- Assessment Collection
- Enforcement of Deed Restrictions
- Corporate Governance
- Drafting & Amending Governing Documents
- General Advice and Counsel
- Contract Review & Negotiation
- Maintenance Issues
- Special & Annual Meetings
- Legislative Updates
The attorneys at Lang & Associates have accumulated years of success representing homeowners and community associations for single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums throughout Houston and the surrounding areas. While we primarily assist associations, we have also helped homeowners navigate their way through the legal process in order to effectively resolve their disputes. In fact, due to the firm’s high success rate in representing homeowners, an increasing number of community associations have recognized our attorneys’ effectiveness in resolving HOA disputes and have reached out to Lang & Associates for representation and replacement of their former legal teams.
Lang & Associates now has an extensive community association practice throughout Harris, Ft. Bend, and Brazoria counties. Unlike most HOA firms that are limited to only association law, our attorneys have experience litigating in all practice areas, thereby staying up to date with the latest trends in litigation and relevant case law. Our aggressive attorneys will never hesitate to take an HOA matter to the courtroom, and we will communicate with your board of directors every step of the way. Client communication is a priority at Lang & Associates, as it allows us to help our clients navigate through the legal process and make informed economic decisions. We are purposefully a smaller firm so that clients never get lost in the shuffle. Our small size allows us to give each client our personal attention and focus.
Lang & Associates is part of the Community Association Institute (CAI). We have long-standing client relationships with community associations of all sizes, and we have proven systems in place with state-of-the-art technology to address each community’s needs on a consistent basis. Whether your HOA needs general counsel on all aspects of issues involved in the operation and governance of an association, litigation & dispute resolution, assessment collection and foreclosures, deed restriction enforcement, legislative updates, assistance with drafting and amending governing documents, contract negotiation, assistance with elections and meetings, or all of the above, we will take the necessary steps to ensure that your community’s values are always protected.
Residents and homeowners within a community association development share ownership of the common land and areas. Typically, amenities such as clubhouses, fitness centers, and/or swimming pools are available for use. All homeowners are members of the community’s association and are therefore required to pay a regular assessment fee to the association. The purpose of this fee is to provide the funds to maintain the common areas and amenities of the community, and homeowners are legally bound to pay this fee in a timely manner. When a homeowner fails to pay assessments, the community association is responsible for collecting what is past due. However, it is important that the HOA complies with the Texas Property Code and the community’s declarations when attempting to collect assessments. Homeowners with delinquent assessment accounts can be charged attorneys’ fees and interest. These costs and fees will continue to accrue until the homeowner pays the entire amount past due or the association places a lien on the property. It is important that homeowners take this matter seriously as an association is allowed to initiate foreclosure proceedings on a homeowner’s property if the debt is not satisfied. The attorneys at Lang & Associates are highly experienced in this area and can ensure that your association’s collection efforts are in compliance.
Enforcement of Deed Restrictions
Lang & Associates’ experience in deed restriction enforcement distinguishes us from other HOA firms. All homeowners in an HOA community are bound by the community’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCRs). However, it is the association’s responsibility to enforce the CCRs. Recent case law has shown that unenforced deed restrictions, or deed restrictions not uniformly enforced, can be deemed waived or abandoned by the courts. It is important that your HOA has a legal team that is familiar with the law and prepared to take action in the event a homeowner refuses to comply with the deed restrictions. It is essential that your community doesn’t fall victim to sloppy enforcement and inexperienced litigators. The attorneys at Lang & Associates are familiar with the procedures for filing, litigating, and enforcing Temporary Restraining Orders and Temporary Injunctions to immediately stop the violation.
An HOA is essential to a planned residential community to bring continuity and order to the community, preserve the architectural integrity, and maintain the common elements. Community associations are responsible for its assets as well as its operation in accordance with standards established by state and federal laws, ordinances, and the governing documents upon which the entity itself was created. To the extent that the association, which is typically a non-profit corporation, has such authority and control, it is the elected board of directors that carries out these duties and responsibilities.
A common myth is that, as a board member of a non-profit, you are immune from lawsuits. This is simply not true. As a board member, you are required to act in good faith and recognize the fiduciary relationship that the board has to the association and to each of its members. While your bylaws may require a vote to indemnify you in certain instances, you can still be sued. In the event of litigation, the attorneys at Lang & Associates are here to help, providing both board members and officers a tough defense.
Operating an HOA carries with it many of the same duties and responsibilities as overseeing any other business. Consulting with an experienced legal team can help your association avoid difficulties and conflicts within your organization. The attorneys at Lang & Associates have experience in drafting governing documents such as declarations and bylaws. We are also familiar with the legal requirements for amending these documents and can guide board members through such procedures and other complexities of corporate governance to help get your association on track.
Lang & Associates, PLLC
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At Lang & Associates, we provide our clients with the experience and professional capabilities of a "Biglaw" firm while providing the personal service and attention of a small firm. Our record of success reflects our ability to manage and try complex cases and provide sophisticated counsel and advice to our clients.
The attorneys at Lang & Associates are licensed in multiple states and have a continual presence in both state and federal courts. Our familiarity with the “ins and outs” of local and federal rules and procedures enables us to serve as a comprehensive resource for all types of litigation. We are a leader in the marketplace for the breadth and scope of our legal services and the quality and commitment of our attorneys.
Talent, skill, and proficiency allow the team at Lang & Associates to easily navigate through the litigation process in the most efficient and cost-effective manner for each client. We pride ourselves on finding creative solutions to difficult problems and will never recommend a course of action just because it will increase our fees.
Confidentiality is one of the core values of our practice at Lang & Associates. It is our ethical duty to protect the privacy of our clients when they share information with us. We take this responsibility very seriously and diligently maintain the security and privacy of all client information.
Our firm is unique in that we care about each client's individual needs, not just his or her legal needs. When it comes to our clients, we believe in open lines of communication and responsiveness. We are dedicated to advising our clients at every stage of the process. By helping clients address and anticipate challenges, our lawyers are able to guide them to make informed economic decisions each step of the way.
Lang & Associates prides itself on a standard of excellence that is deeply rooted in integrity, ethics, and professionalism. We are dedicated to making a positive impact on our clients' businesses and lives. We are committed to doing the right thing, at the right time, for every client served.