When real estate taxes are not paid on time and in full, a lien is placed on the property in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws. The Town of Seekonk perfects this lien by commencing Tax Title procedures. Thereafter, an Instrument of Taking is filed at the Bristol County Registry of Deeds. Now, a matter of public record, the Towns interest in those unpaid tax dollars, interest fees and costs constitute a recorded lien on the property. This lien is a cloud on the title. This means that when the property is re-financed or sold, the Towns lien must be paid to have good title to the property. Usually, the lien amount (with 16% interest) is paid by the Settlement Agent/Closing Attorney. Upon payment of the Tax Title lien in full, a Instrument of Redemption is issued by the Town. This document must be filed at the Bristol County Registry of Deeds to remove the cloud on the title. The Instrument of Redemption removes the lien and clears the title to the property. See Mass. General Law, Chapter 60, Section 53 for more information.