I know that the mechanic's lien must be recorded within 90 days of the completion of work unless a recorded notice of completion exists. The work was done in 2018, however the judgement for one-half of the amount owed was just awarded in Small Claims court today, January 2020. I would like to know if I can claim that the work was NOT completed until I received the award in court? If so, and if I am only getting paid 1/2 of what is owed, can I place a mechanic's lien on the outstanding amount that was not awarded by the Small Claims court?
Why are you worried about a mechanics lien when you know it's too late to file one? You have a judgment from small claims court. You were advised of the jurisdictional limit of small claims and agreed to be bound by same.
Unless there are facts (which there appears not to be)... you've exhausted your recourse in Court.
It wouldn't be fair if a $50,000 dispute resulted in one person filing 5 lawsuits in small claims instead of filing 1 case in unlimited jurisdiction.
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