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I have performed architectural design services fo a building in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada. I need to file a lien to protect my rights. Please advise as to how you can help me proceed down the correct path.

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I have an official AIA contract signed with the LLC entity and we designed a commercial building... but now near the building's completion the building has been sold according to the county recorder on 12-21-2018. A call to the general contractor reveals the closing will be early next week.

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Dec 26, 2018
I'm sorry to hear you've gone unpaid. While I won't be able to provide any advice on how you should proceed, I am able to provide some information on Nevada lien law that should be helpful. First, before getting into the weeds, this article discusses some ins and outs of filing a Nevada lien and should provide some good preliminary info: How to File a Nevada Mechanics Lien. Further, this resource should also be helpful: Nevada Lien & Notice FAQs. Changing gears, if you're curious about how zlien can help claimants with filing a mechanics lien, the zlien Document Navigator can help, and zlien's Payment Rights Advisor can go a long way to help determine what rights may be available. Finally, it's worth mentioning a few other considerations. For one, the power mechanics liens is at its strongest when property is being sold or when a loan is being taken against the property. In order to move forward with a sale or loan, a clean title is a necessity - and a threat to the title, such as a lien claim, can bring a sale or loan to a halt. Thus, where a lien claim would be appropriate and valid, filing prior to the sale of property is typically preferable. Plus, the mere threat of lien - with a document such as a Notice of Intent to Lien - can be very effective when a sale is imminent, even where a Notice of Intent to Lien isn't required. This is especially true when the threat of lien can be made aware to both the property owner and the prospective purchaser. Plus, it puts them on notice of the debt prior to the sale - so the seller and purchaser cannot say they're unaware of the debt later on. Finally, while it's absolutely preferable to file a mechanics lien prior to the sale of property, as zlien discusses in this article, the sale of property may not be fatal to lien rights: What Happens If I Filed My Mechanics Lien After the Property Was Sold?
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