When your client doesn’t pay you for improving real property, most contractors in WA have a right to file a lien against the property. This is an extremely effective way to get contractors paid.
But, it’s important your liens comply very strictly with the statute’s legal requirements, or you may find that your lien is ineffective at best, or frivolous and subjecting you to penalties at worst. That’s where Skepsis Legal comes in.
Our lien preparation and filing service includes:
- Reviewing your documents to make sure you qualify to file a lien under WA’s lien statute (because filing an improper lien can be very costly!);
- Preparing and issuing any required pre-lien notices, if you haven’t provided those to required parties already
- Preparing the lien form to comply with WA statutes; and
- Filing the lien on the property at issue.
Once the lien is filed, many contractors receive quick payment, and our services also include preparing and filing the lien release documents required by statute. If the lien is not immediately effective in getting you paid, you’ll then have a certain amount of time to file a lien foreclosure lawsuit if you choose, and we’ll be sure to keep you apprised of that deadline.
Now for the fine print:
- Not sure if this service is right for you? Feel free to book a 15-minute connection call to speak with one of our lawyers here: https://skepsislegal.cliogrow.com/book/909ac4aec969e88071f1334e30664ef9
- Lien filing fees are not included; we collect a $500 deposit to pay those fees on your behalf. This deposit must be paid before we begin our work. If we do not spend the full $500 deposit, the excess will be returned to you.
- All fees paid are considered earned on receipt, i.e., the funds are the law firm’s funds on payment, and will not be placed into our client trust account. This arrangement does not alter your right to terminate our attorney-client relationship. If our relationship is terminated before we complete our services, you may or may not be entitled to a refund of a portion of the fee.
- To determine if a refund is due in the event of early cancellation, we will calculate the value of the services performed based on our hourly rates in effect at the time of performance. Any amount paid over such calculation will be refunded to you. If based on that calculation funds are due to the firm, Skepsis Legal reserves the right to auto-bill your payment method on file for the difference between the amount paid and the value of services based on the hourly calculation just described.