What is a Mechanic’s Lien?A mechanic’s lien is a legal claim placed on a property to secure payment for construction work or materials supplied and incorporated into a work of construction. It serves as a powerful tool for contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers to secure their right to compensation.
Reasons to Record a Mechanic’s Lien
- Ensure payment for your construction work or materials.
- Prevent property owners from selling or refinancing the property until the debt is settled.
- Encourage prompt payment from property owners and general contractors.
What is the Mechanic’s Lien Process?The mechanic’s lien process involves several steps, which can vary depending on the state where the property is located. Generally, it includes:
- Preliminary Notice: Some states require a preliminary notice to be sent to the property owner and general contractor before starting work.
- Notice of Intent: If payment is not received after completing the work, a Notice of Intent to file a mechanic’s lien is sent.
- Filing the Lien: The mechanic’s lien must be filed within a specific timeframe, typically between 30 to 90 days after completing the work.
- Enforcement: If the property owner does not pay, the mechanic’s lien can be enforced by filing a lawsuit or foreclosing on the property.
What Happens When a Lien is Filed?When a mechanic’s lien is filed, it becomes a matter of public record and can affect the property’s title. This means that the property owner may not be able to sell or refinance the property until the lien is resolved. The property owner will have the opportunity to either pay or contest the lien, which may result in a resolution or further legal action.
Why Work with The Mellor Law Firm for Mechanic’s Liens
- Experienced Mechanic’s Lien Lawyers: Our team has extensive experience in mechanic’s lien cases, ensuring you have seasoned professionals on your side.
- Tailored Legal Solutions: We understand that every case is unique. We’ll work closely with you to develop a customized strategy that meets your specific needs.
- Proven Results: We have a track record of successfully helping clients secure the compensation they deserve through mechanic’s liens.
- Timely Assistance: Time is of the essence in mechanic’s lien cases. We provide prompt and efficient legal support to protect your rights.