Seattle and Tacoma Lien Claim Attorneys

Helping you handle liens against your real estate

A “lien” is a legal claim that another party makes against your property to attempt to secure a debt payment. A lien will cause your real estate to then act as collateral against the debt in question and creditors may use your property in the future as a source for payment if the debt is not fulfilled. While some liens are legitimate, some are invalid for various reasons and you should never be subject to wrongful liens.

Liens can have a significant effect on your property ownership, so you should always consult with an experienced lien claims attorney to determine your options for handling a property lien.

CALL THE DICKSON LAW GROUP FOR HELP AT (253) 572-1000 OR (206) 621-1110.

Common types of liens

In some cases, you accept a lien on your real estate voluntarily. The most common examples of consensual liens are a mortgage or a construction lien, which makes your property collateral for any work a company completes on your land. However, some liens are involuntary and may even exist without your immediate knowledge. Such involuntary liens may be created by:

  • Creditors for judgments received due to unpaid debts
  • The government for unpaid property taxes
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)1 for back taxes
  • Your child’s parent due to unpaid child support

Such parties must go through a specific procedure in order to create a lien, and an attorney can identify whether or not a lien is valid.

The effects of property liens

Liens are a concern for property owners because they will be likely unable to sell property unless the debt is paid and the lien is cleared. Buyers of real estate will want a clear title and generally will not be able to secure financing until the lien is removed.

Contact a lien dispute attorney in Seattle or Tacoma for assistance today

An attorney with experience handling lien cases will know how to challenge a lien or negotiate with creditors for a lower settlement or payment arrangement. At the Dickson Frohlich, we know how to assist property owners with their lien claims in a variety of ways.



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    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    Chris Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    Daniel Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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    Alexander Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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    George Knight

    George is an honors graduate of Emory University School of Law. While there, George served on the Emory Law Journal as an Articles Editor.

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