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Legal Services for Michigan Homeowners Associations and HOA Boards
It is important for homeowners associations to have experienced attorneys who focus their practice on HOA law. Whether you need to resolve contractual disputes with vendors, pursue wrongfully denied insurance claims, assure your interests are represented in board meetings, or you just need advice or written opinions, our HOA lawyers can help.
Why Should You Hire a Michigan HOA Attorney?
Homeowners associations play an important role in preserving property values, managing finances, enforcing rules, maintaining common areas and more. HOA boards of directors volunteer their time to serve their communities to the best of their abilities. But this often-thankless job can become embroiled in legal issues involving the homeowners association and owners, vendors, insurers or developers.
That’s why it is wise to work with general counsel as your advisor, advocate and educator. We can help homeowners associations and HOA boards make sense of HOA law issues. Let the award-winning homeowners association lawyers at Hirzel Law, PLC resolve your complex issues with ease.
General Counsel HOA Law Services
With our depth and breadth of experience, we understand homeowners association law inside and out. Here are just a few of the areas in which we can assist.
Michigan homeowners associations routinely enter into contracts for services that are essential to operating the homeowners association. These may include things like:
- Cable/Internet service
- Modification agreement
- Professional property management
- Snow plowing
All the association’s contracts should be in writing and all major contracts should be reviewed by an attorney to protect the interests of the homeowners association. If a vendor breaches its contract with a homeowners association, then the attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC can help resolve these issues. We frequently litigate breach of contract claims in court.
Properly run elections and meetings are a hallmark of a well-run homeowners association. The attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC are well versed in the proper procedures involved with running a board meeting, annual meeting or special meeting. We frequently attend homeowners association meetings and our roles range from issue-specific presentations to running the meeting from start to finish.
We assist our homeowners association clients with the following issues associated with meetings:
- Consent to electronic notice
- Counting ballots
- Designation of voting representatives
- Drafting meeting notices
- Drafting proxies
- Director qualifications
- Electing directors
- Establishing quorum
- Meeting minutes
- Mortgagee voting
- Officer qualifications
- Remote participation
- Robert’s Rules of Order
- Virtual Meetings
- Voter eligibility
- Voting outside of a meeting
Homeowners associations have various insurance policies that typically cover fire, vandalism, general liability, workmen’s compensation, fidelity bond coverage and/or directors’ and officers’ insurance. It is not uncommon for insurance carriers to deny claims and/or to have disputes arise as to what type of repairs are required or covered under an insurance policy or the homeowners association documents.
The attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC have experience in guiding homeowners associations through the insurance claims process and filing actions for declaratory relief or breach of contract when insurance claims have been wrongfully denied.
Homeowners associations frequently require guidance with respect to the interpretation of their covenants, declarations and deed restrictions, state law or federal law. The attorneys at Hirzel Law, PLC frequently provide opinion letters to homeowners associations relating to the following issues:
- Amending governing documents
- Board authority
- Covenant, declaration and deed restriction enforcement
- Owner liability
- Declarant liability
- Fair Housing Act compliance
- Insurance claims
- Maintenance responsibilities
- Michigan Land Division Act compliance
- Nonprofit Corporation Act compliance
- OTARD/FCC antenna rules
- Voting requirements
Rules and Regulations
Many homeowners associations are permitted to adopt reasonable rules and regulations to implement their covenants, declarations and deed restrictions. In most cases, the board of directors is permitted to adopt rules and regulations without a vote of the owners. Common rules and regulations that Hirzel Law, PLC drafts for homeowners associations are as follows:
- Architectural control procedures
- Covenant, declaration and deed restriction enforcement policies
- Board of directors codes of conduct
- Clubhouse/pool rules
- Collection policies
- Fair Housing Act accommodation policies
- Fine procedures
- Maintenance matrixes
- Modification request procedures
- Parking rules
- Pet policies
- Recreational facilities usage policies
- Satellite dish/antenna rules
Premium Service Plan
Many of our homeowners association clients require our services multiple times a year. Whether running meetings, collecting unpaid assessments or drafting documents, we handle several processes for our clients. That’s why our Premium Service Plan makes sense for HOA clients. For an annual fee of just $999, our Premium Service Plan provides an estimated value of $5,000 in services, including:
- HOA Report Card
- Board meetings
- Meeting minutes
- Online library
- Online collection portal
- Hirzel Hotline monthly call
- Hirzel Law seminars
- Resident agent
The Right HOA Lawyers for Your Needs
Homeowners association clients come to us with huge, messy problems because of our track record in solving them. Our cutting-edge thinking and exceptional legal skills have garnered us numerous awards. Through client education and responsive customer service, our highly satisfied HOA clients stick with us year after year.
Contact Our Law Office for Help with Homeowners Association Legal Issues
Our team of award-winning HOA lawyers is ready and willing to help. Contact Hirzel Law PLC online or call 248-478-1800 (Farmington) or 231-486-5600 (Traverse City) to discuss your homeowners association law issues with an experienced attorney.
Farmington MI Office
37085 Grand River Ave, Ste 200
Farmington, MI 48335
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Traverse City MI Office
1001 Bay St., Suite E
Traverse City, MI 49684
Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: By Appointment