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Sub-subcontractor Should File Notice of Identification Before You Start Work

Sub-subcontractors are able to claim a lien against a property where they have worked or provided materials. The process is similar to what a subcontractor or general contractor must use. However, because a sub-subcontractor is further remover from the owner, getting paid often requires the giving of a notice of identification as provided for in M.G.L. c.254 Section 4.

Timing is important for the success of a mechanic’s lien. Filing a Notice of Identification has to happen within a certain timeframe for it to be effective and legally recognized.

What is the Notice of Identification?

For a sub-subcontractor, the Notice of Identification helps protect lower tier contractors and suppliers. This notice is sent to the general contractor within thirty days of starting work on a project, letting the general contractor and owner know that the sub-subcontractor is involved in the project, and what the estimated value of the work will be.

How does this assist with enforcing a mechanic’s lien? The notice serves to allow sub-subcontractors to assert the value of their mechanic’s lien, regardless of what has been paid out to other contractors or suppliers.

Other Timing Issues

The Notice of Identification is often key for sub-subcontractors, but the entire timeline of filing a mechanic’s lien is important. Unless notices are filed within the right window they will not apply, and contractors and suppliers may not be protected.

The Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC is experienced in filing and enforcing mechanic’s liens, whether you are a general contractor, a subcontractor, a sub-subcontractor, or a supplier. We understand what needs to be filed and when. We can help you go through the process of protecting yourself and getting any funds you are owed. Every step of the mechanic’s lien timeline is equally important, so we work diligently to ensure that all requirements are met with close attention to detail.

When a lawsuit is filed, Attorney Cohen moves to investigate assets and start filing attachments so that if a judgment is entered, you do not have to wait to find out how the debtor can pay.

Whatever work you have done on a construction project, you deserve to be paid. Let the Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC work for you.

Our professional team is looking forward to working to help protect you. Please call us for more information at (508) 620-6900, or send an email to

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