Pursue or defend against a mechanic’s lien with the help of an experienced construction law attorney
The state of Maryland was the first in the country to pass a mechanic’s lien law to protect those who invest labor and materials to make improvements in real estate. However, the law was amended considerably in recent years so that now the principles of seeking and enforcing mechanic’s liens in Maryland are often misinterpreted.
The construction law attorneys in the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., P.C. understand the unique legal requirements for mechanic’s liens in Maryland and are ready to protect your interests whether you are seeking to impose a mechanic’s lien or defending against a lien.
How a Mechanic’s Lien is Used
A mechanic’s lien provides an extra remedy for those who have not received payment for work performed or materials provided to real property. While they can sue the party who contracted for their services, a mechanic’s lien allows them to seek restitution directly from the owner of the property as well.
Merchanics’ liens could be available for services such as:
- Building construction
- Land surveying
- Interior design
- Equipment leasing
- Well drilling and installation
- Providing building materials
A mechanic’s lien can allow subcontractors a means to seek payment when a contractor fails to live up to obligations.
Maryland Has Specific Requirements for Mechanics’ Liens
In many states, an unpaid contractor can impose a mechanic’s lien by filing paperwork in a clerk’s office or the office of land records. Maryland makes the process considerably more challenging.
The contractor or subcontractor seeking a lien needs to file a complaint in circuit court with specific, detailed information. If the court is satisfied that the information is complete and a lien may be justified, then the property owner is given the chance to respond, and after that response, the court holds a hearing to consider evidence from both sides.
Work with an Experienced Mechanics Lien Attorney in Prince George’s County
While a mechanic’s lien can be a valuable tool to recover just compensation, the tool only does its job if used properly. Allow the knowledgeable construction law attorneys at the Law Office of Ralph W. Powers, Jr., P.C. to represent you through the process of imposing or defending against a mechanic’s lien. We will uphold your interests with efficiency to conserve your valuable time and resources. For a confidential consultation, contact our office now.