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Our Clients Ask Us: Can We Stop Delinquent Owner From Purchasing Other Units


We have a delinquent owner who is trying to buy up more properties in the association instead of paying back the delinquent maintenance fees already owed.  Can we stop the owner from purchasing any other units?

July - August (2017) Newsletter (Printable)

Full, printable version of our July-August 2017 Newsletter!

Tips for Effective Board Meetings

As volunteers to your community associations, you know that while board meetings are essential for conducting association business, they can be tedious if poorly run.  Many of our board members complain about attending board meetings and ask us how they can be run more effectively.  Here are a few tips we have compiled over the years...

How to Remove Problem Board Members and Officers

We are often asked the question of how to handle a rogue or absentee board member or officer of the association. If relations amongst the board members get to a breaking point, the board may decide it is time to attempt to remove the “problem child.”

As the Association's Attorney: Whom Do We Represent?

Our firm represents the Association as the corporate entity. Our client is the corporation.  The elected Board of Directors or Board of Trustees make decisions on behalf of the Association (the corporation) in the form of voting, which directs the manner in which we represent the Association.

Our Clients Ask Us: Missed Annual Meeting(s)


We just looked at our Bylaws, and we were supposed to have our Annual Meeting in January.  Since we missed it, should we just wait until next year?

May - June (2017) Newsletter (Printable)

Full, printable version of our May-June 2017 Newsletter!

Going Rogue: One Board Member Does Not Run the Board

Having a leader on your board is certainly a benefit to the Association.  All boards need someone who takes the lead and gets things done.  A good leader ensures that the board functions properly and that decisions are made by a consensus of the group.  

A rogue board member is not a leader, but instead someone who insists on total control, makes decisions independently, and ignores the input of others.

March - April (2017) Newsletter (Printable)

Full, printable version of our March-April 2017 Newsletter!

Contractor Conflict

One constant in condominium and homeowner association law is the issue of vendors and contractors.  At the very least, associations are responsible for the upkeep, maintenance, and repair of the common elements.  Often times, there may be pools, patios, and clubhouses that associations must manage as well.  This means that there will be vendors, contractors, and suppliers.  Most of the time, the relationship runs smoothly; but, every once in a while, there’s a hiccup.  Sometimes, it’s more an explosion than a hiccup.  In any case, how boards and property managers handle disputes with vendors can either spell long-term pain for the association or it can mean a relatively simple affair.

As your legal counsel, we become part of your team, providing the legal component to your business decisions.

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