Materialman’s Liens Lawyer in Chattanooga
A CHATTANOOGA LITIGATION FIRM ON YOUR SIDE
Mechanic’s & Materialman’s lien laws are complex. Lien enforcement laws differ from state to state. At Cavett, Abbott & Weiss, we have the expertise to handle any construction dispute by providing qualified and experienced construction counsel to serve your business. From arbitration to litigation, our Chattanooga construction litigation attorneys are here to serve you.
WHY CHOOSE CAVETT, ABBOTT & WEISS?
- We have the expertise to prepare, record and enforce Mechanic’s & Materialman’s Lien rights for contractors, subcontractors and material providers.
- Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined legal experience.
- We offer regular communication and transparency throughout the litigation process, working on your side to get the job done.
MECHANIC’S & MATERIALMAN’S LIENS IN CHATTANOOGA
The Chattanooga litigation law firm of Cavett, Abbott & Weiss represents clients in all areas of commercial, industrial and residential construction disputes to assert and defend claims involving Mechanic’s & Materialman’s liens. A Mechanic’s and Materialman’s lien provides a statutory security interest in favor of contractors, subcontractors and material providers on a construction project. A properly recorded Sworn Statement Of Lien gives labor and material providers a security interest in the real property where the labor and/or materials were used to improve the property. In Tennessee, a Mechanic’s & Materialman’s lien secures what is referred to as the “contract price.” This is the amount agreed upon (whether orally or in writing) by the parties to be paid for the labor and/or materials.
The purpose behind giving lien rights to most contractors, subcontractors, and material providers is that they should have greater rights, and a better chance of collecting their debt, than a party to a typical contract because their labor and/or materials improved the property and increased the property value.
IMPORTANT STEPS FOR A CONTRACTOR OR MATERIAL SUPPLIER WHO NEEDS TO PERFECT THEIR LIEN RIGHTS:
- Notice of Nonpayment: Subcontractors and material suppliers have a duty to notify the owner, prime contractor and possibly others when they have not received payment for labor and materials for the project.
- Sworn Statement of Lien: When contractors, subcontractors and material providers have not received payment on the project, they must record a sworn statement and claim of lien in the county where that property is located.
- Lawsuit to Enforce Lien: Lien claimants must also file a lawsuit to enforce the Mechanic’s & Materialman’s Lien within the time required by law.
- Timing Is Everything: Each step in the lien process must be completed correctly and within the time required by the Mechanic’s & Materialman’s Lien statute in order to preserve your lien rights. Contact Cavett, Abbott & Weiss immediately to determine when your lien rights expire and protect your right to be paid for your labor and materials before it is too late!
There are a number of technical rules governing the enforcement of lien rights in Tennessee. From notice requirements, recording requirements, and continuing perfection of your lien rights, these rules must be followed in every case or valuable lien rights can be lost forever. Timing is important in protecting your lien rights. If you have not been promptly paid for your labor or materials, it is never too early to take the necessary steps to protect your valuable lien rights on the project. With the complexity of Mechanic’s and Materialman’s lien laws that apply to contractors and subcontractors, it is imperative to consult with one of our civil litigation attorneys in Chattanooga as soon as possible. At our litigation law firm, we can evaluate your claim and recommend the best strategy to guide you to protect your lien rights and secure a favorable outcome for your construction dispute. With over 60 years of combined experience, you can be sure that you’re getting only the best legal representation.
CONTACT CAVETT, ABBOTT & WEISS TO DISCUSS YOUR MECHANIC’S AND MATERIALMAN’S LIEN RIGHTS IN CHATTANOOGA TODAY!
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