Real Estate Attachments

Real Estate Attachments are a Powerful Tools of Pre-Judgment Security

Real estate attachments are legal tools used in the debt collection process to secure prejudgment security for payment of clients’ debts. These attachments place a lien on a debtor’s real property, providing a form of security for the creditor to ensure payment when the credit wins the case. The attachment is publicly displayed at the appropriate Registry of Deeds, making it impossible for the debtor to sell or transfer the property in a way that gives good title without addressing the outstanding debt. Real estate attachments are particularly effective when seeking payment from debtors who own real estate. In Massachusetts, obtaining a real estate attachment can be effectuated through either providing notice to the defendant or using an ex parte attachment (without notice). Acting promptly is crucial, as it allows the creditor to gain priority over subsequent attachments and enhances the likelihood of successful debt recovery.

Real estate attachments serve as especially useful tools in securing prejudgment security in debt collection cases. The seasoned collections attorneys at Cellai Law Offices, P.C. utilize real estate attachments strategically as a means to gain priority in payment for their clients’ security interests. With a real estate attachment in place, your security (attachment) takes priority over subsequent attachments or even mortgages, even if later-filed cases obtain judgment before you do against the debtor. Timely and professional action is paramount in these cases, which is why Cellai Law Offices, P.C. stands ready to employ this technique on behalf of its clients. Swift pursuit of legal remedies help our clients establish priority over later attachments, thus ensuring that their claim is satisfied first. For assistance in optimizing your debt collection strategy, reach out to the team at Cellai Law Offices, P.C. at 617-367-2199 or via email at

Cellai Law Offices, P.C. Helps Massachusetts Clients Obtain Real Estate Attachments

To obtain a real estate attachment in Massachusetts, there are two common approaches: providing notice to the defendant or using an ex parte attachment without notice. While ex parte real estate attachments are typically harder to secure due to courts preferring notice to debtors, circumstances such as pending property sales or potential actions by the debtor to diminish their equity may influence the court’s decision to issue an ex parte attachment. Different judges may interpret prerequisites for real estate attachments differently, making it essential to understand the specific requirements and pursue the appropriate strategy based on these variable circumstances. Acting promptly is important to maximize the effectiveness of real estate attachments, as it safeguards against intervening creditors and enhances the likelihood of successful debt recovery. Cellai Law Offices, P.C. employes decades of experience when pursuing real estate attachments as part of a comprehensive approach to debt collection on behalf of our clients. Real estate attachments are just one tool in our arsenal at Cellai Law Offices, P.C. as part of our relentless pursuit to make sure that debtors pay our clients first.

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