Are There Time Limits On When I Can File And Serve A Lien?

A claim of lien can only be filed within ninety (90) days of the last day the lien claimant provided labor, professional services, material, or equipment, or the last day employee benefit contributions were due. Liens filed after that time are invalid.

Within fourteen (14) days of filing the lien, the lien must also be personally served on the owner or reputed owner, or mailed to the owner or reputed owner by certified or registered mail.

Failure to deliver or mail the claim of lien within fourteen (14) days of filing bars the claimant from recovering attorney fees, and costs.

Douglas N. Kiger, Attorney at Law
Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.

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