Everyone involved in construction, repair or remodeling of real
estate, including owners, contractors, subcontractors and material
suppliers, is expected and legally required to comply with the
Illinois Mechanics Lien Act. Noncompliance can be expensive:
contractors may go unpaid, and owners risk having to pay twice for the
same work! Legal advice should be obtained before signing any
The law of construction liens is technical, with specialized notice requirements and strict time limits.
Michael Torchalski recently authored two chapters: Statutory Defenses of Mechanics Lien Claims and Attorneys' Fees and §17 of the Mechanics Lien Act, published by Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014). He also co-authored: Owner and Third-Party Defenses Against Contractor and Subcontractor Mechanics Lien Claims, previously published by IICLE. His chapters contain in-depth analysis of the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act, and discussion of court decisions involving construction liens.