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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.

VLR 2012 – Recap

We are back from the Virginia Leadership Retreat, and wow, there is so much to process.  The VLR is an amazing event based on its volunteer workforce.  Our VLR committee is comprised of volunteers from the three CAI chapters in Virginia.  I am pleased to be one of the committee members.  The committee members plan the retreat, develop the educational program, coordinate all of the  retreat events,  produce all of the communications, invitations, and instructions for speakers and attendees, stuff the welcome bags, make name tags…. if its part of the retreat, its done by our committee.  All of our speakers, other than our keynote speaker, are volunteers who actually pay to attend the retreat.  Our speaker evaluations bear out the top quality speakers and presentations that truly define our retreat.

John and I both taught sessions at the retreat.  John presented with two attorney colleagues, Andrew Elmore and Jeanne Lauer, on litigation issues for community associations.  With a combined 65 years of experience, John, Andrew and Jeanne provided valuable information on dealing with lawsuits.

I presented on legislation that mandates permitting green initiatives over restrictive covenants that prohibit such things as solar panels, clotheslines, wind energy devices, and energy efficiency measures.  I was paired with Pia Trigiani who practices law in Richmond, and  with our combined 50+ years of experience (yikes!), we had a lively and productive discussion with our audience on green initiatives.

Our event is attended by managers and business partners who are not only dedicated to their occupations, but also truly committed to our industry. Sharing information and experiences and networking make all of us better at what we do.

Finally, I think that all I need to say is two words:  The Homestead.  Yes, it is a wonderful respite.  If you have never been to The Homestead, we highly recommend the experience.  It was great networking with colleagues on the Old Course, at the pool, or over dinner at Sam Snead’s Tavern or the 1776 Grille.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fabulous breakfast buffet.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s retreat!

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law – Williamsburg, Virginia

Susan Tarley

Susan Tarley

Susan chairs the firm's common interest community (HOAs and Condos) practice area. She was admitted into the College of Community Association Attorneys (“CCAL”). Susan is one of fewer than 150 attorneys nationwide to be admitted to CCAL, for distinguishing herself through contributions to the evolution or practice of community association law.

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