refresher course on Minnesota mechanic’s liens.  This refresher is intentionally brief and general. Contact me if you need more detail. Who is entitled to a mechanic’s lien? A … Continue reading

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Enforcing a Mechanic’s Lien – June 2014 Construction & Remodeling Newsletter

By Attorney Patrick Noaker So, you have completed the work and filed your mechanic’s lien.  Now what?  How do you enforce your mechanic’s lien and get paid for your work? In Minnesota, mechanic’s liens are enforced by filing a lawsuit … Continue reading

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Effective Communication with Mediators and Arbitrators

By Attorney Patrick Noaker Without question, mediations and arbitrations are quite common in the construction industry.  All of the standard construction industry contracts contain options for mediating and arbitrating disputes.  Similarly, the American Arbitration Association even has a special set … Continue reading

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“Pay-When-Paid” and “Pay-if-Paid” Construction Contract Provisions

By Attorney Patrick Noaker One of the most important parts of a construction contract is the payment section.  It is critical to pay very close attention to the terms in this section because there are some common terms that can … Continue reading

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Change Orders During a Construction Project

By Attorney Patrick Noaker Changes during a construction project are one of the most litigated issues in all of construction law.  No matter how well a project is designed, managed and administered, changes will occur.  Most of the time, effective … Continue reading

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Constructive Acceleration

I have a painting contractor client who recently found itself upside down on a job that had a rigid schedule and liquidated damages penalties for late project completion.[1]  As is often the case, this painting contractor was one of the … Continue reading

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