I am interested in filing a bond claim in the State of Louisiana. We are a first-tier subcontractor and the project is near completion. I would like to use Zlien, but believe I may need to hire an attorney. I am so confused on when, how and to whom a bond claim is filed specifically: 1. We finally found out a payment bond was recorded in the Parish and called the Surety Company to get a copy. We are concerned about timelines provided in the bond of when a claim can be made (i.e. 60 days after furnishing work or 30 days after substantial completion, etc). They did not provide a copy of the bond. What are the deadlines to file a claim on a payment bond in the State of Louisiana and do they have precedence over bond language? 2. We never filed preliminary-notices. Do I need to send a notice of intent for a bond claim prior to filing (similar to a lien)? 3. Do bond claims need to be recorded and notarized in the State of Louisiana? Thanks in advance in addressing any issues above.