The Association's Attorney - A Great Resource
Your association's attorney is a layer of protection against many threats. In my opinion, the most commonly generated legal problems stem from simple mistakes that could have been clarified and prevented by counsel. Would have, could have , should have... will be uttered many times once the lawsuit arrives.
What are some common services attorneys provide for associations:
- Document interpretation
- Contract Review
- Legal Opinions
A good management company or even a great manager can be great guides in the industry but they have their limitations. Your association may be spending millions of dollars and also be responsible for the safety and well being of the residents that live in a community. Do you think a few legal opinions may be necessary? In fact, a good manager will always defer to legal counsel when warranted. Everyone has their scope of work to work within. The association's attorney should be sought whenever there is a situation clouded by doubt or liability risks arise.
Does you association have an attorney on retainer?
Maybe there isn't a formal retainer but the attorney is none the less the assigned legal representative. If your association doesn't have a clear resource for legal matters, they need to begin interviews and choose one. The legal demands of Homeowner and Condo Associations are ever growing. Don't be penny wise and dollar foolish. Go to the professionals of the legal field to help you operate properly.