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Arizona Civil Legal Needs Community Survey

Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

What is a mechanic’s lien?

A lien is a legal tool that is used to satisfy debts by attaching to property, the lien must be paid off before the property it is attached to can be sold. A mechanic’s lien is typically used by subcontractors who have provided work or services and have not been paid for their labor, in those cases the laborer may have an interest in the building or construction site that was worked on and would need to seek a judgment for a mechanic’s lien to protect their interest (the money owed). There are many types of liens; if a person owes you money for a reason other than construction you may still be able to be able to get a different type of lien. A list of liens is provided in Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 33, Chapter 7.