Overstated Lien Amount

#8 of the Top 10 Misconceptions about Mechanic's Liens

If at trial the court determines that a claimant’s mechanic’s lien is greater than the amount that the claimant is actually owed, the claimant loses his entire mechanic’s lien rights and is denied a judgment on his mechanic’s lien

An overstated lien amount will cost you your mechanic's lien rights.

This is true only if the claimant willfully overstated the lien amount on his mechanic’s lien.

If the overstated lien amount on the mechanic’s lien was due to an error or on the basis of a good faith belief that the amount was accurate, the mechanic’s lien amount will be adjusted at trial with the ultimate judgment amount being entered for the appropriate amount, and the claimant will not lose his mechanic’s lien rights as to the valid amount of the mechanic’s lien, due to a mistakenly overstated lien amount.


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Above article written by:
David J. Barnier,
Partner at Barker Olmsted and Barnier, APLC


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This article presents a discussion of general laws, rules, and strategies related to mechanic's liens and other construction issues and is intended to provide background information that will assist the reader in understanding the general laws and rules that apply. Examples and hypotheticals are described in this article for the purpose of illustrating these general rules, however no information within this article should be relied upon when analyzing a specific real-life situation.

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