In the state of Massachusetts, there is no requirement that the work on a project has to be completed, or even started before initiating a mechanic’s lien. Therefore, as a matter of course, it is good business practice for contractors, subcontractors and sub-subcontractors to initiate the procedures for a mechanic’s lien as soon as possible.
A mechanic’s lien is an invaluable tool to ensure payment for a construction project. However, the notice and filing requirements must be followed exactly. Our mechanic’s lien attorneys at Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen & Associates LLC in Natick can help make sure that your mechanic’s lien is filed correctly and can do what it is supposed to do…help make sure you get paid for your work.
Filing a mechanic’s lien as a matter of course
All it takes is one job that has you chasing payment to realize that it’s a good idea to initiate a mechanic’s lien for every project going forward. Massachusetts law does not require that work on a project be started, let alone completed before you are allowed to file a mechanic’s lien. However, the mechanic’s lien laws do have strict filing deadlines and if you miss them, you are out of luck.
So while there is no reason to wait, you have every reason to file early to make sure you don’t miss a deadline. Filing a mechanic’s lien as a matter of course for every one of your projects is the best way to make sure you get paid for those projects.
Using an attorney to help you with your mechanic’s lien
An experienced mechanic’s lien attorney can provide invaluable guidance and assistance with this complex area of the law. An attorney can:
- Prepare and record the notice of contract
- Prepare and file a Statement of Account
- Prepare and file a Notice of Identification for sub-subcontractors
- Be mindful and conscientious about following all of the specific filing deadlines
Any deviation from the statutory requirements, errors in these documents, or untimely filing could jeopardize the entire mechanic’s lien and forgo your opportunity to secure your payment and protect your collection rights.
Contact a mechanic’s lien attorney today
The Massachusetts mechanic’s lien laws are complicated and unforgiving. Don’t miss an opportunity to get ensure that you get paid for your hard work. To schedule an initial consultation with our experienced, aggressive and ethical collection lawyers, call our office at 508-763-6604 or send us an email using our contact form. We look forward to telling you more about how we can help you with mechanic’s liens.