Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Georgia State College of Law Ranked # 1 Value

Mine and Wes' Alma mater


The information contained on this website and/or blog does not constitute legal advice. Each situation is different and you should not act based on the information contained on this website and/or blog. No attorney/client relationship shall be created as a result of viewing this website and/or blog, commenting on the blog, or otherwise interacting with this site. You should not post any personal information or specifics about any case or legal problem you might have on the comments section of the blog as this could be detrimental to your case. If you have a specific legal problem that you need assistance with, you should call our office to set up an appointment. The information on this site is intended as general information only and if you rely on this information you do so at your own risk. No attorney/client relationship shall exist between Dunlap Gardiner LLP and any person or entity absent a written retainer agreement that is signed by all parties. If you have an immediate legal emergency you should call our office so that we may speak with you immediately. Call 678-391-8440.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Reynold's Plantation



HENRY COUNTY CLE

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Things that ain't safe





To get the full effect you really need to click the picture and zoom in.

Your Homeowner Association

At Dunlap Gardiner LLP we represent a number of what are commonly referred to as Homeowners Associations. Sometimes these associations are in fact common law Homeowners Associations and in some cases they are actually statutory Property Owners Associations. For the ease of this article I will refer to them both generically as homeowners associations as this article is general and nature and will not touch upon the difference between the two types of associations.

Each of these entities are designed with one overall purpose in mind: maintaining property values. Of course, in today's climate you might say: "What property has value?" Well, that is probably a fair question. But in addition to the traditional idea of maintaining property values for the purpose of resale, a properly maintained homeowners association will also improve the quality of life for members of the association. This is done through the maintenance of common areas, pools, playgrounds, or other amenities that might be common to a particular association. Moreover, a sense of common scheme or uniformity can also add to the "feel" of a subdivision and a good homeowners association well help make this happen.

Of course, in order to pay for maintenance of the development the association will need to collect dues and fees from its members. Most members of communities willingly pay their dues and fees. Unfortunately, when people within a development do not pay their dues as required, this can impact the neighborhood as a whole and will also harm those homeowners who pay their fair share. This happens because an association's maintenance budget is typically determined assuming that most homeowners will pay their share of fees and dues. When a portion of homeowners fail to pay their fair share, services and amenities simply cannot be paid for.

Additionally, when homeowners do not pay as agreed associations are often forced to pursue legal action against homeowners to recover funds owed to the association. Actions taken against homeowners could include placing a lien on the property and/or seeking to recover the money owed through the Court system. Usually, these actions will only be taken after the homeowner has been given numerous opportunities to discuss a payment plan or arrangement with the association.

At our office we usually attempt to come to some sort of payment arrangement with homeowners who have not paid their dues prior to resorting to legal action. While we are not always able to come to an agreement with delinquent homeowners, it certainly never hurts to give it a try. In the end, the ultimate goal is to ensure the association is able to have the funds necessary to maintain the value of the community. If you are in a situation where you are behind in paying your dues, we strongly urge you to contact your association or the attorney working with you association. While it will not always be possible to come to a solution that makes everyone completely happy, it never hurts to try.

The information contained on this website and/or blog does not constitute legal advice. Each situation is different and you should not act based on the information contained on this website and/or blog. No attorney/client relationship shall be created as a result of viewing this website and/or blog, commenting on the blog, or otherwise interacting with this site. You should not post any personal information or specifics about any case or legal problem you might have on the comments section of the blog as this could be detrimental to your case. If you have a specific legal problem that you need assistance with, you should call our office to set up an appointment. The information on this site is intended as general information only and if you rely on this information you do so at your own risk. No attorney/client relationship shall exist between Dunlap Gardiner LLP and any person or entity absent a written retainer agreement that is signed by all parties. If you have an immediate legal emergency you should call our office so that we may speak with you immediately. Call 678-391-8440.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Kid Rock at Dekalb


Hence the multiple satellite masts.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Getting Your Driveway Back

Have you ever been confronted with a situation where your neighbor's fence, retaining wall, or some other "obstruction" blocks your private right of way? If so, your local probate court may be the place for you.

This is an interesting legal issue because most issues regarding real property (real estate) are reserved to the Superior Courts. However, O.C.G.A. 44-5-59, provides for jurisdiction in the Probate Court of the County in which the obstruction is located to handle requests to remove obstructions across rights of way. This means if someone blocks your driveway, road, or other path, the probate Court may be the place for you.

This often comes up in situations where someone has obtained a private right of way by prescription. You can acquire a right of way through prescription by showing: 1) that the private way has been in continuous, uninterrupted use for seven years or more, and not steps were taken to prevent enjoyment of the same; 2) that the use of the easement was kept open and in repair; and that 3) the easement did not exceed 20 feet in width. This is a bit different in wild lands, but for most of us in suburbia that doesn't make much of a difference. Basically, the idea is if you use something long enough, the law gives you ownership. This is because we, as a society, favor development and reward those who utilize land.

If you ever have a situation where a path, or road, you have used is blocked. Give us a call, we may be able to have the obstruction removed.


The information contained on this website and/or blog does not constitute legal advice. Each situation is different and you should not act based on the information contained on this website and/or blog. No attorney/client relationship shall be created as a result of viewing this website and/or blog, commenting on the blog, or otherwise interacting with this site. You should not post any personal information or specifics about any case or legal problem you might have on the comments section of the blog as this could be detrimental to your case. If you have a specific legal problem that you need assistance with, you should call our office to set up an appointment. The information on this site is intended as general information only and if you rely on this information you do so at your own risk. No attorney/client relationship shall exist between Dunlap Gardiner LLP and any person or entity absent a written retainer agreement that is signed by all parties. If you have an immediate legal emergency you should call our office so that we may speak with you immediately. Call 678-391-8440.