In Texas, lien law is often referred to as a legal minefield. The strict requirements of the property code make it necessary that the attorneys in this area be very familiar with the statute. Our office understands this statute and its complexities. We know what to send, who to send it to, and when it should be sent, to protect our client’s interest. We work closely with our clients to make sure that these liens are filed timely and contain the correct information.
We are also very familiar with the process of contesting invalid liens. Often contractors file liens on project without complying with the complicated lien statute. Noncompliance often renders the lien invalid and through a short process, we can remove the lien without costing our clients a great deal of money. However, sometimes these disputes wind up in litigation. If this happens, we are prepared to litigate the dispute.
Liens follow non-payment and the lien protects the interest of the lienholder for the work performed. However, what many do not consider are the secondary consequences of nonpayment. We understand these consequences and are familiar with the Prompt Payment Act, the Texas Construction Trust Fund Act, and other statutes concerning the disbursement of construction funds.
Let us assist you with the following:
- Filing mechanic’s and material man’s liens
- Lien Removal
- Prompt Payment Act Violations
- Consequential Damages Due to Delayed or Non-Payment
- Liquidated Damages Due To Delays Or Non-Payment
- Construction Trust Fund Violations
Very responsive, creative and hard-working
“Kenneth Stephens and his colleagues at Stephens PLLC have been a welcome addition to The Beck Group’s outside counsel group. The firm is very responsive, creative and hard-working and has developed an understanding of our contracts and business model. Additionally, the firm renders services at a very reasonable fee and is willing to consider flexible fee arrangements. I look forward to expanding The Beck Group’s legal counsel relationship with this firm in 2018.”
- Tonya Johannsen General CounselThe Beck Group
Brought this case for me to profitable conclusion
“Frustrated with two prior attorneys who oversaw my interest in my enduring a six year legal morass involving a former business partner (who is also a Houston practicing attorney) who wielded every court maneuver possible and every banking move imaginable (to include writing bad checks to me)...I contracted Ken Stephens to bring my case to a conclusion. Ken proved to be extremely thorough in his review of this protracted matter … and developed and executed a strategy that in 15 months brought this case for me to profitable conclusion. Noteworthy is that during his entire engagement involving my case, Attorney Stephens was highly communicative with me and kept the pressure on the Defendant and the Courts to bring this case to a rightful conclusion. I highly recommend Attorney Ken Stephens.”
- RSJZI LLC
Beside being great attorneys, they are good people.
“This was my first experience having to retain an attorney and I was referred to Kenneth Stephens. When I called he did not put me off; he immediately took interest in my situation and began setting me up with what I needed for my situation. Mr. Stephens appointed his associate Mrs. Alexander to my case and she provided exceptional service. Beside being great attorneys, they are good people.”Plumbing Company in Houston, TX
I highly recommend this firm to anybody with a construction issue.
“Ken has been my company's go to counsel for all litigation matters related to my general contracting firm. Whenever there is a dispute regarding payment, alleged defects, or timelines, we are able to call Ken and he is typically able to reach a resolution. Years ago, we were sued on a million dollar project. They hired a large, well known law firm and I stuck with Stephens Bell, PLLC. After a year of litigation, we left the dispute without paying the Plaintiffs anything and I am sure I spent far less than the Plaintiffs in legal fees! I highly recommend this firm to anybody with a construction issue.”
- Doug DavisDoug Davis Construction, Inc.
These guys are sharp
“These guys are sharp. Our first interaction with this firm was in 2015 concerning a situation with an employee that had spiraled out of control and given us quite a bit of bad press. After they were able to get this matter resolved by having the case dismissed, they became our go to counsel. I would highly recommend them for any business related dispute.”
- M.I.Developer in Houston, TX
Very attentive and informative
"I contacted Kenneth regarding a commercial leasing dispute. There were a number of issues with the space that made it near impossible to operate my business. Kenneth was very attentive and informative while working to get me out of my lease due to a lack of commercial suitability. I was eventually allowed to move on to a more appropriate space.”
- F.LInsurance Agency in Houston, TX
Put me at ease with the depth of litigation knowledge he displayed during the litigation
"I was referred to this firm by a friend of mine. I admittedly had my reservations as the attorneys all seemed pretty young. However, Kenneth put me at ease with the depth of litigation knowledge he displayed during the litigation. Our insurance company was refusing to cover a loss on one of our assets and after about a year, Kenneth and his associate Chaylyn were able to get us a fair settlement for the loss.”
- F.P.Freight Company in Houston, TX
They were able to resolve my issue with clarity and conciseness.
“At first I was apprehensive about getting an attorney involved in our situation. I was one of those presidents that thought I could resolve these kinds of disputes on my own. Stephens PLLC was the best answer. They were able to resolve my issue with clarity and conciseness. I recommend their team for anyone in construction or real estate.”
- Richard MindiolaTrade Wind Homes, LLC
I am glad and thankful I hired them to handle my case.
“Kenneth and the attorneys at Stephens PLLC were more than helpful with my case. Every time I had a question and in my moments of stress and confusion, they would always respond to me in a very timely manner, explain options, and ultimately, they were able to resolve my case and get me paid what I was owed. I am glad and thankful I hired them to handle my case.”
- Salomon De LimaHallco Construction LLC
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