Illinois Mechanics Liens

 

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Introduction 

 

The Illinois Mechanics Lien Act is a notoriously complex and technical area of the law, but a fundamental familiarity with its provisions can be gained reasonably quickly. The purpose of the material provided in the Learning section of the site is to provide that fundamental knowledge. Using this fundamental familiarity, you will be better able to identify problems early on, and know some ways to stem them before they grow out of control.

 Table of Contents

 

1. How to Use this Information

This is the place to start, providing a framework for understanding the materials provided in the rest of the site.

2. Brief Overview of the Mechanics Lien Act

Four short-and-to-the-point paragraphs guide you on the broad strokes in understanding the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act and the legal procedures it sets in place.

3. The Mechanics Lien Process

A more in-depth examination of the construction process, viewed from the perspective of knowing and complying with the obligations set out by the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act.

4. Mechanics Liens? Mechanic's Liens? Construction Liens?

As if everything else weren't sufficiently confusing, the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act has a number of linguistic oddities to contend with. Read about the grammar rules and historical background of this area of the law.

5. The Perspective of the Condominium Association on Illinois Mechanics Liens

Condominium associations have an interest in avoiding problems in the construction process, both to protect individual unit owners from irresponsible contractors, but also to protect all the unit owners from the detrimental effects of construction disputes.

6. Making Maintenance and Construction Law Your Ally

This article was originally written for a publication geared toward small businesses in Illinois.

7. Boats, Watercraft, and Mobile Homes

The Illinois Mechanics Lien Act governs work done to boats, watercraft and mobile homes.

8. The Illinois Mechanics Lien Act

Read the statute itself - But be careful! The law is constantly changing, and the law does not always define terms in the same way that the same word is used elsewhere, for example in everyday speech, or as technical terms in the construction industry.

9. About Us - Get to Know Your Lawyer

Information on the background, experience, and training of the attorney who drafted this site.

10. Un poco en Español

Busca Ud. un abogado hispanohablante en Chicago? Como abogado, soy un experto en la ley, no en Español. Sin embargo, essayo hablar en Español y entiendo mucho. Entre nosotros (y con la asistencia de algunos amigos como trasladores), podemos trabajar en la proteccion de sus derechos en cosas villareal y construccion.

11. Ask the Builder: Mechanic's Liens - Ouch!

This link (the first of two) is to another website with which I have no connection, other than that I found these well-written articles which reinforce many of the information I provide here. There's also a lot of good information about construction that goes outside my focus on legal aspects and concerns.

12. Ask the Builder: Know Lien Laws Before Building That New Home

This link (the second of two) is to another website with which I have no connection, other than that I found these well-written articles which reinforce many of the information I provide here. There's also a lot of good information about construction that goes outside my focus on legal aspects and concerns.

13. How Not to Do It

Look at a lien, prepared by an attorney, that makes some of the mistakes discussed elsewhere.

14. Free Mechanics Lien Forms

You don't want them, and here's why not.

 

 

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Copyright 2002, Thomas J. Westgard