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Artisan/laborer's lien

What is an artisan/laborer's lien? 
This is a lien in favor of a person who has provided personal services that enhanced the value of an article of personally property at the request of the owner. The person acquires a legal lien on the article while it's in his or her possession and may retain possession until services are paid for. 
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