According to the Community Association Institute’s 2018 Homeowners Satisfaction Survey, 90% of the respondents say their association rules enhance and protect property values and 85% of participants rated their overall experience as members of an HOA or COA as being positive. It is estimated that over 350,000 HOA’s and COA’s are active in this country with over 40 million households, which represents 53% of all owner-occupied households in the United States. Amazing… It is no wonder that developers, especially in Florida, are building-out planned, private communities and condominiums at an alarming rate. Active communities where the ownership of private property is under the use-control of an association’s governing rules and regulations of its owners and where common areas are maintained and paid for by association dues. Homeowner and condominium associations all over the State of Florida have unique challenges when handling their day to day activities of issues ranging from deed and covenant enforcement, collection of dues, assessments and even dealing with construction issues defects and liens. Business law attorneys that specialize in assisting HOA’s and COA’s are much more effective if engaged by the real estate developer at the outset of the development or condominium project. Having the necessary experience and legal expertise in drafting and amending HOA and Condominium Association governing documents, advising on compliance issues with state statutes is essential for creating durable and enforceable covenants and restrictions. HOA attorneys in jacksonville fl provide legal advice and opinions on many aspects of HOA’s and COA’s operations including: drafting governing documents, declarations and amendments, interpretation and enforcement of covenants, rules and regulations, assessments, assessment collection, conflict of interest, bylaw disputes, managing agent agreements, and disputes that include common charges, covenant enforcement, disturbance issues and modification of CAC’s. Additionally, if problems arise with the construction of dwellings that result in contract disputes, construction defects, mechanical liens, alterations, and repairs or other disputes with property owners HOA attorneys usually have construction law experience.
Litigation Group, our lead business and construction law attorneys Geoff Heekin and Hunter Malin provide general counsel in all aspects of HOA and COA operations. With over 50 years of shared business and construction law experience, we assist developers with all aspects of an HOA or COA type of association. Providing legal guidance for HOA’s and COA’s is different than dealing with typical business entities. Many of these types of associations are set up as non-profit corporations and are governed as such. Associations can benefit from the insight of attorneys who understand all of the applicable laws associated with these types of communities and at the same time are sensitive to the ongoing relationship between property owners and the governing body of their associations. At Heekin Law, P.A. we are extremely well versed in creating governing documents including covenants, conditions and restrictions commonly referred to as CC&R. Need help determining annual assessments and an ongoing plan for funding reserves, we even assist governing bodies and property management companies revising CC&R charges and annual assessments. When disputes arise, Heekin Law, P.A. is proficient and expeditious in handling any issues and conflicts. We are skilled negotiators at resolving problems, amicable is possible, but are ready for trial, prepared to defend your association in court in any jurisdiction in Florida including Federal Court. Our goal is the protection of the community as a whole. If you represent an association of any community or condominium in Jacksonville, St Augustine, Fernandina, Palm Coast, Daytona, The Villages, Orlando or any other area of Central or North Florida, give us a call. Heekin Law, P.A. is well versed in all legal matters pertaining to businesses, construction, real estate and HOA and COA’s. Our no-obligation consultations are always free and we are available where ever you reside. Call 904-355-7000
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To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
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Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to