Construction Liens and Issues

If you need advice and legal representation concerning construction liens or other construction issues in metro Atlanta, contact an experienced attorney at the Alpharetta office of Ronald E. Dobelstein, P.C. Thoroughly experienced with all aspects of construction law and the many issues associated with different kinds of construction projects, we can give you a solid understanding of your rights and legal options, and represent your interests in court.

Construction Liens

There have been substantial changes to the Mechanic's Lien Law which take effect on March 31, 2009. These require strict compliance by the lienor. Also called construction liens, some of the key features that pertain to mechanic's liens are listed below. Though some are not completely new, they should be followed:

  • Filing of arbitration satisfies the lien lawsuit requirement within one year
  • The one year 365 day period runs from the date of filing the lien
  • The lien must be filed within 90 days after completion of work or furnishing of services or materials
  • New liens filed after March 31, 2009 shall require additional language pertaining to expiration dates
  • In two business days after the lien is recorded a true and correct copy shall be sent with proof of delivery to the property owner and contractor if a Notice of Commencement has been filed
  • A Notice of Action shall be filed within 30 days of commencing the lien action
  • Claimants not in privity with the contractor shall submit a notice to the contractor within 30 days of their intention to provide materials/services to the project
  • The interim waiver and release and final payment and release have been modified to allow a 60 day grace period for clearance of checks
  • Upon failure of funds to clear, an affidavit of non-payment is required to resurrect the lien claim
  • A Notice of Contest of Lien has been created shorting the time to commence a lien lawsuit to within 90 days after filing of the Notice of Contest of Lien
  • This Act is effective on March 31, 2009
Representation in Other Construction Issues

We also represent contractors, owners, developers and materials suppliers in a wide range of construction litigation problems, ranging from the enforcement or defense of mechanics' liens to the resolution of insurance coverage problems in property or injury litigation.

In addition, we help clients (contractors and others) understand the new licensing requirements. Contractors and other construction professionals must now be licensed by the state or have certain licensed qualifications as established by a particular municipality.

Attorney Ronald E. Dobelstein has significant experience with issues related to payment bonds, performance bonds and sureties on construction projects. As a certified mediator and arbitrator, Mr. Dobelstein can also serve as a neutral in mediation or arbitration proceedings that arise out of construction contracts.

Mr. Dobelstein has more than 25 years of experience advising both plaintiffs and defendants in issues involving construction liens and other construction law matters. Contact our office in Alpharetta to learn how his familiarity with the legal issues and evidence problems that commonly arise in construction and negligence lawsuits can work to your advantage.

Experience Counts

Ronald E. Dobelstein, P.C.
2500 Northwinds Pkwy , Suite 330
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Phone: 770-408-7020
Toll Free: 866-408-7020
Fax: 770-408-7019

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