As people work and operate together in society, it is inevitable that conflicts will arise. Whether it involves managing conflict, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation, when a dispute or conflict arises, we invest in finding appropriate solutions in the context of your best interest. We then help you walk through that legal process. Our expertise as condominium law lawyers and our numerous litigation successes make us your best and affordable choice for litigation. Do you know what you BATNA is? Ask us – we do!
Condominium corporations are our speciality; they are governed by statutory framework which requires expertise and experience as to how a condominium works in order to ensure that the best legal solution to a litigious situation is found.
At Elia Associates, the litigation team's goal is to achieve the best possible results for our firm's clients. The team brings a fresh approach towards delivering comprehensive and cost-effective legal solutions for condominiums, businesses, as well as individuals, whether by representing the firm's clients in court or in appropriate (alternative) dispute resolution proceedings.
Condominiums have been consistently compared to small towns or companies. As such, they also have a need for a full range of legal services. The litigation team's combined expertise in condominium law and civil litigation enables us to offer full litigation support to condominiums, whether with respect to condominium - specific matters such as enforcement issues, governance disputes, collections, dispute with developers, or with respect to other areas such as human rights, contract and construction disputes.
|CONDOMINIUM ACT REVIEW - Is There A Role For Ego?|
There is no doubt that condominium legislation will impact all those who have interests within the greater condominium community. All of us should feel the need to be involved in some part of the legislative review process. However, all of us should also recognize that to make this happen would frustrate the process.
In practice, I have little time for Twitter, Facebook, etc.; however, a series of Twitter exchanges were recently brought to my attention. In one, a representative from the Condominium Owners’ Association sent the following:
"Ministry prevents #CondoOwners from having representation from #CondoOwnersAssociation in Condo Act Review Expert Panel.”
This type of comment is frustrating to a process that, without exception to my knowledge, goes over and beyond the efforts of any other Ontario government initiative in involving unit owners and stakeholders to achieve what should ultimately be a superior legislation.
|What is Mediation?|
The Condominium Act may make it mandatory; your condominium may have a by-law that speaks to it; and the courts may encourage parties to try it - but what exactly is mediation, anyway?
Just as many condominium residents lack understanding of what a condominium community is or how it works, the same can be said for mediation. Many parties engaged in conflict do not understand what mediation is, how it works or what it can do for them.