• Texas Lien Statute Significantly Alters Subcontract Management Practices for Contracts Executed After January 1, 2012
  • September 17, 2012 | Author: J. Dean Marshall
  • Law Firm: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Atlanta Office
  • Recent revisions to the Texas lien laws, Tex. Prop. Code Ann. § 53.001, et seq., mandate the use of statutory lien release forms. Because the statute voids, as a matter of public policy, agreements that “adversely affect” payment bond or lien claims, many standard release forms previously employed by general contractors may be unenforceable. As a result, a general contractor’s subcontract administration practices should be carefully tailored to the statute if it wishes to resolve outstanding subcontractor claims during the course of a construction project.