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Frequently Asked Questions - Alaska Mechanics Lien

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What is an Alaska mechanics' lien Claim?

In Alaska, liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as Mechanic's Liens. When an Alaska mechanics lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property. Alaska provides for claims against bonds issued on publicly funded projects instead of liens.

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Who can file an Alaska mechanics' lien Claim?

Contractors, as well as subcontractors, design professionals, sub-subcontractors and material suppliers can file an Alaska mechanics lien. If a company supplies material to a material supplier, they are not eligible to file an Alaska mechanics lien claim. Note that only licensed or registered contractors are entitled to a lien.

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Are pre-notices for an Alaska mechanics' lien Claim required?

For maximum protection, pre-notices (known as a Notice of Right to Lien) should be filed with the recorder's office and sent to the owner before the claimant furnishes labor, material or other services. A Notice of Right to Lien can be filed after the first day of work, but it may not be as effective as before. For instance, if the prelien notice is provided after work, it is not assumed that the owner knows what materials were provided or work performed.

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

Yes, but you will have to prove that the owner knew the materials and labor were provided for its benefit. If a prelien is filed, then the owner must show it did not consent to the furnishing of materials or labor. In other words, it is much more difficult for the owner to refute a lien claim if a prelien or notice of right to lien is filed.

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When should an Alaska mechanics' lien Claim be filed?

Lien claimants who receive advance notice of a filing of a Notice of Completion by the owner have 15 days thereafter to file an Alaska claim of lien. If the lien claimant has not give notice of a right to lien (pre-notice), it also has 15 days to file a claim of lien after the recording of the Notice of Completion. A lien claimant who recorded a notice of right to lien has 90 days after either the completion of the construction contract or the last day it provided materials or labor to the project.

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How much does it cost to file an Alaska mechanics' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Alaska 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 $290.00.  Pre-notices are not included in the $290.00 price, but can be filed for a fee of $85.00, which included any applicable governmental filing fees.

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Do I need a written contract in order to file an Alaska 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 filing an Alaska mechanics lien.

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How does filing an Alaska mechanics' lien Claim help me get my money?

On a private project, the Alaska mechanics' lien places an encumbrance on the property that makes it difficult to resell or re-finance the property without first removing the Alaska mechanics lien.
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What is an Alaska Stop Notice and why should it be filed?

LienItNow.com prepares and serves Alaska Stop Notices for a fee of $125.00.  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.  Alaska Stop Notices remain in effect for 90 days.

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What is an Alaska Amendment to a mechanics' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Alaska Amendments to mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $250.00.  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 an Alaska Discharge of mechanics' lien claim be filed?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Alaska Discharges of mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $85.00.  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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How much does it cost to file an Alaska Extension of a mechanics' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves extensions of mechanics' lien Claims for a fee of $85.00.  All lien claims expire after a certain period of time, and filing an extension of the mechanics' lien claim prolongs the expiration date.  Alaska law, however, does not permit an extension of mechanics' lien claims.

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Can I file a Bond Claim on an Alaska Project?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Alaska Bond Claims for a fee of $275.00.  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 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 an Alaska payment bond?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Alaska 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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