I upped my staffing in response to COVID-19, adding a new puppy to my (home) office. Her “essential” function is to keep my four kids – ages 4yrs to 9yrs – occupied!
In Illinois, “Construction" is also considered an "Essential Business or Operation," so project work continues. I have seen some upcoming projects halted, with more stoppages possible, sadly. I also foresee an increase in payment-related claims – including Mechanics Lien claims, where the “last date of work” starts the clock on various deadlines to take action.
In response, I bolstered my Mechanics Lien
capabilities. I can now e-File lien claims, which is key because the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office closed on March 20. The Illinois Lien Act is a powerful tool that helps architects, engineers, and contractors get paid. However, lien law is complex. Savvy property owners and real estate developers use this complexity to their advantage. I help clients both use Mechanics Liens to get paid
and to defeat Mechanics Lien claims
In other firm news, I will present “Using Mechanics Liens to Get Paid: A Primer In The COVID-19 Era”
for AIA Chicago on April 7th. I was set to co-present – in Seattle, of all places – “Seeing the Big Picture: Construction Management Under the 2019 AIA CM Contracts”
at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Construction Law Annual Meeting. That was postponed due to COVID-19, along with "Anatomy of Indemnity and Copyright Clauses"
on March 18th at AIA Chicago.
Also in March, I was honored to tell my story in Jeremy Baker: Lessons Learned in Transitioning to a Solo Law Firm
, an episode of Steve Fretzin’s “Be That Lawyer” podcast.
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