Mechanics Liens Being Challenged

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Two states (Rhode Island and Connecticut) recently invalidated mechanics liens against commercial properties because they were improperly notarized. An Acknowledgement was used instead of a Jurat. A Jurat requires the signer to give an oath or affirmation attesting to the truthfulness of the document.

Notarizations are essential for mechanics lien statements across the United States but whether a mechanics lien does or does not need notarization varies from state to state. We must keep up with state laws and be aware of when an Acknowledgement is needed or a Jurat.


Lisa Scanlon, CSA


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