FAQs about consulting with Julie A. Liberman, LLC

Do you offer free consultations?

We charge at the attorney’s hourly rate for consultations on HOA matters and most other matters that we handle. Often, one hour of Julie’s time is all a homeowner needs for direction to handle the matter on their own to resolution. Where there are further legal issues to explore, we discuss a larger scope of representation to proceed after the consultation. We offer limited, 20-minute no-charge consultations for matters poised for appeal to the Georgia Court of Appeals, and for HOA Board representation. Please contact the office for more information.

Will Julie read my documents before my consultation?

Generally, no, the documents are reviewed cursorily during your consultation. If you need document review before your consultation, you can choose a 30/30 Consultation (30 minutes of document review and 30 minutes in consultation), or a two-hour consultation (60 minutes of document review and 60 minutes in consultation). Please contact the office for more information.

Many other homeowners in my neighborhood are angry too. Can I share what I learn at my consultation with them?

No, what you learn at your consultation is privileged by the attorney-client privilege and should be kept confidential. If other homeowners would like information, they can contact the office to ask about their own consultation or you can consider a group representation.

How does a group consultation work?

Groups of homeowners who have no conflicts among themselves can ask about a group consultation. All members of the group must be present for the consultation. Issues unique to individuals are not well-suited for group representation. Issues in common to all members of the group can be explored in a group consultation. Please contact the office for our group rates.

FAQs about HOA Disputes

My HOA is harassing me. Can I sue them?

We will recommend trying to resolve the dispute first. While homeowners often feel harassed by their HOA for various reasons, legal harassment is different from feeling harassed. Proving legal harassment is extremely fact specific, with a very high bar under Georgia law for the homeowner.

My HOA is spreading lies about me, what can I do?

We will consult with you on the underlying issues, but if the matter is solely one of defamation, we will likely refer you to another law firm for that legal specialization. Often, if you can distance yourself from the concern about lies or rumors, you may learn that there are other legal issues at stake with which we can assist you which may give you peace of mind.

My HOA says I owe them money that I already paid—can you help?

Possibly. If you have proof of payment (canceled checks or similar documents) and a full account ledger, we can review the accounting for errors. We also review for the statute of limitation on assessment collection, the legal rate of interest and other legally questionable fees and costs. That said, for homeowners who owe under $5,000, this is often not cost effective. If the HOA has a judgment against you and is collecting under a settlement agreement, garnishment or other post-judgment remedy, there is very little we can do to assist that will be economical.

My HOA is not following the rules, does that mean I don’t have to follow the rules?

No, it does not. Please contact the office to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation.

My HOA is not providing services, can I withhold assessment payments?

No, under Georgia law, you must pay regular, annual assessments levied by the HOA even if the HOA is not providing services. You can still demand the services. That said, there are some rare exceptions that justify withholding assessment payment based on the legal status of the HOA and the governing documents. Please contact the office to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation.

My HOA is not enforcing the covenants, can you make them?

This depends on several factors, including how your governing documents are written and which covenants are not being enforced. Ultimately, it may require a court order. Please contact the office to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation.

Can I opt out of my HOA altogether?

This is unlikely, but in some cases the HOA or its governing documents may have lapsed or expired. Please contact the office to schedule a consultation to discuss your situation.