Long Answer: This question frequently comes up because when people get buried in a dispute, they start to question their own position. It’s a psych-out you do to yourself. So, if you claim you’re owed $X on a project, and the owners and/or prime contractor is disputing that amount claiming you are owed nothing or a lower $Y, you might wonder, “do I have the right to file a lien for the amount I think I’m owed, the $X?”
Of course you do! After all, that’s the entire point of a mechanics lien claim…you’re making a claim for payment you claim you are owed that sometimes (a lot of times) other people are claiming isn’t owed.
The only restriction you have is that you can’t lie or exaggerate your claim.