Our Services In General
Sirkin & Associates is a boutique law practice that handles only a narrow range of real estate co-ownership matters, including tenants in common (TIC), fractional ownership, shared ownership, equity sharing, condominium conversion, new construction subdivision, and real estate investment ventures. We do not represent clients in litigation or disputes of any kind, or in negotiations, and we do not handle general business or real estate matters. Keeping our practice narrow and focused allows us to deliver expert advice on matters we completely understand and handle every day, and assist our clients quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.
The two central principals of our practice are:
• To create legal and usage structures that withstand the test of time, and to create agreements in plain English with a detailed and easy-to-use table of contents; and
• To ensure that our clients know exactly what their costs will be before hiring us by offering flat fee or not-to-exceed pricing structures for the vast majority of our work.
To reach us by phone, dial +1-415-738-8545 (US) or +33-1-76-66-02-02 (France).
Tenancy In Common (TIC) With Occupancy Rights
Sirkin & Associates was a pioneer in the area of tenants in common (TIC) arrangements involving occupancy rights assignments, which are often used as a substitute for subdividing a property when true subdivision is impossible or unduly expensive. Andy Sirkin developed the legal, transactional, and fractional lending structure which has become the industry standard for this type of TIC, and continues to assist in the formation of the vast majority of these transactions in California.
Our tenancy in common practice involves general advice and counseling, TIC agreement preparation, loan documents, and ongoing consultation to developers, seller, Realtors and TIC owners. We offer most of these services on a flat-fee basis, and our rates are generally lower than those of other firms with similar levels of experience.
Sirkin & Associates has provided legal support and documents for fractional real estate projects, ranging from one house or condo to hundreds of units, throughout the world including the US, Europe, and Central and South America. Our broad experience allows us to deliver unusually fast and cost-effective service by drawing on a huge library of fractional documentation and extensive knowledge of legal requirements for virtually any location where a project might be located or marketed. Our goal is to create legal and usage structures that withstand the test of time, and to explain them in plain English.
Our fractional ownership practice involves general advice and counseling on project structure, usage arrangements and marketing, fractional ownership document preparation, fractional real estate ownership project registration and governmental approvals, fractional loan documents, and ongoing consultation to developers, seller, Realtors and fractional property owners. We offer most of these services on a flat-fee basis, and our rates are generally lower than those of other firms with similar levels of experience.
Condominium Conversion and New Construction Subdivision-San Francisco
Sirkin & Associates have been guiding clients through San Francisco condominium conversions and subdivision for almost 20 years, and have completed more SF conversions than any other firm. Over the years, we have been involved in drafting many of the laws that govern SF condominium conversions, and have helped develop many of the procedures used by the San Francisco Department of Public Works (“DPW”) Bureau of Street Use and Mapping (“BSM”). Most of the other attorneys who handle San Francisco condo conversions have been trained by us, and are using variations of documents we created.
Over the past three years, we have continued to handle more SF condominium conversions than any other firm. Our breadth of experience makes it likely that if a glitch appears in the condominium conversion process, we will have seen something similar before and know exactly what to do. And for those rare occasions when a completely new issue arises, we are the recognized masters at developing creative solutions that save our clients time and money.
Experience has taught us that the most important things to our clients are the immediate availability of staff to answer client questions and diligence in following the process of governmental approval. To ensure we achieve these goals, we have a full-time paralegal, Cam Perridge, devoted to client contact, preparation of subdivision applications, and monitoring subdivision approvals. Cam maintains a direct-access telephone line and can be reached easily any weekday to discuss the status of a conversion or subdivision process. And for those occasions when you need to speak with an attorney, Andy Sirkin is committed to being available to you when you call or within the next 24 hours. Andy is known for his diligence in calling clients back quickly, and is more committed than ever to being easily reached.
But while processing the condominium conversion or subdivision quickly and efficiently may be our client’s most immediate priority, the governing documents (the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, or “CC&Rs”) will have much greater long-term impact. The quality of the CC&Rs will directly affect the quality of life of the owners, as well as their ability to refinance and sell. Sirkin & Associates governing documents continue to be the ones other firms emulate, and Realtors, lenders and buyers strongly prefer. This leadership results from constant improvement and innovation that makes our documents easier to read and understand, as well as more efficient and less expensive to enforce.
