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Can a Notice of Intent to Lien be emailed or does it require mail?

AlabamaMechanics LienNotice of Intent to Lien

We performed construction services 50 days ago. It is an insurance claim and the client has been instructed not to pay any invoices by their attorney until a larger settlement is reached with their carrier. This is a breach of contract on behalf of the client because 1) we were hired by the client to provide a service that was completed for an agreed price (it was completed satisfactorily) and 2) the contract states that the client agreed to pay as soon as payment is received for our invoice from their insurance carrier (it was received on day 15) and 3) the contract states that the client agreed to pay the invoice within 30 days.

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Aug 5, 2020
Alabama's mechanics lien statute doesn't really specify how notices should be sent. Still, sending in a way that confirms the receipt of the notice is crucial - so it's common to send notices via certified mail with return receipt requested or by personal service. But, if you have a good email for all recipients, and if you have a way to confirm that they've actually received the email, that might be sufficient. Now, if the notice isn't a required notice - then it doesn't matter how the notice is sent to the property owner. Though, sending in a way that you know will reach them and get their attention would be wise. Finally, I think these resources will be useful: (1) Alabama Preliminary Notice Guide & FAQs; and (2) Alabama: Notice of Unpaid Lien.
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