Preparing for the CCAL Law Conference

Sarah Orme and Lincoln Hobbs are finalizing their presentation for the 2017 Community Association Law Seminar, to be held in Las Vegas, NV from January 18-21. This will be Lincoln’s 15th consecutive CCAL Law Conference, and Sarah’s 5th consecutive attendance.

lawseminarSarah and Lincoln will be presenting a case study of the litigation and resolution of a complex fire-related condominium dispute with their opposing counsel in that litigation, Nate Alder of Christensen & Jensen.

Sarah also contributed to this year’s law conference by reviewing and summarizing some of the most significant condominium and HOA cases of 2016. Josh Bolen of Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado and Bolen also volunteered his time to that important project. Those cases will be presented to the conference attendees by four of the nation’s most esteemed CCAL lawyers, including Scott Carpenter of Carpenter Hazlewood.

Lastly, the firm of Carpenter Hazlewood has generously sponsored the Keynote Speaker.

Sarah and Lincoln will share the highlights of the conference on our blog,

Keeping Good Company

Hobbs & Olson’s affiliation with Carpenter Hazlewood adds four additional members of the Utah Bar to our local team, and allows us to consult, share with and learn from the 29 condominium and HOA attorneys in Arizona and New Mexico.

ch-half-page-ad2-p3-1And the lawyers at Carpenter Hazlewood are among the nation’s most qualified. Six of the Carpenter Hazlewood team are members of the College of Community Association Lawyers. Lincoln Hobbs is the current president of the College; Scott Carpenter is a Past President. All of these attorneys actively participate in and contribute to the College.

Of the thousands of HOA and condominium attorneys practicing community association law in the United States, fewer than 175 have been granted membership in the College, and the College currently has only 152 active members. Fellows of the College distinguish themselves through contributions to the development of community association law. Their service is demonstrated by a commitment to educate and empower boards and residents of the more than 330,000 community associations across the country. CCAL attorneys commit themselves to high standards of professional and ethical conduct and work to create a community of experienced legal professionals to advance community association law for the betterment of the communities they serve.

You Think You Have a Bad Neighbor?

This story from local news and radio station KSL may be the worst story I’ve ever heard about a bad condominium neighbor:

PARK CITY — A Park City man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly furnished his condo by stealing his nearby neighbor’s furniture, including a refrigerator containing 12 packages of elk meat.

Johnathan Christian Hattaway, 38, is charged in 3rd District Court with burglary, a second-degree felony, and theft, a third-degree felony. Additional details of his alleged crime were released in a search warrant unsealed in court Tuesday.

On Oct. 17, a couple living at the Prospector Condominiums came home to discover much of their furniture was missing. The missing items included a stainless steel refrigerator, a large wooden armoire, a queen-size mattress, a bed frame, queen-sized box springs, two lamps, cleaning supplies and 12 packages of elk meat, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Investigators determined that a key card had been made without authorization and was used to enter the condo, the warrant states.

Two days later, as officers were investigating several reports of criminal mischief and a vehicle burglary in the same area, they “determined John Christian Hattaway was a person of interest in these said cases,” according to the affidavit.

Detectives discovered Hattaway lived just one or two doors away. Officers went to Hattaway’s condo to talk to him. Using their body cameras, the officers recorded the furniture in the house as they walked around and later showed the video to the couple who had their furniture stolen. The couple identified many of the items as theirs, the warrant states.

“The defendant told the officers that he had thought that (the other condo) was a low income rental so he thought he could exchange his property for the property in (it),” according to charging documents.

Two days after being charged in Summit County, Hattaway was charged in Salt Lake County Justice Court with shoplifting, a class B misdemeanor. On Aug. 10, he pleaded guilty to theft of services in Summit County Justice Court, according to court records.

Nice excuse about the low income neighbor. He thought they residents were low income, so it was OK to steal the furniture?


Join Us for a Free Lunch!

The Utah Condominium and HOA lawyers at Hobbs & Olson | Carpenter Hazlewood will be sponsoring this week’s UCCAI Luncheon, and the speakers will be covering issues related to unit owner insurance coverage (HO-6 policies.

The luncheon will be held Thursday, November 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the Cottonwood Country Club.

We have a number of sponsor guest passes, so if you or anyone whom you know might be interested in attending, have them give us a call or drop us an email. The main office # is 801.519.2555, and you can email us through the links on this page.

2017 Law Seminar Brochure is Online

The brochure for the 2017 Community Association Law Seminarlawseminar is now posted online and available for searchable review. The seminar will be held in Las Vegas on January 18-21 and will provide valuable education and updates for condominium and HOA lawyers.

Lincoln Hobbs and Sarah Orme will be co-presenting a case law study on a case recently and successfully litigated by Hobbs & Olson | Carpenter Hazlewood, and Scott Carpenter will be co-presenting the annual case law review.

Join Us to Learn About Insurance Coverage!

Utah condominium and HOA lawyers
Utah Condominium and HOA lawyers

Hobbs & Olson | Carpenter Hazlewood will be the sponsor of the Utah Chapter of the Community Association Institute’s monthly luncheon on November 10, and it’s a topic of significant importance and interest. The speakers will speak on individual owner coverage, referred to as HO-6 policies. All Utah Condominium and Utah HOA owners should have HO-6 coverage to supplement the association’s coverage; this session will assist owners in finding the right policies for your needs.

Here are Details on Board Training

Our Back-to-School presentation of the Community Association Institute’s Board Leadership Development Workshop is less than two weeks away!

Here are the details:
The course will be at the Salt Lake City Marriott at 220 South State Street, and will begin at 9 a.m.. We’ll seek to conclude the class by 3 p.m.

We’ll serve a continental breakfast and lunch, so come ready to eat and learn!

Registration is though the Utah CAI web page, located here. Registration costs $31 to cover the cost of the valuable course materials, but this gracious Utah Condominium and HOA law firm is offering scholarships to cover the entire cost of the course.

If you have questions regarding the course, give this Utah condominium lawyer or this Utah HOA lawyer a call, at 801.519.2555.