• Why do we have to pre-lien jobs?
    A. A preliminary notice represents the interests of the owner because it is intended to give him advance notice of the identity of those who have potential claims against his property. This also guarantees the laborer or the material suppliers that the owner will make certain all work is paid for before a release is issued.
  • Who gets notified?
    A. All parties who are documented on the preliminary notice get notified, contractor, owner, lender, and bond company.
  • What happens if the full address is not submitted with the request?
    A: As long as there is a jobsite, jobsite name and original contractor, we can locate the legal address. If at the time of the preliminary notice there is no established address a best possible address will be used.
  • Who must give the notice.
    A. All equipment renters, subcontractors, suppliers, and original contractors must file a preliminary notice.
  • What if an employee submits the wrong information?
    A. If an employee submits the wrong information there is nothing we can do. We pre-lien what is given to us, we can not assume responsibility for that mistake. It is highly recommended that you and your office personnel check the confirmation that is sent back to you.
  • What happens if the owner fails to furnish information to the requestor?
    A. Failure of the owner to furnish information does not excuse any claimant from serving the notice although it does stop the owner from raising any defense against inaccuracy of information.
  • Do Mechanic's Liens and Pre-Liens guaranty that we will be paid?
    A. Absolutely not. While Pre-Liens and Liens are an excellent and very effective way to ensure payment, they can not guaranty payment. A Pre-Lien is sent out at the beginning of a job and a Mechanic's Lien is recorded after the end of a job if your company is not paid. Then your attorney must request a hearing to perfect the lien. The outcome of that hearing can not be guaranteed.