How do I know if there is a lien on the property we’re selling?

Myself and 2 siblings are selling our family home after the passing of our stepfather. I lived in the home caring for my father and have had issues in the past with one of my siblings.

Asked on July 29, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Liens need to be recorded to be valid, so you can go your county clerk's office and search for them--the clerk can explain the process. However, a better idea would be to contact a title insurance company and ask them to do the search for you--you'll pay the search, of course (up to several hundred dollars), but you'll have professionals do it and stand behind it, providing you with much more certainty.

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