Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 44-9A-2

  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
  • State: the State of South Dakota. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
Any lien to which a person or corporation furnishing materials, supplies, equipment, and services to a contractor or subcontractor would otherwise be entitled under Title 5 or Title 44 of the South Dakota Codified Laws or by virtue of the common law of this state may be waived to the extent provided in this chapter by such person or corporation by the endorsement of a joint check wherein the payees include the contractor or subcontractor and the person or corporation furnishing materials, supplies, equipment, and services and by the execution of a separate agreement of waiver between the maker of the joint check and such person or corporation.