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Georgia Notice of Commencement Form Offered Online to Clients

Posted in Notice of Commencement,Virtual Law Firm by Blue Blog on the June 17th, 2013

How to File a Notice of Commencment in Georgia

The construction lawyers at the Cobb Law Group are pleased to announce that, starting today, clients may obtain the current Georgia Notice of Commencement form online through our Virtual Law Firm.  It’s easy, it’s secure, and it helps project owners and general contractors keep track of the sub-subcontractors and material suppliers working on their construction projects.  To access our online construction documents for Georgia including the Notice of Commencement, please click here > >

Options Offer Cost-Savings to Clients:  Clients who have used our Virtual Law Firm in the past find that the “limited representation” offered by the site provides useful legal documents with excellent cost-saving opportunities.  In addition to the already lower costs for Georgia legal documents offered through this site, we are pleased to offer two different options to our clients applicable to preparing and filing of the Georgia Notice of Commencement documents: One option allows the client to save even more money by doing some of the work themselves if they are willing to file their Notice of Commencement with the clerk of court (we provide the cover letter and instructions!).  Using the alternate option, we will file the Notice of Commencement on behalf of our client and, after recording, upload a copy of the recorded notice.

Note on Legal Descriptions: A Notice of Commencement on a public works project does not have to include a legal description in order to be valid; however, a Notice of Commencement for a private project must include a metes-and-bounds legal description in order to be valid.  Our Notice of Commencement services give our clients the option of either providing the legal description themselves, or they may purchase one through our website.

Remember, pursuant to Georgia’s Mechanics and Materialmen’s Lien Law, general contractors may file a Notice of Commencement on any projects in Georgia; if a valid Notice is filed, then third-tier subcontractors, laborers, and material suppliers must provide a Notice to Owner and a Notice to Contractor  (sometimes called a Notice of Furnishing) within the first 30 days in which they begin working on the project or begin supplying materials to the job site.  Filing a Notice of Commencement is a great way for prime contractors to (i) know who is working on the job, (ii) limit potential lien and/or payment bond claimants, and (iii) know from whom to request lien waivers prior to making payments.  Please click here > > for our article on how Georgia general contractors can use Notices of Commencement to their advantage!


Cobb Law Group Expands Virtual Law Practice!

Posted in Unbundled Legal Servcies,Virtual Law Firm by Administrator on the July 28th, 2012

Last Will and Testament Form for Georgai Available Online

The Cobb Law Group has been very fortunate in many ways; in 2011 we successfully launched one of the first Virtual Law Practices in the State of Georgia (and the first Construction Law Virtual Law Practice in the country)!  Frankly, we have enjoyed it, and our clients have benefited from the convenience and the lower legals costs.  Consequently, we have decided to greatly expand our Virtual Law Practice.  Although we are primarily a business and construction law firm, our Virtual Law Practice has expanded to include Georgia Landlord Tenant documents and Will and Estate Planning documents in addition to our business and construction law forms.

Do not worry, we continue to offer a full range of legal services in our office locations focusing on business and construction law needs throughout the State of Georgia, but for those whose legal issues are relatively simple and those clients know exactly what they need, our eLawyering services might be a perfect match.  We have aspirations to add more forms in the future, but currently here is a list of Georgia Legal Services which we offer online:

Georgia Business Documents:

  • Bad Check Notice
  • Bill of Sale
  • Buy-Sell Agreement (simple form)
  • Construction Contract (simple form)
  • Contract (simple form)
  • Contract Change Order
  • Employee Nondisclosure Agreement
  • General Assignment
  • General Georgia Noncompete Agreement
  • General Release
  • Hiring Letter At-Will Employment
  • Independent Contractor Agreement
  • Mutual Nondisclosure Agreement
  • Noncompete Agreement for Business Managers
  • Noncompete Agreement for Executives
  • Noncompete Agreement for IT Professionals
  • Noncompete Agreement for Research and Development Employees
  • Noncompete Agreement for Salespeople
  • Notice of Election to Cancel Contract
  • Privacy Release
  • Promissory Note
  • Second Notice of Overdue Account
  • Specific Release
  • Subcontractor Agreement (simple)

Georgia Corporation and Georgia LLCs Forms:

