Practice Areas

Board & Corporate Governance

Litigation to Protect the Community

Collection & Finance

Senior & Fair Housing

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Board & Corporate Governance

The day-to-day operations of a community association can be complex and unpredictable. As a board member you need someone you can trust—someone who will guide you through tough situations. Levine & Bazelon, S.C. represents community associations in all facets of corporate governance, including election and voting issues, amendment of governing documents, interpretation of governing documents, preparation of opinion letters, preparation of policies and rules, attending difficult and contentious meetings and handling other corporate issues.

We also counsel board are how to effectively deal with problems and issues that arise with members, neighbors, municipalities and developers.

Some examples of the work we perform on behalf of associations include:

  • Interpret governing documents
  • Answer day-to-day questions
  • Review and draft contracts
  • Amend governing documents
  • Ensure compliance with applicable federal laws, state and local statutes and ordinances
  • Review loan documents and assist with sources of financing for repairs, capital improvements and other projects
  • Provide legal counsel regarding board member fiduciary duties and safeguards to reduce your risk of liability
  • Guide communities through the pre and post developer transition process
  • Insurance and allocation of risk and loss issues
  • FHA Loan Certification

If you would like to talk to an attorney who has the experience in working on behalf of a community association regarding any of these issues please Contact Us today.

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Litigation to Protect the Community

Levine & Bazelon, S.C. believes in pursuing all avenues of dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and, if necessary, litigation. The firm’s civil litigation practice provides aggressive representation of our community association clients in litigation matters. We pride ourselves in successfully and cost-effectively guiding our clients through all stages of the litigation process, including trial and appeals.

Our attorneys have represented clients in a broad spectrum of civil litigation matters including covenant enforcement, breach of fiduciary duties, contract litigation, property damage claims, fair housing and discrimination claims, assessment enforcement and quiet title.

We also aggressively pursue construction defects on behalf of our community association clients. Leaking roofs and windows, plumbing problems, cracks in walls and foundations and drainage problems are construction defects that unfortunately are all too common in multi-family residential communities. These problems constitute one of the most complex and potentially costly issues faced by a community association and its Board.

We have strong track record of resolving construction defect problems that threaten the physical and financial well-being of homeowners and their community associations.

If you would like to talk to an attorney who has the experience in working on behalf of a community association regarding any of these issues please Contact Us today.

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Collection & Finance

Every community association needs effective policies and processes for collecting delinquent assessments. Timely collection of assessments is not only necessary to make sure that the association can pay its bills as they become due, but is also important for loan underwriting, FHA certification and borrowing funds, among other things.

Our firm can assist association clients with preparation of a comprehensive written collection policy, provide guidance on association and manager adherence to the policy and counsel clients on diligent pursuit of their policy’s specific procedures in taking collections actions.

There are several methods we use for collecting delinquent assessments after the lien has been filed and a demand letter has been sent. These methods include a monetary judgment obtained through Small Claims Court (if the debt is less than $10,000.00) or a foreclosure lawsuit. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. Our experienced counsel will work with you to identify and successfully implement the best option for each collection situation.

If you would like to talk to an attorney who has the experience in working on behalf of a community association regarding any of these issues please Contact Us today.

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Senior & Fair Housing

Both state and federal laws prohibit unlawful discrimination by community associations. In addition to claims based on familial status, associations frequently encounter disability accommodation issues. Attorneys at Levine & Bazelon, S.C. are well-versed in dealing with fair housing matters. Our attorneys help draft policies and procedures to protect associations from discrimination claims and deal with accommodation requests. We provide counsel and representation in agency complaints and court actions arising from claimed violations of civil rights laws.

Senior housing compliance for communities that are restricted to residents 55 years and older presents its challenges. We provide legal guidance on matters specific to senior housing, including the enforcement of age restrictions, age verification and dealing with conflicts over rule enforcement.

If you would like to talk to an attorney who has the experience in working on behalf of a community association regarding any of these issues please Contact Us today.