Georgia Construction, Bond & Lien Law Blog


Recent Case Hurts Supplier’s Enforcment of Lien

Posted in Case Law,Materialmen's Lien (enforcement),Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the October 30th, 2014

When a building material supplier has not been paid for labor or materials used on a Georgia construction project, that supplier may place a materialman’s lien against the owner of the improved real property; this is true even if the owner has no contractual relationship with that supplier. Such a lien essentially transfers liability from
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It Is Time to Update Your Credit Applications

by Mark A. Cobb Construction Project Credit Isn’t it generally true that the best time to ask for something from someone is when they want something from you in return. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your spouse, your neighbor or your boss, if they need a favor from you, they are more likely to grant
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20 Early Warning Signs for Payment Issues

Posted in Commercial Collections,Creditors' Rights,Good Business Practices,Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the August 21st, 2014

by Mark A. Cobb It doesn’t matter whether you are a material supplier delivering products to a subcontractor, a subcontractor performing work directly for a GC, or a GC building a structure for an owner, you expect to be paid for the labor, materials, and equipment which you provided. In fact, without payment, it could
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Simple Tips for a Successful Construction Project

Posted in Contractor Liability,General Contractor Info,Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the July 21st, 2014

by Mark A. Cobb I just read a very insightful and accurate description of what it means to be a contractor: We design and construct buildings but the reality is we are risk managers.  Virtually anyone could design or construct a project if it had no risk.  The reality is that owners hire and pay
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Why Filing a Lien Can Help a Subcontractor of Supplier Get Paid

Posted in Materilamen's Liens,Payment Bonds,Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the June 23rd, 2014

In the big, legal field of “commercial collections” there is seldom good news.  Even rarer, there is seldom a big benefit to help you get paid.  Commercial collections for the construction industry, however, is different–there is some good news and there are some BIG, effective strategies to help you get paid . . . .
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Cobb to Speak at AGC Construction Professionals Conference

Posted in AGC Georgia,Good Business Practices,Honors & Awards,Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the April 14th, 2014

It’s not too late!  Although over 325 construction professionals have already signed up to attend, the AGC Georgia (the Associated General Contractors of Georgia) still has space for you to participate in its inaugural Construction Professionals Conference & Marketplace. With over forty learning sessions, the event is divided into four-tracks catering to the construction industry:
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New Years Resolutions for Contractors and Suppliers

Posted in Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the January 24th, 2014

  by Mark A. Cobb Welcome to the new year!  It’s January and that means there are new-years resolutions being made in great abundance.  Self-improvement is always a good idea, but January can also be used to break bad business habits and replace them with better practices.  Thus, we hereby offers our New Year’s Resolutions
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25 Simple Tips Material Supplier Credit Managers Can Do to Increase Recovery

Posted in Creditors' Rights,Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the July 1st, 2013

by Mark A. Cobb In today’s economy, a dollar means more than it has in a long time; thus, every dollar that your credit department is able to collect helps build your company’s bottom line.  Since our firm focuses on construction collections throughout Georgia, we have observed that small steps taken by sales and credit
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3 BIG TIPS for Using A Georgia Notice of Commencement to Your Advantage

by:  Mark A. Cobb Although it is not a scientific representation, we get the sense from our contractor clients that the construction industry is picking up throughout Georgia.  One measure that we use is the number of Notices of Commencement that we have been asked to prepare, and this number has steadily increased which, hopefully,
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Protect Your Revenues (Steps To Improve Your Collection Rate)

Posted in Commercial Collections,Practical Tips by Blue Blog on the April 3rd, 2013

  by:  Mark A. Cobb Over the weekend, I was speaking with an older gentleman who had held a prominent job in sales.  He had served in that capacity for decades despite changes in technology, product and the opening of foreign markets.  What were his secrets to longevity?  This question became even more pertinent after
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