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Nevada Law Library

Lis Pendens

In Nevada, a Lis Pendens is a document recorded with the recorder’s office giving all the world constructive notice that the plaintiff in a lawsuit claims an interest in certain real property.  The recording of a lis pendens requires that the lawsuit involves some claim legal interest in the real property, such as a title dispute, a line dispute, or a lien foreclosure.  In re Bradshaw, 315 B.R. 875 (Bkrtcy.D.Nev.2004); see also NRS 14.010 (a party to a civil action “for the foreclosure of a mortgage upon real property or affecting title or possession of real property” may record a lis pendens).  A lis pendens may not properly be used to obtain lien or judgment against the property which can later be used in the eventual collection of a judgment.  Levinson v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct., 1109 Nev. 747, 857 P.2d 18, 20-21 (1993).    “As a general proposition, lis pendens are not appropriate instruments for use in promoting recoveries in actions for personal or money judgments; rather, their office is to prevent the transfer or loss of real property which is the subject of dispute in the action that provides the basis for the lis pendens.”  Levinson, 857 P.2d at 20.  NRS 14.015(2), (3); NGA#2, LLC v. Rains, 113 Nev. 151, 163 (1997).