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.
“We’re not money-grubbing weasels,” quips attorney Russell M. Robbins, Esq., the managing partner of the community association law firm of Mirza Basulto & Robbins LLP in Coral Springs. “Getting past that stereotype of lawyers is probably our biggest challenge. We’re there to help.”
Believe it or not, finding and developing a successful relationship with an attorney is similar to finding and developing a successful relationship with 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 friends and family already knows you, your personality and your situation and they work hard at pairing you up with the right person. You come with a great recommendation. While family matchups have the makings of a mismatched relationship, recommendations from someone familiar with you can be successful.