The Atlanta, Georgia, business litigation lawyers at our firm find that most plaintiffs and defendants involved in Georgia business lawsuits turn exclusively to the state or federal courts to resolve their cases. In fact, most clients assume state and federal courts are their only option for resolving their disputes. However, there are excellent dispute resolution alternatives, which may have exhaustive benefits for our clients.

Arbitration can be an effective means of dispute resolution, especially for parties who desire a fast resolution on a complex issue. The Official Code of Georgia contains a section laying out the necessary procedures for arbitration in Georgia. This section is generally referred to as the Georgia Arbitration Code, and is located at O.C.G.A. §9-9-1, et seq.

Arbitration, though very similar to the court system, can provide parties involved in business disputes with some unique advantages. First, the parties dictate how they want the arbitration to proceed by designing their own timelines. Unlike the Georgia court system where it typically takes at least a year (or sometimes much longer) for a case to proceed to trial, the parties to an arbitration can schedule a final arbitration hearing within a few months after initiating the arbitration process. This is why many business contracts specify that arbitration is the required form of dispute resolution if a conflict arises. Another advantage to arbitration is that the parties can select an arbitrator who has specialized training or experience in a technical or specialized area of the law. This is in marked contrast to the court system where judges, though generally knowledgeable on the law, may not have any pertinent experience related to a complex business matter, such as construction, intellectual property, or employment. When parties use the court system, it is also important to note that they have no say in which judge is ultimately appointed to oversee their cases, while in arbitration, the parties typically collaborate in choosing a specific arbitrator.

Whether you may be involved in a Georgia business litigation case or are presently engaged in an ongoing business dispute, our Atlanta business lawyers would welcome the opportunity to evaluate your situation and advise you of your options.
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As an Atlanta, Georgia construction defect litigation lawyer, I place most construction defects into four (4) legally distinct groups:

Design Defects: These defects occur when a design professional, such as an architect or engineer, creates a building design, which is not within acceptable industry standards. A simple illustration of design defect is the creation of a building with a roof that results in poor drainage, inadequate structural support, or allows water penetration.

Material Defects: These occur when substandard building materials are used and/or cause damage to the building. An illustration of the use of substandard building materials would be leaking windows even though they have been properly installed (Note: Here, the window materials must be defective).

Construction Deficiencies: These usually arise from poor craftsmanship or workmanship that is not performed in a professional workmanlike manner, which is acceptable in the industry. An illustration is cracks in foundations or walls, rotting wood, electrical problems, and plumbing leaks.

Subsurface Deficiencies: These usually arise when houses are built on hills and areas were providing a stable foundation is difficult or where the builder fails to secure a suitable foundation. An illustration of this would be structural movement or shifting, building without proper grading or below grade.

If you believe your construction defects or significant problems, you should have it inspected immediately by an experienced architect or engineer. The type of inspection you should have largely depends on the type of problems you are experiencing. Hiring an experienced Georgia construction lawyer is a critical step in protecting your rights as a homeowner and assisting you in finding the right architect or engineer. Not every architect or engineer is in the business of inspecting and evaluating defective work.

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As an Atlanta, Georgia Business Attorney, I advocate many different forms of business entities under which a Georgia company can operate. One of my favorite entities is the Georgia Limited Liability Company (LLC). This is an entity recognized by the State of Georgia and affords its owners and investors (members) significant protection from liability as well as significant tax advantages. Such protections and savings are the primary benefits of setting up and operating under a Georgia LLC.

It is important to have an experienced Georgia business law firm set up your Georgia LLC. The costs are relatively inexpensive considering the time, investment, and serious nature of operating your Georgia LLC. Our Atlanta, Georgia, business attorneys can give you an overview and guidance on how to keep records and conduct business. Moreover, while it may seem easy to operate an LLC, seeking and following the advice and guidelines of an experienced Georgia Business Attorney is critical. Our Georgia business lawyers will walk you through the steps to protect your business as well as your personal assets. This could very well prevent “Piercing the Corporate Veil” and accessing your personal assets to pay liabilities and debts of the LLC. This is just one reason it is so important to have an experienced Georgia business lawyer work with you in setting up your LLC.

