Accident Lawyer. Divorce Lawyer. Criminal Lawyer. It’s clear what these lawyers do.
But what does a Lien Attorney do?
And why does my construction company need one?
What is a Lien Lawyer?
Lien attorneys protect your right to get paid for the hard work you do. Lawyers in this field of law make sure that the documents which are needed to get you paid are:
- Prepared correctly
- Mailed to the right people
- Filed in the appropriate public records
- Processed on time
- And will stand up in court
Of course, the first job of lien attorneys is to understand all the legalese. They also keep track of any changes in the law, maintain proper procedure, and pay attention to deadlines. Their clients are builders, sub-contractors, and similar professionals who do not have the staff or the time to devote to paperwork, legal developments and bureaucracy. A builder’s job is to complete projects. The lien lawyer’s job is to work in the background to make sure the builder is paid in full.
Special Rights Require Special Expertise
Not all providers of goods and services are entitled to secure their payment by filing and enforcing mechanics liens. Legislatures have assured this special right in order to protect companies which work in this important sector of the economy. But lawmakers have also enacted strict requirements which your company must comply with in order to benefit from the law’s protection. Some of the requirements are common-sense; some are more technical. The lien attorney has mastered all aspects of the mechanics lien process through years of training and experience.
Beyond the Basics of Mechanics Lien Law
Sometimes the number of documents can be overwhelming. Depending on the state, companies must mail various types of Preliminary Notices to owners, other contractors, lenders, and sometimes to others. The actual Mechanics Lien Form must state all the details of a company’s claim with accuracy and completeness. In addition, there are different types of Lien Release Forms to consider.
Specific projects can pose problems that cannot be addressed by a standard form. Many projects are complicated by multiple change orders. In some instances, the issues of bonding, indemnification and related matters come into play. Your company may face the regulatory challenges of doing projects for local, state and federal government entities.
All of these possibilities call for a lien lawyer, not only with legal knowledge, but with the professional insight of someone who regularly works with building contractors and understands commerce in general. — Your company needs a lawyer who is equipped to exercise the necessary judgment to turn a company’s legal rights into prompt payment.
WHY CHOOSE NLB?
WE GET YOU PAID!
Bond claims are generally used when you’re working on a government construction project. This could be a project for your local municipality or when you’re doing work at the state level. When working on these types of projects, your payment is generally ensured through a bond, so instead of filing a mechanics lien, you file a bond claim.
WHAT IS A BOND CLAIM?
In many ways, bond claims are similar to mechanics liens. They’re used by contractors and materials suppliers to construction projects, are fairly inexpensive to file, and tend to be very effective. A surety company, usually an insurance company that deals in bonds, is responsible for paying for the project in the event the responsible party does not, so there is a strong incentive to make sure you get paid.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BOND CLAIM AND A MECHANICS LIEN?
“These are most common when working with governments and public projects. It provides a way to ensure subcontractors can be paid without having to file a lien against government property or a lawsuit against the government. “