A mechanic’s lien cannot be placed on a property until it is verified. Verification is a sworn statement under oath regarding the validity of a claim. In the case of a mechanic’s lien, this occurs when a contractor provides a court with proof of his/her claim to a mechanic’s lien, including documentation of the service agreement and the services performed.
If there is no documentation to support a contractor’s claim to a mechanic’s lien, the contractor must make an affirmation. An affirmation is a legal declaration — similar to an oath — that verifies information to be true.