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Mechanics Lien, Bond Claim, Notice and Lien Waiver Forms.


Alabama Mechanics Lien and Preliminary Notice forms available for free download in PDF format.  All forms are made available by zlien subject to our terms of use.

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Notice to Insurer

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Generic Preliminary Notice

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Not everyone is required to send preliminary notice, but it's a good idea to send notice anyway. By sending a notice sich as the generic, non-statutory preliminary notice, the sending party can help establish a transparent and communicative project.

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Notice That Bond Claim Will Be Challenged

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When a bond claim is filed, an owner, GC, or some other party may wish to challenge the validity of the claim. This document, when sent to a claimant, will inform them that the bond claim will be challenged.

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Request for Licensing Information

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There are plenty of reasons licensing information could be critical - including being sure that properly vetted parties are performing work. This document serves as a request for the licensing information from the party who receives it.

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Notice of Completion (General)

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Sending a Notice of Completion, even when not required, can be beneficial for top of the chain parties. In states where lien deadlines run from project completion, determining when the project is actually complete is a common point of contention. Sending a non-required Notice of Completion can help solidify the date of completion, thus starting the clock for lien claimants and limiting the liability of top-of-chain parties like an Owner or General Contractor.

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Project Awareness Letter

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The Project Awareness Letter is the first step towards fostering collaborative relationships with higher-tier parties. It's a friendly letter that simply lets the Property Owner and General Contractor know you're working on the job, and it helps to open the lines of communication from day 1 of a project. We recommend sending this letter right when you're hired on the job. Note that this letter is not statutory and does not protect lien rights.

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Notice to Insurer

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Waiver of Miller Act Claim

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Miller Act Claims are not easily waived, but a waiver the right to file an action on the Contractor's payment bond is possible. It must be done clearly and unequivacly after the potential claimant has completed their work on the project.

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Notice of Intent to Challenge Lien

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When a mechanics lien is filed, an owner, GC, or some other party may wish to challenge the validity of the filed lien. This document, when sent to a lienor, will inform that lienor that the lien will be challenged.

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Preliminary Notice on Miller Act Project

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Preliminary Notice before or contemporaneously with the start of work is not required on federal projects under the Miller Act. However, contractors and suppliers may deliver a preliminary notice document to the public agency or any upper tiered contractor to notify those parties they are performing work on the project. This does not act to preserve any claim rights, since it is not a required filing.

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Notice of Potential Breach

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Sometimes, the parties you hire may need a little extra nudge to stay on track with releasing payments, staying on schedule, or some other facet of the job. When an issue arises that might not necessarily be grounds for termination, a Notice of Potential Breach of Contract serves as a warning: if issues are not resolved, their status on the project may be in jeopardy.

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Release of Miller Act Claim

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On federal construction projects, Miller Act claims take the place of mechanics lien claims to provide protection for unpaid parties. Whenever a claimant has received payment, their Miller Act claim should be released. This release should be sent to the project's Prime Contractor and the Surety against whom the claim was made.

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Notice of Intent to Make Bond Claim

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A Notice of Intent to Make Bond Claim is not a required document, but it can be a powerful one. By sending this notice, a claimant can show other parties on the project (1) that payment issues are present; and (2) slow payment or nonpayment will not be tolerated. When utilized, this form should be sent to the nonpaying party, the general contractor, the surety, and/or the awarding authority.

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Request for Affidavit of Payment (General)

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Before making payment, a paying party may request that the party receiving payment submit an Affidavit of Payment. When submitted, this Affidavit of Payment, serves as proof that (1) the Submitting Party has been paid in full; and (2) the Submitting Party has paid their subcontractors, suppliers, or any other party with whom they contracted with as required.

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Affidavit of Payment (General)

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This Affidavit of Payment is a voluntary document, meaning that this form is not specifically required by any statute. However, it serves as proof that (1) the Submitting Party has been paid in full; and (2) the Submitting Party has paid their subcontractors, suppliers, or any other party with whom they contracted with as required.

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Demand for Payment

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By sending a Demand for Payment, a Claimant notifies any recipients that legal action may result if payments are not forthcoming.

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Notice of Intent to Suspend Work (General)

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This form notifies the receiving party that you intend to suspend work if a payment dispute is not cleared up. Sending a Notice of Intent to Suspend Work to your customer or hiring party will likely be the most effective. However, sending the notice to other up the chain parties - such as a prime contractor or even the owner - could help put pressure on a non-paying party and speed up payments.

