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Michigan HOA Attorneys
When running a homeowners association (HOA) in Michigan, there are few partners more advantageous to have on your side than a trusted HOA attorney. Homeowners associations frequently encounter contractual disputes, developer turnover, unpaid HOA fees, and more where the services of a knowledgeable lawyer are indispensable.
At Hirzel Law, PLC, our HOA attorneys serve all of Michigan and have received numerous peer recognition awards for their legal skill. If you need experienced legal guidance to help safeguard your HOA’s best interests while mitigating the potential of future problems before they arise, our homeowners association attorneys are here to help.
What Laws Govern a Homeowners Association in Michigan?
Michigan does not have a specific statute governing homeowners’ associations. However, if an association is organized as a non-profit, as is the case with most Michigan associations, it will be governed by the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act, specifically related to corporate structure and governance issues, as well as federal Fair Housing laws.
Important Takeaways from the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act For HOAs
The last major revisions to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act took place in 2015. Below are several major takeaways from the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act that could impact the governance of your homeowners association. Some of the changes to the Act include:
- Annual Meetings are no longer required to be held in person.
- Voting can be held in person or through electronic participation.
- Co-owners can inspect the books and records for a proper purpose during regular business hours, based upon written demand to registered office that outlines with particularity requested documents.
- The books, records, contracts, and financial statements concerning the administration and operation of the condominium project shall be available for examination.
Revisions of important documents may also be necessary for restrictive covenants that do not address current community issues such as short-term rentals (like Airbnb), pets, and more. Any conflicting HOA guidelines can also easily be adjusted with the help of an experienced lawyer.
A trusted legal professional from Hirzel Law, PLC can also counsel you on the best way to enforce existing bylaws and guidelines. This process can include issuing warning notices both physically and electronically, suspending certain privileges, charging fines, or placing a lien. Our lawyers can help you draft a streamlined approach to your bylaw enforcement policy and walk you through the process step by step.
Does My Homeowners Association Need a HOA Lawyer?
Without the guidance of an experienced homeowners association attorney who has specialized in the rules governing homeowners association law, navigating the legal requirements and risks of being part of a Michigan homeowners association can be extremely challenging. Homeowners association board of directors who rely on the advice of an attorney have a better chance of avoiding personal liability under the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act. Running a homeowners association in Michigan, you may experience legal issues with different third parties like:
In those instances, especially when they have the potential to affect your HOA’s finances or future security, having an effective HOA attorney in your corner can undoubtedly reduce stress and make the situation easier to handle.
When you partner with an experienced attorney, you enjoy many advantages with managing your homeowners association, from resolving disputes to answering all your legal questions. If you need legal support for your homeowners association, Hirzel Law’s trusted team of HOA attorneys are equipped to protect your rights and fiercely advocate for your best interests.
Recurring Legal Counsel for Homeowners Associations
From working closely with vendors and contractors, legal challenges are commonplace for homeowners associations throughout Michigan. As a result, many homeowners associations require professional legal help. Hirzel Law provides a comprehensive Premium Service Plan for HOA’s to meet these needs for ongoing legal help.
Clients who take advantage of our Premium Service Plan experience peace of mind knowing our attorneys are always looking out for their best interests, accessing resources and benefits such as:
- Year-long access to Hirzel Law webinars for all board members
- Invitation to ask general questions
- Preparing an HOA Report Card for associated governing documents.
- Representation from Hirzel Law as the Resident Agent for the homeowners association
- Reviews of any HOA Board Meeting minutes
- Complimentary copy of Hirzel’s Handbook
- Access to our online collection portal to monitor HOA collections status.
- Access to our online library of standardized HOA forms
Having the support of an experienced HOA attorney is fundamental to the success of any community association that deals with Michigan HOA laws. Our Premium Service Plan is the optimal solution for HOAs that need reliable, ongoing legal services throughout the entire year.
Get Legal Help from Skilled HOA Attorneys
Handling the complexities of homeowner association laws can be overwhelming no matter how long you have been working in the HOA field. At Hirzel Law, PLC, our experienced HOA attorneys understand the challenges that representatives of community associations face. That is why we are committed to helping them navigate whatever legal challenges that arise, ensuring they remain compliant with all rules and regulations with our comprehensive understanding of Michigan and federal HOA laws.
When you need dependable legal aid for your homeowners association, look no further than the skilled HOA attorneys at Hirzel Law. Contact Hirzel Law online or call 248-986-2921 (Farmington) or 231-486-5600 (Traverse City) or 616-319-9964 (Grand Rapids office).