  • Amendment to Articles of Incorporation
  • Amendment to Bylaws
  • Approval of Corporate Minutes
  • Articles of Incorporation (for Georgia)
  • Articles of Organization (for Georgia LLCs)
  • Buy-Sell Agreement (simple form)
  • Bylaws
  • Georgia Certificate of Limited Partnership
  • Consent of Shareholders to Amendment of Bylaws
  • General Partnership Agreement
  • Incorporation Packages (including Approval of Corporate Minutes, Georgia Articles of Incorporation, Georgia Corporate Bylaws, Organization Meeting of Directors)
  • Georgia LLC Operating Agreement
  • LLC Formation Package (including Georgia Articles of Organization of LLC, LLC Operating Agreement)
  • Notice of Meeting
  • Organization Meeting of Directors
  • Georgia Partnership Package (including General Partnership Agreement)
  • Shareholders Agreement
  • Special Meeting of Directors
  • Waiver of Notice of Meeting

Georgia Construction Law–Liens & Waivers:

  • Georgia Final Waiver and Release Upon Payment
  • Georgia Interim Waiver and Release Upon Payment

Georgia Notice to Owner/Notice to Contractor:

  • Georgia Notice to Owner/Contractor for Federal Government Projects
  • Georgia Notice to Owner/Contractor for State Government Projects
  • Georgia Notice to Owner/Contractor for Local Government Projects
  • Georgia Notice to Owner/Contractor for Private Projects
  • Georgia Request for Notice of Commencement for State of Georgia Projects
  • Georgia Request for Notice of Commencement for Local Government Projects
  • Georgia Request for Notice of Commencement for Private Construction Projects

Georgia Landlord Tenant Documents:

  • Amendment of Lease
  • Assignment of Lease
  • Demand for Rent
  • Landlord’s Consent to Sublease
  • Lease Termination Agreement
  • Monthly Rental Agreement
  • Notice to Terminate Tenancy
  • Notification to Landlord to Make Repairs
  • Residential Lease (simple form)
  • Residential Lease with Purchase Option (simple form)
  • Security Deposit Receipt
  • Sublease

Loans and Collections:

  • Mortgage
  • Promissory Note
  • Security Agreement

Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Estate Planning:

  • Georgia Advanced Directive of Health Care
  • Cancel Deceased’s Membership or Subscription
  • Codicil for Will
  • Codicil Revoking a Gift to a Named Beneficiary
  • Codicil Revoking Appointment of Executor and Appointing Substitute
  • HIPAA Authorization (Patient)
  • HIPAA Authorization (Practice)
  • Instructions to Custodian of Power of Attorney
  • Memorandum of Wishes
  • Notice to Creditors of Death
  • Notice to Creditors of Spousal Death
  • Notice to Homeowners Insurance Company of Death
  • Notice to Stop Social Security Payments After Death
  • Power of Attorney with Durable Provision
  • Request for Death Certificate
  • Request for Life Insurance Claim Form
  • Request for Life Insurance Proceeds
  • Revocation of Power of Attorney
  • Will for an Unmarried Person
  • Will for a Married Testator
  • Will Package for a Married Testator (includes Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care, HIPAA Authorization (Patient), Will for Married Testator)
  • Will Package for Single Testator (includes Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care, HIPAA Authorization (Patient), Power of Attorney with Durable Provision, Will for an Unmarried Person)
  • Wills Package for Married Testator (includes a Georgia Advance Directives for Health Care for each spouse, a HIPAA Authorization (Patient) for each spouse, Power of Attorney with Durable Provision for each spouse, and a Last Will and Testament for each spouse)

Other Services:

As our readers know, we always enjoy hearing from you.  And, if you want to see a particular service added to our Virtual Law Firm, please let us know!


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On-line Forms: How To Request a Copy of a Notice of Commencement

Almost every day we receive questions about Georgia’s Notices to Owners and Notices to Contractors (“NTO”).  One of the biggest pitfalls of sending out your own NTO, is that Georgia’s notice requirements mandate that information contained in the NTO must use information contained in the Notice of Commencement filed by the project’s general contractor.

For example, a supplier or subcontractor must send the Notice to Owner at the addresses contained in the Notice of Commencement.  Thus, if the Notice of Commencement lists the job site as the address, but an NTO is sent to the GC’s main office address, your NTO may be defective!  Similarly, if the project is commonly referred to as “ABC Project” and you used that description in your NTO, but the Notice of Commencement calls it “Super Big ABC Project # 292929″, then your NTO may be defective.  Of course, we all know that a defective NTO may prevent your from filing a Mechanic’s Lien in Georgia, making a claim against the payment bond, etc.  This means lost revenues for your company.

One question we get is “How do I obtain a copy of the Notice of Commencement filed by a general contractor in Georgia?”

Now, the Cobb Law Group’s Virtual Construction Law Firm can help you with this.  We have just added the forms which our client’s can use to obtain copies of the Notice of Commencement on private projects, State of Georgia construction projects, and local government projects in Georgia.

