Construction Law

From the beginning stages of negotiating construction contracts to the final punch list for project completion, Linnell, Choate & Webber, LLP can assist with all aspects of construction law and the many legal issues that can arise.  There are several Maine construction laws that protect homeowners or project owners, and there are payment protections in place for contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and others involved with residential and commercial construction ventures.  Our construction law services include:


      • Breach of Construction Contract
      • Construction Defects
      • Subcontractor and Contractor Claims
      • Homeowner Claims
      • Home Construction Contracts Act Claims
      • Compliance with the Home Construction Contracts Act
      • Assistance with Change Orders
      • Assistance with Punch Lists
      • Surety Bond Claims
      • Mechanic Lien Claims

Attorney John “Jack” Conway is the firm’s construction law attorney; please contact Jack for further assistance.

Legal Q&A – What is a mechanics lien and when can a mechanics lien be filed against real estate?

A mechanic’s lien is a collection remedy for unpaid contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, surveyors, landscapers, real estate professionals, material and equipment suppliers, and others who are owed money for labor or materials provided on a construction project or other real property.  A mechanics lien certificate must be recorded in the county where the property is located within 90 days from the last day that labor or materials were furnished.  Then, in order to preserve and enforce the recorded mechanic’s lien, a complaint must be filed to initiate a civil lawsuit to enforce the lien within 120 days of the last provision of labor or materials.

Contact Jeffrey A. Schwartz

Phone: (207) 784-4563
Fax:  (207) 784-1981
Linnell, Choate & Webber LLP
Attn: Jeffrey A. Schwartz
83 Pleasant Street
Auburn, ME 04210

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