Efforts to ensure the quality of a condominium or lease property community often takes the form of a community association. These associations each have their own governance, operational, and administrative challenges unique to their specific realm of influence, and at times, those challenges may clash with the law. In other instances—and especially if they are poorly structured—they may come into conflict with the interests of community members, vendors, managers, or other entities, resulting in a costly dispute.

Ensuring that a community or condominium association runs smoothly and accomplishes what it is meant to is a process that requires the keenest of legal expertise. Hart & David provides general legal counseling, representation, document drafting, and other services to these associations throughout the Chicago-Metro area.

Common Challenges

Community and condominium associations face a variety of challenges, including keeping the community safe, ensuring fairness and quality in handling day-to-day issues, and occasionally resolving disputes. You need to make sure your documentation and operational processes are legally efficacious. Otherwise, disputes can tear everything apart and render the association pointless.

Hart & David can assist with you with the issues your association faces, including:

– Drafting documents
– Interpreting documents
– Handling elections and voting issues
– Reviewing contracts with vendors and other entities
– Litigation and collection
– Leases
– Transitions
– Managerial issues
– Environmental claims
– Zoning issues

Each community is unique, and the legal matters they will therefore face will obviously vary. A skilled attorney can provide you with the knowledge, advising, and skills you need to keep everything running smoothly. The attorneys at Hart & David possess the legal expertise needed to ensure problems are either prevented or handled wisely.

Governance and Operational Issues

In addition to issues unique to community associations, there are also the usual governance, structuring, and operational matters t deal with. Hart & David provides in-depth knowledge of the myriad of regulations in place over condominium associations, and we can assist you in maintaining full compliance with applicable law. Our services in this area include:

– Corporate structuring
– Developing governance policies and practices
– Drafting policies and procedures documents
– Advising on regulatory compliance
– Representation in disputes and litigation
– Alternative dispute resolution services
– Reporting and collection practices
– Operational concerns
– Due diligence research
– Strategic planning
– Employment and labor laws compliance

Noncompliance can result in disputes, litigation, and legal complications, whether that be with the law, community members, property managers, or some other entity. Sound legal counseling is key to preventing costly disputes over governance and operational issues.

Commercial Real Estate Lawyers

Hart & David proudly serves condominium associations, HOAs, and other community associations throughout the Chicago-Metro area. Since each community faces its own unique challenges, our services are adapted to each association’s financial, structural, and situational needs. We can advise you on:

– Proper structuring of policies and contracts
– Corporate governance and operational practices
– Zoning and development issues
– Fiduciary responsibilities
– Document drafting and agreement structuring
– Transactional structures
– SEC compliance

We keep up with current issues, and can therefore provide you with skilled general counsel in every aspect of your operations. For more information or to request a free consultation, contact the real estate attorneys at Hart & David today.

Brandon C. Hall

Brandon C. Hall

Partner
Joel J.H. Funk

Joel J.H. Funk

Partner
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