Preliminary notices in Pennsylvania

There are a few states that have moved to online construction notice registries in the past decade.  Until now, those states have been Utah, Iowa and North Carolina.  As of December 31, 2016, Pennsylvania has been added to the list.  If a “Searchable Owner” has filed a Notice of Commencement through the registry, all subcontractors & suppliers are required to do a Notice of Furnishing within 45 days of their first date.  You can read more about it on the new website here:

Recording fees for Washington State Mechanic’s Liens


Many county auditors in Washington State have begun charging extra recording fees for extra parcel numbers.  We have no control over the number of parcel numbers that need to be included with any given lien, because they pertain strictly to the property of you construction project.  We cannot incur these additional fees, so they will be added to the cost of your lien.  You will receive a call or an email from us letting you know ahead of time, that way it isn’t a surprise on your bill.  This additional fee, should they choose to charge, would be $73 per parcel number.  They do not ALWAYS charge this extra fee, only on occasion, with no rhyme or reason.

Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions!

Arizona Legal Document Preparer Program – Brandy

Hey everyone, we are pleased to announce that Brandy has passed her exam to become a certified legal document preparer in Arizona!!  If you read this and you speak with her, be sure to congratulate her.. it’s no small feat!

We are certified in Arizona because it is required in order to do 20-day preliminary notices, liens, etc.  If you have questions about this service, please don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Company news – Arizona

We are sending Brandy to Arizona to take the Legal Document Preparer exam!  She will fly down on September 23rd and return after taking the exam September 24th.  Our company has been licensed under the AZCLDP Program, and we have Karyn as our first LDP.  If you have any questions or would like further information about Arizona, let us know!  Good luck, Brandy!!

Upcoming Seminar October 18, 2016!

Be on the lookout for our flyer on the upcoming seminar!  This time it will be taking place at the Lynnwood Convention Center off the 196th I-5 exit.  Our speakers include Kerry Lawrence, Seth Millstein and Doug Hooklund.  Kerry & Seth are with Pillar Law, PLLC and will be covering Washington State private & public works lien law, as well as contract clauses and small claims.  Doug Hooklund is with Scott Hookland, LLP and will be covering Oregon State private & public works lien law.

These seminars are a wealth of information, and we strongly urge you to consider attending, whether you’re a material supplier or a contractor..  There’s something for everyone to learn at these!

We look forward to seeing you there, and again, please look for our seminar flyer, which will be going out sometime in September.

Construction Law Attorney Referrals

If you’re in need of legal counsel, we work along-side many construction law attorneys that we’d be happy to refer you to upon request.  Because we are a nationwide lien service company, we have many valued relationships with firms all across the country.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office to request more information!

Upcoming Seminar September 17 & 18, 2015

This is a broad seminar covering numerous topics under Washington construction laws.  Kerry Lawrence, one of the attorney’s that we’ve worked with for years, is one of the speakers.  If you’re interested, please see the link below to view the flyer, and contact us if you need further information!

This is not a Lien Research Seminar, however, one is in the works for sometime in the fall.  Please check back for updates!


Working on Common Area for Condominiums

It has been recommended by our legal counsel that when working on common area of a condominium project where there is not a separate parcel number for the common area, but instead shows a percentage of interest in common area in the legal description of the property, each owner should be notified. If there is, however, a separate parcel number for the common area, and again, you’re only working on common area, it’s sufficient to only send your notice to the condo owners association &/or condo owners association & management company. Our legal counsel does still recommend that you consult your own legal counsel and get their input, because ultimately, they will be the ones arguing your lien, should it go to court.

If you do choose to send to each unit owner, it will incur an additional $8 per additional owner beyond the initial 2 that are always included in the cost for a notice. When it comes time to lien, it would be $10 per additional owner beyond the initial 2 that are always included in the cost for a lien.

Keep in mind – If you’re working directly for the owners association, you’re exempt from the notice requirement under 60.04.031, because the owners association is considered the common law and contractual agent of the owners for purposes of maintaining the common areas. Also, if you’re a landscaper, or only providing labor, you’re also exempt under this statute as well.

Now doing business in Arizona!!

Back on July 1, 2003, the Supreme Court of Arizona passed a law requiring all non-attorney’s to be certified as a legal document preparer in order to prepare legal documents.  For years before this, we prepared 20-day preliminary notices and mechanic’s liens for jobs in Arizona.  Once this new law passed, we decided to begin referring our customer’s who did work in Arizona to a company down there who was already certified.

On March 23, 2015, we became certified ourselves!  We are now set up to prepare your documents needed when you do work in Arizona.  If you have any questions, please give us a call.  We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our certification numbers are as follows:

Lien Research Corp. # 81597
Karyn M Wright # 81596