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Avoiding Mechanic’s Lien Claims by a Notice of Non Responsibility

In previous posts, we discussed the ramifications and requirements for mechanics lien claims that arise out of construction work performed by a contractor. In this post, we discuss how, in limited circumstances, an owner can avoid a mechanic’s lien claim. The mechanics lien law is designed to provide a means of recovery for contractors or material suppliers to recover for work performed or materials provided at the request of the owner of land or the owner’s agent. This law allows a contractor to place a lien against your property and foreclose on the lien if they follow certain statutory requirements and prove they have not been paid for the contracted work. However, in certain limited situations, an owner can avoid mechanics liens claims by posting

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How to Determine Lien Priority on Real Property

As real estate attorneys in Los Angeles, we frequently deal with lien priority disputes.  These are disputes involving parties conflicting claims over priority in the equity in real property.   We see these types of disputes frequently and generally recommend that before any party takes a position on lien priority they do their due diligence on recording priorities.  In general, the rule in California is that the first to record is the first to have priority.  That means that whoever records their lien with the county recorder’s office first has priority over subsequently recorded liens by other banks and lien holders. At Schorr Law, we typically take several steps to determine lien priority.  First, we review our client’s files to determine the liens that our

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How to Quiet Title to Old Liens on Real Property

As Los Angeles real estate lawyers, dealing with commercial and residential real property throughout Southern California we are frequently brought into cases to help ensure clear title prior to a sale of property or to clear old liens.  Clearing an old lien can be more difficult than you would think, even if you know it is invalid, because often times the beneficiary of the lien has disappeared. For example, we recently cleared a deed of trust from a piece of vacant land in Calabasas that our client had wanted to sell.  When the buyer and the seller entered into escrow the seller had no idea that there was an nearly 30 year old deed of trust (mortgage) encumbering the property.  Because of the lien the seller

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Zachary D. Schorr has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers (Rising Stars) list for attorneys in Real Estate for 5 straight years - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. In 2016 he was also included as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California in this category. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.

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