Community Association Law is a specialized practice area, and a Board seeking legal representation is well-served in selecting a firm with experience and broad knowledge of this field. An experienced Community Association Law attorney can help your organization run more smoothly and efficiently, while providing guidance about state and federal laws of governance. The community association lawyers at Hartsoe & Morgan provide this expertise and experience to our clients throughout Northern Virginia. H&M can assist Home Owners’ Association clients in day-to-day operations, enforcement, and litigation where necessary, and represent associations of all sizes and corporate designations in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, and throughout Loudoun and Prince William Counties. By hiring an experienced attorney, a Board can help ensure the association avoids costly mistakes, thus avoiding expensive legal problems in the future.
Hartsoe & Morgan offers comprehensive services for Community Association clients across Northern Virginia, by combining experienced Association legal counsel with other attorneys in the firm who offer quality construction litigation and contract advice. Our lawyers have been representing association clients for almost two decades, and our experience in negotiation, mediation, and where absolutely necessary, litigation, allows Virginia community associations to conduct themselves in a professional manner while maintaining a high quality of service within the neighborhood. Whether your Homeowners’ Association is a non-profit corporation or an unincorporated association, contact the lawyers at Hartsoe & Morgan to find out how an experienced community association lawyer can help your organization operate at its best level.
Services routinely handled by our association lawyers include:
• Providing Interpretation of a COA’s or HOA’s governing documents, bylaws, and CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions)
• Review, interpretation and amendment of community association bylaws and CC&Rs
• Collection of delinquent assessments and filing appropriate notices and liens with local courts
• Review of Board procedures to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and ordinances
• Review of an Association’s hiring practices for compliance with Virginia and federal statutes
• Review of election, proxy, and notice procedures to ensure that all actions taken by the Board and the association are legitimate and not subject to attack by an individual homeowner
• Counseling associations of new regulations and administrative decisions by any relevant governing body, with compliance recommendations
• Providing operational and regulatory advice for everyday issues of management of a non-profit corporation
• Review of contracts brought before the Board, or drafting of new contracts, for construction, maintenance and repairs, and day-to-day operations of the association
• Mediation of homeowner disputes surrounding Architectural Review Boards, Landscaping Review Boards, and other rules and policy enforcement issues
• Determining notice and electoral requirements for special assessments, establishment of appropriate dues and setting reserves, and budgeting
• Assisting with management decisions surrounding development and maintenance of common areas
• Review insurance coverage and conditions, and make determinations and recommendations for additional insurance needs