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Joe is correct.


Unfortunately, in a bad economy, liens are useless.


If the bank forecloses, the liens go away.


We’ve lost about $300,000.00 in unpaid fees on projects

This way.


Also, make sure that if you contract with the owner,

Get a “personal quarantine” and not just some LLC

That will simply go bankrupt you are left nothing.


David L. Fisher SE PE

Senior Principal


Fisher and Partners

372 West Ontario

Suite 301

Chicago 60654


312.622.0409 (m)


312.573.1726 (f)



-----Original Message-----
From: Jnapd(--nospam--at) [mailto:Jnapd(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 1:57 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Contracting through Architect


Being able to collect money.  You have no rights to sue, lien or seek judgement if you don't contract with owner. 


Joe Venuti
Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs, CA


In a message dated 11/5/2009 9:30:55 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, mblangy(--nospam--at) writes:

What are the pros and cons of contracting through an unlicensed architect
and not the project owner on private projects?

Thanks in advance,

Michel Blangy

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