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Matthew C. Collins counsels community associations with respect to nearly all facets of their operations and risk management. The services that he provides to community associations include: interpretation, amendment and enforcement of governing documents; collection of assessments; drafting and review of contracts; transition from declarant to unit owner control; loan documentation; board governance; and statutory compliance. In addition, Mr. Collins provides outside general counsel services to a wide array of businesses.

The November 16, 2016 issue of the Wall Street Journal ran an article about Celebration, Florida, which is the master-planned community built by The Walt Disney Company in 1996. The title of the article summarized the state of affairs in Celebration as follows: “There Is Little Celebration in the Town Disney Built: Mold, leaks, rot are hurting the 1990s utopia; ‘they’re harassing my team.’” My initial thought was that if this can happen to a community built by the world’s most famous mouse, it is little wonder that a large portion of my practice involves representing community associations in lawsuits against developers and architects for construction and design deficiencies.

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