Cotton County Preliminary Notice Form (Oklahoma)

All Cotton County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:

Preliminary Notice Form

Cotton County Preliminary Notice Form

Fill in the blank Preliminary Notice form formatted to comply with all Oklahoma recording and content requirements.
Included Cotton County compliant document last validated/updated 5/7/2024

Preliminary Notice Guide

Cotton County Preliminary Notice Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Cotton County compliant document last validated/updated 2/19/2024

Completed Example of the Preliminary Notice Document

Cotton County Completed Example of the Preliminary Notice Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Cotton County compliant document last validated/updated 4/11/2024

When using these Preliminary Notice forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Cotton County. The executed documents should then be recorded in one of the following offices:

Cotton County Clerk

Courthouse - 301 North Broadway St, Walters, Oklahoma 73572-1271

Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm M-F

Phone: (580) 875-3026

Local jurisdictions located in Cotton County include:

  • Devol
  • Randlett
  • Temple
  • Walters

How long does it take to get my forms?

Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.

How do I get my forms, are they emailed?

Forms are NOT emailed to you. Immediately after you submit payment, the Cotton County forms you order will be available for download directly from your account. You can then download the forms to your computer. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you as part of the order process, and your login details will be sent to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance.

What does "validated/updated" mean?

This indicates the most recent date when at least one of the following occurred:

  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
  • Validated: The document was examined by an attorney or staff, or it was successfully recorded in Cotton County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Cotton County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Cotton County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.

Can the Preliminary Notice forms be re-used?

Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in Cotton County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Cotton County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Oklahoma or Cotton County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

What type of files are the forms?

All of our Cotton County Preliminary Notice forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I need any special software to use these forms?

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I have to enter all of my property information online?

No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.

Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?

Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.

Are there any recurring fees involved?

No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

Many states, including Oklahoma, mandate that a contractor, subcontractor, or other service provider first serve a preliminary notice on a property owner in order to preserve the rights to claim a mechanic's lien. The purpose of such notice is to make the owner aware of the parties involved in their construction job, which in turn protects the property from any "hidden liens" filed claimants who later come out of the woodwork. As is often the case in construction jobs, contractors employ persons below them who could have a lien claim even if the owner paid the first contractor in full.

In Oklahoma, prior to filing a lien statement, no later than seventy-five (75) days after the last date of supply of material, services, labor, or equipment in which the claimant is entitled or may be entitled to lien rights, the claimant must send to the last-known address of the original contractor and an owner of the property a pre-lien notice. O.S. 142.6(B)(1). No lien affecting property occupied as a dwelling by an owner will be valid unless the pre-lien notice was sent within seventy-five (75) days of the last furnishing of materials, services, labor or equipment by the claimant. Id.

The pre-lien notice must be in writing and contain the following: (1) a statement that the notice is a pre-lien notice, (2) the complete name, address, and telephone number of the claimant, or the claimant's representative, (3) the date of supply of material, services, labor, or equipment, (4) a description of the material, services, labor, or equipment, (5) the name and last-known address of the person who requested that the claimant provide the material, services, labor, or equipment, (6) the address, legal description, or location of the property to which the material, services, labor, or equipment has been supplied, (7) a statement of the dollar amount of the material, services, labor, or equipment furnished or to be furnished, and (8) the signature of the claimant, or the claimant's representative. O.S. 142.6(B)(4).

The claimant may also request in writing, that the original contractor provide to the claimant the name and last-known address of an owner of the property. O.S. 142.6(B)(6). Failure of the original contractor to provide the claimant with the information requested within five (5) days from the date of receipt of the request shall render the pre-lien notice requirement to the owner of the property unenforceable. Id.

The claimant must also furnish to the county clerk at the time of the filing of the lien statement a notarized affidavit verifying compliance with the pre-lien notice requirements. O.S. 142.6(C). Any claimant who falsifies the affidavit will be guilty of a misdemeanor, punished by a fine of not more than $5000, or by imprisonment for a maximum of thirty days. Id.

Sending the preliminary notice is vital to protect lien rights. Failure by the claimant to comply with the pre-lien notice requirements will invalidate that portion of the lien claim without notice. O.S. 142.6(D). Therefore, by complying with the notice statute, potential claimants ensure their lien rights will be available if ever needed.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon a substitute for the advice of a legal professional. Please contact an attorney with questions about preliminary lien notice, or any other issues related to liens in Oklahoma.

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