Mechanic’s Liens & Bond Claims

Mechanic's Liens

At Smith Closser, we understand the complexities of mechanic’s liens and bond claims, and we’re equally comfortable handling both small subcontractor cases and complex, multimillion-dollar lawsuits that stretch over a number of years.

Whether we’re helping contractors, subcontractors or material suppliers secure payment for a debt owed to them or we’re representing property owners under threat of a mechanic’s lien, we know the technical, time-sensitive and statutorily mandated requirements of the law, and we can advise you on your unique situation.

Following the Letter of the Law

Over the years, we have worked with a wide variety of clients, including general contractors, subcontractors, homebuilders, material suppliers, electricians, plumbers, framers, roofers, engineers, architects and other design professionals. No matter your skill or trade, even the smallest and simplest mechanic’s lien requires you to be in careful compliance with a number of precise statutory steps. For example, a small procedural error can determine whether a lien is deemed valid or unenforceable, resulting in either payment or nonpayment.

The good news is that we have the knowledge, foresight and seasoned legal experience to help you plan ahead and avoid costly mistakes. Not only do our attorneys and staff stay completely up-to-date with changes and modifications in the law, we also communicate these changes to you so that you can protect yourself, now and in the future.

In addition to working with contractors, subcontractors, developers and property owners, we have also worked with sureties and insurance companies on bond claims, and we have perfected, prosecuted and defended against a wide variety of cases in both federal and state court, including both Miller Act and Little Miller Act claims.

Planning Ahead

Did you know that the actions you take before and during the life of a project can directly impact your lien or bond claim rights in the future? We can advise you at the very beginning of a job – before work even begins – and recommend a number of steps to take to preserve and protect your rights. This pre-planning is especially important if you are a subcontractor or a supplier who is not in contract with the property owner. Contact us today for more information.


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With more than 30 years of experience practicing as mechanics’ lien attorneys in Charleston, SC, Smith Closser has the expertise needed to help you navigate all of the complexities of the law.

Here are just a few of the ways we can help:

  • Meeting the technical and deadline-sensitive statutes of the law
  • Advising you on ways to comply with all required statutory steps
  • Discussing alternate strategies to collecting an unpaid debt
  • Explaining the complicated procedures of pursuing a bond claim
  • Helping you avoid small mistakes that can have big consequences
  • Appearing on your behalf in state and federal courts as needed
  • Leveraging past experience to apply proven strategies for your case
  • Staying up-to-date on changes and modifications in related laws
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