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The contractor has to file a lawsuit to foreclose on the property to enforce the lien. The statute of limitations for filing the lawsuit to foreclose in some states is two years from the date the work was completed. If they have not done so, you need to file a motion to vacate the lien in the court where the property was located.
By the way, partial payment (i.e., $7,000 of outstanding balance of $8,500) will not be a basis to dissolve the lien.
I would recommend consulting a real estate attorney in your area to protect your interests.
I apologize as maybe some of the introductory information and/or question has been cut off. In either event, I presume you were inquiring on how to remove the lien. Since the lien does not appear to be foreclosed on, then it is now invalid. I would file suit or motion to vacate lien and attempt to serve either last known address for the registered agent of the defunct company. If (or when) that service fails, then you may be able to serve the Secretary of State or other department that regulates corporations in your state.
I would once again recommend consulting a real estate attorney in your area to protect your interests.
Motion to Discharge Claim of Lien (or if no court action was ever filed by any party then Petition to Discharge Claim of Lien). See applicable statute below:
§ 44A-16. Discharge of record claim of lien on real property.(a) Any claim of lien on real property filed under this Article may be discharged by any of the following methods:(3) By failure to enforce the claim of lien on real property within the time prescribed in this Article.
Again, I would recommend a NC attorney guide you through this process.