What We Can Do For Your
Community Association

For more than two decades, Buckalew Frizzell & Crevina has been vigorously representing condominium associations, cooperatives, and homeowners associations throughout New Jersey. We currently serve as counsel to approximately 200 associations -- high-rise, mid-rise, townhouse, active senior, garden-apartment, conversion, and single family communities -- and we are dedicated to providing each of our clients with the same top quality legal representation and exceptional service that are our law firm's hallmark.

Our commitment to community association law is evidenced by the fact that all ten of our attorneys daily practice in that field. We thoroughly understand the numerous New Jersey statutes and court decisions that apply to associations, and are well versed in guiding Boards through the crucial "Transition" process from developer control.  We are active members of the Community Associations Institute, and possess the proven ability, commitment and resources to promptly and cost-effectively counsel your Board and fulfill all of your association's legal needs. Among the many legal services that we routinely provide to our community association clients are:

  • Guiding associations through the critical Transition period from developer control
  • Aggressively pursuing collection of common expense and maintenance arrears
  • Providing legal opinions interpreting the Master Deed, Proprietary Lease, Declaration, and Bylaws, and preparing requested amendments
  • Enforcing Rules and Regulations, Covenants and Restrictions
  • Prosecuting and defending all litigation
  • Negotiating and drafting all contracts, including major project/service contracts
  • Interacting with local and state agencies and boards, such as the DEP, DCA, planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment
  • Securing compliance with the Municipal Services Act
  • Rendering legal opinions concerning the legality of contemplated Board action
  • Assuring compliance with NJ statutes governing the operation of corporations
  • Litigating construction defect claims against developers
  • Presiding over mediation and other ADR proceedings
  • Attending monthly Board meetings and assisting in running annual meetings
  • Counseling Boards on proper corporate governance
  • Handling labor and employment issues, including union negotiations
  • Refinancing large cooperative mortgages
  • Assuring cooperatives' compliance with Internal Revenue Code section 216
  • Serving as the cooperative's transfer agent and assuring prompt closings on share transfers
  • Opposing development by adjacent property owners
  • Guiding Boards in responding to requests for reasonable accommodations made by residents under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Please contact Eric Frizzell, Donna Shahrabani, Mary Wynn Seiter, or any of our other attorneys to discuss how we can work with you to better your association.