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I am a material supplier, who supplied a $3k fire valve to a fire contractor on 12/5/17. That contractor installed it in an apartment complex in Mesquite Texas. The contractor had received the invoice on 12/5/17 as well as a statement every month on the 1st and 15th since. I was getting pushed off, but now I need to follow legal action. What steps do I need to take to start this process thru ZLien? Also, is there a point in the process where I can physically go and repossess my product?

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Apr 6, 2018
We're glad you're going to use zlien! You can get started here: zlien Document Navigator. Regarding physically repossessing the material - it's not a good idea to attempt to repossess materials that have been installed, and the mechanics lien process will not create a right to repossess the material. Instead, a mechanics lien secures payment by encumbering the underlying property where work was performed. A lien places a cloud on the owners title, and if it remains unpaid, a claimant may eventually force a foreclosure of the property. Because a threat to the property title is such a scary proposition, lien claims are typically paid well before foreclosure becomes necessary.

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