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The first attorney you talked to (the one that said to both file an answer and a counter claim) should be listened to. You need to both defend yourself in court, and address the liens on your property (they will not just go away because the person who put them there lied - you need a court order to determine that they were placed fraudulently).
The second attorney that you talked to does not appear to be a litigator (an attorney that practices civil litigation - court cases) - while he/she may have an idea or some strategy worked out where they think these liens will drop off, I would never allow a civil lawsuit to be filed against a client without being defended (if a lawsuit is filed against a party, and the defendant does not answer, the plaintiff wins automatically - it is called a "default judgment" and the defendant loses the opportunity to defend themselves on the merits of the case).