Many of those searching for the best way to protect their lien rights often ask:
Where do I begin?
The absolute best answer to this question is:
At the CRM 50 State Guide!
The reason is simple. Those who are unfamiliar with the process or perhaps have not used the process in a long time, are usually unsure of how the whole thing works. So without spending hours search the internet. Or, feeling silly asking basic questions. CRM offers the absolutely easiest way to get onboard with the notice process. By starting with the CRM 50 State Guide you can do your research in the shortest amount of time, find the answers that will direct you to take the next step. And be confident in doing so.
The CRM 50 State Guide directs you to the best answers to your “Where to begin?” questions by sorting through 4 primary pieces of information that you will know, or know where to look, or be able to take an educated guess.
#1 Where is this construction job located? (Just the STATE, not the exact address)
#2 Who is the Owner of the construction job? (Just the type of owner) EXAMPLE:
- Private (Company or Corporation)
- Public: (School District, Fire Department, Parks and Rec)
- Federal: (FBI building, Penitentiary, Post Office).
If you know how the job is titled, chances are you can take an educated guess as to who owns it.
#3 The type of construction project? (Is it someones house? a restaurant, Church building, Cell Tower) You only need to be able to determine if it is Residential or Non Residential. The laws for mechanics liens differ based on the intended purpose of the structure. Being able to rule out Residential will shed clarity of the choice of information)
#4 How far removed are you from the actual Owner of the Property? (Direct, Once removed, twice removed, etc) It is usually easy to know when you are working direct for the Owner, or perhaps if your customer is working direct for the Owner. The best way to give it your best guess is to select the 2nd tier option as this will place you on an answer page that will give you the guidance needed to request a notice or call for clarification.
In all cases, the “Where to begin?” question is almost always answered by using the 50 state Guide.
It’s free, it’s accurate, and it’s very easy to use.
CRM’s online 50 State Guide . . . a good place to start!