Intent not a lie and a customer not paying is what? I have filed liens and the first step is intent notification to client. Most times that takes care of the problem and yes I had and still have a contract stating all the terms and conditions and we take pictures of every job and put it on a 1tb drive with said contract , if we do our job we should be paid simple if client wants to be a unethical person that’s on them. Tell us all you would walk away with the money your owed in the clients pocket for me it is simple that money is food on my families table. Don’t be self righteous and indignant.