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How Do I Know If I’m Allowed to File a Mechanics Lien?

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Navigating the mechanics lien process can be a huge challenge for folks in the construction industry. But for many, the biggest challenge isn’t managing each step of the process, rather, it’s figuring out whether they actually have the right to file a lien to begin with.

To File a Lien, You Must Fulfill Certain Requirements

Mechanics liens are very powerful legal tools…so powerful in fact, that the process is regulated by a number of rules and requirements that must be met in order to have a valid lien claim. For example, did you know that about 40 states require that a preliminary notice must be sent at or near the beginning of a project in order to maintain the right to file a lien later on.

It’s also possible that you missed an important deadline — the deadline to send a required notice, or the deadline to file the lien itself.

The bottom line? The challenge of filing a lien starts long before the lien is actually filed — the biggest challenge may just be figuring out whether you have the right to file a lien in the first place.

How Do I Know What My Options Are?

We have a free tool that will help you answer this exact question. It’s called the Payment Rights Advisor, and all you have to do is answer 5 questions about your job and our payment rights advisor will determine your next steps on how to get paid fast. All you have to do to get started is click on the banner below. The Advisor self-guided tool will take you through each step of the process, and at the end, you’ll receive a customized report with your best options to get paid. It only takes a few minutes — give it a try for yourself!

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How Do I Know If I'm Allowed to File a Mechanics Lien?
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How Do I Know If I'm Allowed to File a Mechanics Lien?
How do you know if you have the right to file a mechanics lien? If you don't have the right to file a lien, then how do you know what your options are to try to get paid the money you've earned? Our free Payment Rights Advisor tool can help.
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Published on Aug 13, 2018


Peter is zlien's Content Manager. He works to create useful content that makes the mechanics lien and construction payment process simple, easy, and fair for everyone in the construction industry.

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