Using the Courts
Using the courts to resolve a dispute costs money, time, and personal resources (like taking time off from work, for example.) Furthermore, the outcome is unpredictable. The homeowner who loses in court may have to pay not only his/her own costs but may be required to pay the other party’s costs, e.g. the association’s. Despite these risks, sometimes the courts may be the only means of settling an intractable dispute.
Homeowners who decide to use the courts have two choices: (1) to represent themselves in court or (2) to find a lawyer to represent them. Homeowners may find it costs fewer dollars to represent themselves in court, but the real costs will be in the time it takes to research the relevant laws, to understand the rules of evidence, to assemble documents, evidence, and witnesses, and to master court procedures.
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