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Georgia Construction Lawyers to Speak at Seminar

Posted in Current Legal Issues,Honors & Awards,Materilamen's Liens by Blue Blog on the July 20th, 2015

The Cobb Law Group is pleased to announce that construction attorneys Mark Cobb and Christopher Thurman will be presenting at an upcoming seminar on Georgia construction law. The course is organized by The Seminar Group and is called Construction Law in Georgia. It will be held on October 1, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Georgia Mechanics Lien Workshop

This programs is designed for construction professions who want to mitigate risks on their projects. As the seminar brochure describes,

At this seminar, experienced construction attorneys will teach you how to comply with Georgia’s complex lien laws, how to collect on a judgment, and how to mitigate the harmful risks of bankruptcy. Our experts will also discuss the pitfalls of public construction contracts including government compliance programs and the significant risk of false claims, as well as recent insurance concerns impacting the construction industry.

Anatomy of the Georgia Claim of Lien:  Using his decades of experience of filing and enforcing mechanics and materialmen’s liens throughout Georgia, Mark Cobb will begin the first session by presenting Anatomy of a “Claim of Lien” based upon his Georgia Material Supplier Collection Handbook. During this live presentation, Mark will offer practical guidance and useful tips that you can take back to your office and immediately implement.  Specifically, he will focus on the following topics which are essential for every lien claimant to know and understand:

  • Georgia’s Notice of Commencement–What it is and Common Mistakes During Preparation
  • When to Send a Notice to Contractor and Notice to Owner (also sometimes called Notice of Furnishing)
  • Essential Elements to Include in a Claim of Lien in Georgia
  • Common Mistakes Made When Preparing and Filing Liens
  • Advantages of Filing a Lien
  • What amounts are lienable
  • Lien Enforcement Through the Judicial Process (i.e., foreclosure of liens in Georgia)
  • How to Perfect a Lien in Georgia
  • What Happens to a Lien After it is Perfected

Bio for Attorney Mark Cobb

Project Insurance Needs:  Every construction project–whether large or small–has insurance issues, and attorney Christopher Thurman will close the session with his presentation on “Recent Concerns for Everyday Insurance Matters”.  He will offer tips and current legal trends regarding the various types of insurance available and how to make certain that you are covered when you need to be.  His presentation will include the following topics:

  • Sufficient Minimum Coverage
  • Certificates of Insurance and Copies of Endorsements
  • Additional Insureds

In addition to Mark and Christopher’s presentations, other experienced construction lawyers will present on such important topics as The Nuts and Bolts of Collections, Bankruptcy in the Construction Industry, Immigration Issues, What Contractors Need to Know About Labor & Employment Laws and How to Deal with FLSA Claims, and Public Construction Contract Law Update.

Bio for Attorney Christopher Thurman

Collecting on a Judgment:  Have you ever received a judgment against another party and wanted to collect against that judgment?  If so, then the following topics will be covered in this engaging seminar:  When and Where to Record a Judgment Obtained Against an Owner, Contractor, Subcontractor, or Supplier; How to Domesticate a “Foreign Judgment” in Georgia; How to Transfer a Georgia Judgment to Another State for Collection; the Most Effective Ways to Collect on a Judgment (including going against bank accounts, the debtor’s other projects, and wage garnishments); How to Discover Assets by Serving Post-Judgment Written Discovery such as Interrogatories and Requests for the Production of Documents, Taking Debtors’ Post Judgment Depositions; Tips for Asset Searches; as well as “Front-End” Planning Tips to Help Ensure a Successful Collections Process.

Bankruptcy & Construction Law:  During the Great Recession, bankruptcy impacted many construction projects, and the seminar covers topics such as:  How Does a Debtor’s Bankruptcy Filing Impact my Claim for Payment? What Happens to My Judgment if Bankruptcy is Filed? Can I Pursue Payment in Bankruptcy Court? Strategies and Tactics for Collecting “Around” the Bankruptcy Court; How to Deal with Lying, Cheating or Stealing in Bankruptcy (including fraudulent transfers of assets)?

Immigration & Construction Issues:  Georgia’s construction industry is fraught with immigration minefields, and this topic will help educate and answer employers’ questions including the following:   Does E-Verify Apply to the Construction Industry? Are There Legal Ways to Employ Undocumented Workers on a Construction Project? What are the Penalties for Using Undocumented Workers? Can Construction Workers in Georgia Obtain Work Visas? What if a Construction Worker has Children Born in the U.S. – Does That Impact His or Her Status?

Scheudle for Georgia Lien Law Seminar

Employment Law & Construction:  Keeping a job site safe and secure requires a great deal of knowledge and work.  At the seminar, business owners will learn about such vital issues as:  Maintaining a Diverse Workforce Free from Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation; Accommodating Employees with Disabilities; Dealing with Family, Medical, and Military Leave Issues; Understanding the National Labor Relations Board’s Broad View of “Protected Concerted Activity;” and Applying the Fair Labor Standards Act to the Construction Industry.

Current Law:  New laws are always being passed by the legislatures and administrative agencies, and older laws are being interpreted by courts and tribunals.  Thus, the presentation current issues in construction law will cover such topics as New Federal Regulations Impacting the Construction Industry, Recent Georgia Legislation; The Who/What/When of Bid Protests; False Claims; Regulatory Compliance Programs; as well as a thorough Case Law Update on interpretations and changes to existing laws.

Georgia Construction Law Seminar Brochure

Continuing Education Accreditation: This course has been approved by the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency of the State Bar of Georgia for mandatory continuing legal education credit in the amount of 6.1 regular hours. This course has been approved by The American Institute of Architects for 6.25 LU’s. The Seminar Group is an AIA CES Approved Provider. This course has been approved by the IRMI for 7.0 hours of CRIS reaccreditation credits. Contractors and engineers may qualify for continuing education hours through the American Institute of Constructors or the Construction Management Association of America.

Construction Insurance Needs

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