By the way, what is a lien?
A lien helps contractors collect on unpaid invoices, sometimes for very large amounts. The filing of a lien is the very beginning of a legal process, but it often results in the speedy payment of the bill. These outstanding invoices are for services rendered, or materials supplied, on contracted jobs for improvements made to private property.
Who can file a lien?
Any contractor who improves the private property. A few examples include: a general contractor who completes an addition on a house; a subcontractor who provides the cement, flooring, plumbing, electrical or roofing; a landscaper. Keep in mind, these are just a few examples.
How much time do I have to file a lien?
In Illinois, the subcontractor has 90 days to file from the last day of work. The general contractor has 120 days from the last day of work.
Do liens really get contractors paid?
They sure do. Over the last 10 years Contractors Network and Training Center has supported hundreds and hundreds of contractors to recover lost income for the fraction of the cost an attorney will charge. Whether it’s $5,000 or $100,000, we have helped handle every possibility.
Do I need an attorney?
At this stage, no. You may wish to seek legal counsel down the road to secure a judgment from a court, but very often filing the lien is sufficient to induce payment from the property owner at the very beginning of an otherwise lengthy process. While we are not legal representatives, we are, however, very effective in what we do and can save you a great deal of money in legal fees.
The Contractors Network and Training Center in Chicago does not engage in the practice of law and does not provide advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendations about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses or options. No attorney-client relationship is formed at any time. You are representing yourself in the filing or prosecution of any lien. If it becomes necessary to negotiate a settlement or commence litigation to collect your money, we recommend you speak with an attorney directly.
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