We would be hard-pressed to find a more interesting and beautiful place to work than Covington, Georgia in historic Newton County. As the “Hollywood of the South” Covington has hosted film crews from The Dukes of Hazzard to the legal comedy My Cousin Vinney to the latest sensation The Vampire Diaries. Since we are construction lawyers serving Covington from our metro-Atlanta office, we couldn’t help ourselves with the Vampire analogy…..
We represent many fine project owners and general contractors, however, a bad GC is a bad GC, and that can be pretty close to a real life monster. They can cause you problems, withhold payments, and generally make your life miserable. Our attorneys and staff work with our clients to take the BITE out of bad general contractors.
How Do We Take Out the “Bite”?
Every construction project is unique and every bad GC is unique, but with almost 25 years of experience practicing construction law in Georgia, we seen a lot and we can handle all types of disputes and default notices. In addition, Georgia’s Materialmen’s Lien Statutes generally treat unpaid subcontractors and materials suppliers (and others too) pretty generously.
For example, if you are an unpaid electrical subcontractor working for a GC, there may be little question that the contractor owes you money; however, if they are having financial difficulties or even absconding, then you may find yourself having to look elsewhere for payment. In most other industries, finding a third party to pay you is virtually impossible; however, by utilizing Georgia’s Lien Law (or the Little Miller Act for governmental public works projects), you may find be able to seek payment from the project owner or a surety! That is very good news for you, and if you find yourself in this situation, then please contact us.
How Do Liens Help Subcontractors Get Paid?
In order to take advantage of the benefits of the payment bond requirements or the lien statutes, however, you must comply with each and every obligation required from claimants. For example, you must meet a strict deadline to file a Georgia lien or bond claim. Typically, the deadline is either (i) 90 days from the last day worked or (ii) 60 days from the date of your lien waiver WHICHEVER IS SHORTER. In addition, your lien must contain certain particular language, must include every element, and must legally attach to the real estate. Thus, most lien claimants find that an experience lawyer can best protect their interests.
We File Liens and Payment Bond Claims in Covington/Newton County, Georgia:
Covington is a very special place to live and work, but if you are dealing with a slow-paying or non-paying general contractor, you can rely on us to help you. We have clients who work in all tiers of the building process, and we have represented many companies in Covington, Social Circle, and throughout Newton County; but we also represent claimants who may be located in another part of the state or the county who provided equipment, materials, labor or other lienable services in Newton County, metro Atlanta, and throughout Georgia. With two offices, a virtual platform, and great customer service, we can help you no matter where you or your claim is located.
If you need anything related to Georgia construction law such as contract drafting, review or interpretation, a construction collection matter, a mechanics or materialmen’s lien, a claim against a surety, or if you have a lien which needs enforcing, please contact us today and let us help you.
Newton County Clerk of Superior Court Information:
Covington is the county-seat for Newton County, and Newton County is a part of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Although they share services with neighboring Walton County, Georgia, materialmen’s liens against construction projects located anywhere in Newton County are filed with the Clerk of the Newton County Superior Court. The following information may be useful to potential lien claimants:
Clerk of Court’s Address:
Newton County Superior Court Clerk
ATTN: Materialmen’s Lien Filing Desk
1132 Usher Street, Room 338
Covington, GA 30014
Clerk of Court’s Telephone Number:
Mechanic’s Lien Filing Fees:
$5.00 for the first page and $2.00 for each additional page
The information contained on this website is for information purposes only; you are directed to consult with your attorney regarding the risks involved in filing mechanics and materialmen’s liens as well as all other aspects of lien filing including, but not limited to proper forms, conditions precedent, legal descriptions, notice requirements, and the statutes of limitations. Nothing contained herein creates an attorney-client relationship between the Cobb Law Group and you. Furthermore, no warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the data herein, its use or interpretation. Please contact us for further information.