In addition to the articles below, there are four videos available for viewing, including an introduction to serving on a board of directors, tips on board and general meetings, what a board needs to know about insurance and reserves in community associations.  Please feel free to link to these videos from your association or management web site, providing new board members with a quick and easy introduction to community association governance.

 

Serving on the Board – Articles from the Web

Boards – General Information

  • How an HOA Board Can Still Govern When the Board President Passes Away April 28, 2017 Finding members in your homeowners association who want to volunteer on the HOA board can be hard – finding a member to step up and become the board president is even harder. So, what do you do when the current president passes away, you don’t have a lot people in your community involved with the board, and your current board members are concerned that hiring an HOA manager will only cause the company to take over the Association?   Read the ...
  • Crystal Vision: Why Communication Between a Board and Management Company Matters April 27, 2017 As a board member, you want your community to grow and thrive. Having a vision for your community—the aesthetics of it, its reputation, the kinds of programming it offers and amenities it provides—is critical to its long-term well-being. A well-crafted vision will transcend board and resident turnover and keep your community on track.     Read the article…………….
  • What Does it Mean to be a Fiduciary? April 25, 2017 In simplest terms, to be a fiduciary to another person or party is to be in a position of trust. For example, a patient trusts her doctor to make the correct diagnosis. A parishioner trusts his priest to keep his confessions confidential. And if you are our client we hope you will trust us, as your lawyers, to give you the correct advice!  How does being a fiduciary play into the setting of a community association? Again, a fiduciary relationship ...
  • How Healthy Is Your Condo Board? How to Conduct a Thorough Checkup April 25, 2017 As uncomfortable as it might be to get poked and prodded while you’re clothed in a paper gown, medical checkups are essential to maintaining your health. Well, guess what? That same wisdom applies to buying a home—particularly if that home is a condo. Why? Because with condos, you’re paying someone else to be in charge of a lot of the maintenance, from lawn mowing to repairs. What if they slack off and let that stuff go? If so, things will ...
  • Managing Condo Association Workflow April 24, 2017 Being on a Condo Board is a challenging job. You may understand what you’re getting into, but living it is a whole different beast. Board members have numerous challenges to contend with. You resolve disputes, create budgets, execute major projects and deal with emergencies. And as life works, these issues usually come up when you’ve got personal or professional things going on in the background. Working on a Board is a marathon, not a sprint. To be successful, you must ...
  • You Won the Election, Now What? April 14, 2017 Congratulations! You threw your hat in the ring, ran a vigorous issues-based campaign promising to shake up the establishment, and ultimately won a seat on your association’s board of directors. Once the champagne stops flowing, consider the following tips to get your term off to a productive start.  Read the article…………..

Boards – General Archives

 

Board Meetings

  • How to keep HOA meetings from running long April 11, 2017 As someone who regularly attends HOA board meetings, I can attest that most of them run far too long. Later in longer meetings, concentration and the quality of the deliberations deteriorate. Could any of the following solutions help your board meetings?  Stay on topic. It’s everybody’s job (not just the chair) to keep the discussion on agenda. If you’re all off-topic, the agenda is being neglected. Get back on track, and discuss what the agenda promised the board would address. ...
  • 6 Elements of a Successful Monthly Meeting April 10, 2017 When I joined the Roundtree Homeowners Association, I did so for the usual reason of wanting a say in maintaining and improving the complex. But when I became president a year later, I had another goal in mind: to make the monthly homeowners meetings less scattered and more productive.  And the results? I’d love to say every meeting now is quick, efficient, and fun—but it’s not. We as a board still go off on tangents, get bogged down in one ...
  • What is a Quorum and Why is it Important to an HOA Board? April 5, 2017 A quorum is the minimum number of HOA board and members who must be at a meeting before business can be transacted. Homeowners can usually find quorum requirements within their Bylaws. You might be surprised but reaching a quorum to run a meeting is actually a common problem in many homeowners associations.      Read the article…………..
  • HOA Homefront: Keep the board meetings a reasonable length April 1, 2017 As someone who regularly attends homeowners association board meetings, I can attest that most of them run far too long. Later in longer meetings, concentration and the quality of the deliberations deteriorate.  Could any of the following solutions help your board meetings?     Read the article…………
  • All About Executive Sessions for HOA Boards March 24, 2017 Unlike traditional board meetings, executive sessions are held by the HOA board to discuss privileged or confidential material generally tied to disciplinary action or personnel matters. Having a good understanding of when and how to conduct executive sessions can save your HOA considerable time and work in the long run. If you’re not sure what kind of conversations should be reserved for executive sessions, here is helpful guide:   Read the article……………
  • Ahh! Meetings! March 3, 2017 Love them or hate them, meetings are a permanent feature of business. Getting things done in organizations frequently requires bringing together multiple minds, perspectives and experience sets. Complex problems cannot be solved nor innovative opportunities leveraged via emails, knowledge management systems, reports or texting. This type of work demands the melding of minds and ideas — something that meetings are uniquely designed to enable.    Read the article………….

