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Michael Chulak of Michael T. Chulak & Associates, is the author of a legal column that appears in several newspapers. The column features questions and answers concerning homeowner associations and various real estate topics. Following are questions and answers for homeowner associations arranged by general topic. Additional questions and answers are added monthly, so please visit our site often. Please feel free to make copies for non commercial purposes and visit our links.


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HOA Law Articles

We add articles to this section of our website on a regular basis:

  How to Get Elected to the Board of Directors of Your HOA
  Why You Should Run for Election to the Board of Directors of Your HOA
  What Happens if Nobody Runs for the Board
  The Most Common Reasons Board Members are Recalled
  Developers Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  Why Homeowner Associations Get into Trouble
  Pledge by Nominee for Election to Board of Directors
  Is Your HOA Protected?
  Post Earthquake Responses To Severe Earthquakes
  Increasing Attendance at HOA Annual Meetings
  Loss Assessment Coverage
  Homeowner Association Security
  Checklist for Buying a Condominium
  Breach of Fiduciary Duty by Directors of HOAs
  Selecting an Agent for Service of Process
  Saving Dollars for Your Homeowner Association
  Disadvantages of Self-Management and Small Management Companies
  What Every Board Should Ask Their Insurance Agent
  Owner Claims Against HOA Water Intrusion
  When the HOA is Sued Cumis Counsel Reservation of Rights
  Dogs and HOA Insurance

Real Estate Law Articles

  Strategic Defaults and Foreclosure
  Insurance Company Tricks
  Security Disasters - Don't Let This Happen to You
  Reasons to use a Mortgage Broker
  Renters Insurance Why it is Necessary
  Buying Lender Foreclosures or REOs
  "As Is" Real Estate Contracts

Business Law Articles

  Why Arbitration Provisions in Contracts are Usually Unfair to Plaintiffs





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