Charles Dickens once said, “It is a pleasant world we live in, sir, a very pleasant world. There are bad people in it, Mr. Richard, but if there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”
Ah Mr. Dickens speaks the truth. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, lawyers are necessary. Whether a massive condo development or a pocket-sized co-op, buildings need a multitude of experienced, competent professionals on their side in order to remain solvent, harmonious and on the right side of the law. Those pros include a property manager, an accountant, or similar financial adviser, and, of course, an attorney. While all three are obviously vital, attorneys play a particularly important role in keeping litigation at bay and making sure it goes well for the building when the courtroom is unavoidable.
“The attorney is on equal or greater grounds with the management company,” says Peter Lehr, director of management at Kaled Management in Queens. “He should be watching over the accountant and the management company and making sure they are doing things the right way.”
Believe it or not, finding and developing a successful relationship with an attorney is similar to finding the love of your life. That might sound humorous, but it’s quite accurate. Finding the Right One
When you’re searching for someone to share your life with, friends and family will often try to set you up with someone they know. Why? Your friend or family already knows you, your personality and your situation, and they have a vested interest in pairing you up with the right person. While this has the makings of a mismatched relationship, recommendations from someone familiar with you are typically successful.