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Bond or Lien Claim Release Forms

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Description: This form is used to release a filed Mechanic’s Lien claim and, if applicable, a Stop Notice order.

Scope: All States, Private or Public Works

Time Constraints: None, assumes Lien Claim is filed.

Information Requirements (If applicable)

Private Work: County of Filing, Instrument or Document number, Book number, Page number, Lien Filing Date and the total amount being paid (entering zero will make the document print "Paid in Full").

Public Work: The total amount being paid (entering zero will make the document print "Paid in Full').

Form Types: As follows:

Private Work: Release of Lien Claim or Mechanic's Lien, Notary form for Release of Lien Claim, County Recorder Letter, Release of Stop Notice, Notary form for Release of Stop Notice.

Public Work: Release of Lien Claim and Stop Notice and Notary form for Release of Lien Claim and Stop Notice.

Procedure as follows:

Private Work: Once you have received payment on your account, prepare the document with the additional information and print. If only a partial payment is being made (a partial release is required for partial payments on Private Works in most states), set the 'Partial Release field in the printer set-up screen to 'Y'. Have the appropriate parties sign the documents, and have them notarized. The Release of Bond or Lien Claim can then be filed with the county recorder's office in the county in the state where the project is located (you do not have to file it yourself). If there is a Stop Notice Release, send it by certified mail or personal service to the Owners, and, in applicable, to the General Contractors and Lenders or Bond Surety companies. A Stop Notice Release does NOT print if the Bond or Lien Claim Release is partial.

Public Work: Once you have received payment on your account, prepare the document with the additional information and print. There are no partial releases for public works jobs. Have the appropriate parties sign the documents and have them notarized. The Release of Lien Claim and Stop Notice can then be sent by certified mail or personal service to the Public Agencies overseeing payment of the account, and, if applicable, to the General Contractors and Lenders or Bond Surety companies.

Important: Do not release your lien unless you have been paid. If you do, you may lose further lien rights (although this may not effect your collection right by other methods). If you are being partially paid, prepare a partial release (private works only).

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