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How do i go about getting payed for a job i did?

WisconsinMechanics LienNotice of Intent to LienPreliminary Notice

I did a job for a old friend. He works for another company, and got the job from a home owner he knows. A tree fell threw the roof and then needed the front half of the roof torn down and reframed. I was asked to do the job at a hourly wage which I accepted. He then screwed over me and the owner of the company. The owner of the company came down from where he is located and stopped the job. I haven't been payed by the home owner, owner of the construction company or the friend that works the company.

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Dec 12, 2018
I'm sorry you have found yourself in this situation, I'm sure that is very frustrating.

In many cases, a mechanics lien can be the best way to make sure a party gets paid for the work they've done on a construction project. However, in Wisconsin, like every other state, there are specific rules and requirements that must be complied with prior to filing a valid and enforceable lien.

In Wisconsin, a preliminary notice may be required. While exceptions have almost entirely consumed this requirement, parties who did not contract directly with the property owner on projects on residential property of 4 units or less must send a preliminary notice within 60 days of first furnishing of labor and/or materials to the project. Employees of a party who must send notice are also exempt from this requirement.

In addition to the potential preliminary notice requirement, all potential lien claimants are required to provide a notice of intent to lien at any time after the labor and/or materials have been furnished to the project, but at least 30 days prior to filing the lien itself. This notice is not required to go to any party in addition to the property owner, but it can be best practice to also send to the GC and lender, if known.

Finally, the lien itself must be filed within 6 months from the date the claimant last furnished labor or materials to the project.
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