Mechanic's Liens

Bishop & Reidy, P.C., is a leading construction firm serving the payment remedy needs of construction professionals throughout the Boston area. Attorneys Paul Bishop and John Reidy started the firm in 2000 on the principle that construction professionals deserved to have responsive, knowledgeable attorneys meeting their legal needs efficiently and cost-effectively.

When you hire our firm, we will help you understand all of your payment remedy options. Contact the skilled Boston mechanic's lien lawyers to set up a consultation.

Alternative Payment Dispute Resolutions

Construction nonpayment disputes don't necessarily require measures such as stop-work orders and mechanic's liens for satisfactory resolution. Our experienced attorneys can often resolve payment issues by negotiating a demand for direct payment and proposing other payment solutions.

When mechanic's liens or litigation becomes necessary, we protect our clients' interests until the matter is completely resolved. We know that a mechanic's lien is often the contractor's only chance to receive payment for work performed.

Understanding Mechanic's Liens

A mechanic's lien is a claim upon property to secure priority payment for work performed or materials provided. Mechanic's liens are used to prevent property owners from realizing financial gains by selling improved property before paying the contractors.

In Massachusetts, a contractor must meet certain requirements to file a mechanic's lien. Our attorneys will help you understand all aspects of the mechanic's lien, including:

  • A mechanic's lien is a legal procedure designed to protect contractors and subcontractors who perform work on real estate.
  • The mechanic's lien procedure is set forth in Massachusetts statutes. It is important to have an attorney because the claimant must comply very strictly with the terms of the statutes.
  • An owner of real estate has a right to contest any mechanic's lien claim.
  • If the property owner objects to the amount of property claimed in the lien, a court may need to decide the appropriate amount.
  • If the contracted work remains uncompleted, you may still perfect a mechanic's lien for payment due following your contract provisions.
  • If you performed work on a single building project that is under more than one contract, you may file a single mechanic's lien to ensure payment for work completed under that contract.
  • If you perform work on more than one building project, under more than one contract, you must file individual liens against each applicable property.
  • Evidence of indebtedness or collateral given in lieu of payment for work performed does not waive your right to perfect a lien.

Contact Our Massachusetts Construction Debt Collection Lawyers

Contact our Massachusetts construction debt collection attorneys to discuss mechanic's liens and other payment remedies. We are conveniently located right off the expressway in Quincy.