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Changing Mechanics Lien Laws Available Online at

Staying up to date with constantly changing construction lien laws will allow you to secure your lien rights on any project, without having to worry about changes in notice and deadline requirements. provides a database of construction lien statutes for every state, and this information is updated as the laws change.

North Dakota is one example of a state that recently altered its filing and notice requirements.  Up until the beginning of 2012, North Dakota’s Century Code 35-12 dictated that a “Mechanic’s Lien” as well as a “Notice of Intention to File a Mechanic’s Lien” be filed with the county recorder’s office.  As of February 2012 this code has been repealed and replaced with Century Code 35-27, which dictates that a “Construction Lien” be filed with the county recorder and a Notice of Intention simply be served on the owner and contractor.  Although the change in document name is small, it could be the difference between filing a valid or invalid lien.  The problem arises from the fact that most clerks will file any document given to them as long as the formatting is correct.  This includes documents which are not described in state statute.

One benefit of our service is that we are aware of the changing requirements in each state.  We know that it is important for a contractor, subcontractor, or service professional to have access to the latest statutes at any time.  We urge anyone who is looking to secure his or her lien rights at any point during a job to take a look at our website.  The ability to be informed and prepared is something we strive to give our clients and potential clients.