Mechanics Liens

Experienced Boston Construction Law Attorneys
Handling Issues Related to Mechanics Liens

Mechanics liens help ensure priority payment for providing work or materials for a construction project. Perfecting a mechanics lien requires that general contractors and subcontractors follow a specific set of procedures and timelines. At Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley, P.C., our attorneys have significant experience representing owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in matters related to mechanics lien disputes.

Mechanics Liens

In many cases it is not necessary to enforce mechanics liens, stop-work orders, or initiate litigation to resolve issues related to non-payment. However, it can be necessary for contractors and subcontractors to establish mechanics liens in order to protect their future interests. Our attorneys work closely with interested parties to ensure that mechanics liens are property perfected. Some of the steps in perfecting a mechanics lien include:

  • Filing a notice of the contract prior to the completion date listed in the construction contract. Notice of the lien must be provided to the owner of the property.
  • The primary contractor or subcontractor must file a claim according to the procedures laid out in Section 8 of Chapter 254 of the Massachusetts statutes. In most cases, this claim must be filed within thirty days of the completion date listed in the construction contract.
  • Within sixty days of filling the claim the contractor or general contractor must file a complaint with the Superior Court. Once a claim is filed with the Registry of Deeds it becomes much like any other litigation.

Mechanics liens can be filed in relation to any private construction or renovation project. While general contractors can waive the right to mechanics liens this does not waive the rights of subcontractors to file liens.

Our firm is prepared to represent owners, general contractors, and subcontractors involved in mechanics liens disputes or litigation. We have a forty year history of providing outstanding legal representation and are dedicated to putting our tradition, insight, and experience to work for our clients.

Contact Our Attorneys for an Initial Consultation

Contact the lawyers at Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley, P.C. regarding any issues related to a mechanics lien. Our attorneys can be reached by phone at either our Quincy or Boston, Massachusetts offices, by e-mail, or by filling out the intake form on our Contact page.