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Every Step You Need to Take to File Mechanic’s Liens in Massachusetts

If you are in the construction industry and are providing labor or materials for labor for a given job or property, it is imperative that you are paid on time and in full. Yet, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers of materials often find themselves in situations where they are waiting for their payment, and in some cases, may never see such payment. So what can you do in this situation? You find a collections lawyer experienced in preparing, filing, and litigating mechanic’s liens who will fight for you to try to ensure that you are paid for your services provided.

The experienced mechanic’s lien debt collection lawyers at the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC focus on preparing, filing, and enforcing mechanic’s liens. A mechanic’s lien puts your debtor and the world on notice that your serious and want to get paid.

Of course, if you are looking to file a mechanic’s lien, there are a series of steps that you need to be aware of, along with their appropriate deadlines.

Always Have a Written Contract

Whether or not you have a formal written contract with the party for whom you are performing these services, you must need some information in writing about the property you are performing the work on, the agreed-upon payment terms, and the timeline of when the services were completed. The mechanic’s lien  collection attorneys at the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC can provide you with a “notice of contract” contract, specifically for Massachusetts mechanic’s liens. Even if you don’t have a single paper constituting a written contract, if you have a series of written and/or electronic documents which comprise a written contract that can be enforced in a Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you can still proceed with a mechanic’s lien.

Provide a Statement of Account

A crucial element to Massachusetts mechanic’s liens is meant to outline the amount due to you for your services rendered at the time of recording. Per M.G.L. C. 254 Sec. 8, you must record your Statement of Account  within 120 days of completion of work performed or materials provided. When the 120 days runs depends on whether you are a general CONTRACTOR, SUPPLIER, SUBCONTRACTOR OR SUBCONTRACTOR. Remember before or contemporaneously with the filing of the statement of account, you must timely record the Notice of Contract which has an even earlier deadline. Regardless, getting the timing right for this and all other requirements  of your mechanic’s lien is of the utmost importance; otherwise, your entire case will be thrown out.

Move Swiftly and File Before Deadlines

Once you have timely recorded the Notice of Contract and Statement of Account, you must timely  file a lawsuit in the appropriate Court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts outlining that you are due payment for the work you have performed and/or materials supplied. If successful, the owner of the property cannot sell or refinance the property until you receive payment for the services rendered, whether through a direct payment or a lien bond. 

As with any of our processes for aggressively pursuing your outstanding accounts receivables, making sure you adhere to the strict deadlines in place is crucial. Otherwise, you can kiss the possibility of collecting through this highly effective method goodbye. You must have your  Notice of Contract recorded within 90 days of performing work on the property in question. With over 45 years of collective experience filing and enforcing mechanic’s liens in Massachusetts, the skilled mechanic’s lien collections lawyers at the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC can prepare and file all the necessary components of a mechanic’s lien and follow through with pre and post judgment collections in an effort to make sure that you get paid.

Don’t Delay — Contact the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC Immediately to Use the Mechanic’s Lien Statute To Help Collect Your Outstanding Debt

Contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers of construction materials who are experiencing issues collecting payment for services rendered and/or materials rendered should turn to the relentless and effective mechanic’s lien debt collection attorneys at the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC. Debt collection favors the swift, which means to have the best chance of getting you paid, the time to act is now. Call us at (508) 620-6900 or email to find out how we can fight for you.

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