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Why it can be crucial to lean on your attorney when filing a lien

Construction projects have the potential to be lengthy, complex undertakings. In many cases, there isn't just one task being tackled or one party taking on the completion of every project. Because there are so many elements in motion and people involved in a construction, demolition or rebuilding job, there are plenty of opportunities for disputes to arise.

One such dispute can stem from non-payment. If parties like subcontractors or suppliers are not paid for services or materials they have provided, they can file a lien on that property. However, even this action can come with some complications.

First, there can be issues with permission. Are you permitted to file a lien? Are there actually grounds to file a lien?

There can also be problems with filing the lien if the lienor fails to comply with state laws on construction liens. Are deadlines being met? Has the appropriate legal paperwork been filed? Has the lien been filed in the proper county?

As a lienor, you can also face some contention and anger from the property or homeowner, which can further complicate matters. This can be especially common when the owner claims to have made the payments you are seeking to the contractor. Unsurprisingly, these parties can be quite upset to have a lien on their property and may try to deny the claim or refuse to respond, which can be frustrating.

It can be incredibly upsetting to not get paid for work or services provided, and having to navigate the legal complexities of filing and resolving a construction lien is a task you do not have to take on by yourself. Our law firm has considerable experience in this area of Florida law, and we can help subcontractors and suppliers seek a fair, timely and satisfactory outcome.

Before you try to draft, negotiate or file a lien on a property, we encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the support we can provide in these complex situations. 

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