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General Counsel Services

The attorneys and staff members of WKC are well-versed in governing common interest developments and familiar with the range of issues faced by residential and commercial property owners associations. If your association needs guidance on nuisance abatement, corporate governance and elections, dispute resolution, or any other matter, we can help.

Our firm is a proud member of a number of trade and professional organizations including the California Association of Community Managers(CACM), the Community Association Institute (CAI), the Building Industry Association (BIA), the Home Builders Council (HBC), American Inns of Court, and local, state and national bar associations. We serve on the Boards and/or committees for many of these organizations in an effort to advance programs that further scholarship, education, ethics, efficiency and alternative forms of dispute resolution. Our attorneys are featured speakers at Board leadership workshops and are sought after as authors for several community association publications on a variety of topics

Assessment Collections and Foreclosure

Assessments are the lifeblood of an association. The collection process, especially for residential community associations, can be complicated and fraught with legal peril. WKC provides complete collection services from intent to lien letters through judicial and nonjudicial foreclosures. We provide expert advice on when, if, and how to proceed with foreclosing on assessment and judgment liens.

We take exceptional pride in making full recovery of assessment delinquencies for our association clients, including the delinquent owner's payment of all of the association's attorneys' fees and costs. We have continuing success in collecting debts from even the most intransigent owners, and our attorneys are adept at navigating and advising on bankruptcy issues

Governing Document Amendments and Restatements


Changes in the law, a shift from developer to owner control, unanticipated issues, and changing visions for community progress and maintenance are just some of the reasons an association may wish to amend or restate its governing documents. From complete restatements of a community's recorded declaration, to bylaw amendments to drafting and amending operating rules and maintenance matrices, WKC can help your association rewrite your governing documents to reflect your community's goals and values.

In addition to drafting and amending governing documents, our staff is highly experienced in conducting member elections for amendment approval as well as seeking court assistance where member apathy prevents the ratification of needed changes to an association's CC&Rs or bylaws.