Understanding North Carolina mechanic’s liens

Anyone who has ever been a part of a major construction project knows that there are a lot of different groups of people that will be working on the new home or building. Each of these individuals will have unique skills that they will be applying to the work that they are completing. Architects will design the new structure, and the main builders will find the additional help that they need to successfully finish the project.

Many of these individuals will be hired to perform their specific job tasks or provide certain materials for the construction, and they expect to be promptly compensated for their work when it is completed. Occasionally, disputes may arise of the nature of the services performed, which may result in one party refusing to pay the other for the work that has been done or for materials used at the job site. When this happens, these individuals may file a mechanic's lien on the property, which ensures that they will be paid in the event that the building is sold or transferred.

Under North Carolina law, there are very specific rules in place that must be followed in order for these liens to be valid. If individuals do not comply with these requirements, it may result in the liens being unenforceable. Professionals working on these projects need to be sure that the documents they have created protect their interests, and will be effective should concerns over nonpayment arise.

Litigation over these liens can have a major impact upon a business's bottom line. These disputes can take time and money to resolve, and any resources devoted to pursuing or defending these claims could result in a decrease of potential profits, or in the amount of work that is able to be completed.

If you have questions about a mechanic's lien issue or other construction law issue, you should consult an experienced attorney to learn more about your options. Whether you are trying to protect yourself from potential litigation or need to pursue compensation from another party, it is important that you work with someone that can give you the practical advice that your company needs at such a critical time.

The attorneys at Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood, P.A., have several years of hands-on experience at handling construction law issues. Because of the complex nature of these projects, it is important that you understand all of your rights and obligations for work that is to be completed. If you are able to create an effective plan for the future, you can make the entire process be much more predictable if there are any potential problems.