Posted by Josh on August 29, 2003 at 08:43:23:
You should probably hire a lawyer to advise you of your rights under your state’s mechanics lien laws. Each state’s laws take different form, so this is one instance where it does pay to have a lawyer on your side.
In my state (Missouri), once a notice of lien is recorded, the contractor has another six months in which to file suit to enforce his or her lien, or the lien expires. The contractor must provide notice of the lien in accordance with Missouri’s statutes, and/or record notice of the lien in the public records. Other specific, detailed requirements must also be met for the lien to be considered valid.
Hope this helps.