Legal Resources for your HOA
Living in a community with a homeowners association is usually a pleasant experience, but sometimes, rules seem unfair, and people take it up with the HOA. When your HOA needs to decide what is the right thing to do, you can turn to legal resources for more information and help. Check out these five HOA legal resources.
Nolo is a great free website that has a lot of information on many law-related topics and material available for purchase. If you’re willing to do the work yourself, they offer articles regarding what homeowner’s associations can and cannot legally do. The information you’ll find is accurate and trustworthy. However, if you need professional help, it also allows you to search for lawyers in your area based on your specific issue. For example, you can find a lawyer in your area who specializes in real estate liens.
Angie’s list is another site that offers a lot of help. Like Nolo, it offers HOA-related articles. They are written by professional writers with related experience. The articles on Angie’s list are free, but they do offer another paid service. For a nominal fee, you can get access to reviews, including reviews on lawyers who may specialize in HOA concerns.
Askville is a completely free site where you can get any questions answered. If you have an HOA legal question, simply post it to the site, and wait for someone to respond. It’s a great way to get a lot of responses, but you have to be careful because anyone can answer your question. Even if you have a legal question, the person answering doesn’t have to be a lawyer. When reading responses, it’s best to stick with those from authors who explain why they are qualified to answer your question. Perhaps the person answering is a community manager or an HOA board member. If this is the case, they will usually say so in their response.
Lawyers.com is an excellent resource when researching HOA law. Like many of the other sites, you can read their library of HOA-related articles on topics including basic information about HOAs, HOAs and discrimination, documents, homeowner disagreements with the HOA, and many others. You can also search for lawyers in your area and get their contact information for free. You can even see their peer and client ratings. If you just want to ask something, you can even submit a question and have it answered by a legal professional. You can remain anonymous or request a lawyer contact you.
Keeping in line with the theme of most of the other websites, HG.org has many great articles regarding homeowners association law, so you can try and find the answer to your question yourself. If you can’t answer it yourself, you can use the website to find a lawyer in your area. You’ll get a little overview about the lawyer/law firm and contact information. However, unlike Lawyer.com, it doesn’t offer ratings, and you can’t submit a free question.
If you’re struggling with HOA legal issues, you don’t have to go it alone. These five resources can be a great help to research, ask questions or even find a lawyer who can help you.
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