Board Meetings Archives

 

Annual/General Meetings of the Members of a Condominium or Homeowner Association

  • Recap – Motions at Meetings April 18, 2017 It is AGM season again. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I decided to highlight a post from two years ago about motions at meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order. I posted a Chart that I had made summarizing the motions that I see most often at condominium meetings.   Read the article…………..
  • How to keep HOA meetings from running long April 11, 2017 As someone who regularly attends HOA board meetings, I can attest that most of them run far too long. Later in longer meetings, concentration and the quality of the deliberations deteriorate. Could any of the following solutions help your board meetings?  Stay on topic. It’s everybody’s job (not just the chair) to keep the discussion on agenda. If you’re all off-topic, the agenda is being neglected. Get back on track, and discuss what the agenda promised the board would address. ...
  • Three Questions to ask Prospective Condo Association Board Candidates April 11, 2017 Condo elections are incredibly important. New Condo Board members help fight apathy and infuse new energy into Boards. On the other hand, established veterans who have led the Association for years are critical as well. Too often, the “campaign” part of Condo elections is overlooked. Prospective Condo Association Board candidates should be interviewed by Owners as you would any job candidate. This interview can occur during a “meet and greet” event, during the annual Condo election (if questions are allowed), ...
  • What is a Quorum and Why is it Important to an HOA Board? April 5, 2017 A quorum is the minimum number of HOA board and members who must be at a meeting before business can be transacted. Homeowners can usually find quorum requirements within their Bylaws. You might be surprised but reaching a quorum to run a meeting is actually a common problem in many homeowners associations.      Read the article…………..
  • How to Run an Effective and Fair Condo Association Election March 27, 2017 Election time in Condo Associations might be a big deal – or a big snooze. Regardless, you want to make sure that you are organizing things well. You want to ensure that there is interest, engagement, competition, and most importantly, fairness. This guide will help ensure you run an effective and fair Condo Association election.     Read the article……………

Annual/General Meetings Archives

 

Parliamentary Procedure

  • Recap – Motions at Meetings April 18, 2017 It is AGM season again. Rather than re-invent the wheel, I decided to highlight a post from two years ago about motions at meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order. I posted a Chart that I had made summarizing the motions that I see most often at condominium meetings.   Read the article…………..
  • Running a Darn Good Meeting – What You Need to Know About Parliamentary Procedure October 15, 2015 Legal counsel to community associations must be aware of parliamentary procedure basics. Numerous states have adopted statutes requiring associations to follow a specific parliamentary manual in association meetings. Even without such a mandate, courts generally hold that all organizations are subject to the principles and rules of common parliamentary law. In other words, all of these organizations must observe proper rules when meeting to transact business.   2015 Best Manuscript Award Winner from Community Association Law Seminar:   Select the article on this page……………….  
  • Robert’s Rules of Order Are Not “The Law” For Association Meetings April 1, 2015 Question: Our condominium documents do not specifically mention any parliamentary rules or procedures that are to be used in conducting our meetings. Our president says that the meetings must be conducted pursuant to the “Florida sunshine laws.” Does Florida require that meetings be run pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order, or some other parliamentary procedures?      Read more………..
  • Don’t Let the Rules Get in Your Way March 30, 2015 Robert’s Rules of Order were developed to provide a standard procedure to facilitate orderly meetings of parliamentary organizations. To some, however, Robert’s Rules are a confusing morass of protocols that impede, not promote, a Board’s effectiveness. It’s worth noting that Robert’s Rules of Order are not a creation of the Legislature or part of the common law.    Read more………
  • Does the Chair Vote in the Event of a Tie? February 25, 2015 In board and membership meetings you’ll sometimes hear the phrase that the chair gets to vote “in case of a tie vote.” But is that accurate? In short, no.   Read more………

Parliamentary Procedure Archives

 

Duties & Responsibilities of Board Members

  • What Does it Mean to be a Fiduciary? April 25, 2017 In simplest terms, to be a fiduciary to another person or party is to be in a position of trust. For example, a patient trusts her doctor to make the correct diagnosis. A parishioner trusts his priest to keep his confessions confidential. And if you are our client we hope you will trust us, as your lawyers, to give you the correct advice!  How does being a fiduciary play into the setting of a community association? Again, a fiduciary relationship ...
  • Condominium Associations Should List Their Attorney as the Registered Agent March 22, 2017 I am the President of my condominium association. I just found out that the association was sued by a disgruntled owner. Unfortunately, I just recently learned that the association has been “defaulted” in the lawsuit because we failed to answer the lawsuit by the deadline. Apparently the process server served a member of the community who hasn’t been on the board in over five years. This person is apparently still listed as the registered agent for the association, which is ...
  • Fiduciary Duty and Community Association Board Members March 22, 2017 We frequently talk about the fact that homeowner association board members have a “fiduciary duty” to the members. What exactly is it? Is it spelled out in the law? What sort of actions would violate that duty?  A fiduciary duty arises out of a relationship in which one person or entity is entrusted to make decisions for, and control the interests of, another person or persons.     Read the article…………….
  • How Should Boards Handle the Reporting of a Crime? March 15, 2017 A burglar slipped into a Hudson Heights co-op as a shareholder was leaving the building, then proceeded to steal a laundry cart and some packages. The theft was reported to police, but it took the co-op board almost two weeks to notify shareholders, and the notice downplayed the event and failed to give a full accounting of it. What is a board’s responsibility in reporting security breaches and crimes in their building?    Read the article…………….
  • Why Every Condominium and Homeowners Association Should Trademark its Name and Logo February 6, 2017 Over the past decade, the popularity of living in a common interest community, particularly condominium and homeowners associations, has risen significantly. According to recent statistics provided by Community Associations Institute, there are over 340,000 community associations, over 26 million housing units, and over 68 million residents living in these associations in the United States. As these numbers continue to grow, the range of differences between associations grows larger. With so many new associations forming each year, and so many residents ...