NOTE: Buying some “operating agreement” form over the internet to set up your business affairs likely is an immense and potentially costly mistake. This type action can get you in significant legal trouble with dire legal consequences. Likewise, setting up an LLC online and/or without the representation of a Georgia business lawyer is a dangerous and likely costly and poor business decision.

Once the initial research has been performed and information has been gathered concerning the structure of the Georgia LLC, the LLC’s application, By-Laws, Articles, Registered Agent, and other important matters are submitted to the Georgia Secretary of State for processing. Georgia law firms with significant experience in this area also can set these matters up online and a proper Georgia LLC can be set up in just a couple of days. Provided everything is in order, the Georgia LLC is created and its members will be authorized to do business as the LLC in the state in which the LLC is organized.
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The Atlanta business litigation attorneys at our law Firm have seen a dramatic increase in Georgia business litigation claims pertaining to partnerships, contracts, leases, and other business matters. This is especially true in the Metro Atlanta area where business failures are on the rise, financial stresses are abundant, and business outlooks and attitudes have seemingly forever changed.

On top of the legitimate “deals gone bad” amongst Atlanta, Georgia business deals and relationships, the perceptions of doing business in the Metro Atlanta area have also changed. Business persons of all sorts have become ever increasingly apprehensive and even mistrustful of many business dealings with otherwise close partners, acquaintances, and colleagues.

In these ever-changing economic times, one premise of business relationships has become abundantly clear. It is as follows: Look out for number one and be wary, skeptical, and guarded of all others! In fact, deals that would have otherwise have been done on a handshake; now need top-level scrutiny by experienced and sophisticated Atlanta business attorneys.

If you feel you are in a vulnerable situation as to your business relations or you may suffer damages because of the business dealings of others, or you just want to make sure you are protected in these troubled ruthless times, you should contact one of our Atlanta business lawyers to evaluate your situation and advise you accordingly. The Libby Law Firm assists individuals, businesses, and entrepreneurs in Atlanta business litigation claims, business transactions, and protection of businesses and their corresponding individuals.
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In my practice as an Atlanta, Georgia partnership dispute lawyer, I often see one partner left trying to keep up all the accountability of the business and/or partnership responsibilities to the detriment of their livelihood, family, monies, and credit, while the other business partner or partners disappear into the “woodwork” having little or no accountability for partnership debts, liabilities or problems.

Partners owe a fiduciary duty to each other and are generally jointly and severally liable for partnership responsibilities, liabilities, and debts. Therefore, our Firm’s advice is not to let your partner off the hook just because you are adhering to your own sense of responsibility. If you have been in partnership and feel you have been left with all the responsibilities, liabilities and debts of a failed partnership, please know that you should contact an Atlanta partnership litigation attorney immediately. The Libby Law Firm assist individuals, businesses, and entrepreneurs in holding their respective partners to their obligations. Despite the circumstances of your failed business and/or partnership, our Firm would appreciate the opportunity to hear about your circumstances and offer our assistance in rectifying and equalizing your partnership responsibilities.
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As an Atlanta breach of contract lawyer, I am seeing more and more Georgia breach of contract claims. My opinion is that part of the increase in frequency of breach of contract claims is attributable to the difficult economic times we have encountered. In my Georgia business litigation law firm, I have seen a dramatic increase in breach of contract claims relating to business, real estate, lease agreements, and other forms of contracts. However, the proper way to handle a breach of contract situation is to seek an experienced breach of contract lawyer as soon as you think a claim may exist.

A breach of contract in legal terms amounts to a broken promise to do, or not do an act. Under general principles of law, a breach of contract occurs when a party fails to perform any material term of a contract without having an acceptable legal reason. The contract may be written, oral, or even implied. Under Georgia law, a breach of contract may include not finishing a job, failure to make payment in full or on time, failure to deliver goods, substituting inferior or significantly different goods, not insuring goods, or even failure to begin work on an agreement. In fact, if a party conveys they will not be able to perform under a contract, this is constitutes a form of breach of contract called “anticipatory breach,” and occurs where a party indicates by words or acts that party will not begin, complete, or otherwise materially perform the promised work.
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