Lis Pendens is Latin for “lawsuit pending.” It is a term used in real estate to indicate that there is a claim or lawsuit filed against a particular piece of real estate.

A lis pendens notice is generally filed at the county recorder’s office, indicating to the general public that there is some claim or lawsuit affecting a parcel of real property. Anyone interested in purchasing a home that has a lis pendens notice filed will need to understand the contents and potential consequences of such a lawsuit. The lis pendens becomes a cloud on the property’s title and usually makes it difficult to sell until it is resolved.