If you want to put later buyers on notice of a legal claim involving real property, you can record a lis pendens (also known as a notice of pendency of action) with the recorder in each county where the property is located. CCP §§405-405.61. Recording a lis pendens, however, isn’t without its own set of risks.
A mechanics’ lien is an “effective remedy” to resolve unpaid bills owed to those involved in the construction or improvement of real property. But mechanics’ lien claimants beware, effective January 1, 2011, those seeking payment through the mechanic’s lien procedure will have to comply with new requirements and use new forms.