Melissa Garcia

Shareholder - Transaction

Phone: 303.991.2018
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  • Favorite Quote:
    "Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns"
  • Favorite Animal: Dog
  • Favorite Legal Show/Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • On My iPod: Ryan Adams

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Melissa enjoys the community association law arena because it affords an opportunity for her to work with a variety of people in various situations to develop real solutions to challenging problems. A licensed attorney since 1999, Melissa is passionate about rehabilitating the image of community associations. Melissa actively tweets about community association topics and practice pointers that will help develop, foster and promote successful associations. Melissa’s teaching and retail experiences have honed her people skills so she understands different approaches and communication styles that are needed to be an effective part of each association’s team.

Education:
B.A., University of Reno Nevada- 1996
Juris Doctorate, California Western School of Law- 1999

Professional Organizations:
Community Associations Institute- Since 2002
Community Associations Institute Rocky Mountain Chapter, HOA Council Chair- 2017 to Feb, 2019
Community Associations Institute Rocky Mountain Chapter, Northern Colorado Committee Chair – Feb, 2019 to Present
Community Associations Institute of Southern Colorado, Technology Committee Chair- 2017 to Present
Council of Community Association Professionals- 2018 to Present

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
5/16 – Board Member Basics: Duties of Board Members (Greeley)
7/18 – Problem Provisions in your Governing Documents (Greeley)
8/07 – Document Amendments- What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (Webinar)
9/19 – Enforcement or Police Matter? (Greeley)
11/13 – Conflicts of Interests- What Are They Anyway?
12/05 – Ask the Experts

Posts by Melissa M. Garcia

Tips for Community Association Insurance

Do you know whether your association has adequate insurance? Do you even know how to figure this out? Every community association needs to protect itself from various losses, claims, and liability exposure through a comprehensive insurance program. This article provides some tips to ensure you have adequate insurance: TIP 1: Know the primary sources ofGo to Resource

Frozen Pipes and Finger Pointing

  A wise person once said: “Never make snow angels in a dog park”. That is good advice. Another piece of good advice is to be prepared, this winter season, for frozen pipes and finger-pointing. When the temperatures plummet, condominiums and townhomes often experience frozen pipes and resulting water leaks.  When that happens, everyone startsGo to Resource

Right around this time of year, I start receiving calls and emails from board members and community association managers confused about what information needs to be disclosed to the owners. I’m not talking about information that needs to be disclosed in response to an owner’s request; I mean information that the association has the affirmativeGo to Article

Yes, 55+ Age-Restricted Communities ARE Legal

    Families with children are protected under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (“FHAA”), correct? Yes. The FHAA makes it unlawful for an association to discriminate based on familial status.   So that means an association cannot restrict children from living in the community, correct? Wrong. An association can prohibit children from living in theGo to Resource

Life Lessons for 2018

“Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon Truth. And as we’re starting 2018, I’m here to tell you one thing… go get a life! And by that I don’t mean the manic pursuit for a bigger paycheck, larger house, or faster car. What I mean is reflect onGo to Article