Lien for Services Law and Legal Definition

Lien for services is the lien of an artisan or mechanic upon the personal property of another for services rendered upon the same. If a person has repaired, furnished supplies or materials, towed or stored a vehicle and has not been paid for the services rendered, that person has a lien against the vehicle.

However, a general agent of the owner has no lien for services rendered since s/he acts not as a stranger but as an agent of the owner to whom s/he looks for payment. [Savas v. Maria Trading Corp., 285 F.2d 336 (4th Cir. Va. 1960)]

Similarly, a shipping broker has no lien for services in procuring a charter-party as a preliminary service leading to a maritime contract is not of itself a maritime service. [The Hattie M. Bain, 20 F. 389 (D.N.Y. 1884)]