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To self-manage or not to self-manage? Managing an Association is hard work.  Some Associations successfully self-manage, but many underestimate the amount of work involved in doing so.

Warehousing: How to Handle Elderly & Disabled Residents Who Are Unable to Care for Themselves

The phenomenon of “Warehousing” is very unfortunate for individual owners who genuinely need the type of help that an Association is unable to provide; and also unfortunate for the Association in dealing with such a delicate situation, especially when resources for assistance are not readily available. Warehousing is when a family member or friend of the occupant sends or allows the occupant to live in the Association rather than the proper assisted living facility or a nursing home.

Do's and Don'ts of Taking Meeting Minutes

Keeping coherent board meeting and annual meeting minutes is of the utmost importance for every association.  

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

The Association Has Been Sued: Now What?

As attorneys, our job is to help associations stay out of the courtroom.  We do this by practicing proactive lawyering and helping associations develop a risk management team to help keep unwanted litigation to a minimum.  Every association should have a team of professionals on its side, including attorneys, insurance agents, bankers, and accountants.  But even the most well-run association can be slapped with a lawsuit from a disgruntled owner or vendor.  Using an association’s team of experts when a lawsuit comes in is key to successfully defending any claims of wrongdoing

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

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