This morning, I had a potential client contact us comparing our services with a competitor, LienItNow. Personally, I don’t think there is even a comparison. Zlien has the best mechanics lien team out there, and the best offerings. Plus, LienItNow is unlicensed and it’s website content is riddled with copyright violations. What’s most important to a potential mechanics lien claimant, however, is this: LienItNow’s mechanics lien order form doesn’t take state differences into account. This is a big, big problem.
Less Is More – Why Zlien’s Order Form Is Brilliant
One thing that concerned this potential client when comparing our services was that LienItNow’s order form “asked for more information.” It was “more comprehensive” the potential client explained.
As it turns out in this case, however, less is more.
[pullquote style="left" quote="dark"]Lien laws in each state mandate that claims contain specific information. This information is unique depending on not only the project’s state, but also the project type, your role in the project and the role of the party who hired you. Zlien is the only mechanics lien preparation company with intelligent logic built in to understand exactly what data is required to prepare your specific lien claim.[/pullquote] I went through the LienItNow online order form and it collects the exact same information for each and every state. If you want a lien in Connecticut you’ll give the exact same data as if you were filing in Oregon, or California, or Florida, or…you get the gist. Of course, the mechanics lien laws in each state mandate that lien claims contain specific information. This information is unique depending on not only the project’s state, but also the project type, your role in the project and the role of the party who hired you.
All of these nuances must be considered to properly prepare a valid mechanics lien form. That’s impossible to do when you use the same static form for every situation to collect lien claim data. We complained about this in the post about another service that does a terrible job at preparing mechanics lien claims: RocketLawyer. See: RocketLawyers Mechanics Lien Forms Don’t Understand Mechanics Lien Laws and Wow! RocketLawyers Mechanics Lien Forms Are Astonishingly Poor.
Zlien is the only mechanics lien preparation company with intelligent logic built in to understand exactly what data is required to prepare your specific lien claim. As you provide information about your project and your role in the project, Zlien’s LienWizard form figures out what specific data is required for your specific claim form.
This has 2 benefits to you, the lien claimant:
- Most importantly, your lien claim form is prepared correctly;
- You need not waste time entering information that is not needed.
Who Should You Trust With Your Important Lien Claim?
When it’s time to file your mechanics lien claim, finding a partner you can trust is important. Very important. An invalid mechanics lien claim is not only worthless, but it may also negate any chance you have to collect your debt. That could cost your company thousands of dollars. In the case of this potential client, they were talking about a mechanics lien claim of more than $100,000!
You definitely don’t want to make a decision like this because one company’s form “seems more comprehensive” than another’s. Especially in this case, as looks can be deceiving and the Zlien form is clearly much more reliable than the shotgun form used by LienItNow.
You can trust Zlien with your important lien claims. Here’s why:
Founded By A Construction Attorney
Our service was founded by a construction attorney who knows construction law. He is licensed to practice in six states, and he has a lot of experience filing and litigating mechanics lien claims. Okay, that person is me. I could go on and on…! Nevertheless, even though I’m the founder I’m not the only game in town at Zlien. We also have a chief legal officer who spends each and every day keeping up with mechanics lien compliance issues, checking Zlien forms and deadlines and managing our legal data online.
We Venture-Backed And Not Going Anywhere
When you work with Zlien, you’re working with a real team dedicated to the mechanics lien process and making sure your claim is handled properly. Our company is backed by venture capital, and we’re properly licensed, insured, bonded and experienced.
You can read about us on our website and look us up in the real world. You know who you’re doing business with, when it comes down to using a service to handle your sensitive lien claims, you should know who you’re working with.
Compare us with a service like LienItNow. Who in the world are these people? Their website is useless in identifying who they are, sticking to generic descriptions like “While spending dozens of years as attorneys representing businesses in the construction industry…” Not only is this generic and useless, it also insinuates that LienItNow is a law firm or a collection of attorneyS who will be working on your claim. They are not a law firm, nor are they attorneys.
We Are The Total Package
Zlien sells forms and document filing services, but we don’t take your money and run. We care about your claim and we care about your compliance with the lien laws.
After you file a mechanics lien with Zlien, you’ll have a login to the industry-leading LienPilot web application. Here you can manage all of your claim documents and see when your mechanics lien foreclosure deadline is due. You’ll also get email messages from us to help you understand what comes next in the mechanics lien claim process and what you can do to get paid.
Zlien cares about you. It’s why we do the tough work to make our lien fulfillment and filing service compliant with all state laws and all the nuances in each state. It’s why we spend the money and time to get licensed and insured. Most importantly, however, it’s why your mechanics lien claim is safest in our hands.