How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Bill Attorney Your Own Question
Bill Attorney
Bill Attorney, Lawyer
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 91
Experience:  Attorney
Type Your Legal Question Here...
Bill Attorney is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I received a summons for unpaid HOA fees. How do I go about

Customer Question

I received a summons for unpaid HOA fees. How do I go about answering this?
JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state the association is in?
Customer: Georgia
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No. I have to filing my answer today
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: Yes, The HOA took me to court before and the Judge dismissed the case
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Bill Attorney replied 2 months ago.

Dear Customer ,

Thank you for your question today and it is my pleasure to be of assistance to you today. The use of this forum will not constitute any lawyer-client relationship but is strictly legal information provided by me to you. After taking my opinion on board, you should further consult with local attorney, who will be able to assess your information based on local laws and a complete interview.

I will do my utmost to answer your question as accurately as possible. If I require additional information, I will ask you and please provide as much as is convenient and possible in your circumstances.

In return, after I’ve answered your question, PLEASE RATE THE SERVICE POSITIVELY BEFORE LEAVING, this ensures that I get a credit for my answer.

Alternatively, you may follow up with me on your question until you sufficiently understand and are happy with the explanation of the law, and THEREAFTER PLEASE RATE POSITIVELY.

Well it depends if you have any defenses to the unpaid debt.

What are the reasons that you didn't pay ?

How much is due ?

What else is stated in the summons ?



Customer: replied 2 months ago.
This is what it states: count one-collection of unpaid assessments
count two-Attorney Fees
Then it has Declaration of covenants, restrictions and easements for Orchard Grove
I have only today to answer or let it default into a judgement
Back in 2005 they took me to court and the Judge dismissed the case
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Waiting for a response
Expert:  Bill Attorney replied 2 months ago.

Yes you should immediately go to the civil court and file an answer if you wish to deny the claim.

You have essentially two choices : (1) to file an answer with the court denying the claim

(2) to do nothing meaning that the HOA will get a default judgment.

If after discussing your options with a local attorney, you feel that you have no defense tot he allegations and that money claimed is correct, you could decide to allow a default judgment.

If you feel there is a just reason for not paying, you need to file an answer with the court immediately.

These are essentially your two choices.

I cannot help you with decision. The paperwork for filing an answer is obtainable at the clerk's office.


before leaving or follow up with me on your question.

A positive rating gives me a credit.

Best of luck


Related Legal Questions