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You cannot stop the contract from filing a notice of lien or even suing to enforce the lien.......but you certainly should have a defense to any claim....and you can respond that the contractor breached the lien and counter-sue for the breach and seek the have the lien removed as being a slander against your property's title, etc. Here's a good link you can read: https://www.nationallienlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/CO-Law-Sum-2013.pdf
Your best option is to respond to the contractor (through a lawyer, if possible) and inform it that the notice is invalid because it has actually breached the agreement, and that you will seek damages against the contractor for the breach.....
Yes, you can sue the contractor for the breach before the suit is filed.......there's nothing wrong with that.
Just because they seek any amount doesn't mean they'll get it. Also, if it is their fault that the situation was caused by the contractor, and because it has breached the agreement, then you should be in a good position.
Generally, yes. Usually, contracts call for a right to cure any defect or issue...and if that doesn't happen, the customer can terminate the contract and seek a new contractor.
You'd have to look at your contract and determine what it says....if there's no provision that addresses a notice period, there should be less restrictions on canceling the deal, and if you had justifiable grounds, it should not be an issue.
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