What is a lis pendens?

A lis pendens actually is a Latin term for lawsuit pending. In practical terms however, it is notice to the world that somebody is making claim with regard to property in a lawsuit.

A notice of lis pendens is recorded under Florida statutes when a lawsuit claiming an interest in property is filed and that serves as notice to the world that someone is making a claim in that property and most importantly, cuts off rights that might arise after the recording of the notice of lis pendens as to the person pursuing, the plaintiff that is, claiming an interest in the property in the lawsuit.