What do I do if I am not being paid for labor, materials, consulting, or other services provided on a construction project?
It depends based upon the type of claimant you are and the time period in which you are making a claim. One initial question should be whether the construction project is a private or public construction project. That will affect the law and requirements governing rights and obligations of all parties on the construction project, as well as strategically affect the first steps you should take. Additionally, there are further inquiries into whether the contracting party has been paid, what your contract for the construction project includes, and many other factors.
It is always advisable to immediately contact an attorney familiar with construction law, as there are strict time requirements governing construction lien filings on construction projects and disputes related to real estate. A lien can, in many ways, control the decision making process moving forward, as the lien allows you to potentially collect any alleged monies owed against a surety if there is a bond on the construction project.