An attachment lien is an alternative to a mechanics lien in that it gives a contractor the ability to be paid for their work through a lien on the debtor’s assets.
Unlike a mechanic’s lien, in order to obtain an attachment lien a contractor must file a complaint or lawsuit within two to four years depending on the type of contract. A mechanics lien can only be placed against the property that the person worked on. Conversely, an attachment lien can be placed on any type of property or asset that a debtor possesses. Therefore, an attachment lien may be more beneficial but is often harder to receive.