File a Mechanics Lien

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Build your document with our online wizard

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We do the property verification tasks

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We file your document with the recorder’s office

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We have your document served

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Why File a Mechanics Lien

• Are you getting slow-paid?
• Are your accounts receivables spiraling out of control?
• Is someone making up a dispute about your work to avoid payment?
• Are you unpaid because your customer can’t get paid from the owner?

Getting paid in the construction industry can be tough, but you’re in the business of doing or supplying to construction work, not financing construction projects.

When it’s time to file a mechanics lien, trust the leaders in liens: zlien. You can use our industry leading technology to make your claim in minutes.

Will a Mechanics Lien Work?

Mechanics lien claims are the most effective collections remedy for contractors and material providers, and they were invented for that specific reason. These claims have been around for over 200 years, invented by Thomas Jefferson for the express purpose of protecting those who provide work and materials against non-payment.

of our clients recommend us to others in the industry

of our lien and bond claims are paid within 60 days of filing

of our clients recommend us to others in the industry

of our lien and bond claims are paid within 60 days of filing

Mechanics lien claims are so effective because they create so many avenues for payment. We explored 17 ways that mechanics lien claims work to get contractors and supplier paid in the presentation: 17 Ways A Mechanics Lien Works To Get You Paid. Here are a few of the ways:

Get More Skin In The Game

Without a mechanics lien filing, you can only pursue your customer for payment. However, after filing a lien claim, you can also pursue the property owner, the general contractor and others. More people, more pockets, higher likelihood of getting paid.

Freeze Project Funds

Once a mechanics lien hits the project, funds get frozen in an amount equal to satisfy your claim.

Turn the Job Site Into Collateral

After all is said and done, when you have a mechanics lien filing on your side, the project job site is your collateral for payment.

Stop The Property From Being Sold or Transferred

A mechanics lien filing prevents the property from being sold, transferred or refinanced. This can be a huge hassle for people, especially when lenders and construction loans are involved.

Cause Contractual Problems For Other Parties

Generals agree with property owners to keep the property free of liens, tenants agree with landlords to not allow liens, and subs agree with general to not allow liens. So, when a mechanic lien is filed, parties are placed in breach of contract, which increases pressure and results in payment.

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Success Stories

Texas Four Architects Leveraged zlien To Get What They Earned

"After many attempts to personally collect from our client, we decided to place a Mechanics Lien on his property. We were amazed a the quick response from zlien and also the quick payment of the lien from our client. We were very pleased with the zlien service and would use them again, if necessary."

Texas Four Architects, an architectural firm in Houston and Austin, got fed up when... by a non-paying customer. Emails, phone calls, repeatedly sending the aging invoice all didn’t work. It became clear that the customer simply wasn’t prioritizing the invoice, and if nothing changed, the invoice would just age into perpetuity. The company decided to leverage their mechanics lien rights, and they choose zlien’s technology to empower them to get what they earned.

Cathy Hillery of Texas Four Architects praises two elements of zlien’s technology. First, the customer service and quick response from zlien. Second, and more importantly, by the client’s quick response to the lien and payment.
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Lab Crafters Grabbed The Non-Paying Customers Attention Fast

"We prepared our lien and sent a copy to the Owner of the project asking where we should send the Intent to Lien and before we knew it we had been contacted by our customer wanting to settle the account. Lien never had to be served."

Lab Crafters, Inc., a manufacturer of precision manufactured steel furniture and fume hoods based in Long Island, New York, made multiple attempts to get paid on an open... invoice. Of course, this would be the case, as a mechanics lien is never the first collection attempt on a debt. Nevertheless, the customer’s failure to pay and respond to the staff at Lab Crafters motivated them to move forward with a mechanic’s lien.

The result was stunning. A customer who previously ignored collection attempts turned around full payment before the mechanics lien even needed to be served. As Andrea Savino of Lab Crafters tells the story, they simply contacted the owner asking where the lien should be served, and presto, the customer contacted them wanting to settle the account.
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zlien Gives Bottom Line Equipment the Power of the Mechanics Lien

Bottom Line Equipment is a Louisiana-based regional renter of heavy machinery equipment. They are a quickly growing company, appearing on the Inc. 5000 list for four straight years (2009-2012), and recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness as the #1 Fastest Growing Company in the metro area. Handling their volume of rental contracts requires a lot of logistics, and when an invoice isn’t paid, they need to power of the mechanics lien to secure that debt and get cash from their customer or up the contracting chain...

zlien’s technology empowers Bottom Line Equipment to take advantage of the mechanic lien’s leverage, enabling them to get a lien on a project placed fast with a few mouse clicks.  It’s why they’ve successfully filed mechanic liens using zlien since 2008.
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