Looking for some advice/guidance from experts or others that may have experienced a similar circumstance. Some background on situation:
3 friends purchased vessel together. Myself being 1 of the 3.
Vessel is documented with the US Coast Guard
Bought from individual (without use of Broker) that executed/signed Purchase Agreement and Bill of Sale of behalf of a corporation he is President of.
Both documents stipulate vessel is sold free and clear of all liens, mortgages and other encumbrances of any kind.
Liens filled by state of California Dept. of Tax and Fee Admin
2 Liens: #1 $8900 #2 $500
Liens are due to unpaid CA Sales Tax from previous sale.
Purchase Agreement Signed 3/21/2018
Lien Search (Clear at time) 4/4/2018
Bill of Sale (Date of Instrument 4/6/2018) (Date Filed 4/20/2018)
Lien #1 (Date of Instrument 3/28/2018) (Date Filed 4/9/2018)
Lien #2 (Date of Instrument 3/28/2018) (Date Filed 4/12/2018)
Wondering if we have any recourse with Coast Guard for removal of liens because of timing and if so, where and how to file claim. Or same question pertaining to state of California...??? Small Claims may be an option too but we have the added complication of the previous owner of record being a corporation and also the amount is greater than the $5000 cap for Small Claims.