FAQ

Common Questions

The Titan Lien team is dedicated to simplifying the lien process. We’re here to answer your questions and make your life simpler. Below you’ll find the answers to some of our frequently asked questions regarding construction liens.

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FIRST TIMERS

WHAT IS A MECHANICS LIEN?

The mechanics lien is a powerful tool creatied by lien laws that protect you from non-payment of your work, services or materials. It does this by giving you the right to a security interest in the title or bond to the improved property for which work is performed. Basically it helps you get paid.

WHAT'S THE FIRST STEP?

Most State Statutes require a notification (Preliminary Notice or Notice to Owner) at the beginning of the project. A few States require a late payment notification. It’s important to understand the notification requirements in the State that you are working. Titan Lien works Nationwide and is dedicated to obtaining the most up-to-date requirements for each State. We’re here to help you understand and comply with the rules for each State

HOW EASY IS IT?

Preliminary Notices are usually very easy. Give us basic information such as property address, what work you are doing and contact information for who hired you, the property owner, lender (if applicable), etc...and that’s it. Usually it takes about 5 minutes or less of your time. If we have questions we will call you. Simple, but powerful protection.

IS IT EXPENSIVE?

You will save money by filing the initial preliminary notices and/or lien documents through a legal document preparation service like Titan Lien rather than through a law firm. Often, filing the initial notices will prompt immediate payment. Titan Lien Services is not a law firm. If you are still not paid after filing a lien or bond claim, you may choose to foreclose and we can assist you finding competent legal construction counsel in your area.

How big of a project before i worry about it?

How much can you afford to lose? In our 34 years of experience we have seen preliminary notices become a smart business solution. In today’s economy more of our clients are making it their standard practice to protect every project they do. Take note: when you don’t get paid you lose your profits from all your next projects until you make up the loss.

what if i don’t like legal stuff?

The best protection against legal issues is to wisely protect yourself from future argument. Lien laws are there to protect you from non-payment. Be wise. Send a proper notice on time. Often this will prompt proper and immediate payment. If still not paid, we can easily assist you with filing a lien or bond claim if necessary. Proper, reliable assistance will bring greater confidence and success.

what if i didn’t get paid?

Call Titan Lien and we will help. There are three basic steps to follow.
First, send a preliminary notice. We will help with timelines and we use proper forms. The
preliminary often prompts immediate payment and your done. Second, if not paid, file a lien or bond claim. We will help you get this properly recorded. Third, if still not paid, foreclose. This action requires competent legal counsel and we can assist you in finding experienced construction attorneys in your area.

TITAN LIEN SERVICES

WHY SHOULD I TRUST TITAN LIEN SERVICES TO PROTECT MY EARNINGS?

Titan Lien Services has over 17 years and counting of lien processing experience. Many of our
competitors are simply legal firms who set up a lien processing branch as a side business to
complement their law practice and lien processing is not their primary focus.

what is the cost to use titan lien services?

We have different layers of services to meet your needs. There are no monthly fees and no long-term contracts to sign. Simply sign up for free, choose the state that your project is located, and the costs associated with the services we provide in that state will be shown. Due to complexities in the lien laws and different mailing requirements between states, the cost for the same service may vary by state.

how do i contact titan lien services to ask questions related to my project?

Email us at info@titanlien.com or call 1-480-380-3434. During normal work hours (8:30-5:00 PST), you will always speak to a person not a machine. After hours leave a message with your contact information and question or send us an email and we will respond back as soon as possible on the next business day. Our goal is customer satisfaction and we welcome your input on how we can improve for you.

what is the benefit of using titan lien services?

Your earnings are the lifeline of your business. If not protected, you could lose a significant portion of these earnings. Using Titan Lien Services from the start of your work will help ensure you get paid for your hard work. Typically, just filing a preliminary lien notice prompts the project owner to make payment to you. Although you could spend the time to research and interpret the lien laws to prepare your own forms, you risk mistakes that could cost you your valuable lien rights. Titan Lien Services will make sure the forms are prepared in accordance with and within the timelines of the applicable lien statutes.

is titan lien services a law firm?

Titan Lien Services is not a law firm and specializes only in lien preparation, processing and related services. Titan Lien Services does not offer legal advice although we do maintain a network of attorneys that may assist you with your legal questions. Our systems and processes have been developed and refined from the daily lessons that only experience can provide. For your further protection, Titan Lien Services is also licensed, bonded and insured.

WHEN DO I MAKE MY PAYMENT?

No payments are required until you have chosen the service you desire and follow the simple screens to provide us with the details for your project. At this point you can choose to pay by credit card or, for large volume clients, open an account and charge to this account.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

IS IT TOO LATE?

It’s best to call us before you start work but if you already are down that road, call us immediately before any more time passes so we can review the deadline requirements for your state. All 50 states have their own timeline requirements. Please call Titan Lien Services or reivew our resources page for specific requirements in your state. Please note: even if your deadline has passed please call and review your potential options. Don’t give up yet.

am i filing a legal document?

Initial notices such as preliminary notices and intent to lien notices are only mailed to responsible parties (i.e. owner, lender, etc.) and are not filed with the recorders office. These initial notices often prompt immediate payment and no further action is needed. However, in most states, evidence of mailing these initial notices is required to retain the right to further action. Titan Lien will help you manage this process.

will my client be angry?

In our many years of experience we have seen mechanics liens become a smart business solution. In today’s economy more of our clients are making it their standard practice to protect every project they do. No guarantees on unprofessional conduct in the industry, but the more professional and well-run organizations recognize the value and protections for everyone with lien laws.

what if I don’t use mechanics liens?

Without the legal rights provided by lien laws, the usual remedy would be to send the party who contacted with you to collections and then, if still not paid, to sue for non-payment. Both those solutions require time, money and great amounts of stress. There are many inherent complications including: the party may not have the money to make your payment; suing requires great time and you end up spending even more for legal expense and even then the outcome is uncertain. Under the state lien laws, if you have taken proper steps to ensure your lien rights, the property owner risks losing his property if payment is not made to you. The good news... often, just filing a preliminary lien notice instigates the owner to make sure you are paid.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH FORMS TO USE FOR MY PROJECT?

After sign up or sign in, choose the state that your project is located in. This will bring up the basic guidelines and steps for that state with applicable forms. If still not certain, contact us at info@titanlien.com or call us at 480-380-3434 or go to www.titanlien.com.

where did mechanic lien law come from?

Modern mechanics or construction lien laws date to the 18th century and were established by Thomas Jefferson to encourage construction in the new capital of Washington D.C. He realized the importance of ensuring payment to contractors to promote the growth of the city. Lien laws now exist in all 50 states to protect you from non-payment of your work, services and materials. Lien laws help you get paid.

 

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We have become an invaluable resource to our clients by providing opportunities for them to get a more in-depth understanding of the lien process. As a courtesy to our customers, we host lien law seminars several times per year, we host in-office lunch-and-learn classes, and we even do one-on-one meetings.

During these meetings you can expect to review:

+Preliminary Notices (Preliens) and Liens
+Time Frames to Follow
+Overview of Who has the Right to Prelien
+Lien Waivers VS. Lien Releases
+Conditional VS. Unconditional Waivers
+Recommendations
+Ideas, Forms, and Solutions
+Question and Answer Period
+And More…

We look forward to these opportunities to meet with you.  We are dedicated to helping make sure you get paid, this brief meeting will arm you with the information you need.  We truly appreciate your business and we are constantly striving to find ways to improve our service to you, if you’d like to schedule a one-on-one conference call or would like more information about our upcoming educational opportunities you can call us at (480) 380-3434 or email info@titanlien.com.