A lien may be placed on a property for several reasons, including a need to seek financial assistance to complete a project and to pay for a mortgage. In accordance with Massachusetts legal guidelines, a lien can be placed on a property on either a voluntary or involuntary basis. Common types of liens in Massachusetts include "mechanics liens" and "legal services liens." Under a mechanics lien, a contractor improves or conducts repairs on a property. If the property owner doesn't fully pay for the cost of these repairs and improvements, the contractor may place a lien on the property in an attempt to recover his costs. On the other hand, a legal services lien applies when the services of an attorney are not fully settled by a client. This necessitates the attorney to place a lien on the client's property to recover the cost of legal services provided.
Visit an attorney specializing in lien law and obtain lien application forms. Prepare requisite paper work as advised by the attorney.
Select the type of lien you're placing on a property in accordance with Massachusetts legal guidelines.
Inform the property owner before placing a lien on his property. Notify the property owner in accordance with Massachusetts lien laws.
File a direct lien in a court in Massachusetts for mortgages. This paves the way for a court to hold the property in reserve for the lenders. Submit required documents, including personal identification details, lien application forms and property identification records. Pay stipulated legal filing fees.
Inform the property owner of the developments regarding placement of a lien on his property. Use an attorney or direct mail to contact the property owner.
Attend all subsequent court hearings on the lien application. Seek advice from your attorney on the next course of action to finalize placement of a lien on the property and the recovery of costs incurred.