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Frequently Asked Questions - Hawaii Mechanics Lien

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What is a Hawaii mechanics' lien claim?

In Hawaii, liens filed on private property or on funds relating to a public project are known as Mechanic's Liens. When a Hawaii mechanics lien is filed with regard to work performed on privately owned property, it attaches to and encumbers the fee simple ownership of property. Unfortunately, because Hawaii liens are filed with the court as a lawsuit, LienItNow.com does not handle Hawaii liens.

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Who can file a Hawaii mechanics' lien Claim?

Contractors, as well as subcontractors, design professionals, sub-subcontractors and material suppliers can file a Hawaii mechanics lien.

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

It is always a good idea to let the owner know you are on the project or that you are planning on filing a lien claim. This can be done by sending them a Notice of Delivery of Labor or Materials at the beginning of the project, and a Notice of Intent to Lien prior to filing a Hawaii mechanics and materialmen's lien claim.

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When should a Hawaii mechanics' lien Claim be filed?

In Hawaii, the filing of a formal Application for a Lien and Notice of Lien must be filed within forty five days after the date of completion of the improvement. A hearing is held not less than three nor more than ten days after service of the Application and Notice. At the hearing, the court will determine whether probable cause exists to permit a Hawaii Mechanics Lien to attach.

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

LienItNow.com does not file Hawaii mechanics liens due to the way liens are filed in Hawaii.

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Do I need a written contract to file a Hawaii Mechanics Lien?

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 liening.

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

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

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

LienItNow.com prepares and serves Hawaii 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.

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

LienItNow.com is unable to prepare, file and serve Hawaii Amendments to mechanics' lien Claims.  Amendments to a mechanics' lien claim are often needed when something about the 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 Hawaii Discharge of mechanics' lien claim be filed?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Hawaii 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 a Hawaii Extension of a mechanics' lien Claim?

LienItNow.com does not prepare, file or serve extensions of mechanics' lien Claims.  All lien claims expire after a certain period of time, and filing an extension of the mechanics' lien claim prolongs the expiration date.  Hawaii law, however, does not permit an extension of mechanics' lien claims.

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Can I file a Bond Claim on a Hawaii Project?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Hawaii 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 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 Hawaii payment bond?

LienItNow.com prepares, files and serves Hawaii 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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