• Community Association Law Team receives approval to provide state-required manager training

    The Community Associations Law Team of the law firm of Inman & Strickler, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that they have been approved by the Virginia Common Interest Community Board to provide recertification training on fair housing laws and laws and regulations pertaining to community associations. Attorneys Michael Inman, Jeanne Lauer and Greg Montero will be providing this training initially on February 13, 2014. This training is available to persons who have been certified as managers and any other persons having an interest in learning about the subject matter that will be presented. Each course is two hours in length. Should you desire to have more information about these courses, please contact Terri Richardson at terrir@inmanstrickler.com or call her at 757-486-7055. Read more

  • Injured on the job? The initial steps you should take.

    The following actions are recommended no matter how minor your injury might seem to you at the time: First, report the accident by notifying your employer. A verbal notification to your supervisor is usually sufficient, but it is recommended that you confirm the notification in writing. If you do not report the accident within 30 days, then the general rule is that you will be barred from benefits under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. Second, be sure to follow up to confirm that an accident report has been completed, if that is your employer’s usual procedure. At the very least, a brief statement of how the accident occurred should be completed and dated by your supervisor. Third, document any conversations that you have with your supervisor, your company’s safety director, or fell... Read more

  • Blue Lights in the Rearview

    With the recent publicized arrest of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney for DUI and the various commentaries that occurred in the newspaper about the arrest, attention is again directed to this potentially life altering charge. In today's world of enhanced and aggressive DUI enforcement by authorities in all cities, as well as the State Police, and the coming holidays when routine road blocks are erected, having a few glasses of wine and a cocktail out to dinner can end in a nightmare before the evening is through. More and more, I am assisting clients that do not have a drinking problem, are not alcoholics, but who because of holiday exuberance or a particular celebration, or just inattention and a lack of judgment on one night, see their life upended by an unexpected and unanticipated D... Read more

  • FHA project certifications - Is there a duty to pursue?

    Over the past few years we have worked on obtaining FHA project certifications for many condominiums in the area. Many have received certification which allows its unit owners to refinance and buyers to finance their purchases via FHA loans. Some did not receive certification due to not meeting all of FHA’s criteria. In the current lending environment FHA loans are a major source of funding of new loans largely because of the low down payment permitted compared to other loan programs. In our area FHA loans top out at $417,500.00 so many purchasers can utilize this source of funding. There is a cost to obtain the certification in that the condominium documents must be reviewed to determine if they comply with a host of requirements imposed by the federal regulations promulgated by the FHA. ... Read more

  • Gumballs, Wisteria And Bamboo....Oh My, Gumballs, Wisteria And Bamboo....Oh my

    I loved Wisteria with its fragrant chandeliers of purple dangling from my back fence where is had taken up residence from my neighbor’s yard. It was still lovely when it crept over the shed, lending a cottage-like appearance to the unfinished wood. Then it ate my pear tree and I had to start keeping my children and dogs inside. The gumball droppings and bamboo have never been palatable. I didn’t planrt them and I don’t want them. But what to do about this horticultural Welcome Wagon? Virginia’s law regarding trees was a subjective mess until 2007, but is now fairly straightforward: Accordingly, we hold that encroaching trees and plants are not nuisances merely because they cast shade, drop leaves, flowers, or fruit, or just because they happen to encroach upon adjoining property either abo... Read more

  • Estate Planning 101

    Over the years, I have been asked to speak to groups about estate planning. Inevitably, the first things people are concerned about is how complicated the process is going to be, how much it will cost and will they really be able to understand the final product. I have always used the analogy of comparing estate plans to automobiles. When you were young and single, you probably owned a used car or an inexpensive new car. Basically, you didn’t have much money so you couldn’t afford an expensive car. More than likely your only asset, in addition to the car, would be a checking or savings account. You probably didn’t own any real estate or have a stock portfolio. At that time in your life, you probably didn’t need a complex estate plan. In all likelihood a simple will leaving everything to yo... Read more

  • Pest Control, Towing of Vehicles, New swimming pool regulation in Virginia Beach

    Dear Board Members and Managers: It’s a good time to talk about laws which seem to relate to the season we have entered. We want to alert you to laws on the following topics: pest control, towing and swimming pools. Pest Control: There is a statute in the Virginia Condominium Act that requires pest companies to give 48 hours’ notice by posting the notice in a conspicuous location before applying the chemical(s). We recommend that you print a copy of the attached state statute and send it to your pest control vendors. Towing of vehicles: We have been engaged numerous time when vehicles are towed from associations. Frequently the towed owner either threatens suit or actually files suit for damages when towed in a manner he or she feels is illegal. There are strict rules in each city as to wh... Read more