Local lawyer releases book on condo and HOA operations

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published January 30, 2021

 Kevin Hirzel released an e-book titled “Hirzel’s Handbook: How to Operate a Michigan Condo or HOA.”

Kevin Hirzel released an e-book titled “Hirzel’s Handbook: How to Operate a Michigan Condo or HOA.”

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FARMINGTON — There are lots of ways for homeowner and condo associations to go wrong.  That’s why Kevin Hirzel, a managing member of Hirzel Law, wrote “Hirzel’s Handbook: How to operate a Michigan Condo or HOA.”

Hirzel Law is a law firm with offices in Farmington and Traverse City that represents condominium associations, homeowners associations and summer resorts. The firm also represents individual and corporate clients in various condominium, HOA and real estate matters.

Hirzel wrote the e-book to serve as an educational resource for board members and property managers. He focuses his practice on condominium law, HOA law, litigation and real estate law.

“In my practice of representing condos and homeowners associations, I find that most board members are well intentioned, but sometimes they just make mistakes,” Hirzel said. “I felt that there was really a void on the education and training for new board members, so I wanted to write a book to at least provide the basics for new board members.”

Hirzel has been an attorney since 2007 and holds some prestigious titles. He is a fellow in the College of Community Associations Lawyers, a designation given to fewer than 175 attorneys in the country.

He also serves as a trustee on the Community Association Institute’s national board, a member of the CCAL Board of Governors and is the co-chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section Committee for Condominiums, PUDs and Cooperatives.

He said the book will help community associations better understand basic principles of association operations, how to handle the transition from developer to owner control, how to effectively enforce the governing documents, strategies for collecting delinquent assessments and how to identify red flags that require the governing documents to be amended.

“The way that I tried to do this was to make it simple — not go too in-depth into the law — so it was easy to understand,” Hirzel said. “The goal of it was to provide practical tips, so they could easily thumb through it or pinpoint an issue. If it came up at a board meeting, they could easily flip through the book and find a quick answer. If it wasn’t able to provide an answer, at least give them the knowledge that, ‘Hey, this is probably a good time to contact the attorney and get some advice on this issue.’”

The e-book costs $9.99 and can be purchased on Amazon. According to digital marketing specialist Elizabeth Kebler, the book has received great feedback thus far.

She also noted that the book has had a lot of downloads and will soon be available in a print version.

“It’s super well organized and it gives the information needed to board members on how to successfully operate an HOA or a condominium association,” Kebler said. “It puts individuals in a really great position to understand and participate in community boards.”

For more information about Hirzel Law or to get in contact with the firm, visit hirzellaw.com or call (248) 775-5718.

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