Click on a state to view the Mechanics Lien frequently asked questions.
90 days / 3 Months or less
(WV 100 days, HI 45 days)
180 days / 6 months
(CO 4 Months, NH, ME 120 days)
- 1 year
- 2 years (IL 4 Months super priority)
- 6 years
Mechanics Lien Forms
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.
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 suppliers paid in the presentation: 17 Ways A Mechanics Lien Works to Get You Paid. Here are a few ways explored in that presentation:
- Liens get more skin in the game.
- Liens freeze construction project funds.
- Liens turn the job site into collateral for your debt.
- Liens stop the property from being sold or transferred.
- Liens create contractual problems for other parties.
"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."Read More
"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."Read More
Why zlien’s Mechanics Liens?
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