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I've already filed both liens in Mass for non-payment of invoice thru Zlien, how long is it in effect?

MassachusettsLawsuitLien DeadlinesLien Foreclosure

Filed zlien a few months ago, haven't heard from the 3 parties involved.

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Sep 5, 2018
In Massachusetts, a lien claimant is required to initiate the enforcement of the lien within 90 days of filing the Statement of Account. Further, within 30 days from the commencement of the action, the lien claimant is required to record an attested copy of the Complaint for Enforcement of Lien in the Registry of Deeds.

If the enforcement action is not initiated within the 90-day deadline, the lien expires and becomes unenforceable. While an individual is generally allowed to represent him/herself in court it is rarely a good idea (and companies are not allowed to represent themselves). A foreclosure suit, like its name implies, can result in the sale of the property subject to the lien to satisfy the debt. This is a significant potential result, and accordingly, an enforcement suit is a full-blown lawsuit. It is always best practice to have an attorney help out with the enforcement if the lien filing itself is not enough to prompt payment to be made.
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