Standard vs. Premium Preliminary Notices
In the construction industry, serving a preliminary notice
is a crucial step for securing your right to a mechanic's lien, should payment
issues arise. With Easy Law Construction Notices, contractors and
subcontractors have the option to choose a standard (unverified) and a premium
(verified) preliminary notice. Understanding the differences between these two
types is important for ensuring the effectiveness of your lien rights.
Standard (Unverified) Preliminary Notices
Standard preliminary notices, often more affordable, are
unverified pre-lien notices. When you opt for this service, here’s what you
need to know:
Direct Input: The information you provide is used
exactly as entered for the notice. Easy Law does not verify or check the
accuracy of the details you submit.
Cost-Effective: They are substantially less expensive
because there is no verification process involved.
Accuracy Responsibility: The onus is on you to ensure
that all the information, including addresses and names, is correct.
Risks Involved: Any errors in the notice,
particularly regarding addresses or party names, could have serious legal
implications. An incorrect notice might jeopardize your ability to recover
payment for your work.
Premium (Verified) Preliminary Notices
On the other hand, premium notices involve a verification
process. Here’s why you might consider this option:
Verification Process: Easy Law checks and verifies
the information you provide. This step ensures higher accuracy in the notice.
Higher Cost: The price is higher than standard
notices, accounting for the additional service of verification.
Reduced Risk: By ensuring the information is correct,
you significantly lower the risk of legal complications due to incorrect
Peace of Mind: The verification provides an added
layer of security and confidence that your notice will meet legal requirements.
Which Should You Choose?
For Confident Information: If you are certain that
the information you have is accurate and complete, a standard notice might be a
For Complex Projects: In scenarios where you are not
completely sure about the details, or if the project is complex with multiple
parties involved, a premium notice is advisable.
Legal Implications: Remember, a preliminary notice
with incorrect details can have adverse legal implications. Consult with an
experienced construction law attorney if you have doubts about the legal
ramifications of an inaccurate pre-lien notice.
Easy Law Construction Notices is not a law firm, and
nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice. If you are seeking
legal advice regarding construction matters, you can contact The Green LawGroup, LLP, for a free initial consultation.