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Condominium Director Conflict of Interests and the Business Judgment Rule

Nothing corrodes homeowners’ trust in their community association more than the apparent self-interest of a board majority. Every director or committee member has potential conflict of interest in the community’s business because they own property and pay assessments impacted by their own governance. Yet the HOAs business must get done. This doesn’t mean that leaders […]

Are Courts Critical or Deferential towards HOA Decisions?

Many homeowners can tell that the boards and committees of their community association are making wrong decisions that prejudice their rights, but struggle to articulate the legal basis for why the decision is bad. Attorneys inexperienced with HOA law sometimes write demand letters to community leaders sprinkled with legal jargon such as “breach of fiduciary […]

Does Civility Still Matter in HOAs and Condominiums?

Community association disputes can become quite contentious. People will call others names or question their integrity in a board meeting. Others send “reply all” blasts attacking the ethics of neighbors, board members or managers. It is not surprising that emotions boil over in such communications, because everyone participating has some amount of “skin” in the […]

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John C. Cowherd

Experienced Advisor In Property & Construction Matters

I am an attorney who litigates real estate and contract rights in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. I advise and advocate for property owners and businesses in a variety of disputes, including construction, real estate, neighbor law, and community association matters.

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