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Considering a Mechanics Lien? In Massachusetts, Call a Lawyer First.

In Massachusetts, the Mechanic’s Lien statute gives general contractors, sub-contractors, architects, and suppliers an avenue to receive payment by going directly after the property where the work was performed even though they did not have a contract directly with the property owner. While this statute provides added payment protection, it is an extremely detailed, complex, and time-sensitive process that must be executed properly in order to be effective. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider calling an experienced Massachusetts attorney to prepare your mechanic’s lien…

Proper Documentation: In order to properly record a mechanic’s lien, a Notice of Contact (as well as a Statement of the Account) must have been prepared. As required by the lien statute, a property owner must receive written notice alerting them of uncollected debt owed to the contractor/architect/supplier who provided a good or service to their property. A Notice of Contract does just that, and a knowledgeable attorney will customize a “Notice of Contract Form” for your business, making you amply prepared to quickly and easily submit a lien when necessary.

The “Pay for What You Get” Theory: Many websites offer discount services to prepare mechanic’s liens, HOWEVER, they do not do the due diligence required to provide an enforceable lien. While this route may seem like a money saver, you will more than likely lose money in the long run. An experienced attorney has the know how to properly create, perfect and most importantly, enforce a mechanic’s lien.

Attachments of Property Interests: In order for a mechanic’s lien to be effective, the property interests of an owner and/or tenant must be successfully attached to the lien and done so within strict compliance of each condition of the statute. If the property interests are not properly attached, a mechanic’s lien fails to give any security and can create a “slander of title”, making the contractor, architect, or supplier liable to the property owner.

Covering Boston and the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC fully understand the mechanic’s lien process and will work to get you paid quickly and efficiently. For more information or to schedule a consultation with a skilled mechanic’s lien attorney, contact us today by calling (508) 620-6900 or email

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