The landscape of lien laws are complex, diverse and confusing across the nation. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a reliable, easy-to-use reference guide? Wouldn’t it be great if the guide was free?
Zlien has spent years compiling the web’s most impressive collection of mechanics lien law information. Our reference guide has everything businesses and credit managers need to digest lien requirements applicable to a construction project, whether it’s a residential, commercial, state, county or federal job. Oh yeah, and it’s completely free.
Tour Of Zlien’s Mechanics Lien Digest
You can find the national digest of mechanics lien and bond claim laws at http://digest.zlien.com. Here is a tour of the three key elements of this page:
Tabs of Resources: Note the tabs at the top of the page. Here you can find our collection of free lien, notice and bond claim forms (“Free Lien Forms” tab), Charts and White Papers, Case Studies on how Zlien has helped others, and resources helpful to specific industries.
Select State From US Map To Get Lien Resources: You can select any state from the USA map to pull up the resources of that state.
Select State from the Dropdown Menu: If you don’t know exactly where the state is (hey, those mid-west states are a bear!), or if you are looking for something off the map like one of the territories, you can select the jurisdiction from the dropdown menu.
Once you select a state, you’ll be brought to the data center for that state.
Zlien’s digest of mechanics lien laws simplifies the confusing patchwork of lien regulations for each state. Everything you need to know about a state’s lien laws are provided to you on these state pages.
The pages are laid out such that you can simply look at the general rules in graph form, or get more detailed information by reading the frequently asked questions or the statutes themselves. Each state also provides you with applicable mechanics lien and bond claim forms for free download, as well as a live stream of legal alerts and commentary about that state’s lien laws.
Zlien Is The Industry Leader And Our Resources Are Professionally Groomed
You may be wondering, why Zlien’s resources when there are thousands of resources out there.
You can trust Zlien’s resources because we make two promises to our users.
[pullquote style="right" quote="dark"]All of Zlien’s resources are prepared and maintained by licensed attorneys with construction law experience.[/pullquote] First, no one touches our resources unless they have a law license. All of Zlien’s resources are prepared and maintained by licensed attorneys with construction law experience. Zlien’s staff currently includes attorneys licensed to practice law in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Louisiana, and Georgia.
Second, we are committed to grooming and monitoring our lien resources on a daily basis. In fact, Zlien has a Chief Legal Officer whose entire job is to manage these compliance issues. Our resources are updated not only when there is pending or new legislation, but even when a new case is decided that affects lien laws.
The fact is, no one puts more money and sweat into its collection of lien law resources than Zlien. We’re an industry leading mechanics lien compliance service, and our resources are second to none.
Cut Through The Clutter – Everything You Need To Know About Lien Laws Is At Zlien
Unless you have one of the most spectacular bookmarking and content filtering systems in the world, you need one single resource where you can find applicable lien laws. Zlien is that resource.
At Zlien, everything is under one roof. You go to one link, and you can examine the rules, statutes, forms and frequently asked questions about the lien laws in any state as it applies to any type of project. No other resource has this sort of depth, and it just makes sense to get all of your information from one reliable resource.
Zlien’s Mechanics Lien Resources More Comprehensive Than Competition
Zlien’s lien law resources are second to none, and they’re free. Let us explain why our resources are better than the competition.
NCS’ National Lien Digest
NCS publishes “The National Lien Digest” for a fee. Admittedly, the digest is a good and reputable resource for businesses and credit managers in the construction industry. However, Zlien’s resources are superior in three ways.
- Zlien’s resources include free mechanics lien, preliminary notice and bond claim forms;
- Zlien’s resources contain questions and answers to frequently asked questions related to the lien laws of each particular state; and
- Zlien’s resources provides more comprehensive updates and alerts whenever lien laws are affected by legislation or case law, and those updates are wired right into our state resources page.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Our resources are absolutely free, and NCS charges a subscription price.
Lien Lien Online
Another publisher of lien law information is “Lien Law Online.” This company actually collects information about each state’s lien laws from attorneys in each particular state. The publication, therefore, is really a collection of resources that are edited and distributed by the publisher. Like NCS’ National Lien Digest, Lien Law Online is a good and reputable resource for mechanics lien information. However, Zlien’s resources are superior in the following ways:
- Lien Law Online doesn’t provide a good easy-to-understand overview of the mechanics lien laws. These articles are written by attorneys and can be very technical and dense.
- Zlien’s resources address lien rights on private, state and federal projects, but Lien Law Online only regards private mechanics lien laws.
- Zlien’s lien law alerts and updates are more consistant than Lien Law Online, which relies on attorney contributors to update the publisher. These attorney contributors very frequently procrastinate on their updates or don’t even provide them, and thus the updates are rather inconsistent.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot again. Our resources are absolutely free, and Lien Law Online charges a subscription fee of $249 per year.
LienItNow is a competitor to Zlien’s mechanics lien filing service, and not a service that necessarily advertises itself as a resource for mechanics lien law information across the country. However, it does attempt to provide resources through its “Lien Reference Desk.”
The primary problem with LienItNow’s “Lien Reference Desk” is that the company seems to be more concerned about SEO than providing helpful lien law information and content to its visitors. In fact, we’ve done an article about how much of the informawtion on this page is wrong, and appears tailored to getting people to click on a link and give them money.
Zlien’s resources are superior, therefore, in the following ways:
- Zlien’s resources are accurate
- Zlien’s resources contain free forms, free lien law alerts and updates, frequently asked questions that are helpful and lien statutes.
- Zlien’s resources logically and clearly separate private, state and federal information.
Finally, Tradition Software is another company in the mechanics lien space. If you visit their website, they claim to provide information about deadlines, lien law statutes, and more. Zlien’s resources, however, are superior in the following ways:
- Zlien’s resources are much more comprehensive, focusing on providing both charts & full text explanations of the nuances of each state’s lien laws.
- Zlien’s resources provide timely lien law alerts and updates
- Zlien’s resources contain free forms that can be used on state, private and federal projects