How To Use
Contractors often put mechanic’s liens on properties they work on.
This is process is provided for by law and gives the contractor substantial leverage over the owner. The owner needs to get this release, and any other, off their properties to keep their deed in good order.
Therefore, it is the owner that has the incentive to get this removed. These liens can linger for years unless properly discharged with the final payment to the contractor (the best time to do this transaction).
Since contractors are in a volatile business, if the owner does not discharge the lien promptly, the contractor may be long gone when he or she needs to accomplish this task for clear deed title. The process then is a deed quieting one, which is, to say the least, expensive and time consuming. So do this promptly upon the last payment to a contractor.
- Make multiple copies. If you are the owner, be sure to have this recorded in the proper place in your local registry of deeds. Keep a copy with the transaction file.
- Notarization is suggested to be sure the transaction is recognized in all courts—and is provided for herein.