Before you choose a lawyer to handle you condo conversion or new construction subdivision, take a moment to speak with Cam, Andy, or Rosemarie MacGuiness, at Sirkin & Associates. Our practice includes all required City and State applications and filings, as well as preparation of any governing documents you may need. We offer these services on a flat-fee basis, and our rates are generally lower than those of other firms with similar levels of experience.
Condominium Conversion and New Construction Subdivision-California and Other States
We offer condominium conversion and new construction subdivision services for projects throughout California and in other US states, but our services are limited to State-level approvals and registration, preparation of governing documents, and general liability and sales-related advice. We offer these services on a flat-fee basis, and our rates are generally lower than those of other firms with similar levels of experience. We do not provide services related to local government construction or conversion/subdivision entitlements for projects located outside San Francisco.
CC&Rs and Bylaws Flat-Fee Rewrite Program
The Rewrite Program is a unique new concept in homeowners' association services. Now, for the first time, it is possible to have your homeowners association's (HOA) governing documents, typically the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and Bylaws fully revised and updated to the latest, most advanced versions, all for a fixed fee quoted in advance.
The Rewrite Program will:
- Eliminate outdated or unnecessary provisions in your old documents
- Resolve your specific operating problems
- Incorporate recent changes in the law
- Respond to today's and tomorrow's problem areas and issues
- Provide the latest enforcement procedures
- Mandate mediation/arbitration of most disputes
- Offer expanded protection for officers and directors
Best of all, you new documents will be written in simplified language in an easy to read format, all keyed to an integrated system of indexing and pagination covering both the CC&Rs and Bylaws.
We are proud that our condominium governing documents are often described by other attorneys and governmental officials as the most modern, easy to understand, and effective in California. Unlike many firms, we re-examine and improve our templates several times each year to ensure they are as good as we can make them. Our emphasis is on making the documents easy for non-lawyers to navigate and apply, and minimizing the likelihood that a dispute will result in arbitration or court action. Call us for more information or a fee quote.
Andy Sirkin is a recognized expert in equity sharing, and the author of the Home Equity Sharing Manual, first published by John Wiley and Sons in 1994. In addition to representing clients in equity sharing transactions of all types over the past 27 years, the firm has consulted on most large-scale and institutional equity sharing programs which have been offered over this period, and created equity sharing programs for several large universities, private secondary schools, employers, and religious organization. Andy has also acted as an expert witness and consultant to District Attorneys in cases involving equity sharing fraud and other malfeasance.
Our equity sharing practice involves general advice and counseling, equity sharing agreement preparation, loan documents (including shared appreciation mortgages), and ongoing consultation to seller, buyers, Realtors, and institutions with equity sharing programs. We offer equity sharing agreements on a flat-fee basis.
Shared Ownership and Co-Ownership
Over the past 23 years, Sirkin & Associates has developed shared ownership structures, and created shared ownership agreements, for virtually every type of co-ownership arrangement ranging from the relatively ordinary (unmarried couple buying a home together), to the extremely unusual (co-housing, intentional communities, yurt communes, shared wineries, shared horse stables etc.). The odds are that, regardless of how unusual your shared ownership situation or issue, we have seen it or something like it before, and will be able to help you more ably and cost-effectively that a generalist who needs to “reinvent the wheel”.
Investment Partnerships, LLCs, 1031 TICs and Private Placement Securities
Sirkin & Associates provides advice, documentation and support to real estate investor groups and real estate investment partnerships, and for real estate developers, syndicators and entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital for real estate projects. We assist with development of real estate transaction structure and planning, entity formation (including LLCs, LPs and corporations), and documentation such as partnership agreements, operating agreements, investor questionnaires, subscription agreements and private placement memoranda.
Mediation of TIC and Co-Ownership Disputes
Sirkin & Associates provides mediation services for shared ownership disputes of all kinds, please call (415) 738-8545 or email: email@example.com to discuss.