Mechanic’s Lien

As a contractor in Texas, securing payment for services rendered should be a top priority.  There is no more effective way to compel payment of unpaid invoices for services rendered than a mechanic’s lien.

A mechanic’s lien is an important legal instrument.  This lien may also be called construction lien, materialman’s lien or supplier’s lien.

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Using a mechanic’s lien provides a security interest in the title to a property.  This allows contractors to be assured of payment when they perform certain types of work on a property.

It may include securing payment for:

  • Construction
  • Improvements
  • Alterations
  • Repair
  • Maintenance on real or personal property

A mechanic’s lien covers any improvement of any building, structure, or premises in any manner.

What is covered?

  • Material
  • Labor

Material and labor that is part of the construction, alteration, or improvement of any building or structure may be considered lien-able.

Who is Entitled to File a Mechanic’s Lien

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This type of lien covers any person or business that furnishes material, renders services or provides labor for the following:

  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Artisans
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Laborers

Note:  These are some of the main categories.  However, a mechanics lien is not limited to these professions.

Filing a Mechanic’s Lien (Materialman’s Lien) in Texas

A lien may be filed against property titles notifying potential lenders or purchasers that someone is claiming that a debt is owed.  This claim may cover any material, equipment or labor that has been provided to a specific project or projects.

A mechanics lien in Texas is a claim for the value of a rendered service, material and equipment provided (sold or rented) and labor.

Can Attorney fees and cost be collected as part of the Lien?

Generally, a claimant may recover the cost associated with the claim, including attorney fees.

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Helpful terms:

Real Property
Real property, or real estate, consists of immovable property. This means any property that is attached directly to land, including the land itself.

Constitutional Law
This refers to rights carved out in the federal and state constitutions.  Mechanics lien falls under this category.

A mechanic’s lien creates a cloud on title.  In order to clear title, a lien release may be needed.

If you are a contractor or supplier in Texas and someone owes you money, the Steinbach Law Firm can help you with filing a Mechanic’s and Materialman’s Lien.

Do you have questions about mechanic’s liens? Call and speak directly with attorney Scott Steinbach at 972-960-1850 for a free consultation.

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Have questions? Get in touch!

Contact attorney Scott Steinbach directly by phone, email or message for a free consultation.

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Contact attorney Scott Steinbach directly by phone, email or message for a free consultation.