Promissory Notes & Small Claims Court Illinois

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I recently had to dump a property in Chicago and to get the deal closed the investors carried a short term promissory note for $13k. Buyers made the first payment then defaulted in the second month.  Part of the reason we were willing to carry was that in Cook County, IL we can make a small claims court claim for up to $10k which is pretty close to the balance owed.  However the buyers have rehabbed the property and intend to cash-out and/or sell so a lien should suffice without causing us to foreclose. Does anyone have advice on filing either of the above? Or a recommendation for someone local who could help, we're all out of state.

Originally posted by @Micki M. :

 However the buyers have rehabbed the property and intend to cash-out and/or sell so a lien should suffice without causing us to foreclose. Does anyone have advice on filing either of the above? Or a recommendation for someone local who could help, we're all out of state.

 Just for clarification- Does the borrower still own the property & you want to file a lien to ensure you're paid once they cash out?

Before moving to Chicago we use to file liens using an online service named erecoder.com.  We also use a company called Simple File.  If unsuccessful w/ that you'll have to hire someone local to file or record the lien on your behalf.

Yes, the borrower owns the property and we want to protect our interest in it. Thanks for the suggestions, most of those efiling services aren't designed to handle a one-time individual filing, so I might have to find a title company or attorney out there to handle it.