Los Angeles, CA asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for California

Q: Is a lien attached to a person

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, a lien is typically attached to a property rather than a person. It serves as a legal claim or hold on the property as security for a debt or charge that must be paid off. When the property is sold, the lien must be satisfied from the proceeds before clear title can be transferred to the new owner.

There are cases, however, where certain types of liens, such as tax liens, may seem to follow a person because they can be placed on any current and future property the debtor acquires while the lien is in effect.

It's important to address liens promptly to avoid complications with property transactions. If you're facing issues with a lien, consulting with an attorney experienced in property law can help navigate the complexities and determine the best course of action.

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