I went to the Los Angeles recorders office last week. These guys file documents constantly. In fact, I had to wait in line for almost 45 minutes to get my document recorded. They record and record and record, and record all types of documents. But guess which document required a special sign to instruct people about its requirements because, presumably, they get folks trying to file it wrong all the time? That’s right, the Mechanics Lien.
The sign I found posted multiple times next to the recorders’ line is the image in this blog post.
Filing a mechanics lien is a complicated ordeal, and we’ve already posted extensively on this blog about all the common mistakes companies make when filing these instruments. Sometimes, it prevents them from getting the document recorded. Other times, it prevents them from enforcing the document.
Think about all the complications with filing a mechanics lien by yourself:
- You have to get the form right
- You have to research property records
- You need to get a notarized affidavit of delivery and serve the property owner
- You need to get the margins right, and determine filing fees
- You need to hand deliver the document to the recorder
The question is simple….WHY!? Why would you do all of this yourself. It can’t possibly be worth it in time or expense in comparision to using a service like Zlien to file your California mechanics lien.
Zlien is a licensed Legal Document Assistant in the state of California, and we’ve filed thousands of mechanics lien documents in the state. We can file in any county in the state, and with our rush service, we can get documents filed in any county across the state on the next business day.