(770) 685-7000 - Alpharetta
(404) 814-9080 - Buckhead
(843) 375-6589 - Charleston
We know the importance of collections. We know that clients do not want to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars per delinquent account without getting results. Our firm therefore pioneered the industry with results-oriented collections that we call Common Sense Collections. We place the financial burden of collections and place it where it should be – on the delinquent owner and debtor. Our collections practice also includes a bankruptcy department that has a proven track record of results. Please contact us for details.
We provide legal opinions, interpretation and analysis of the community’s governing documents (e.g., Declaration of Condominium, Declaration of Covenants, Bylaws, etc.) in relation to applicable Georgia and federal law, including the Georgia Condominium Act, the Georgia Property Owners’ Association Act, and the Georgia Nonprofit Corporations Code. We attend board meetings and membership meetings. We prepare amendments to the community’s governing documents. In many instances, small amendments are needed from time to time; while in other instances, a complete rewrite of the entire governing documents may be warranted. We also work with voluntary associations that are seeking to implement covenants and create mandatory membership associations.
Owners purchasing a home or condominium unit in a planned community are required to follow the governing documents and the rules and regulations of the associations. Most owners comply. There are, however, some owners who will not comply. This puts the board of directors in a position of either requiring compliance through enforcement or ignoring the violation. Ignoring the violation often makes future enforcement very difficult and is not recommended. Our firm issues effective fining letters and, when necessary, we file enforcement lawsuits to force an owner to comply with the governing documents.
A natural progression of our community association practice has been to represent developers in creating new associations and preparing the governing documents for new condominiums, townhouse developments, and subdivisions. Our governing documents for new communities are written to provide the developer the protections it needs and to ensure a smooth running of the community long after the developer has sold the homes and moved onto a new project. We also work with new boards following the turnover of control of associations from developers to homeowners. Most first time board members in new neighborhoods, as well as existing neighborhoods, lack the legal knowledge they need. We offer that knowledge and experience. Our Articles & Resources page also includes our twenty-five suggestions following turnover.
The attorneys in our litigation practice are experienced in trials, hearings, pleadings, motions, briefs and appellate work in both state and federal courts. Our approach begins with the belief that most disputes can be avoided and resolved before a lawsuit is required; but when a dispute cannot be resolved to our client’s satisfaction, litigation may be necessary to protect the client and to force a resolution of the dispute consistent with the best interests of our client. Our litigation attorneys offer solid case management and trial skills. We know the law and the arguments to use in court, and we have the experience you deserve.
Common Sense Collections removes the financial burden of collections from the association and place it where it should be - on the delinquent party. Go