As a hub of south Georgia, Tifton and the surrounding Tift County is a wonderful, thriving community, and when we expanded our construction law firm to south Georgia, we knew that this area would be an important “hub” for us too as many construction professional rely on us to help them understand and enforce their rights, draft their contracts, file and foreclosure upon their materialmen’s liens, and assist them with their payment bond claims (Miller Act and Georgia’s Little Miller Act).
Tifton’s laid-back attitude and quality of life has aptly earned it the name the “friendly” city; it boasts a significant medical community, ABAC, extension campuses for UGA, Moutrie Tech, and Troy University and a growing business community which results in a high-quality of life; however, at least it the construction field, projects which begin”friendly” do not always end “friendly.” That’s were our attorneys can help you.
First, we have multiple offices in Georgia so we are in a position to handle all types and sizes of construction contract claims. Second, we use technology and experience to make our services more convenient and more affordable than ever before. From our centralized South Georgia Office in Thomasville, we can provide all of the construction experience and knowledge for Tift County claims.
What Type of Construction Claims do We Handle in Tifton and Tift County?
The short answers is that we handle virtually all types of construction law issues! We have noticed, however, that our clients tend to fall into two groups: those based in Tifton or Tift County and those who are not from there but are working on a project located in Tifton or Tift County.
Consequently, we find ourselves focused on (i) avoiding problems before they happen and drafting construction contact provisoins for the former group and (ii) helping enforce contract rights, materialmen lien rights and payment bond rights for the later group. Regardless of whether you are permanently based in TIfton or have come in from another area to work, whenever payment becomes an issue, the window of opportunity for enforcing a subcontractor or material suppliers lien rights is very short.
BEWARE THE LIEN FILING DEADLINES! Although mechanics liens are typically filed within 90 days of the last day in which labor, materials, equipment or supplies were furnished on a project, an Affidavit of Payment can shortened that period to 60 days from the date of the lien waiver! Thus, it is possible for a subcontractor to lose its ability to file a materialmen’s lien (for at least part of its claim) while its still working!
Knowing when to pursue a subcontractor or supplier’s rights by filing a lien or a payment bond claims is vital to a successful recovery. Our firm’s specialty is construction law which means we understand all of the ramifications of filings materialmen’s liens, pursuing Miller Act claims, as well as other remedies such as claims under Georgia’s Prompt Payment Act, contract law, unjust enrichment, construction trusts and insurance, as well as potential criminal sanctions.
Receiving payment for the work which you perform is vital to the success of your business. Understanding the way your business works and understanding Georgia construction law sets us apart from other law firms. We are not general practitioners, we don’t have a part of our firm working on construction matters and others working in other area, we are not “real estate lawyers masquerading as lien and bond lawyers. Instead, we are a small, respected firm of Georgia residents focussing on the sole area of construction law. Consequently, we have been at the forefront of developing a niche area of law known as “Subcontractor Law”. We regularly lecture, speak and publish on a wide-range of construction-related matters, and we bring this experience and knowledge to every lien and bond matter we handle for you!
We have prepared and filed many construction liens, Notices of Commencement, and Affidavits of Payment in Tift County, and we are accepting new clients in the area. If you have any construction law matters which need addressing in Tifton, Tift County or anywhere in Georgia, please call our South Georgia office at 229-226-1344 or use our webpage to contact us today!
What We Do
For more than 20 years, the Cobb Law Group has excelled in its statewide practice in Georgia construction law with an emphasis on filing materialmen’s liens, mechanic’s liens, and construction liens as well as enforcing payment bond claim rights, Miller Act and Little Miller Act litigation, business & corporate law and commercial collections for the construction industry. We represent numerous businesses, material suppliers, specialty subcontractors, general contractors, and others in the field throughout Georgia.
We are not general practitioners; instead, we focus our practice towards those in the construction industry. Our firm represents clients in all Georgia state and federal courts in the preparation and filing of mechanics’ liens; perfecting, enforcing and foreclosing upon materialmen’s liens; making claims against payment & surety bonds, and all aspects of construction litigation related to materialmen’s liens and payment bond enforcement.
Deadlines bear repeating: Although the execution of a valid Georgia lien waiver may shorten your deadline for filing a materialmen’s lien, general speaking lien and bond claims must be filed within 90 days of the last day in which you (literally) worked-on or supplied-to the project on which you seek to place the lien. Although payment bond claims generally involve making a written claim to the surety (and, perhaps, others), a valid materialmen’s claim of lien is filed at the Georgia courthouse in the county where the project was located.
Thus, if you fail to receive payment for the construction labor, materials, services, etc. which you provided to a project anywhere in Tift County, then your materialman’s lien should be filed at the courthouse in Tifton (regardless where you, the project owner or the general contractor is located). For additional information related to filing liens in Tift County, we hope the following information is useful:
Clerk of Court’s Physical Address:
Tift County Superior Court Clerk
ATTN: Materialmen’s Lien Filing Desk
237 East 2nd Street
Tifton, GA 31794
Clerk of Court’s Mailing Address:
Tift County Superior Court Clerk
ATTN: Materialmen’s Lien Filing Desk
P.O. Box 354
Tifton, GA 31793
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.