I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
While a lien would be appropriate, because you are a 1099 employee
, that means that you are merely a creditor of the company and not a legal employee entitled to wage protection under PA law.
For you to be able to file a lien against the assets of the business, you must first sue the business and get a judgment. Only then are you eligible for file a lien.
If the new owner specifically refuses to accept your wage claim as part of the liabilities, then you have little choice but to sue the employer/company and seek to collect personally from the Owner who failed to protect your legal interests in the sale of the company. I might suggest getting your suit on file immediately, and as soon as the sale occurs, amend the complaint to add the new owner as well to the suit as a new Doe Defendant.
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