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Enforcing
Mechanic’s
Liens

By Attorney Alan Cohen

Enforcing Mechanic’s Liens

A mechanic’s lien is a legislative tool which allows you to put a lien on property
which you have improved, even though you have no contract with the owner. It is
a highly technical statute which is not enforced unless you follow its strict
guidelines because of its highly unusual remedy. When used properly and timely,
it provides security to suppliers, sub-sub contractors, subcontractors, general
contractors who have provided materials and/or labor used to improve a nonpublic parcel of land.

Early Filing
In Massachusetts, your lien is most effective if you le the Notice of contract or, if
you are a sub-subcontractor, notice of identi cation immediately before or
immediately after you provide work and/or materials to the jobsite. The reason
for this is that mechanic’s liens in Massachusetts are limited to monies that are
owed or will be owed by the owner to the general contractor and/or the general
contractor to the contractor. Unlike other states, in Massachusetts, the owner
can only be forced to pay once for the labor and/materials. If you wait until the
last minute of your statutory rights you may be SOL as a practical matter.

Enforcing Mechanic’s Liens - Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC

Enforcing Mechanic’s Liens
Filing and recording a mechanic’s lien in Massachusetts is complicated and
should be done with an experienced attorney’s guidance. Rigid ling
requirements of notices and documents have time deadlines that, if missed or
done improperly, result in lien dissolutions.

In Summary
The Massachusetts mechanic’s lien procedure is complex. If one step is missed or
is not filed within the required deadline, the whole process has failed.
It is wise to consult our attorney who has over 20 years of years of experience
with mechanic’s liens. Mechanic’s liens are a powerful resource for quali ed
people seeking to be paid for their part in improving real estate, but it is not
simple process.
We know the statutes involved with the process of ling a mechanic’s lien in
Massachusetts and we are familiar with the strict nature of complying with the
statute requirements in order to get payment for services and/or supplies
rendered.
Call us at 508-620-6900 or email us at alanmcohen@collections-law.com. Let us
help. We’re good at what we do!

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