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Wisconsin Lien & Bond Claim Deadlines

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Preliminary Notice
10 days from first furnishing

Contractors Identification Notice

A General Contractor must give the owner notice of the potential for a Lien on the project. It can be included in the contract with the owner but if it is not included or there is an oral agreement the notice of rights must be given separately within ten days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to preserve Lien rights.

Intent to Lien
30 days waiting period

Notice of Intent to File Claim for Lien

The Intent to Lien must be filed, at minimum, 30 days before the 6 month Lien deadline is up. For example, if your project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your Lien is December 13th

Lien
6 months from last furnishing

Claim of Lien

A Claim of Lien must be filed within 6 months of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the project but 30 days after the Intent to Lien. The Intent to Lien must be filed, at minimum, 30 days before the 6 month Lien deadline is up. For example, if your project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your Lien is December 13th

Preliminary Notice
60 days from first furnishing

Subcontractor Identification Notice

A Subcontractor Identification Notice is served on the owner within sixty days of the subcontractor first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Wisconsin project. This notice lets the owner know who is involved with the project and their rights to lien if the subcontractor is not paid for their work on the residential job.

Intent to Lien
30 days waiting period

Notice of Intent to File Claim for Lien

The Intent to Lien must be filed by the subcontractor on the residential property, at minimum, 30 days before the 6-month lien deadline is up in Wisconsin. For example, if your project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record the lien is December 13th.

Lien
6 months from last furnishing

Claim of Lien

A Claim of Lien must be filed within 6 months of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the residential project but 30 days after the Intent to Lien in Wisconsin. The Intent to Lien must be filed by the subcontractor, at minimum, 30 days before the 6 month Lien deadline is up. For example, if your project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your Lien is December 13th

Preliminary Notice
60 days from first furnishing

Subcontractor Identification Notice

A subcontractor Identification Notice is served on the owner within sixty days of the supplier in Wisconsin first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the residential project. This notice lets the owner know what subcontractors are involved with the project and their rights to Lien if the subcontractor is not paid

Intent to Lien
30 days waiting period

Notice of Intent to File Claim for Lien

The Intent to Lien must be filed, at minimum, 30 days before the 6 month lien deadline is up. For example, if your Wisconsin residential project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by the supplier November 15th because the last day to record your Lien is December 13th

Lien
6 months from last furnishing

Claim of Lien

A Claim of Lien must be filed by the supplier within 6 months of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the Wisconsin residential project but 30 days after the Intent to Lien. The Intent to Lien must be filed, at minimum, 30 days before the 6 month Lien deadline is up. For example, if your project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your Lien is December 13th

What is your role on the project?
Preliminary Notice
10 days from first furnishing

Contractors Identification Notice

A General Contractor must give the owner notice of the potential for a lien on the commercial project in Wisconsin. It can be included in the contract with the owner but if it is not included or there is an oral agreement the notice of rights must be given separately within ten days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to preserve lien rights.

Intent to Lien
30 days waiting period

Notice of Intent to File Claim for Lien

The Intent to Lien must be filed by the general contractor, at minimum, 30 days before the 6-month lien deadline is up. For example, if your commercial project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your lien in Wisconsin is December 13th.

Lien
6 months from last furnishing

Claim of Lien

A Claim of Lien must be filed by the contractor within 6 months of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the commercial project in Wisconsin but 30 days after the Intent to Lien. The Intent to Lien must be filed, at minimum, 30 days before the 6-month lien deadline is up. For example, if your project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your lien is December 13th.

Preliminary Notice
60 days from first furnishing

Subcontractor Identification Notice

A Subcontractor Identification Notice is served on the owner within 60 days of the first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Wisconsin commercial project. This notice lets the owner know what subcontractors are involved with the project and their rights to lien if the subcontractor is not paid

Intent to Lien
30 days waiting period

Notice of Intent to File Claim for Lien

A prerequisite to a Lien is a Notice of Intention to Lien which must be sent 30 days before the subcontractor files a lien on the commercial job in Wisconsin. A Notice of Intent must be sent 5 months from last furnishing labor and/or material. A lien must be sent 6 months from last furnishing labor and/or material. For example, if your last day of work was June 15th, the Intent to Lien must be done by November 15th and the lien must be recorded by December 15th.

Lien
6 months from last furnishing

Claim of Lien

A Claim of Lien must be filed by the subcontractor within 6 months of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the Wisconsin project but 30 days after the Intent to Lien. The Intent to Lien must be filed, at minimum, 30 days before the 6-month lien deadline is up. For example, if your commercial project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your Lien is December 13th

Preliminary Notice
60 days from first furnishing

Subcontractor Identification Notice

A Subcontractor Identification Notice is served on the owner within sixty days of first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the Wisconsin commercial project. This notice lets the owner know what subcontractors or suppliers are involved with the project and their rights to lien if the supplier is not paid.

Intent to Lien
30 days waiting period

Notice of Intent to File Claim for Lien

The Intent to Lien must be filed by the supplier to the commercial job, at minimum, 30 days before the 6-month lien deadline is up in Wisconsin. For example, if your commercial project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your lien is December 13th.

Lien
6 months from last furnishing

Claim of Lien

A Claim of Lien must be filed by the supplier in Wisconsin within 6 months of last furnishing labor and/or materials to the commercial project but 30 days after the Intent to Lien. The Intent to Lien must be filed, at minimum, 30 days before the 6-month lien deadline is up. For example, if your project ends on June 15th the Intent to Lien must be served by November 15th because the last day to record your Lien is December 13th

What is your role on the project?
Statutory Documents are not required for General Contractors
Preliminary Notice
60 days from first furnishing

Preliminary Notice (Public work)

A Preliminary Notice must be sent by the subcontractor within 60 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to the Wisconsin state project.

Claim on Bond
1 year from completion

Claim on Bond

A Claim on Bond must be sent by the subcontractor within 1 year of completing the state project in Wisconsin.

Preliminary Notice
60 days from first furnishing

Preliminary Notice (Public work)

A Preliminary Notice must be sent within 60 days of first furnishing labor and/or materials to the state project in Wisconsin.

Lien Upon Funds
As soon as possible

Lien Upon Funds

A Lien Upon Funds for public projects is a collection tool available to suppliers who have not been paid in Wisconsin for state projects.

Claim on Bond
1 year from completion

Claim on Bond

A Claim on Bond must be sent by the supplier to the state project within 1 year of Wisconsin project completion.

What is your role on the project?
Statutory Documents are not required for General Contractors
Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a preliminary notice for federal projects, it is best practice for subcontractors to do so. Sending a preliminary notice advises all parties that you are working on the project and helps you get paid faster.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Miller Act Notice

A Miller Act Notice needs to be sent by subcontractors in 90 days from last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the federal project.

Preliminary Notice
Recommended but not required

Preliminary Notice

Although it is not a legal requirement to send a preliminary notice, it is best practice to do so for federal projects. Sending a preliminary notice advises all parties that you are working on the project and helps you get paid faster.

Claim on Bond
90 days from last furnishing

Miller Act Notice

A Miller Act Notice is required to be sent by the supplier 90 days from last furnishing of labor and/or materials to the federal project.

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