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What is a Statutory Agent & Why is it Important?

At some point, each of you may likely have received a letter and some paperwork from our office about the Statutory Agent. Just what is a Statutory Agent, and why does this paperwork need to be filed, anyway? 

Our Clients Ask Us: Electronic Board Meetings

Question:  Our Association is involved in pending litigation, and we have reached a tentative settlement with the opposing party.  We need to vote on approving the settlement; however, one of our board members is out of the country and cannot be reached at this time.  Can the 4 out of 5 board members just vote to approve the settlement?

FHA Certification and Your Association

Clients often ask us about Fair Housing Administration (FHA) backed loans: What are they? Who can get them? And what do they mean for an association? There are many misconceptions about what exactly an FHA backed loan entails. 

Political Signs: Free Speech or Rule Violation

Many Associations limit the types of signs that may be posted on the property.  In a case out of New Jersey, a group of owners sued their association alleging violation of their rights to free speech and expression.  

Why Your Association Needs a Collection Policy...NOW!

Preventing delinquencies is a common goal for most associations.  Likewise, collecting from delinquent owners is a requirement from time to time.  Communicating the association’s collection strategy to all owners is key in preventing delinquencies in the first place.

Our Clients Ask Us: Community Picnics

Question:  Summer is coming and we are thinking of hosting a community picnic, at which we plan to have a softball game and provide alcohol.  Are we at risk by doing so?

Our Clients Ask Us: Hardship Exception for Maintenance Fees

Question:  We have a member who is delinquent in their association maintenance fees.  The Board feels bad for the owner and their current situation.  We want to make a hardship exception for this individual.  Can we make a hardship exception for this owner to delay payments or to waive late fees?

Keeping Your Cards Close To The Vest: Community Associations And The Attorney-Client Privilege

The attorney-client relationship protects communications between lawyers and their clients from disclosure. Attorney-client privilege exists so that clients and their lawyers can speak openly and honestly about issues that the client faces. In a lawsuit the privilege is important because it protects clients from disclosing information that could be potentially damaging

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