What is a mechanics lien?
The mechanics lien is a powerful tool created by lien laws that protect you from non-payment of your work, services and materials. It does this by giving you the right to a security interest in the title or the bond to the improved property for which work is performed. Basically it helps you get paid.
How easy is it?
Very easy. Give us basic information such as property address, what work you are doing and contact information for the property owner, lender (if needed) , etc... and that's it. Usually takes 10 minutes or less of your time. If we have questions we will call you. Simple but powerful protection.
Is it expensive?
You will save money by filing the initial preliminary notices and/or lien documents through a legal document preparation service such as Lien Giant rather than through a law firm. Often, filing the initial notices will prompt immediate payment. Lien Giant is not a law firm. If you still are not paid after filing a lien or bond claim, you may choose to foreclose and we can assist you finding competent legal construction counsel in your area.
How big of project before I worry about it?
How much can you afford to lose? In our 34 years of experience we have seen mechanics liens become a smart business solution. In today's economy more of our clients are making it their standard practice to protect every project they do. Take note: when you don't get paid you lose your profits from all your next projects until you make up the loss.
What if I don't like legal stuff?
The best protection against legal issues is to wisely protect yourself from future argument. Lien laws are there to protect you from non-payment. Be wise. Send a proper notice on time. Often this will prompt proper and immediate payment. If still not paid, we can easily assist you with filing a lien or bond claim if necessary. Proper, reliable assistance will bring greater confidence and success.
What if I didn't get paid?
Call Lien Giant and we will help. There are three basic steps to follow.
- First, send a preliminary notice. We will help with timelines and we use proper forms. The preliminary notice often prompts immediate payment and your done.
- Second, if not paid, file a lien or bond claim. We will help get this properly recorded.
- Third, If still not paid, foreclose. This action requires competent legal counsel and we can assist you in finding experienced construction attorneys in your area.