March 2020
Dear Friends,

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.

I am happy to provide this monthly e-newsletter, with informative tips and information regarding design and construction law, dispute avoidance, and early cost-efficient dispute resolution. My mission is to help people who design and construct buildings enter into good contracts, avoid disputes, and have their expectations met with ‘win-win’ outcomes.

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Aia Document B101-2017: Business Considerations for Owners and Architects
The AIA’s “new” B101-2017, the latest version of its flagship Owner-Architect Agreement, carries over concepts from its widely-used predecessor, B101-2007. Users of the 2007 form will find the 2017 revision familiar. But the new B101-2017 is different in important and subtle ways, and some of its changes may be controversial. Architect and Owner users of the B101 form may, therefore, wish to reconsider and refresh...
Jeremy Baker
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"The Illinois Mechanics Lien Act is about predictability, not fairness."

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