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Michigan Lien Waiver Rules


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Specific Form Required

Michigan requires the use of a specific lien waiver form in order for it to be effective.


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Notarization Not Required

Michigan lien waivers do not require notarization, only signature by the claimant.


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Cannot Waive Rights in Contract

In Michigan, lien waivers prior to work are strictly prohibited by statute.


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Cannot Waive Rights Before Payment

In Michigan, all lien waivers are only effective upon payment of the amount indicated in the waiver.

Michigan lien waivers are regulated in form and in timing and this is great news for contractors, suppliers, lenders, property developers, and anyone else on a Michigan construction project. Michigan is just one of 12 states that provide statutory lien waiver forms and have specific lien waiver laws. While it may seen frustrating to need to comply with specific statutory requirements, the truth is that not having lien waiver rules is the real headache. When lien waivers must comply with the statutory form it makes it much easier to know what you are getting (and giving). 

Lien waivers are pretty complex documents. But, given how often they are exchanged, they can be glossed over. A lien waiver works as a receipt that payment has been made, or has been promised, for work or materials furnished on a job. These documents are exchanged at the time of payment, and commonly attached to subcontractor pay applications or vendor invoices.

There are different types of lien releases for different types of situations, depending on whether payment has been made or was promised, and whether the project has ended or is ongoing. Also, one pesky aspect of lien waivers is that the process of sending, requesting, tracking, and collecting lien waivers is an administrative pain that slows down the payment process. 

As mentioned above, Michigan provides a Lien Waiver Form Template in its statutes, and that particular template should be used by everyone in Michigan in order to ensure their lien waivers are compliant and enforceable.

Michigan Lien Waivers FAQs

Michigan's lien waiver requirements and rules can be confusing, but everybody providing or requesting lien waivers in Michigan needs to make sure they are compliant with the statutory requirements. We have some answers to the most common questions about Michigan's lien waiver rules below.

Michigan Lien Waiver FAQs

Does Michigan require a specific statutory lien waiver form?

Yes, Michigan requires statutory forms for lien waivers.

What are the requirements for an Michigan lien waiver? What makes a lien waiver binding?

The lien waiver must comply with the statutory form provided.

Are Unconditional Lien Waivers Prohibited in Michigan?

No, a full unconditional waiver is actually required by a lien claimant once full payment is received.  A partial unconditional waiver is required for claimants who receive partial payments.

Is there a specific statutory prohibition on lien waivers in advance of payments, furnishing of work, or furnishing of materials in Michigan?

Yes, waivers in advance of work performed are prohibited by a specific statutory provision.

Must Michigan lien waivers be notarized?

No. The statutory form provided for lien waivers in Michigan does not require notarization, only signature by the claimant.

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Free Michigan Lien Waivers Forms & Templates

Michigan has specific lien waiver forms that must be used by everyone on an Michigan construction project. Using these forms is safe, easy, stress-free, and fair for everyone involved.

The forms provided here for free by Levelset are compliant with the Michigan rules. You can download them free, or use our free system to send or request your compliant Michigan lien waiver form.

Free Michigan Lien Waiver Forms

These Michigan lien waiver forms are compliant with the state's requirements. Make it easy, and use forms from the source you can trust.

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Michigan Final Conditional Lien Waiver Form

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Michigan Final Unconditional Lien Waiver Form

The mi final unconditional waiver (also called a final unconditional lien release) should be used when the final payment for a project has been made...

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Michigan Partial Conditional Lien Waiver Form

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