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Request for Payment Bond Information (Generic, Non-Statutory)

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This is a generic form for requesting payment bond information. This form simultaneously (1) requests the payment bond information for a given project; and (2) informs the receiving party that payments might not be going according to plan on the project.

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Notice of Intent to Make Retainage Claim

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This is not a required document in any state, however, it can still be effective to speed up payments. By sending this notice, a claimant can show that they mean business – if excessive retention continues to be an issue on the project, the claimant will not sit idly by.

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Notice of Intent to Make Prompt Payment Claim

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This is not a required document in any state, however, it can still be effective to speed up payments. By sending this notice, a claimant can show that they mean business – if slow payments continue to be an issue on the project, the claimant will not sit idly by.

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Notice of Incomplete Payment

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This is not a legally required document - but it can be an effective one. This notice provides an early message that payments aren’t going according to plan.

If a party has received incomplete payment, this Notice of Incomplete Payment will inform any recipients of the payment issue. It provides an opportunity to handle the payment discrepancy with clarity and without having to resort to a lien claim.

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Notice of Intent to File Action on Bond

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A Notice of Intent to File Action on Bond is a voluntary document, but it’s a powerful one. The document serves as a sort of “warning shot” - the claimant is showing that, if payment is not made, they won’t hesitate to file suit to enforce their bond claim. Often, a property owner or contractor will be persuaded to make payment after receiving a Notice of Intent to File Action on Bond.

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Notice of Intent to File Miller Act Suit

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A Notice of Intent to File a Miller Act Suit is a voluntary document, but it’s a powerful one. The document serves as a sort of “warning shot” - the claimant is showing that, if payment is not made, they won’t hesitate to file suit in federal court to enforce their bond claim. Often, a property owner or contractor will be persuaded to make payment after receiving a Notice of Intent to File a Miller Act Suit.

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Notice of Intent to Foreclose

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A Notice of Intent to Foreclose is a voluntary document, but it’s a powerful one. The Notice of Intent to Foreclose document serves as a sort of “warning shot” - the claimant is showing that, if payment is not made, they won’t hesitate to foreclose/enforce their mechanics lien. Often, a property owner or contractor will be persuaded to make payment after receiving a Notice of Intent to Foreclose.

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Notice of Nonpayment

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This is not a legally required document - in states where a Notice of Nonpayment is a required document, this product will not fulfil that requirement! This notice provides an early message that payments aren’t going according to plan.

If a party has been shorted on payment, or if payment is not forthcoming at all, this Notice of Nonpayment will inform any recipients of the payment issue. It provides an opportunity to handle the payment discrepancy with clarity and without having to resort to a lien claim.

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Notice of Withholding Payment

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This is not a legally required document. However, this Notice of Withholding provides a clear communication as to why payment is being withheld from a given party, and what work needs to be completed or fixed in order to receive that payment. Offering clear communication around the work in question will help avoid any further escalation of the dispute.

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Payment Application

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Payment applications can get complicated, fast. This is the zlien payment application - streamlined for ease of use.

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Request for List of Subcontractors & Suppliers

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This is not a legally required document, but it is a helpful one! By requesting a list of all parties down-the-chain on a project, a clearer picture of the project’s workflow and payment chain can be drawn. The best way to fend off disputes on a project is to stop them before they start, and creating a transparent project is a proven way to do that.

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Request for Project Information

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This is not a legally required document, but it is a helpful one! By requesting the project information, a clearer picture of the top of a project’s payment chain can be drawn. Further, this information will enable the requesting party to get in touch with top of chain parties should a dispute arise on the project.

The best way to fend off disputes on a project is to stop them before they start, and creating a transparent project is a proven way to do that.

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Request for Reasons Payment Was Withheld

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This is not a legally required document. However, this Request for Reasons Payment Was Withheld calls for a clear communication as to why payment is being withheld from a given party.

Upon response, it will be clear what work needs to be completed or fixed in order to receive that payment. Offering clear communication around the work in question will help avoid any further escalation of the dispute.

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Partial Unconditional Lien Waiver

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This waiver – the Unconditional Waiver and Release on Progress Payment – should be used when a progress payment on the project has been received. Further payments may be expected, but the specific partial payment discussed in the waiver has been received.

