with Andrew Vicknair
In another episode highlighting lien laws, Karalynn is joined by Andrew Vicknair, long-time Louisiana construction attorney. He has been working in the industry since 2004, when he joined a firm that specializes in exclusively construction law. Together, Andrew and Karalynn thoroughly navigate the details of Louisiana’s specific lien laws, which are incredibly unique.
Louisiana construction law is based around the Napoleonic civil code, unlike the rest of the United States. This means that courts deal with construction affairs differently, and there are specific rules and regulations for operating in construction in Louisiana. Additionally, it is in the best interest of Louisiana tradies to be licensed, or else risk losing your lien rights. Andrew discusses the several types of licenses that are required for Louisiana contractors to be able to work within the state safely and securely.
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In Louisiana, the first steps for filing a valid and effective lien on a private project vary depending on your role. For example, General Contractors must file what is known as a Notice of Contract document, in which they must identify the owner and contractor, have a legal description of the property, and must identify the method by which you will get paid. It must be filed before work begins, as well, for a GC to retain their lien rights. However, this rule does not apply to other kinds of contractors. Andrew takes a good chunk of the episode to detail the rules for other levels and labels of construction professionals.
There is a great deal of detail that goes into navigating Louisiana Liens, and especially when it comes to doing so correctly. Andrew’s clear and concise way of breaking down the information and making it easy to digest aids in making this an especially valuable episode. Louisiana contractors, this episode is an absolutely integral tool to add to your toolbelt. Do yourself a favor, and subscribe to The Quit Getting Screwed podcast so you never miss another episode. For more from Karalynn, follow The Cromeens Law Firm on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram. You can also purchase the book that started it all, Quit Getting Screwed, on Amazon.
This article is intended as a general educational overview of the subject matter and is not intended to be a comprehensive survey of recent jurisprudence, nor a substitute for legal advice for a specific legal matter. If you have a legal issue, consult an attorney.