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Caution: Lien Laws in are Hyper-Technical

In most states, the liens laws are hyper-technical.   This means that the laws have many requirements, and that courts strictly construe the rules against the party filing construction liens.

This is true for nearly every state.

While laws across the nation provide lien rights to those in the construction industry, because of the power of these instruments most states require that the liens be filed in exact accordance with the law to be valid.

This is especially the case with regard to the required contents of a lien.

Each state has different requirements for what must be stated within a mechanic’s lien, and how that information must be stated.

Every state, for example, will require the claimant to identify the property being liened.  In Louisiana, Washington, and Virginia, however, the law requires that the lien use the legal property description and not simply a municipal address.   The proper identification of property can be so important we’ve written an entire blog post about it here.

In Virginia, the laws are even stricter.   Because the Virginia lien law is land record based, the claimant is expected to perform a complete title search to acquire the exact legal owner and legal property description.   A lien that does not lien the exact owner, at the exact property for the exact amount due, can be deemed invalid by courts.

Zlien does this leg work for your company, helping your company properly prepare these important legal forms.   Our professional legal document preparers are familiar with the lien and notice forms in your state, and can help your company Lien Smarter.

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Be Careful When Using Free Legal Forms

Gerard Simington with “” published an informative article that warns businesses about using free legal forms found on the internet.

The Internet has placed legal information and legal forms at our fingertips – and its easy to forget sometimes that the law is a very complicated subject, and legal forms are no exception.  While a legal form may seem simple on its face, the blanks can carry significant legal consequences.

It’s always great to hire an attorney to draft legal documents from scratch, or to “tweak” legal forms to fit your particular need.   The costs associated with legal counsel, however, are simply sometimes out of your business’ reach.

Legal Document preparation services like Express Lien are perfect for these situations.  Our staffs of professionals are familiar with the forms that relate to your construction project, and we can help you draft & file your forms properly and avoid costly mistakes.

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Hurricane Gustav Highlights Benefits of Zlien

Contractors of all shapes and sizes have used Zlien to get paid for construction work performed in New Orleans, LA. In fact, the Zlien service was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and many contractors performing Katrina work have used Zlien to file their mechanic’s liens on non-paying projects.

Hurricane Gustav’s projected path to Louisiana highlights the benefits to contractors in using the Zlien service.

After the filing of your construction lien, preliminary notice or cancellation, proof of the filing and all relevant documentation are stored on our secure online servers. These sensitive documents are available to your company at any time and from any place – even when your company’s data is compromised by storm damage or evacuations.

Protect your accounts receivables, and your legal right to get paid. Lien Smarter…and Get Paid.

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Why Lien?

Dear Contractor/Subcontractor/Supplier:

There are some customers or prime contractors who will not pay you after a significant amount of work, labor, services and materials have been invested into performing a job. The founder of Zlien’s father and grandfather were both general contractors in New Orleans, LA, so we know your frustration.

The best way to collect on these non-paying accounts is to begin collecting quickly and thereby motiving the debtor to resolve your claim.

Mechanic’s liens – the documents created and filed by Zlien – are inexpensive and hard-hitting. These filings put restrictions on the job-site property, they entangle the owner with your dispute, they can freeze public funding, and more.

You may be pressured to hold-off on filing your lien and beginning the process of collecting on your account receivable. Homeowners may attempt to postpone payment by promising future funding, and many general contractors – perhaps pointing to a “pay when paid” clause – may promise payment once it gets paid on the job.

These “hold ups” on payment – even when legitimate or well-reasoned – will not suspend the short and strict time period you have to file your lien. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to file a lien – and that means you lose the ability to inexpensively take this important step in collecting on an account receivable and in preserving your rights against all parties funding the project.

Filing a lien will stake your claim. If you were hired by the Owner, it will restrict the owner’s ability to abandon, sell or otherwise transfer the property. If you were hired by the Contractor, a filed lien gives you the right to not only seek payment from the Contractor, but also from the Owner, thereby increasing your chances of getting paid.

Not only is the founder of Zlien the son and grandson of general contractors, but he is also a successful construction attorney licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Washington. Scott Wolfe, Jr. was named as a Top 50 New Orleans Attorney in 2006 and 2007.

Zlien makes filing a mechanic’s lien fast and easy, and we have the experience and knowledge to help you get paid on a non-paying construction job.

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