Two specific requirements for the filing of a mechanic’s lien—time and amount—were addressed in a recent case pitting a contractor against his customer.

The customer signed a contract for $246,700. When customer-dictated changes increased the price by $10,000, the contractor simply whited out the old price and inserted a new, higher price on the contract. While he claimed the customer had seen and agreed to the new price, the contractor had failed to obtain a signature or initials acknowledging...

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