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Mission Viejo

CA 92691

Phone: (949) 715-9300
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Conflict Resolution for Businesses, Associations & Homeowners



               elcome to the Law Offices of Dean E. Smart.


Mission Viejo Homeowners Association (HOA) Attorney Dean E. Smart has 25 years’ experience representing both homeowners associations and property owners in a wide variety of HOA disputes. At the Law Offices of Dean E. Smart, we are committed to providing the highest level of quality, cost-effective legal representation, and we have earned a reputation as one of Orange County’s premiere HOA Law Firms.


Contact Mission Viejo Homeowners Association Lawyer Dean E. Smart at (949) 715-9300 today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Homeowners Association Attorney. Mission Viejo Homeowners Association Attorney Dean Smart


Drafted into law in 1985 and in effect since 1986, the Davis-Stirling Act (California Civil Code §§ 4000 – 4765) governs most issues relating to Common Interest Developments, including those Homeowners Associations established prior to 1986. However, HOA Law is constantly evolving and it is essential that you retain an experienced Homeowners Association Attorney when disputes arise.


Serving clients in Mission Viejo and throughout the region since 1987, HOA Attorney Dean Smart has gained extensive knowledge in matters concerning the rights of both Homeowners Associations and Property Owners. A successful, result-oriented Homeowners Association Lawyer, Attorney Dean E. Smart is proud to offer legal representation to both parties in the following areas of HOA Law:


Architectural Approval: If the governing Homeowners Association documents require property owners to obtain Architectural Approval before physically changing their separate interest property or common area, the Davis-Stirling Act requires the HOA to provide a fair & reasonable approval process. The decision must be made in good faith, taking into account Federal, State and Local laws, as well as code enforcement. Mission Viejo Homeowners Association Lawyer Dean Smart can provide assistance to parties who wish to submit an application for Architectural Approval, as well as give guidance to HOAs that must decide whether to approve or deny an Architectural Approval request.


Board & Member Meetings: The Davis-Stirling Act mandates how HOA Board of Director Meetings must be conducted, sets forth the requirements in relation to both open sessions and closed executive sessions, and provides rules regarding member meetings and voting procedures. Contact Mission Viejo Homeowners Association Attorney Dean E. Smart at (949) 715-9300 for advice with respect to Board & Member Meeting requirements, or if you think your HOA is in violation of these requirements.


CC&Rs and Bylaws: The Law Offices of Dean E. Smart offers legal representation and assistance drafting, interpreting, amending and enforcing Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) and Homeowners Association Bylaws. Whether you are a member of the Board of Directors seeking to enforce or are a property owner who wishes to dispute the validity of any terms set forth in these documents, HOA Lawyer Dean Smart has the experience & knowledge to help.


HOA / Owner Disputes: If you are presently engaged in a dispute with your HOA or a separate interest property owner and need experienced, skilled legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Mission Viejo HOA Attorney Dean Smart at (949) 715-9300 for a free initial consultation.


HOA Collections: Whether you are a Homeowners Association and need to place a lien against an association member’s property for nonpayment of HOA assessments / dues or are a property owner who is facing foreclosure for delinquent HOA fees, Homeowners Association Lawyer Dean Smart can help. Attorney Smart provides aggressive, effective representation to both HOAs and Property Owners involved in HOA fees and assessment disputes.


Maintenance & Repair: When damage occurs to property that is under the general authority of a Homeowners Association, disputes can arise as to who should be responsible to pay for repairs or basic maintenance. These cases often involve two or more property owners and can become complicated quite rapidly. If you have sustained damage to your property and don’t know who is responsible for making repairs, or if you are a Homeowners Association and are unsure whether damaged property is separate or communal, contact Mission Viejo HOA Attorney Dean Smart.  


Neighbor Disputes: Disputes among neighbors can be highly disruptive for both property owners and Homeowners Associations. Whether you are involved in a dispute with your neighbor or are an HOA trying to mediate a neighbor dispute, Homeowners Association Lawyer Dean E. Smart is here to assist you. Call for quality representation today!


Mission Viejo Homeowners Association Lawyer Dean E. Smart takes great pride in providing reliable and accessible legal counsel for all of his clients. Whether you sit on the Board of Directors for a Homeowners Association or are a separate interest property owner, Attorney Smart possesses the skills and experience necessary to help you resolve your dispute quickly and effectively.


For immediate assistance, contact Mission Viejo Homeowners Association Attorney Dean E. Smart at (949) 715-9300 to schedule a free initial consultation.



Homeowners Association Lawyer Dean Smart represents HOAs and Property Owners in a wide variety of Homeowners Association cases in Southern California including Mission Viejo and throughout the surrounding areas:

Orange County, North San Diego County, Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Cota de Caza, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Temecula/Murrieta