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Can I told a lien to protect my interest

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I have lived in my grandmother house for 30 years and took over the bills. She moved in with my sister about 5 years ago. Since than I have paid all property taxes and insurance. Just this year I spent over 40,000 getting electrical and plumbing done. I also added a room and shower. My sister came out of nowhere and says she wants to sale the house. Is there anything I can do to protect myself and all the money i have invested.

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Jul 12, 2018
That's an interesting situation, and unfortunately, I'm not quite sure than a mechanics lien would be appropriate. Mechanics liens rights exist to secure the payment for construction labor, services, and/or materials. While other rights to the property may be borne by funding improvements, merely providing funding for improvements to property will not give rise to lien rights. Of course, if work was performed, the value of that work could potentially be lienable. For more info on California lien claims, check out our California Lien and Notice FAQs. To pursue some other potential option for recovery, it might be a good idea to reach out to a local real estate attorney and lay out all of the facts, circumstances and documentation for their review. They'll be able to advise you on potential options moving forward. Alternatively, has attorneys available online to answer Q and A on all sorts of topics, and legal advice can be sought on their site. Good luck protecting your investment!
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