Community Association Law

By working with hundreds of association boards and community managers, McCabe, Trotter & Beverly attorneys have learned how to speak the language of condominium and homeowner associations.  We recognize the importance and complexity of association problems and understand the budgetary and financial constraints that can make legal representation seem cost prohibitive to a board of directors. Unlike traditional law firms, McCabe, Trotter & Beverly has innovative fee arrangements that make it possible for community associations to get a handle on delinquent assessments and get the legal advice they need to better their communities.

A community association’s governing documents lay out the legal rights and obligations of the association and its members. Our attorneys are experienced in drafting, amending and interpreting Master Deeds, Declarations of Covenants, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Rules and Regulations. We recognize that governing documents are not one size fits all; they must be tailored to meet the needs of each specific community. We can often offer flat fee arrangements for drafting or reviewing governing documents to provide the association with a clear idea of expenses upfront.

The Firm stands beside its clients as general counsel through review and interpretation of governing documents, representation at meetings, advice on state and federal statutory compliance, guidance during turnover from developer control, contract negotiations, reviewing loan documents, and providing counsel regarding budgetary and fiscal matters. We also seek to educate our clients on changes in laws and recent court rulings to help them avoid liability down the road.

One of the most important roles for a board of directors is ensuring that all owners pay their assessments. McCabe, Trotter & Beverly implements the policies set forth by the board in a way that is both effective and cost efficient. Our collections team works hand in hand with the board or community manager to provide direct access to collection accounts and prompt responses to collections inquiries, so the board is always kept informed of the status of its accounts. In addition to our dedicated staff available to take payments from delinquent owners over the phone throughout the workday, we also accept online payments 24/7 via our website.

McCabe, Trotter & Beverly attorneys also represent community associations in litigation matters involving covenant enforcement actions, construction defect suits, and defense of Fair Housing claims. The Firm’s experienced trial lawyers and professional staff work with the association to protect its best interests and maintain open channels of communication.