Community Association Law
With more than 220 years of combined experience in this area of law, community associations can feel confident in our attorneys’ proficiency to guide them through a host of legal issues. Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC is a firm that will give you the attention to detail you deserve.
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.
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.
Real Estate Development
There is an old saying that the best time to plant an oak tree was twenty years ago, and the second-best time is now. The same applies to obtaining competent legal advice when developing property.
We can assist with your initial concerns, from site selection and land acquisition, to zoning and land use issues to financing, saving you from costly mistakes along the way. Project planning and documentation, developing warranties and purchase agreements, and drafting construction contracts are all areas that benefit from early consultation with experts in the field. However, if your project is already underway, it is not too late to benefit from our expertise.
Whether you are planning to establish a Condominium, convert an existing development into a Condominium or develop land into a subdivision, Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC can guide you through the process from beginning to end.
We realize developers of real estate take on great risk. Utilizing Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC’s experience with land acquisition, zoning and land use, project planning, governing document drafting and community association transition protects your investment throughout these multifaceted steps.
Contact our skilled attorneys as early in the process as possible. The sooner you enlist the services of Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC, the better the chances your project will flourish from deep roots and a strong foundation built with our assistance.
Construction law affects many participants in the construction industry, including financial institutions, surveyors, architects, builders, engineers, construction workers, planners and “consumers.” Those involved in construction simply cannot afford to squander resources, whether developing one structure or a hundred. State laws, regulations and licensing requirements can be a pitfall for the unwary, and can also serve to protect against unscrupulous activities. Lien laws require intimate knowledge of their operation, whether a subcontractor is seeking payment or a homeowner is trying to clear title to your property. No matter where you fit into the picture, Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC can guide you through the maze that is modern construction law.
Our team of attorneys can provide the necessary knowledge and experience on the wide range of legal aspects the construction industry must manage today. From contracts, liens and construction claims, to short and long-term planning, Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer can mean the difference between success and failure.
You would not hire a builder unless you were certain he or she knows the business end of a saw, and all things being equal, you would prefer to enlist the services of a master builder. Likewise, you should only hire attorneys for your construction needs with absolute certainty that they know the tools of their trade.
When you retain Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC, you can rest assured that our experienced attorneys have been using those legal tools to great success for decades. Attorneys at Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC have earned recognition in this highly complex field, some earning the State Bar of Michigan’s distinction of being named Master Lawyers. Your construction needs demand the best: experts in the field of Michigan construction law.
Real Estate Transactions
Real estate transactions can be extremely complicated, and without proper counsel, can lead to easily avoidable, but costly, mistakes. Preventing problems before they occur can save you expensive legal fees down the line. Whether buying, selling, leasing, or responding to zoning and land use issues, Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC will walk you through any real estate transaction, from the most complicated to the most routine.
Buying real estate is the biggest investment many people will make. Renting real estate or obtaining financing secured by real estate can have long-lasting implications. Having an attorney review all of the documents related to your real estate transaction is a worthwhile expense to protect your investment, and can be vital to your long-term security. The attorneys at Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC are experienced in advocating for our clients in all aspects of real estate transactions.
To avoid unnecessary issues and disputes, legal counsel should guide you through your real estate transaction from beginning to end. If a dispute does arise, we recommend you seek the advice of our experienced attorneys as early as possible. Contact our Firm to be your advocate throughout any real estate transaction.
Litigation is not just an art; it can be an expensive art with far-reaching consequences. At Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC, we do not litigate as a knee-jerk reaction, but only do so when necessary. We pride ourselves on securing favorable results as quickly as possible, and will work tirelessly to achieve our client’s goals.
To avoid unprofitable litigation, the Firm has developed a unique method for collection of unpaid assessments which is designed to analyze whether litigation would present a high probability of collection, and steer those cases presenting a low probability of collection to other means besides litigation (such as foreclosure by advertisement).
When litigation becomes a necessity, either as a sword or a shield, your interests are best represented by Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC, which recognizes that litigation is most effective when it is swift and decisive.
The Firm strives to bring clients the biggest reward for their litigation dollar, all while recognizing that no verdict is a success if it drains the client’s resources and energy. We carry on this philosophy and zealously deliver our clients litigation services at low cost without cutting corners.
From assessment collection and restriction enforcement, to construction defects, to developer and contractor disputes, you can expect your litigation needs to be met at Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC with sensitivity, candor and an eye towards results. We recommend you seek the Firm’s legal counsel whenever you are considering the potential of litigation or when you have been served with legal documents.