For all the derision they inspire, Maryland’s community associations do a lot to make many neighborhoods more welcoming and attractive places to live. Of course, there are always a few bad apples, which is when community association law steps in to resolve cases between residents and association boards.
Associations benefit from the assistance of attorneys
Associations work with an attorney at the time of their founding. Because they are non-profit corporations, there are several sectors of law that collide. Examples include property law, corporate law, and record-keeping requirements. A lawyer that practices this area of law will advise the association and can assist with drafting necessary documents.
At a later time, a community association law attorney can work with the association to make changes to the existing rules. Doing so is a complex process that must protect the rights of the association and the individual residents.
Becoming the liaison between association and resident
There are situations when the association needs help to enforce its rules. A prime example is the collection of dues and also special assessments. There is a specific process to follow when collecting the dues. However, there may be some other rules that come into play when collecting for special assessments. Rather than having the association’s board deal with the issue, the attorney will assist with the enforcement of the rules.
It is important to note that residents may also hire an attorney. In some cases, a lawyer may assist them if they believe that a change to the rules was unfair. Also, if an association makes mistakes, the resident hiring the lawyer may prevail in court and lead to a change to the board’s way of governing. In this way, community association attorneys benefit both sides.