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Original vs. copy of lien waiver

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Hello, I am a general contractor in Texas and a subcontract is emailing me a scanned copy of the unconditional lien wavier signed and notarized. Am I right in requesting he mail me the original letter that was signed and notarized? Or is a scanned copy valid?

3 replies

May 18, 2021


The scanned copy is fine for all purposes assuming it's a good copy. If you want, you can tell him to retain a copy for his records but please mail you a copy of the original.

E. Aaron Cartwright III

May 18, 2021

That sounded dumb.

It should have said "Mail you the original."


May 19, 2021

You have an opportunity to exercise the Golden Rule. He who has the gold, makes the rules.

Do whatever makes you feel comfortable. If the subcontractor will come to pick up its check, have the subcontractor drop off the original lien waiver.

Or not. Whatever makes you comfortable. A scan is sufficient.

Good luck.


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