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Architect's lien is the right of an architect to retain a client's papers until the architect's fees have been paid.
The following is an example of a case law on architect's lien:
An architect's lien is subordinate to mortgages that were recorded after visible commencement of operations. [CainRash Architectural Group, Inc. v. Premier Hotel Dev. Group (In re Premier Hotel Dev. Group), 271 B.R. 813, 816 (Bankr. E.D. Tenn. 2002)].