Massachusetts General Law enables the Sheriffs’ Office to attach real property through Writs of attachment issued by the Superior or district Courts. These attachments are made by a Deputy Sheriff who records the attachment at the Registry of deeds.

Writs of attachment are valid for 30 days beginning on the date they were issued by the court. In order for an attachment to be recorded at the Registry of Deeds it must be mailed or delivered to the Sheriff’s Office in advance of this deadline.

In order to have the Sheriff’s Office record an attachment on real property please mail or deliver the original Writ of Attachment  along with a cover letter outline how you would like the attachment to be made to the Norfolk County Sheriff's Office Civil Process Division.

You must indicate whether the Writ should be recorded on the Unregistered or Registered/Land Court side of the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds.

You must also state how you would like the Sheriff Office to record the attachment.

Unregistered:

  • General – any and all property located in the County of Norfolk
  • General with Parcel – any and all property located in the County of Norfolk including but not limited to property located at a specific physical address and/or book & page
  • Specific – property located at a specific physical address and/or book & page

Registered/Land Court:

  • Always requires Certificate Number, Book and Page
  • The original Writ of Attachment will be forward back to you at completion of recording with the appropriate return of service.

You are responsible for providing the property address and Book and Page references for specific attachments and for general attachments where you wish to reference a specific property.