Torch Legal
By appointment only at:
820 East Terra Cotta Ave.
Suite 203
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 477-1700

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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 construction contract.

Torch Legal:

  • Advises owners, contractors, and subcontractors,
  • Prepares construction contracts and subcontracts,
  • Prepares sworn statements, notices, and mechanics lien claims,
  • Represents contractors in courts to enforce payment of mechanics liens
  • Represents owners and mortgagees in defense against defective mechanics liens.

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.

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We understand Construction Liens, and provide legal advice and solutions!

Serving McHenry County, Lake County, Kane County, and Northwest Suburban Cook County, Illinois.