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    The Greater Williamsburg area is an exciting place to live and work, especially because of the large number of entrepreneurs who have built businesses from the ground up. These entrepreneurs have taken their passion and made it their profession. Many of us want to take that step. Before you begin, you need to think of the type of business entity you want to form. Our attorneys have extensive business experience, from small one-person companies to publicly traded major corporations. Our attorneys are among the leaders in Virginia in the representation of Common Interest Communities. These communities are generally referred to as "homeowners associations," or "HOAs," and "condominium associations." In the greater Williamsburg area alone, we provide legal assistance to nearly 100 associations. Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted and defended a wide array of civil disputes involving community association covenant enforcement, commercial transactions, construction disputes, contracts, real estate matters, boundary line and easement disputes, employment matters, antitrust litigation, copyright violations, administrative proceedings, and estate issues. Real Estate law encompasses a wide variety of matters, and our attorneys have vast experience to assist you. Whether you need assistance with a commercial or residential closing, or you have questions relating to residential or commercial leasing, we provide experienced advice and counsel to our clients. Zoning law can be a complicated maze of statutes and ordinances. We have ample experience in successful applications for rezoning, variance, and special use permit requests. Finally, commercial and residential construction provide special challenges with respect to financing issues and the construction process. We serve as counsel to various financial institutions.

Limited Liability Companies: What happens to an LLC when a Member dies?

September 3, 2013 on 9:26 am | In Business Planning, John Tarley, Merger & Acquisition, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

This case has been overturned by statute. Check out this blog post for the details.

We have written about the importance of operating agreements to help succession planning for your limited liability company (“LLC”). Operating agreements can help the company with procedures to remove a member, or with procedures to permit a member to leave the LLC on his own accord. This blog post reviews a recent Virginia Supreme Court case that shows the importance, and limitations of your LLC operating agreement to set forth succession planning of a member’s interest when that member dies.

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James City County offering Good Neighbor Grant to HOAs and other neighborhood associations

August 12, 2013 on 7:33 am | In Common Interest Community, HOA, John Tarley, Real Estate Strategies, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

We frequently blog on the importance of cooperation and relationship-building in your homeowner association or condominium association. Here is an easy and practical way to build your association’s camaraderie as James City County is sponsoring a Good Neighbor Environment Matching Grant for the fall of 2013.

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The county’s stated purpose of the grant ” is to enhance the sense of community and environmental wellness of our neighborhoods through the development and accomplishment of a neighborhood sustainable landscape beautification project.” Consequently, the two categories for the grant are Physical Improvement/Sustainable Landscaping and Multi-Neighborhood Project Partnerships.

The grant is not limited to “formal” HOAs or Condo Associations, as any neighborhood association or neighborhood committee authorized “to manage and/or maintain the common areas of a community” may apply. However, such a neighbor association or committee has a few more obstacles to overcome to apply.

Applications are due on September 30, 2013, and the grants will be announced on October 15, 2013. We will make this information known to our association clients, but anybody is welcome to pass along this link to the application. Let us know if we can help your association apply for this Good Neighbor grant.

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

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2013 Virginia Leadership Retreat at The Homestead

July 22, 2013 on 10:00 am | In Common Interest Community, General Interest, HOA, HOA litigation, John Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

This week, at the newly renovated Omni Homestead Resort, the annual Virginia Leadership Retreat will take place. For this event, community managers and their management company executives, guest speakers, and the community association attorneys and service providers from all parts of Virginia will meet to discuss this year’s topic: Building Community Association Intelligence.  Susan Tarley served on the VLR Planning Committee and helped put together a program with an exciting slate of interactive classes to encourage participatory learning for all attendees.

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John Tarley will teach classes at the VLR, discussing topics about which we blog frequently. John is teaching “Mission Possible? The Dynamics of Group Decision-Making,” and will be the Square-Master for “Hollywood Squares – Your Mission Has Begun.”

The VLR provides us with an opportunity to mingle with other industry professionals so we can provide better service for our clients.  The golf, spa, and Jefferson Pools are pretty nice, too!

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

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There still are no winners in Virginia’s Chinese Drywall Cases

June 26, 2012 on 8:00 am | In Construction litigation, John Tarley, Real Estate Litigation, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

Recent news articles reported that a Norfolk Circuit Court awarded default judgment to several homeowners against Taishan Gypsum Company, a Chinese drywall manufacturer. However, as with the other outcomes in Virginia, it is unlikely that homeowners or building supply companies will receive any benefits from this decision.

 

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When the corrosive drywall issues first became public, concerns were raised about two possible issues: a) health effects; and b) property damage. To date, both the Centers for Disease Control and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) have found that “not enough information exists to determine the nature and magnitude of a potential health risk.” Furthermore, no deaths can be attributed to exposure to imported corrosive drywall. That is good news. Continue reading “There still are no winners in Virginia’s Chinese Drywall Cases”

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Chinese Drywall damages not covered by homeowners insurance

June 20, 2012 on 10:12 am | In John Tarley, Real Estate Strategies, State & Federal Litigation, Weekly Tweets | Comments Off on Chinese Drywall damages not covered by homeowners insurance

Although it’s only one case, and it probably will be appealed, a Virginia federal court judge determined that a homeowners insurance policy did not cover losses resulting from Chinese drywall. The case is TRAVCO Ins. Co. v. Ward. Frankly, the decision is not surprising, but it does provide another roadblock to homeowners looking for assistance in paying for drywall replacement. Nothing has happened thus far, including the award of a large default judgment against Chinese manufacturers of the drywall, that provides any immediate financial relief to those homeowners. Therefore, if you are in the market to buy a house, you need to take precautions when considering homes built between 2004 and 2007, the timeframe generally accepted as when the Chinese drywall was used prominently in new home construction. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and James City County Code Compliance has a wealth of information and reports regarding the ongoing investigation of Chinese Drywall.

