Community Association Law

With decades of law experience, community associations can feel confident in our ability to guide them through a host of legal issues.

  • Governing Documents
  • Restriction Enforcement
  • Assessment Recovery
  • Contracts
  • Rule & Regulations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Construction Disputes

Community Association Law Overview

Community associations in Michigan are generally formed under and governed by the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act. The Nonprofit Corporation Act was originally adopted in 1982 and has been amended multiple times. Condominium associations are governed by the Condominium Act, which itself has gone through numerous updates since its original adoption in 1978. Navigating these complex statutes often requires the help of skillful and knowledgeable counsel. There is currently no specific act governing subdivision and homeowner associations in Michigan like the Condominium Act for condominiums. This lack of statutory guidance often results in issues impacting the duties and rights of those owing property in and administering subdivision and homeowner associations.

How We Can Help

Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC is well known in Michigan as a premier law firm in the area of Community Association Law. We assist our association clients with, among other things, assessment collection, bylaw enforcement, litigation, contract negotiation, document amendments and construction disputes. Our attorneys’ collective experience on the challenging issues facing community associations affords a multifaceted and valuable component to our legal counsel. The Firm also provides community associations assistance with developer issues, from construction defects to turnover of the association to non-developer owners. While most problems can be resolved without litigation, we do not shy away from using the court system when necessary to achieve the results our clients deserve. The Firm employs an expansive support staff trained in the use of a unique advanced technology which can provide clients and property managers with real-time information on pending matters. Our clients can rest assured we have the breadth and depth of knowledge to address their everyday issues and needs. Association board members and property managers are regularly faced with the question of when to seek an opinion from the Association’s legal counsel. While it would certainly be comforting to seek a legal opinion on every issue, budgetary constraints require that a board or property manager be selective in determining when an opinion should be sought. In many instances, the benefits of avoiding litigation or legal complications when those opinions are obtained early on far outweigh the money spent for the legal opinion. We recommend you seek the Firm’s legal counsel when interpretation and enforcement of governing documents is required, when entering into a significant contract, when amending governing documents or adopting rules and regulations, and when served with legal documents of any kind. Our skillful, knowledgeable attorneys offer more than 220 years of combined experience in community association law and are ready to guide you through all your legal issues. We’ll give you the attention to detail you deserve, the most courteous, professional treatment in the business and the confidence of having some of the most well-versed professionals working toward the resolutions that work best for you. We understand that community association funds are limited. It’s why we do everything we can to be as cost-effective and efficient as possible. 

MAGC Program

Our MAGC program offers clients free, secure, 24/7, real-time status information of their case(s). It provides instant access to documents, balances, status reports, records of actions taken and more. All without needing an e-mail or phone call. 

Pre-litigation Analysis

Our pre-litigation analysis lets clients know the probability of assessment recovery if a favorable judgement is reached, often avoiding expensive litigation. 

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Routine Contact Policy

No charges for routine contacts between the Board and debtors relative to delinquent accounts.