Georgia Construction, Bond & Lien Law Blog

House Bill 1221 Could Amend Georgia’s Lien Laws in 2022

Posted in Current Legal Issues,Filing Materialmen's Liens,Materilamen's Liens by Blue Blog on the February 9th, 2022

Representative Matthew Gambill of the 15th District from Cartersville has introduced Georgia Hour Bill 1221 in the current 2022 legislative session. This bill purports to change O.C.G.A. § 44-14-361.1 relating to how liens are declared, created, recorded for lien claimaint with an amount due of $10,000.00 or less.  It also includes additional documentation as a
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Contractors 2022 New Years Resolutions

  by Mark A. Cobb As we continue to celebrate 2022, many of us have left-over to-do lists from the prior year. This week is the best week, to review those lists, toss some of them, and use others to create a plan to improve your businesses profitability and efficiency! As construction attorneys focusing on
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New Handbook Updates Georgia’s Lien Laws for 2021

Posted in Lien Waivers,Materialmen's Lien (enforcement),Materilamen's Liens by Blue Blog on the November 28th, 2020

  As our readers know, the 2020 Georgia Legislative Session amended Georgia’s Lien Laws, and these new rules take effect on January 1, 2021.  These amendments to the laws were in response to a Georgia Court of Appeals decisions which negatively impacted construction professionals. In anticipation of this, we have completely revised our Georgia Handbook
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Highlights of Georgia’s 2020 Revisions to the Mechanics and Materialmen’s Act

As you may know, Governor Brian Kemp recently signed Senate Bill 315 into law revising and updating Georgia’s Lien Law Statutes. Since Mark Cobb was on the drafting committee for the new lien laws, we wanted to provide you with the highlights from the new law that was passed. The 2020 revisions to Georgia’s Lien
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Breaking News: Governor Kemp Signs 2020 Lien Law Revision into Law

Yesterday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp hosted a bill-signing ceremony wherein he signed Senate Bill 315 into law. In doing this, Governor Kemp restored balance to Georgia’s Lien Laws following an adverse holding by the Georgia Court of Appeals in the duo of matters styled Controlled Access, Inc. v. ALA Construction Services, Inc. and Landmark Electric
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2020 Lien Law Revisions Update: Bill SB315 Moves to Governor Kemp’s Desk!

Posted in Affidavit of Nonpayment,AGC Georgia,Current Legal Issues,Materilamen's Liens by Blue Blog on the June 25th, 2020

  Finally! Some great news! As our readers know, Mark Cobb, was on a drafting committee to revise Georgia’s Lien Laws–particularly as they related to Georgia’s statutory lien waivers. Using the legislative arm of the AGC Georgia (Associated General Contractors), the revisions were drafted and presented to the Georgia Senate. In February, the revisions passed
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Update on Georgia’s 2020 Amendments to Lien Laws

As you may be aware, a September 2019 Georgia Court of Appeals case shook the foundation of Georgia’s Lien Laws by taking away contractors’ contract rights through lien waivers. After learning about this legal “disaster”, our attorneys have been actively trying to amend the Georgia Lien Law Statutes legislatively. Since the shelter-in-place orders began popping
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A True Fairy Tale About Filing Construction Liens in Georgia

Posted in Filing Materialmen's Liens,Materilamen's Liens by Administrator on the May 18th, 2018

Isn’t a fairy tale a moral story–a tale with a lesson?  Here is a true story of a recent incident which involved good and evil in the lien filing process and, most definitely, a lesson for everyone who needs to file a materialmen’s or mechanics’ lien in Georgia: Day 1: Once upon a time, a
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Payment Bond Claims on Privately Owned Construction Projects in Georgia

Posted in Materilamen's Liens,Payment Bonds,Public Works Projects by Administrator on the May 17th, 2018

You probably know that payments bonds are a great way to increase the likelihood of getting paid for the work you perform or the materials you supply on Federal, state and local government projects in Georgia.  But, did you know that private construction projects can also have payment bonds? Public Works Projects and Payment Bonds
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How Long do Mechanics & Materialmen’s Liens Remain Valid in Georgia?

Posted in Materialmen's Lien (enforcement),Materilamen's Liens,Notice of Action by Administrator on the April 20th, 2018

Potential clients regularly call us and ask how long a lien lasts in Georgia.  As is true in most areas of law, the short answer is “it depends.” Georgia Liens are Valid for One Year: In Georgia, a Claim of Lien is valid for one year from the date that the lien is filed.  If
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