mechanic's lien

noun
a lien secured on property, as an automobile, building, or the like, by the contractor who has repaired or built it, in order to ensure payment for labor and materials.
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What to do if a mechanic's lien has been filed against you.
Legislature intended to extend benefits under mechanic's lien statute to an architect who provides architectural services.
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