Because this is an “unconditional” waiver, it should only be used when payment has actually been received. If payment has not been received, if the check hasn’t yet cleared the bank, or if there is some other reason why payment might ultimately fail, this waiver should not be furnished. If this is the case, signing a “conditional” waiver is a safer option.

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Partial Conditional Lien Waiver

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This waiver – the Conditional Waiver and Release on Progress Payment – should be used when a progress payment on the project is expected. There may be future expected payments on the project, but this waiver applies only to a specific, expected progress or partial payment.

Because this is a “conditional” waiver, it is ok if payment has not yet been received. The waiver is “conditional” on the receipt of the payment and will be invalid if payment is not ultimately received. If payment has already been received in full, an “unconditional” waiver may be more appropriate.

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Final Unconditional Lien Waiver

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This waiver – the Unconditional Waiver and Release on Final Payment – should be used when the final payment on the project has been made and received by the party that furnished labor or materials. Signing this waiver indicates that payment has been received and no further payments are expected.

Because this is an “unconditional” waiver, it should only be used when payment has actually been received. If payment has not been received, if the check hasn’t yet cleared the bank, or if there is some other reason why payment might ultimately fail, this waiver should not be furnished. If this is the case, signing a “conditional” waiver is a safer option.

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Final Conditional Lien Waiver

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This waiver – the Conditional Waiver and Release on Final Payment – should be used when the final payment for a project is expected but has yet to be received. Signing this waiver signifies that no further payments are expected following the payment described in the waiver.

Because this is a “conditional” waiver, it is ok if payment has not yet been received. The waiver is “conditional” on the receipt of the payment and will be invalid if payment is not ultimately received. If payment has already been received in full, an “unconditional” waiver may be more appropriate.

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Release of Lien Form

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After receipt of payment to satisfy a lien claim, after a lien expires, or for any other reason, a lien may be canceled with the recording office.

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Notice of Intent to Lien Form

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This is not a required filing in Alabama, but any party may have a Notice of Intent to Lien delivered to any other party, advising them that if payment is not received a lien will be filed against the property. This notice allows the notified party ten (10) days to make payment. The filing of this document does not suspend or extend the lien period.

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Public Mechanics Lien/Bond Claim Form

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Notice of Bond Claim must be filed with the surety at least 45 days before filing a lawsuit to enforce your rights against a bond. This product includes the preparation and filing of your bond claim for a Alabama Public Works Project.

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Notice to Owner Before Work Form

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Anyone who furnishes material (material suppliers certainly, but ambiguous as to whether subcontractors who also supply materials must comply), and who are not contracting directly with the owner, should deliver a Notice to Owner prior to delivering any materials. Doing so entitles the party to a Full Price Lien rather than the usual Unpaid Balance Lien. Regardless of whether a Notice to Owner is or is not delivered, prior to filing a Statement of Lien (i.e. the mechanics lien), anyone who is not in direct contract with the owner must deliver a Notice of Unpaid Lien to the property owner.

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Notice of Unpaid Lien Form

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Those who did not contract with the property owner directly are required to deliver a Notice of Unpaid Lien to the property owner before filing a mechanics lien. Delivery of this notice puts the owner on notice that a lien is claimed, and requires the owner to withhold funds sufficient to satisfy your claim. The earlier it is sent, the more likely it is to be received before the owner disburses those funds to the prime contractor, and the claimant loses any rights thereto.

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Mechanics Lien Form

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A Statement of Lien may be filed by any party who has not been paid for construction work on a project in Alabama. If the party did not contract with the owner, before filing this document they must send a Notice of Unpaid Lien. Those who did contract with the owner, or material suppliers who sent preliminary notice before delivering supplies, will have a full price lien upon filing this document. Others will have an unpaid balance lien.

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File a Stop Notice through zlien

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In some states, Stop Notices are available to contractors and suppliers as an alternative to (or in addition to) their Mechanic Lien Rights. A Stop Notice is delivered to the prime contractor or property owner, and demands that they withhold enough funds to pay your claim. If the property owner or prime contractor is in possession of funds at the time your Stop Notice is sent, they will be responsible for payment of your claim if they disburse those funds to other parties. Click to file a Stop Notice through zlien.

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