Many times the owner of property may owe money to various creditors. The lien allows the creditors a means of preventing the property from being either sold or obligated until the debt is satisfied. Among the many types of liens are tax liens (for non-payment of taxes) and mechanics liens. Mechanics liens for labor and materials furnished in construction on land are filed in the Clerk of Court's office. Judgments are also filed in the clerk's office. All liens are encumbrances against property.