Maryland lien statute provides that a “Notice of Intent to Claim a Lien” must be served within 120 days of the claimant’s last work. This does not mean that the notice can be sent four months after the last work. There is a difference between 120 days and four months, and this difference can be fatal to a company’s lien rights.
In MI you have the MI Construction Lien Act (AKA the Mechanics Lien Act: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/docume...97-of-1980.pdf
Weirdly, the mechanic's lean act was repealed in 1980 and all 'lien' things are now considered construction.
ON the other hand, you do have a watercraft lien act that has not been repealed, services to your boat 'could' fall under that, I'm not a lawyer in any state.
LIEN ON WATERCRAFT (EXCERPT)
Act 59 of 1864 (Ex. Sess.)
570.404 Warrant, summons; issuance, contents, return date.
Upon filing such complaint, the clerk shall enter the same in a separate calendar to be kept for that purpose, and shall issue a warrant to the sheriff of the county, under the seal of the court, and returnable in not less than 14 nor more than 30 days from its date, containing a brief statement of the claim filed, commanding him to seize and safely keep such water-craft, her tackle, apparel and furniture, to answer all such liens as shall be established against it according to law, and to make return of his proceedings under such warrant within 10 days after seizure; and the clerk shall also issue a summons to the owner or master of such craft, containing a similar statement, and returnable as aforesaid at the same time as the warrant, which said warrant and summons shall be served at least 14 days before the return day thereof.
Of note, there is a 1 year statute of limitations to file.
You are best off paying the claim, and then seeking redress for overcharge in small claims court. I would suggest you provide him a copy of your as yet unfiled claim when you pay the bill. It might help in negotiations, but don't expect to use that particular business again.