Dale & Eke is taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously.  So, for the purpose of maintaining social distancing under CDC guidelines and to promote the health and safety of our clients, visitors and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19, our physical office will be closed until further notice.

For the time being we are limiting all in-office meetings to those clients and potential clients who are not feeling ill or who have not shown signs of illness.  However, we are recommending that, unless you make other arrangements with your attorney, all client and potential client meetings occur via telephone or video conferencing.  If you have any paperwork for us that you need to drop off, please use the mail slot outside of the front door to our office.

We can still be reached at our office telephone number (317-844-7400). Your call will be answered by our office phone system and you may leave a voicemail in the general mailbox or with a specific attorney. All voicemails left in the general mailbox will be routed to the requested attorney or staff.

You may also email the firm through its website at  www.daleeke.com.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and adjust procedures as necessary.  Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our attorneys and staff, is our highest priority.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

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Obtaining a mechanic’s lien in Indiana

If a contractor, supplier, subcontractor, laborer or equipment lessor does not receive payment for a job performed in Indiana, they may then file for what is known as a mechanic’s lien. This is a way to possibly speed up payment, as well as protect their own interests. Indiana is a state with strong lien rights, which can be helpful in obtaining payment by any party in a residential project, state-regulated utility project, commercial, or industrial projects.

There are set deadlines for filing a mechanic’s lien, depending on the type of project. For residential projects, the deadline to file is 60 days from the last day services were provided. For all other projects, the deadline to file is 90 days from the last date of service.

A mechanic’s lien must include the legal description of the property, which can be obtained from the county auditor. When filing on a residential project, a Preliminary Notice to Owner of Mechanic’s Lien Rights is only required when the filer is not in direct contact with the owner. It is not typically required in utility, commercial, or industrial projects. Where the notice is required, it must be sent by certified mail within 30 days of the date materials or labor were first furnished.

Once a mechanic’s lien has been obtained, it must be filed with the county recorder in order to become valid. An attorney can assist you in completing the necessary paperwork, ensuring all set deadlines are met, and getting the lien properly recorded. Further collection activity may then be discussed.