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Alternative Dispute Resolution, Alternative to what?

. . . . .Alternative to spending lots of money and relying on a decision mechanism that involves people you’ve never met, who don’t know you and know very little about your case. The traditional mode of case resolution involves litigating your case, discovery, depositions, motions, trial preparation and trial. A very expensive proposition from

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The Right to Repair Act: Part 3 Summary of the law

Contractor’s decision not to repair or pay: If the contractor provides a statement to the claimant that it will not proceed with the work, the claimant may bring legal action without further notice, except as may be otherwise required by applicable law. O.C.G.A. § 8-2-38 (h). Claimant’s reject of Contractor’s offer to repair: The claimant shall

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The Right to Repair Act: Part 2 Summary of the Law

Access for inspection requested by the contractor: If the contractor requests an inspection, the claimant shall provide access to the site within 30 days of receiving the contractor’s request. The contractor shall have reasonable access to inspect and document any alleged construction defects and perform any nondestructive testing required to evaluate the nature and extent of

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The Right to Repair Act: Part 1 Summary of the law

The Resolution of Construction Defects Act, O.C.G.A. § 8-2-35, et seq, otherwise known as the Right to Repair Act, was enacted in 2004 to provide a legal mechanism for homeowners to resolve construction defect claim against contractors. Written notice required by claimant/dwelling owner 90 days before suit: The Right to Repair Act requires that the

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Drafting an effective contract: A road map for the parties….

Drafting an effective contract means 1) drafting an enforceable contract; 2) drafting a contract that is specific as to the work to be completed (scope of work);  3) drafting a contract that sets forth the specific amount of money to be paid, as well as when funds are due based on a certain percentage of

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Liquidated Damages: What are they, how are they used and are they enforceable?

Liquidated damages is a specific sum of money agreed to by the parties to a contract as the amount of damages to be recovered in the event of a breach of the contract. A liquidated provision in a contract will be held enforceable if 1) the injury caused by the breach is difficult or impossible to

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Contractor’s claim against the owner, what are your damages?

Damages recoverable from a breach of contract are those damages which arise naturally and in the usual course of things from the breach of contract. O.C.G.A. § 13-6-2 The damages must be foreseeable by the parties at the time the contract was made as a probably result of the breach. O.C.G.A. § 13-6-2 Generally, a contractor’s measure of

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Collection Targets other than the lien foreclosure property

If you are traveling down the lien foreclosure road, you will have obtained a judgment against the party with whom you contracted, whether that is a contractor one tier up or the owner. Either way, that judgment is a personal judgment against the person or entity and allows for collection efforts directly against the person or

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Lien filing, perfection and foreclosure…what’s the real point?

Let’s say you have jumped through all of the lien hoops: filing the lien, filing and winning the suit against the contractor to perfect lien and filing and winning the foreclosure suit on the lien so that you have a judgment against the owner and a lien on their property. Let’s also say that you’ve

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Contractor Licensing Issues Part 2

What if you are working as a contractor on a residential project and part of the job (for example, concrete work, drywall, rough framing) doesn’t require a contractor’s license under O.C.G.A. § 43-41-17 but other parts of the job (for example, plumbing, electrical, hvac) do require a license. If you don’t have a residential light contractor’s

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