Alaska Mechanic’s Liens

TIME DEADLINES

(When to File and Serve Your Mechanic’s Lien & Pre-Lien Notice)

To File a Lien–Go to: Alaska Mechanic’s Lien Forms

Notice of Right to Lien Generals, Subs, Laborers and Suppliers

When to Serve/File

No set time limit. A reasonable time before furnishing labor, materials, or equipment. Not required, but recommended. It is both recorded and served.

Comments

Unlike most states, a general contractor can also serve this notice in Alaska.

Alaska Mechanic’s Lien

General, Sub, Laborer, Supplier

Alaska Notice of Completion not recorded: 120 days after claimant: 1) completes his/her contract; or 2) has last furnished labor, materials, or equipment.

Comments

Completion date of project is not extended for punch list work that remedies work already done.

Sub or Supplier

Notice of Completion recorded: 15 days after recording a Notice of Completion. But if claimant has previously served and recorded the Notice of Right to Lien before providing services or it that Notice is recorded within 15 days of the Notice of Completion, 120 days after claimant: 1) completes his/her contract; or 2) has last furnished labor, materials, or equipment.

How to Count the Days—Alaska Mechanic’s Lien

Alaska Pre-Lien notices and Alaska mechanic’s liens are unforgiving—if you miss the deadline by one day, your lien rights will be lost. Assume hypothetically you last furnished labor and materials on April 10 (these examples are based on calendar year 2016, but the same principles apply to any year) and have 90 days thereafter to record your Alaska lien. To count the days correctly, follow these steps:

  • Ignore the first day—the day of last furnishing the labor or materials (April 10). The courts give you 90 full days after completion and that would not be the case if you finished at 5:00 P.M. on April 10 and it counted as the first full day. It would end up being some strange fraction of a day that is too hard to calculate. Day 1 will be April 11. Day 1 can be either a workday, weekend or holiday. In this case, the first day is Monday, April 11.
  • Count with calendar days not work days.
  • Count weekends and federal holidays.
  • If the LAST day falls on a weekend or holiday, you get the next business day to record your Alaska mechanic’s lien.
  • When you record a Alaska lien with the Court Clerk/Recorder, it is easy to know the deadline is met because the papers are date-stamped. If you are only serving (for example a pre-lien notice on the owner or general contractor) and not recording, you are OK in most states if the mailing is stamped and placed in a post office box or the post office before mail pick-up, by the last day—even if the addressee gets it later. You will have proof of mailing to show it was mailed on time. However, some states require the mailing be received by a certain date. If you have any doubts, give us a call and we will research the Alaska mechanic’s lien statute for you (800-995-9434; info.NationalLienLaw@gmail.com).
  • There is a big difference between a time limit of 3 months and 90 days. For 3 months you do not count the days and simply go forward three months. In our example of the last day of furnishing labor or materials being April 10, the third month deadline would be July 10. The 90th day is actually July 9–this is one day shorter because May has 3I days.
  • To summarize, if the last day of work was April 10, 2016, you have until July 11, 2016 to record the Alaska mechanic’s lien because the 90th day is Saturday, July 9.
  • When in doubt—file or serve the lien early. If you have no choice but to do it on the last day, make it earlier in the day and go in personally to the clerk’s office–in case you have to go back and pick-up more papers, forget something or get caught in traffic. And, if you think the last day is on a weekend or holiday—play it safe and file the mechanic’s lien on the business day before.
  • If you have not recorded a Alaska mechanic’s lien before or are uncertain about the process, it would just be your luck to send it out by mail or overnight delivery, and have the Clerk reject it for some technicality—only to receive the Alaska lien back in the mail after the time has expired. To prevent this, personally take it in at least the day before, so you have time to revise your paper work. It also gives you the advantage of being able to talk to a live person who will usually tell you exactly what format is required for the mechanic’s lien. Or pay approximately $75 and have a messenger service/process server (see the yellow pages) do it. Finally, never send the papers by regular mail (use overnight delivery) if you are 5 or less days before the lien deadline.
    Good luck.

For more information and to view the Alaska Mechanic’s Lien Law Summary, CLICK HERE.

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