Beware of the Ides of March
~ William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”
Beware of the 15th Day of Every Other Month, too!
~ A Construction Business Owner in Texas, probably.
Whether the project is a high rise in Hawaii, a condo in Colorado, or a huge infrastructure project in Illinois, zlien helps construction companies get paid the money they’ve earned in every state across the country. Since the lien laws in each state are different, that means that managing lien rights across the country can wary widely as well.
In some states, managing lien rights isn’t too difficult. But in other states, it’s a challenge that can be overwhelming. And one of those challenging states is Texas, where the mechanics lien requirements and deadlines are some of the most complicated in the entire country.
The 15th Day of the Month – Texas Construction’s Groundhog Day
In the Longhorn State, the 15th day of the month is a big deal with regard to lien rights, as that’s the pivotal date when it comes to one of Texas’ most notorious requirements, the monthly recurring notices requirement. Right around the second week of the month, the back offices of Texas contractors are a whirlwind and invoices seem to be flying around like a paper tornado with business owners, office managers, and accounting staff alike trying to make sure their companies’ lien rights are protected and in order.
Whether you’re new to monthly notices or you’re already a seasoned pro, construction industry participants in Texas can sure use some help. Read on for a collection of zlien‘s best resources to help construction companies get paid in Texas.
zlien‘s Top Texas Resources
For Private Construction Projects in Texas
Mechanics Lien & Notice FAQs – Start here for to begin your overview into all things construction-payment related in the great state of Texas!
Lien Waiver FAQs – Did you know that there are required lien forms that must be used in Texas?
Retainage FAQs – “Retainage” is a word that can strike fear into the heart of even the most grizzled construction industry veteran. We get you up to speed here quickly with everything you need to know.
Prompt Payment Overview – Prompt Payment Laws can be a helpful resource for construction companies across the United States, and including in Texas.
For Public Construction Projects in Texas
Bond Claim FAQs – Got a state, county, or municipal project in Texas? Start here to find the answers you need.
Retainage FAQs – Retainage doesn’t necessarily work the same way on public projects as it private projects. We’ll cover some of those differences here.
Prompt Payment Overview – Just like it is with retainage, Prompt Payment Laws don’t necessarily function the same way on public projects as they do on private projects. Find out more here.
For All Construction Projects in Texas
Texas Monthly Fund Trapping Notices – This complicated aspect of Texas law is explained here.
Texas Construction Documents: Forms & Templates – Every single form a construction could possibly need to manage their project payments is here in one, well-designed place.
zlien‘s Top Texas Articles
What Out-of-State Contractors Heading to Texas Post-Harvey Need to Know – The recovery from Hurricane Harvey is going to require an all-hands effort. Read this article for important info on licensing, lien, and notice requirements.
The Practical Guide to How to File a Texas Mechanics Lien – This is the Construction Payments 101 course for all contractors doing work in Texas. A must-read.
5 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make with Texas Notices and Liens – Mistakes happen, yes. But over time, each mistake is a learning opportunity that help you get better and avoid the same mistakes in the future. This article is a list of the 5 most common mistakes we see on Texas construction projects – #3 is probably the most common of them all.
What’s the Difference Between a Texas Recurring Monthly Notice and a Notice of Intent to Lien? – zlien‘s Director of User Success, Gretchen Lynn, shares an essential article that explains perhaps the most challenging aspect of Texas’ lien laws and requirements.