Note: This article was originally published in November 2013. It was updated in January 2017.

When unpaid for labor or materials furnished to a construction project, a mechanics lien can be the most effective collections remedy available to a company. In previous articles we’ve discussed why:  17 Ways A Mechanics Lien Works To Get You Paid. The laws surrounding the mechanics lien remedy, however, can be complicated, and making a mistake is quite easy.

zlien is the nation’s leading mechanics lien and bond claim compliance platform. Thousands of contractors and suppliers trust zlien every day to record their mechanics lien claims, and accordingly, we’ve seen a lot of lien claims come and go.

Are mechanics lien claims really that effective?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes. Anyone in the construction industry, and specifically anyone who practices construction law, will testify that a mechanics lien claim is enormously helpful at leveraging a company’s legal position if unpaid…if it is used correctly.

Ultimate Guide to Filing A Mechanics Lien

Nevertheless, when rubber meets the road, avoiding mechanics lien mistakes is important. A properly filed mechanics lien gives your company the best chance at getting paid.

Over the years we’ve seen a lot of lien claims fail because of easy-to-avoid mistakes, along with some not so easy to anticipate mistakes that might’ve been a little bit harder to avoid.

Here are links to several of our all-time best articles that all have something to do with avoiding mistakes when managing your company’s lien rights.

How to Get Paid in Texas with Mechanics Liens

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