Mechanic’s Liens: Small Mistakes Can Have Large Consequences

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07/12/2017Lowenstein, Neil S.

Virginia’s mechanic’s lien process provides potential added security for contractors. A properly perfected mechanic’s lien provides for a secured interest respecting the property’s improvement, which can provide a means of recovery for non-payment that contractors otherwise would not have to secure payment for contract breach claims. Virginia’s code suggests that the mechanic’s lien filing process… Read more »

ICC Releases Updated A117.1 Building Accessibility Standard

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07/09/2017Nicholos, George M.

On June 29, 2017, the International Code Council (ICC), announced the release of an update to the 2009 ICC American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities Standard. The ICC is the publisher of the International Codes or family of I-Codes as they are commonly known. One member of this family… Read more »

Succession Planning: Keeping What You Built Positively Moving Forward

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07/03/2017Lowenstein, Neil S.

The old saying, often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, is that “nothing is certain except death and taxes.” Established companies suffer similar certainties, and succession planning is one way to identify and develop company leaders who can avoid company struggles in advance of adverse events. There are many reasons to consider succession planning; foremost being the… Read more »