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Timing Matters in Mechanic’s Liens

Using a mechanic’s lien is a good way to get payment for a private construction project, whether commercial or residential. It only works, however, if you meet strict timing ad statutory requirements.

The Law Offices of Alan M. Cohen LLC are experienced in enforcing mechanic’s liens and will ensure that the timeline is met in full and the lien is properly recorded.

The Mechanic’s Lien Timeline

A Massachusetts mechanic’s lien starts with recording a Notice of Contract with the Registry of Deeds where the construction project is located. This recording gives details about the project, including the address, owner, and parties to the contract.

It can be recorded as early as when a written contract is executed or as late as 90 days from when the latest work was done on the construction project. The commencement of the countdown depends on whether you have contracted with the owner directly or a general or subcontractor.

As soon as this has been recorded, the property owner must be notified.

Next up is a Statement of Account, explaining under oath the amount due on the project at the time it is recorded. This has to be done within 120 days from the last date work was performed. Again, the commencement of the countdown depends on whether you have contracted with the owner directly or a general or subcontractor.

Within 90 days of the Statement of Account being recorded, a lawsuit must be filed against the property owner to be able to enforce the lien. You will need to win your lawsuit in order to collect upon your liened debt.

The Benefits of Having an Attorney

Attorney Alan M. Cohen is diligent in ensuring that all legal timelines and filing requirements are met in any of the legal matters he is hired to handle, including mechanic’s liens.

With tight deadlines, and, often, many people involved, from contractors to architects to subcontractors, Attorney Cohen works quickly and aggressively to help his clients get their owed money as soon as possible.

When you are considering filing a mechanic’s lien, be sure to give yourself the best chance of success by working with a highly experienced, qualified attorney like Alan M. Cohen.

Don’t delay, timing legal matters. Give our law offices a call at (508) 620-6900 or email alanmcohen@collections-law.com today.

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