If you are
searching through a person's court records and find they have a
lien against them or their property, you many not understand
what that means. A lien is a claim placed against a person's
property in an effort to collect for money that is owed. The
most common form of lien is a tax lien, often filed by the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS). When someone is unable or
refuses to pay taxes owed, the IRS will place a lien against
their home, car and in some cases their bank account. If the
person still does not pay, the IRS can sell the property or
seize their money to satisfy the debt.
Often state and county taxing agents will place a lien on a
property to satisfy back property taxes that are owed. If the
taxes are not paid, the home or land could be sold on the
courthouse steps. Many realtors and investors check court
records often to see which properties are close to being sold.
These investors will often go to the debtor and offer to help
them pay the back taxes and avoid having to have their property
sold because of the lien.