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should I sign a release of Lien if I haven't received final payment from a General Contractor?

Florida

general question, I am a Sub-Contractor

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Jun 14, 2021

Definitely not. The lien is your best source of leverage at the moment, and releasing the claim before payment is received is a risky proposition. Best practice would be to have a signed lien release form and provide it only in exchange for payment. I wrote an article a while back on this exact topic, which breaks down the difficulties of the lien release exchange process, and provides some creative alternatives for particularly stubborn contractors; see: The Lien Release Process- The timeline is tricky 

Good luck!

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Jun 14, 2021
No. Hand them the lien release with your left hand when they hand you the check into your right hand.
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