If you are a contractor, subcontractor or supplier who has not received payment for your services, you want to be fairly compensated without having to pursue litigation. One of the ways you can do that is by filing a mechanic's lien. In Massachusetts, you cannot file a lien against a public entity but you may have a right to direct payment from the owner.
At Davagian Grillo & Semple LLP, we can help you get the money you are owed, whether it is from a public or a private owner. Contact our lawyers today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Understanding Mechanic's Liens
Mechanic's liens are an important legal tool for contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, engineers, or any other party involved in a construction project who does not have a direct contract with the owner. By filing a mechanic's lien against the owner, you are essentially creating a legal obligation upon the owner, which can ensure that you receive your proper payment.
In private construction a contractor or subcontractor can file a mechanic's lien in order to ensure that they receive the compensation deserved. The first step in filing a lien is recording a notice of contract and a statement of account at the appropriate registry of deeds. You then have 90 days to file a lawsuit against the owner in order to perfect that lien. The lawsuit must be filed in the court of law having jurisdiction over where the land lies and must be recorded in the registry of deeds.
We Can Advise You On Public Projects
Although you cannot file a mechanic's lien on a public project, you do have options. You can file a claim for direct payment against the owner. If you are a subcontractor, you also have the option of filing a bond claim against the general contractor. We are here to help you consider which approach works best for you and to explore additional options.
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