UPDATE: The James City County Board of Equalization has reduced to $100 the home values of Chinese drywall victims. These legislative solutions will probably become the only source of financial relief for homeowners.

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

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Williamsburg Bar Association unveils Judicial Portrait

May 10, 2012 on 6:13 pm | In John Tarley, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

Our Circuit Court Judge Samuel T. Powell III retired this year. As a gesture of appreciation for his service, the Williamsburg Bar Association commissioned a judicial portrait that was unveiled at a ceremony in the Circuit Court for Williamsburg and James City County.

I was honored to present remarks and, with the help of Sergeant Darrell Brantley, Judge Powell’s long-serving bailiff, to unveil the portrait to Judge Powell and the community. A photo of the event, below, was published by The Virginia Gazette.

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Recap of the 2011 Virginia Leadership Retreat

September 30, 2011 on 7:55 pm | In HOA, HOA litigation, John Tarley, Susan B. Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

The 2011 Virginia Leadership Retreat was held this past weekend at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.  The Virginia Leadership Retreat is the leading educational and networking forum for community association professionals in Virginia. This was the 3rd annual retreat and it was a great success!  The attorneys at Tarley Robinson, PLC participated in many events at the Retreat. From teaching to sponsoring to working at the VLR, our attorneys devoted dozens of hours to this event.

Susan Tarley serves as a member of the Virginia Leadership Retreat Committee.  The Committee is comprised of members of the Washington Metro, Central Virginia and Southeastern Virginia Chapters of the Community Associations Institute.  Susan is a representative of the Central Virginia Chapter, serving on the Board of Directors as well as the Virginia Legislative Action Committee.

Both John Tarley and Susan Tarley presented educational sessions that provided community association managers with their annual continuing education credits.  Susan’s topic was Protecting Confidentiality:  The Attorney Client Privilege.  The importance and purpose of the privilege for homeowner and condominium associations was discussed along with best practice tips to protect the privilege. We have blogged many times on this important topic.

John’s area of expertise in social media provided the backdrop for his presentation on how to use social media, including Facebook, Twitter and blogging to help move management companies to the forefront in the industry. John provided a roadmap on how to implement social media into a business, and related the benefits that gained as a leading professional in the field.

The keynote speaker was one of Williamsburg’s own Deborah Reeser McKinnon who presented an inspiring session on leadership.

John, Susan and Philip Chapman, also attended the educational forums and retreat events.  The event includes many industry professionals. We find that sharing information and socializing with colleagues is a tremendous learning experience, helping us provide even better service for our clients. Pictures will follow!


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Williamsburg, Virginia

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Virginia Leadership Retreat at The Homestead – 2011

September 8, 2011 on 8:45 am | In General Interest, HOA, HOA litigation, John Tarley, Susan B. Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

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Mark your calendars for July 29, 2011 – July 31, 2011 for The Virginia Leadership Retreat, a time for you to enjoy a great weekend at The Homestead while networking with homeowner association attorneys, managers, and business partners. The VLR is a very popular seminar sponsored by Central Virginia Community Association Institute, Southeastern Virginia Community Association Institute, and Washington Metropolitan Community Association Institute.

Both Susan Tarley and John Tarley will teach classes at the VLR. Susan will discuss a topic about which we blog frequently, “Confidentiality: Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege.” John will explore the use of social media to enhance your business marketing, “Social Media Marketing for CA Managers.” The discussion will include the use of Twitter, Facebook, and blogging to enhance your online business presence.

Other topics to be presented at the VLR include:

  • Aging Community Infrastructures
  • Aging-In-Place: The Boomer Community
  • Fresh Regs for Fresh Water
  • Nuisances, Noxiousness and Offensiveness
  • E-voting, E-signatures, E-etc.; Technology and the CA
  • RFP’s from Start to Finish
  • Rules: Purpose, Philosophy and Reasonableness
  • LEGAL and LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
  • Transition I: Developer to Owner
  • Ethical Challenges in Managing Community Associations
  • Transition II: Manager to New Management
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law

Use this form to register now for the Virginia Leadership Retreat while rooms are available and enjoy a fantastic weekend at The Homestead and its three championship golf courses, one of the world’s premier spas, a world-class shooting club, fly fishing with Orvis-endorsed instructors, 100 miles of trails to explore, and an award-winning KidsClub. The VLR is one of the top CAI programs, we hope to see you there!

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

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Tarley Robinson April 2011 Newsletter

April 7, 2011 on 8:45 am | In General Interest, HOA, HOA litigation, John Tarley, Merger & Acquisition, Neal J. Robinson, Real Estate Litigation, Susan B. Tarley, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

Check out our April 2011 Newsletter that includes the details of our new location! We completed our move to New Town and have unpacked “most” of the boxes. Our blogging output has been a bit light the past couple of weeks as we prepared to move, but we’ll be back at it next week!

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Tarley Robinson February 2011 Newsletter

February 9, 2011 on 12:57 pm | In Common Interest Community, HOA, HOA litigation, John Tarley, Merger & Acquisition, Neal J. Robinson, Susan B. Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

February Tarley Robinson Newsletter

Topics include a discussion of email scams. Also, we’re sure that you have already made your diet or exercise New Year’s Resolutions. Hopefully you are still on track! For your homeowners association, here’s a simple, but effective and invaluable list of suggested New Year’s Resolutions.

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