To find these forms and other useful documents, click on Cobb Law Group Virtual Law Firm;

To learn more about our unbundled legal services, click here;

To access our online construction documents for Georgia including the Notice of Commencement, please click here > >

Please try our out online legal forms and let us know what you think!

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New Year–New Georgia Law Forms Available Online!

Posted in Notices to Owner (NTO's),Uncategorized,Virtual Law Firm by Administrator on the January 12th, 2012

Happy New Year!

With the start of the new year, we are committed more than ever to providing quality legal services at fair and competitive rates.  The Cobb Law Group’s virtual law platform is growing by leaps and bounds to provide clients with unbundled legal services at very affordable rates.  Today, we added more Georgia legal forms, and there will be many more added in the near future.

If you need to send a Notice to Contractor (also called a Notice to Owner or an “NTO”) in Georgia, then you’ll really appreciate these forms.  In case you aren’t familiar with NTO’s, they are written notices that all third-tier suppliers and subcontractors must send within the first 30 days that they supply or work on the project.  If the third tier supplier or subcontractor fails to send this notice, then they may not be able to file a mechanic or materialmen’s lien or make a payment bond claim.

If you need a form just follow this link to purchase Georgia Notice to Owner (NTO) forms.

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New Unbundled Legal Services Added to Virtual Cobb Law Group

Posted in Final Waiver and Release,Interim Waivers & Release,Virtual Law Firm by Administrator on the November 21st, 2011

In today’s economy, finding quality legal representation at fair prices can be difficult.  That is why we at the Cobb Law Group are constantly trying to offer suppliers, subcontractors, general contractors and other construction professionals more unbundled legal services.  That’s right, you can go to our website, create an account, log in to your account, and pick and choose the specific legal services you need.  After you choose your services, you can pay via credit card, complete an online questionnaire and, typically within one business day, the form(s) you have requested will be sent to you.

Only a Georgia lawyer can give you legal advice about Georgia law.  Although we have a brick-and-mortar law firm, our use of technology and our modern business model allows us to offer a new way of delivering legal services in Georgia!

We are trying very hard to add at least one new form a week so check back often, but currently, we are offering the following forms and services for use throughout the state of Georgia:

•    Georgia Interim Lien Waiver Form
•    Georgia Final Lien Waiver Form
•    telephone consultation with a Georgia construction lawyer
•    email consultation with a Georgia construction lawyer

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First Virtual Construction Law Firm in Georgia to Offer Unbundled Legal Services!

We are thrilled to announce that the Cobb Law Group has begun offering some of it’s services on-line.  That’s right, we are one of the first Georgia Virtual Law Firms in the state, and we may be the first construction and lien law firm in the country!

There are a lot of document services out there, but as you have heard in the news, there are many problems associated with these companies including (i) failure to deliver the correct or most-recent documents, (ii) failure to provide state-specific documents, and (iii) legally, they may not be allowed to provide documents in your state.  So what are we doing that’s different?

Only a Georgia lawyer can give you legal advice about Georgia law. Although we have a brick-and-mortar law firm, our use of technology and our modern business model allows us to offer a new way of delivering legal services in Georgia!

As lawyers licensed to practice in the state of Georgia, we offer online legal services for those needing Georgia construction law, commercial collections, and small business law advice and documents. Our legal forms and documents include limited legal review/advice. It is important to note that we are not just a document preparation web site. We are a Georgia law firm offering limited legal services in a variety of legal matters to our clients: Our goal is to make access to law as easy and as affordable to everyone as possible.  So, if you need one of our services, here’s all you need to do:

•    Register as a client of the law firm. There is no cost to do this. We will do a conflicts of interest check. You must be a Georgia resident or have a matter that is within the jurisdiction of the Georgia in order to use our services. As part of the registration process, you must accept the Limited Retainer Agreement;

•    You will see a list of documents which we offer on-line; you click on a document name to purchase it and pay for your documents;

•    Complete a simple, online Questionnaire and submit it to us via our web site;

•    An attorney will review your submitted Questionnaire and contact you if additional information is needed to clarify your intent. If necessary, we will draft language to make sure the document reflects your intent and is right for your circumstances;

•    When your completed document is ready (usually within one business day), we will upload it to your MyLegalAffairs web space and notify you via e-mail;

•     Simply log into your secure web space to review, download and print your completed document. ?

We are excited to offer some of our legal services online.  If you need, for example, the current Georgia form for a lien waiver, you are able to access that form right here.  We are always adding new Georgia forms and unbundled legal services, so please check back often.  Currently, we have the following forms for use in Georgia available:   Georgia Interim Waiver and Release Upon Payment.    Let us know what you think!

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