What's the release through date on a lien waiver release form?

An explanation of what the "release through date" is on a Lien Waiver Release Form

Release Through Date

Dear Diane: I have purchased and use your California 20-day preliminary notices and I love them!

I am thinking of purchasing the release forms package but I wanted to know if the instructions tell you what date to put in the #1 release.

Some of our customers want the last date work was performed and others want the date of the invoice.... Thanks, Lou E.


Dear Lou: Thank you, I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying the forms you purchased! :)

To answer your question, yes the instructions included with the release form do explain release dates and how to handle the situation you described. :)

The release through date for the release form is the date that you're invoicing the job through.

When you invoice on a project there's always a date that you're invoicing through. This means you add together all the expenses up to and through the date you're invoicing through, add the profit earned through that date and that's your invoice amount.

You'll enter the date you're "invoicing through" as the release through date on the release form because, the release form releases your lien rights through the date that you enter in that release-through-date field and you

NEVER - NEVER - NEVER

want to release your lien rights for work you've done on the job or material you've supplied to the job when you haven't yet submitted an invoice or been paid for it (the work and/or material).

NEVER - NEVER - NEVER

make the release through date to be the same date as the actual date of the invoice UNLESS the date you're invoicing through is the same date that you're preparing the invoice.

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