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My contractor says they are Licensed and Insured. SO they are okay, right?
State contractors licenses are needed to perform many remodeling projects but not all projects. A state contractor’s license is issued by the State of Georgia to reflect that the company meets the minimum standards set by the state to perform that type of construction. ALL state licensed contractors have a pocket card to show you and that you may check their license online
at the Secretary of State's office to confirm their licensed status (the license should be in the company that actually contracts with you-not the owner, not a "buddy", not a related company). Additionally,
many contractors have professional certifications which reflect their dedication and training to certain types of projects but are not state licenses. ALL contractors and businesses must have a local business license for
occupational tax purposes and is NOT a state contractor’s license. The phrase “Licensed and Insured” (or variations like “licensed and bonded”)
does NOT mean that the contractor holds a state contractor’s license. Do not let the phrase “Licensed and Insured” mislead you. If your project requires a state contractor’s license, be sure your contractor has the required state contractor’s license.
If a contractor is claiming they are "licensed" and they are referring to their business license, who are they trying to mislead?
I have not started my construction project. Do I need an attorney?
I am available to help in a cost effective manner. From a basic contract review to a full review. Even a general
consultation. I can work with you on a legal budget and discuss options. An hour or two now may say you thousands later and the loss and damage to your
I have a problem on my construction project, can you help? Are you going to be too expensive? There are many ways I can help in pointing out methods to seek recourse, helping you prepare for magistrate's court (small claims) for smaller action, or taking other legal action. I can help you be sure that you have properly terminated a bad contractor and taken basic steps so that you don't get sued. I can also help you design a plan of action so that you can document issues, file complaints and seek a cost effective resolution. Of course, if needed, I can bring legal action when appropriate.