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Albany Mechanics Liens

Important Facts About Mechanic’s and Garageman’s Liens

In New York State, when contractors or subcontractors perform work on a job and do not get paid by the owner, general contractor or prime contractor, they have a right to pursue a mechanic’s lien to ensure payment for their work.

Likewise, garages, repair shops and parking facilities who provide towing, auto body work, repairs or storage services for cars, boats or aircraft are entitled to a garagekeeper’s lien to ensure payment for their work. If the lien is not paid in a timely manner, the lien holder is entitled to foreclose the lien and sell the property subject to the lien.

Legal Options for a Mechanic’s and Garagekeeper’s Lien in NY

Contractors or garages who seek the relief afforded by a mechanic’s lien or garageman’s lien under New York law must be careful. New York’s mechanic’s liens laws and garageman’s liens laws are subject to detailed requirements which must be strictly complied with. There are short time deadlines which must be met to ensure the lien is perfected remains valid. We can help with all phases of filing, enforcing and defending liens.

At E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy we are committed to helping unpaid contractors and service providers protect their rights through the proper filing, perfection and enforcement of mechanic’s liens and garageman’s liens.

If you need to speak with a lawyer about your lien rights, contact us today at (518) 284-3183 for assistance.

NY Garagekeeper Lien Lawyer

If you have repaired or stored a vehicle but the customer refuses to pay and pick the vehicle up, how do you get paid? In New York, you have a garagekeeper’s lien against the vehicle by operation of law. Your garage may enforce its lien by auctioning the vehicle at a public sale. If nobody bids on the vehicle, your garage may acquire title to the vehicle free of all liens to satisfy your debt.

Your Trusted Advocates

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy attorneys are regularly relied upon by individuals and business owners throughout New York State for sound advice and quality legal representation. Our experienced attorneys are prepared to answer your questions and protect your rights. We’re prepared to discuss your legal needs, including:

  • Filing and perfection of mechanic’s liens
  • Filing and perfection of garageman’s liens
  • Enforcement of lien rights
  • Defense of lien holders against claims of competing lien holders
  • Defense of garages and parking facilities in lawsuits brought by Rudy Meola, Esq. in Albany, New York

Contact Us For a Free Case Review

Our knowledgeable legal team handles dispute resolution cases, such as:

Convenient appointments, including evenings and weekends, are available upon request.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced mechanic’s liens lawyers in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga Springs, and all of Upstate New York, call (518) 284-3183 or contact us online.

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