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post #1 of 8 Old 05-22-2009, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Lien process?

Hey guys I want to know what the exact process of putting a lien on a horse is?
Is it just a certified letter sent to the owner saying "If you don't come pick up the horse and pay XXX within 30 days the horse then belongs to me."
Or do you have to go to the city hall/courthouse and fill out official paperwork?

I'm sure it varies state to state, but any round about knowledge?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-22-2009, 01:21 PM
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Not a lawyer and I would HONESTLY suggest contacting your city/ county courthouse or a local small claims assistance service before you get advice on here... because it WILL vary widely by state/ county, even city.

Having said that, I believe that yes you will have to file paperwork; what I've heard is that you serve them the court papers and if they don't respond or pay in the allotted time you take ownership of the horse as payment. But again, that's here, I have no idea what it's like where you are :)

Good luck, whatever you find out though!
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-22-2009, 01:35 PM
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What does your contract say?

The governing body will back up your contract if the person signed it.

I.e. - our contract says a lein is in place if you have unpaid charges - no time line. It also says if you remove your horse with an unpaid balance - the unpaid balance plus legal fees will be due. (attorney approved clauses)
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Well I am trying to help westonsma out with this paint filly she has in her possession. From what I understand the horse was kept at her place as a favor to a friend (but for the friend's relative). The owners have not had any contact and won't return any phone calls. The friend, of course, has nothing to do with it. I forget how long this has gone on, but I think it's been quite a while. Not too sure about a contract - maybe she could clarify if she reads this.

Basically, I advised a lien to cover her butt so she can register and sell this horse without the worry of any backlash. I highly doubt there would be because they obviously care nothing for this horse and probably won't come out of pocket with the money to reimburse her for the care just to get it back.

What do you all think?
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Without a contract - it's a he said/she said situation.

Her first course of action would be to sent a certified letter detailing dates and charges. Of course if they refuse to accept delivery, she is still in the same position.

Then she would have to have them served to start the process.

I would advise her to secure the horse so it doesn't leave in the middle of the process.
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Yeah I told her that she should put a lock on the gate or something so they can't come just take it.

I went through a similar situation with a "friend" who forgot they had a horse at our house for 7 or 8 months and we ended up just selling it - we got tired of the feed bills, hoof trims, shots etc They wanted to throw a fit and get JAG on us, but once JAG heard our side of it I didn't hear anything else about it. I am pretty sure they told them it wouldn't fly in court - being that they basically abandoned it. I didn't bother getting a lien or anything.
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I had a horse that was "dumped" on my property... I ran an add in the legal section of the paper and then gave the horse away...

seems like 3 months behind board and you can take the horse but I am not positive... I'd check w/ a lawyer or the county.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-25-2009, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Shawneen View Post
Yeah I told her that she should put a lock on the gate or something so they can't come just take it.
You cannot just put a lock on the gate in some places. I'd check with the county on the law. It varies greatly!

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