The Importance of a 20-Day Preliminary Notice, or the Medusa Metaphor

Managing subcontractor compliance reminds me of the Greek mythological story about Medusa. What doesn’t kill you will protect you. In the end game, the purpose of the 20-day preliminary and a mechanic’s lien is to a) protect the subcontractor’s right for payment and b) also to notify owner of all of his obligations on the job (often the GC hires all of the subs and the owner is unaware of whom is doing what work).