Practice Areas – Community Association Services

Richardson Ober PC (RO) provides outstanding counsel to community associations throughout Southern California on every aspect of common interest development law. Our association clients range in size from four to more than 6,100 homes, with amenities from spas to lakes, hillsides to horse stables, and everything in between. Our attorneys are well equipped to handle all aspects of community association and real estate law, addressing the unique needs of condominium developments, planned developments, master associations, mixed-use developments, mobile home communities and commercial developments.

Senior Partners Kelly Richardson, CCAL and Matt Ober, CCAL lead RO’s Community Association Law team. They are well-respected leaders in the industry both locally and nationally. Each of our community association lawyers regularly makes meaningful contributions to the community association industry through speaking, writing, serving in leadership positions and drafting and advocating for legislation of benefit to our association clients. In addition, Managing Partner Kelly Richardson authors a weekly syndicated column, “HOA Homefront,” that educates the public on issues pertaining to California residents living in common interest developments. RO prides itself on establishing beneficial relationships with each of our community association clients by providing this wealth of resources to the community’s leadership.

Our community association services include:

Assessment Collection Services
We understand that community associations depend upon members paying their assessments on time. Our efficient and professional assessment recovery program, RO Collect, handles for you the uncomfortable task of collecting assessments from your neighbors and provides quick and cost effective results. Our goal is to recover delinquent assessments and reduce the financial hardship caused by delinquent assessment payments. RO Collect is an innovative, online, attorney-driven assessment recovery program that provides you with ongoing status of your collection accounts anytime, anywhere.

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Conflict Resolution
Disagreements between neighbors can quickly spiral out of control, creating legal headaches and consuming valuable time and resources that negatively impact your community rather than allow you to focus on improving the community. We offer conflict resolution assistance to associations to minimize stress, risk and legal expenses.

General Legal Counsel
We provide general legal counsel to community associations and work alongside their board of directors to help ensure efficient management and operations. We counsel boards on all aspects of community association governance, maintenance and operations, including voting procedures and board meeting protocol, board resolution and policies, as well as maintenance responsibilities, governing document interpretation and enforcement and risk management.

Governing Document Interpretation, Enforcement and Amendment
Owner compliance with a community’s governing documents is essential to a healthy homeowners association. We provide ongoing assistance with interpretation, enforcement and amendment of an association’s governing documents, including drafting rules to fit the specific needs of your community. Our attorneys will guide you through these often overwhelming documents so that you can assist your members in understanding and complying with your community’s rules and that your enforcement methods are clear, consistent and fair to all concerned.

Reconstruction – Major Projects
Major reconstruction projects are a considerable undertaking and usually require that the Board of Directors rely upon the advice of experts, consultants and counsel. The assistance of general counsel with specific experience in construction contracts is crucial to the success of your project. RO provides expert assistance in drafting and enforcement of all types of reconstruction contracts for the association’s protection, whether it is a minor lobby remodel or a multi-million-dollar reconstruction project.

Risk Management
Whether avoiding liability for common area slip and fall or preventing a lawsuit, an association’s Board of Directors must manage risks in all areas of community association operations. Being proactive is key when it comes to avoiding risk. To that end, our firm offers risk management services from director liability to insurance coverage, assisting the Board and management in protecting the association, its members and residents from potential injury to person or property, as well as the directors from exposure to liability in exercising business judgment.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact one of the attorneys listed below.

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