construction notices mailingMany states mandate lien claimants complete at least two steps to successfully claim a lien: (1) File the lien; (2) Send notice of the lien to the property owner and other interested parties. In California, for example, the law was just changed to require more  post-lien notices to be sent to the property owner.

Thanks to Laurie & Brennan, LLP for calling our attention to a recent Illinois Appeals Court decision that re-iterates this important post-filing step. The case — Parkway Bank and Trust Co. v. Meseljevic (click to read full text) — holds that a mechanic lien is invalid as to a construction lender because the lender was not provided with notice of the lien within 90 days after the claimant’s completion of the work.