Arbitration

Arbitration is an ancient and time-proven method for the cost-effective resolution of business disputes, in which the parties waive their right to a jury trial, and agree on a method for selecting a panel of one or three arbitrators, which hears the parties’ evidence and arguments, and then makes an award that is binding between the parties. The parties to an arbitration can apply to a court to have judgment entered on a final arbitration award.

Georgia and most other jurisdictions have statutes that expressly authorize courts to enter judgments on arbitration awards. Georgia’s arbitration statutes are at Georgia Code Title 9, Chapter 9, O.C.G.A. sections 9-9-1 to 9-9-84. The Federal Arbitration Act is at Title 9 of the United States Code, 9 U.S.C. sections 1 to 307.

Some courts offer a voluntary arbitration service, however, court-annexed arbitration programs typically have limited resources. Private companies offer arbitration services on a fee-for-service basis that are unlimited in scope. Leading arbitration service providers include the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, and JAMS. Parties can also agree to arbitrate directly under the Georgia Arbitration Code or the Federal Arbitration Act, without utilizing the administrative services of a private arbitration association.

If you need an experienced, affordable business arbitration attorney for the arbitration of a business dispute, call Atlanta business arbitration lawyer James Copeland at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Construction Liens

Georgia and most other states have statutes that create and govern the rights of contractors and others to claim liens for improvements to privately-owned real property.

The construction lien laws of Georgia and most other states impose requirements on certain claimants and others for the delivery of formal written notices upon commencement and completion of the work. Georgia’s construction lien statutes are at Georgia Code Title 44, Chapter 14, Article 8, Part 3, O.C.G.A. sections 44-14-360 to -369.

If you need an experienced, affordable attorney for a construction lien dispute or other construction attorney matter, call Atlanta construction lien lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation.

Contract Breach Disputes

Most written business contracts and insurance policies contain language that is incomplete, confusing, or even misleading. Misunderstandings and disputes over the proper interpretation of the written agreement can spark expensive litigation. Whether a written agreement is truly ambiguous is a question of law for a Court (or an arbitration panel) to determine, using the legal rules for contract interpretation.

Standardized industry contract forms can be very helpful, but blind reliance on standard industry forms can result in expensive misunderstandings. In the construction industry, leading industry contract forms include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) family of contract forms, the ConsensusDocs family of contract forms, and the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee’s (EJCDC) family of contract forms. Each of the standardized contract forms has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Most of Georgia’s (pre-UCC) statutes for interpreting and enforcing common law contracts are at Georgia Code Title 13, O.G.G.A. sections 13-1-1 to 13-11-11. Most of Georgia’s UCC statutes for interpreting and enforcing UCC contracts for the sale of goods are at Georgia Code Title 11, Article 2, O.C.G.A. sections 11-2-1 to 11-2-328. The Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the state and federal statutes and published case law that governs the interpretation and enforcement of written contracts.

If you need experienced, affordable legal advice or representation for a contract interpretation dispute, call Atlanta breach of contract lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com to schedule an initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some matters.

Defective Construction Claims

Defective construction can result in delays, liquidated damages, warranty calls, bodily injuries, property damages, and economic losses. Contract language and insurance coverages can play important roles in the avoidance and resolution of disputes about defective construction.

If you need an experienced, affordable attorney to represent or advise your company for a defective construction claim, call Atlanta defective construction claims lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse modified contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Design Defects

Design defects can lead to expensive litigation.

In Georgia and many other jurisdictions, design professionals can have tort liability for economic losses caused by design defects, under the legal theory of negligent misrepresentation.

If you need an experienced, affordable attorney for advice or representation for design defect claim or dispute, call Atlanta design defect claims lawyer James Copeland at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency, modified contingency, and reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some matters.

Payment Bonds

Payment bonds are required for nearly all public construction contracts, and some private owners also require payment bonds.

Most of the statutes that govern payment bonds for federal contracts are in the “Miller Act” as amended, 40 U.S.C. sections 3131 to 3134.

If you need an experienced affordable construction attorney for a payment bond claim or dispute, call Atlanta payment bond claims lawyer James Copeland toll free at 888-612-1703 or email to jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation. Contingency fee, modified contingency fee, and modified reverse contingency fee arrangements are available for some representations.

Performance Bonds

Performance bonds are required for most government contracts and many private contracts.

Most of the statutes that govern payment bonds for federal contracts are in the “Miller Act” as amended, 40 U.S.C. sections 3131 to 3134.

The Atlanta Copeland Law Firm has unlimited electronic access to all the state and federal statutes and case law that govern performance bond claims in the United States.

If you need legal representation for a performance bond claim on a public or private contract, call Atlanta performance bonds lawyer toll free at 888-612-1703 or email jcopeland@contractdisputeslaw.com or send a message to schedule a free initial consultation.

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