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Posted by on in Real Estate Law


A mechanics lien is a legal claim, known as a secured interest in your property, which can be filed and recorded with the county recorder's office by an unpaid contractor, subcontractor, laborer, or material supplier. If filed and unpaid, it allows the filing party to pursue a foreclosure action, forcing the sale of the property to satisfy any unpaid debts.

From a historical perspective, mechanics liens are dated at least as far back as Roman times when construction lenders would receive a lien not only on the land, but on the structure built. They were also enforced in old maritime law for the labor and materials in the improvement of a vessel. Unlike most American laws, mechanics liens did not exist under English common law and are somewhat unique in their modern origin. Mechanics liens were meant to give contractors a preference over other creditors so that our nation could sustain the type of growth and building that our forefathers envisioned. First conceived by Thomas Jefferson to encourage construction of the then new capital city of Washington, D.C., the long history of mechanics liens also extends throughout the history of California, which is the only state to guarantee mechanics lien rights in its constitution.

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Posted by on in Employment Law


The laws and regulations that address marijuana use are rapidly changing. But despite these changes, an employee may be jeopardizing his or her career if he or she is subject to drug testing at his or her worksite. This article explains employees’ and employers’ rights with regards to employee use of marijuana during and outside of working hours.

Federal Laws Regulating Employee Marijuana Use

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