A recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court in Haan v. Lake Doster Lake Association means that members of community associations who have docks on a lake should check their deeds and governing documents. If an easement for a dock is not specifically provided in writing, it may be that the owner only has a…
First, it should be noted that this is a developing story, and information continues to come out regarding who knew what and when, so it may be premature to blame anyone for this horrible accident at this point in time. However, it is important to take this opportunity to reflect on best practices for all…
We have fielded several inquiries from our community association clients regarding Michigan legislation, HB 4722. Some understandably find the language of the bill to be confusing, mistakenly thinking that the bill will nullify any recorded restrictions against short-term renting in a condominium, i.e., renting for a term of less than 30 days. In fact, a…
Michigan community associations and their attorneys are concerned about potential unintended consequences from Public Act 572, which amended Michigan’s Record Marketable Title Act. While it is not entirely clear, many community association attorneys are of the opinion that the language might be interpreted to cause some community associations’ recorded restrictions to expire if they were…
At the end of 2018, our Michigan government experienced a “lame duck” session when many of the representatives and senators, as well as the governor, would not be returning to office the following year. During these times, there tends to be a flurry of legislative activity, as certain individuals may no longer be concerned about…
Michigan condominiums can breathe a bit easier after the recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision in Cove Creek Condominium Association v. Vistal Land and Home Development, which affirmed the lower court’s ruling that the language of the 2016 amendment to Section 67 of the Michigan Condominium Act should not be interpreted to apply retroactively. Prior…
About our firm
The Meisner Law Group, P.C., celebrating over 40 years of dedicated service to Michigan residents, is a law firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan, that concentrates in Community Association Law. The firm represents condominiums, subdivisions, homeowners associations, cooperative communities, developers, businesses, corporations, limited liability companies, and individual homeowners.
The firm is led by Robert M. Meisner, a practicing attorney for over 45 years, as well as a former adjunct professor of Community Association Law at Cooley Law School and MSU College of Law. Robert M. Meisner has been nationally recognized as one of the premier community association lawyers in Michigan with extensive experience teaching seminars and classes statewide and nationally, as well as writing prolifically in newspapers and specialty publications.
Community Association Law
Condominium and Homeowner association assessments are the life blood of the organizations. When owners don’t pay on time, the burden often falls on the other owners to make up the difference needed to pay the bills. We work with the association to help bring delinquent owners current.
The members of the board of directors have a fiduciary responsibility to the association members to exercise due care in performing their duties, and to act reasonably and in good faith in accord with the best interests of the association.
The responsibilities of the board of directors include not only a duty to enforce the documents, but to take action to amend the documents so as to keep the documents from becoming obsolete due to changes in community association law and practice.
The closing yesterday went as smooth as one could expect for the situation. I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you, and please extend my gratitude to the rest of the staff at the Meisner Law Group, for your diligent effort in helping me navigate through the legal process, and in reaching a resolution regarding this matter.
“Kay’s presentation for our association members to help them understand why it was necessary to have our legal documents brought up to date was so well done. And much appreciated by those of us serving on the board.”
Bob Meisner is a stand out, experienced attorney with integrity and a long history of accomplishment. Brian Harris is thoughtful and thorough. Kay Michaels is professional and on point. We have had 12 years of experience with The Meisner Law Group. They are TOP DOG!
Robert Meisner – First Michigan Member of College of Community Association Lawyers
Since 1993, the Community Associations Institute has recognized excellence in the practice of community association law through the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Of the thousands of attorneys practicing community association law in the United States, fewer than 175 have been granted membership in the College. Fellows of the College distinguish themselves through contributions to the development of community association law. Their service is demonstrated by a commitment to educate and empower boards and residents of the more than 320,000 community associations across the country. CCAL attorneys commit themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct and work to create a community of experienced legal professionals to advance community association law for the betterment of the communities they serve.
Robert Meisner was the first and one of only three community association attorneys from Michigan invited to become a member of this select group.More about CCAL
Our services & skills
The Meisner Law Group is a Community Association Law Practice representing condominium and community associations of all varieties, as well as developers and individuals. Our philosophy is not to represent every prospective client that seeks our advice but only those clients to which we can provide our accomplished knowhow together with our ability to service them efficiently and expeditiously.
The Meisner Law Group, P.C. represents builders, developers, corporations, limited liability companies, individual property owners, business owners and investors in a wide variety of real estate litigation and transactional matters.
The Meisner Law Group, P.C. handles a wide variety of complex business and commercial disputes that arise from day to day business transactions. While we counsel clients to put them in positions to avoid litigation, it often becomes unavoidable. We represent plaintiffs and defendants in all types of business and commercial litigation, including cases related to the following:
- Banking and Finance
- Business Torts
- Breach of Contract
- Construction Law
- Corporate Governance
- Derivative Actions
- Insurance coverage and claims disputes
- Lender Liability
- Real Estate
- Shareholder Disputes
- Tortious Interference with Business Expectancy/Contract
The Meisner Law Group, P.C. represents builders, contractors, developers, property owners, and subcontractors in a wide variety of construction and development issues. We provide representation on the following issues related to construction law and developers in litigation and transactional matters:
- Breach of Contract Claims
- Contract Drafting, Review and Negotiation
- Construction Liens
- Construction Defects
- Design Defects
- General Contract Agreements
- Insurance Coverage Disputes
- Payment and Performance Bond Claims
- Property Damage
- Subcontractor Agreements
NEED DISPUTE RESOLUTION OR A COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION EXPERT?
Contact Bob Meisner, certified by the Oakland County Bar Association, to conduct facilitative mediations which are designed to resolve disputes between adversarial parties. Bob Meisner is particularly specialized in facilitating commercial litigation disputes, disputes between a Community Association and its members, between a Community Association and the Developer, and/or between any others related to the Community Association. He is also well-versed in the Michigan Supreme Court’s alternate dispute resolution rules.
Contact the expert: Robert M. Meisner, Esq.
Call: 1-800-470-4433 or (248) 644-4433
Bob Meisner is experienced in the practice of law for over 40 years at the AV rated Michigan law firm of The Meisner Law Group, P.C. He speaks nationally on Community Association law, and is Michigan’s first attorney to be inducted into the Community Associations Institute’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers. Bob Meisner has lectured at the National CAI Conference and Law Seminars, is a former adjunct professor of law for Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law and at Cooley Law School, where he taught community association and condominium law, and has been an instructor of condominium operation courses for over 25 years at local colleges and universities. He is also a featured newspaper columnist for local Observer & Eccentric Newspapers.
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