Condominiums--Why do I need a lawyer?

Posted about 5 years ago. Applies to Illinois, 2 helpful votes

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Read The Documents

Nothing exists in the English language more boring than the Declarations and Bylaws of a condominium! They are written in legalese and contain seemingly dozens of subparagraphs and subparts to each numbered section. For experienced condominium lawyers these documents make sense, but to even extremely well-educated owners or association members, they can be confusing and even seem contradictory. First, read and try to understand them. Then, after you have a basic idea of what they say, call a lawyer!

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Call a lawyer!

There is nothing to be ashamed of in admitting that these documents are confusing to you. Just as I would not recommend we perform dentistry or brain surgery on ourselves, I would not recommend that property owners or members of a condominium association or board try to "figure it out themselves." It just is that specialized and requires an expert to guide you along.

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But lawyers are expensive, aren't they?

So are condominium lawsuits! The last thing anyone should ever wish to be involved in is a lawsuit involving a condominium. They are nearly guaranteed to eat up countless resources, time, and create animosity. A review of your condominium's Declarations, Bylaws, and Rules may actually anticipate and prevent disputes before they occur. Having a lawyer review these documents is much like preventative medicine. You may find things that you don't want to find, but you can also take steps to repair and/or avoid them before they become serious.

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You insure your car and your health so why not "insure" your home?

Think of having a lawyer review your condominium documents as a way of protecting your investment--often the largest purchase in your lifetime. A bit of money invested in your home now can make it a better investment and provide you piece of mind in the future!

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