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    Missouri Mechanics Lien Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a Missouri mechanics' lien claim?

    In Missouri, liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as Missouri Mechanic's Liens. When a Missouri mechanics lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property.

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    Who can file a Missouri mechanics' lien Claim?

    Contractors, as well as subcontractors, sub-subcontractors and suppliers who have a contract with a general contractor or a subcontractor can file a Missouri mechanics lien.

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    Can a Missouri mechanics' lien Claim be filed on Public Projects?

    In Missouri, no mechanics lien may be filed on public projects or publicly owned property. Contractors are required to obtain bonds on public works.

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    Are pre-lien notices for a Missouri mechanics' lien Claim required?

    The original contractor who contracts directly with the owner must give a disclosure notice in writing to the owner as a condition precedent to the establishment of any Missouri mechanic's lien rights in its favor. The notice must be given either at the time of execution of the contract, when the material is delivered, when the work is commenced or with the first invoice. In addition, anyone other than the original contractor must give a written notice to the owner at least 10 days before filing a Missouri mechanics lien statement, stating that he holds a claim against the improvement and setting out the amount and from whom it is owed.

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    Can you file a Missouri mechanics' lien Claim without a pre-lien notice?

    No, but the pre-lien notice time periods are liberal.

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    When should a Missouri mechanics' lien Claim be filed?

    Missouri mechanics' liens on private property must be filed within 6 months of the last date the lienor provided materials or services to the Project.

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    How much does it cost to file a Missouri mechanics' lien Claim?

    LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Missouri mechanics' liens (which includes a written notice of intent to claim a lien, if necessary, as well as a verified statement of lien) for a fee of $280.00.  Pre-notices are not included in the $280.00 price, but can be filed for a fee of $50.00.

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    Do I need a written contract in order to file a Missouri Mechanics Lien Claim?

    No.  Oral contracts are sufficient if you have sufficient documentation to show the existence of an agreement or that you performed the work for which you are attempting to file a Missouri mechanics lien.

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    How does filing a Missouri mechanics' lien Claim help me get my money?

    On a private project, the Missouri mechanics' lien places an encumbrance on the property that makes it difficult to resell or re-finance the property without first removing the mechanics lien.

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    What is a Missouri Stop Notice and why should it be filed

    LienItNow.com prepares and serves Stop Notices for a fee of $100.00. A Stop Notice is a notification that has the ability to enhance the effectiveness of a mechanic's lien. A Stop Notice, or a notice to withhold funds, is sent to the company that is financing or funding the construction funds for a project. Once that company receives the Stop Notice, that company has notice that it should withhold sufficient money to satisfy the stop notice claim. The purpose of the Stop Notice is to provide the lender, financiers or funders of the construction project notice that there is money owed to a contractor, subcontractor or supplier so that an inquiry can be made as to why that money is not being paid.

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    What is a Missouri Amendment to a mechanics' lien Claim?

    LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Missouri Amendments to mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $225.00.  Amendments to a mechanics' lien claim are often needed when something about the lien claim changes.  Common changes to a lien claim are increases or reductions in the amount due to the lienor, or a change to the last date of work.

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    When should a Missouri Discharge of mechanics' lien claim be filed?

    LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Missouri Discharges of mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $75.00.  Once the lienor has been paid the amount contained in its lien claim, or has come to an agreement that requires the lien claim to be removed from the property records, a Discharge of mechanics' lien Claim should be filed.

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    Can I file a Missouri Extension of a mechanics' lien Claim?

    No extensions of mechanics' lien Claims are permitted in Missouri.

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    Can I file a Bond Claim on a Missouri Project?

    LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Missouri Bond Claims for a fee of $250.00.  Bond claims can only be filed on a project where the owner, contractor or subcontractor has obtained a payment bond to ensure that every contractor receives payment for the work performed on the Project.  The payment bonds issued by sureties for construction projects have specific timing requirements, but most require claimants to submit claims against the bond within sixty to ninety days from the claimants' last date of work.  Bond claims are as or more effective than a lien claim because the payment bond acts as a guarantee that payment will be made for work properly completed.

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    Do I need to file a Pre-Notice to make a claim against a Missouri payment bond?

    LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Missouri Pre-Notices for bond claims for a fee of $50.00.  Depending on the terms of the payment bond, pre-notices may or may not be required.  LienItNow.com recommends that, prior to or immediately after starting work or delivering materials to a project, subcontractors and suppliers, file a pre-notice that it is a potential beneficiary of the construction project's bond.

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