Duties & Responsibilities Archives

 

Working With Residents of Community Associations

  • The Importance of Condo Association Good Will April 4, 2017 Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival. But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect or planning – good will. The importance of Condo Association good will often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, ...
  • Learning to Be a Condo Association Board Leader March 9, 2017 You know what you’re getting into and you’ve learned how your Board does its work. You’ve probably been frustrated with some things, and wondered why they aren’t better, or why things aren’t done the right way. You have grown, grasshopper. Now it’s time for you to take the next step in your Association: It’s time for you to be a Condo Association Board leader.     Read the article……………
  • Dealing with Difficult Residents February 28, 2017 At some point, every community will face conflict and difficult people. When this occurs, remember that patience and communication always prevail. By managing your reactions, listening and asking the right questions, your community and board will come to a resolution. The first way to deal with conflict is to understand the different types of behavior used by difficult people. Here’s a quick overview:    Read the article………….
  • Strategies for Handling HOA Neighborhood Disputes February 13, 2017 In every community, there comes a time where there might be a neighbor-to-neighbor dispute. Typically, these differences stem from a noise complaint, landscaping violations, parking violations or a misuse of a common area. In every instance, it is the hope of the Association that the neighbors can resolve the conflict themselves, but in some cases, there may be a need for the on-site manager or Board to assist in the dispute. However, there needs to be a determination if this ...
  • Handling Touchy Complaints in Co-Ops and Condos: It’s About Sense and Sensitivity February 2, 2017 Conflict comes hand-in-hand with living in close quarters. Such is the nature of condominium and cooperative living. Some dust-ups between neighbors are settled with a polite conversation, or a mild nudge from the condo or co-op board. Others can get out of hand, and in extreme cases be dragged out for years via the courts.  But what about ostensibly mild discrepancies that involve sensitive topics — things such as sex, smells, parenting — where the line between personal preference and ...

Working With Residents Archives

 

Administration of Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • Managing Condo Association Workflow April 24, 2017 Being on a Condo Board is a challenging job. You may understand what you’re getting into, but living it is a whole different beast. Board members have numerous challenges to contend with. You resolve disputes, create budgets, execute major projects and deal with emergencies. And as life works, these issues usually come up when you’ve got personal or professional things going on in the background. Working on a Board is a marathon, not a sprint. To be successful, you must ...
  • Access to HOA Membership List Must be for a Proper Purpose (CA) April 10, 2017 As part of the ongoing management of a homeowners association (“HOA”), the HOA is obligated to prepare and maintain certain “association records,” most of which must be made available for inspection by the HOA’s members. However, the right to inspect and copy certain association records is not absolute, as some records may be withheld from a member for confidentiality concerns, as well as in situations where the member requesting the records is doing so for an “improper purpose”:    Read ...
  • Why Your HOA Needs a Written Collections Policy (AZ) March 25, 2017 Some Homeowners Associations are lucky enough to have minimal collections concerns. However some, are constantly dealing the delinquency of homeowners falling behind on dues. No matter where your HOA sits on this spectrum, it is vital for your community to have a written collection policy documented for the HOA, and a managing partner to handle the day-to-day tasks.     Read the article…………..
  • In a community association, who’s actually in charge? March 6, 2017 It takes a village to run a community association.  This village typically is composed of an elected board and its officers, unit owners, perhaps a few committees and a hired manager. Each one has roles to play and responsibilities to carry out for the good of the association.  Some roles and responsibilities are defined by governing documents, such as the association’s declaration or the Illinois Condominium Property Act. Others are specified in a management contract, and still others may be ...

Administration Archives

Directors & Officers of Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • What Does it Mean to be a Fiduciary? April 25, 2017 In simplest terms, to be a fiduciary to another person or party is to be in a position of trust. For example, a patient trusts her doctor to make the correct diagnosis. A parishioner trusts his priest to keep his confessions confidential. And if you are our client we hope you will trust us, as your lawyers, to give you the correct advice!  How does being a fiduciary play into the setting of a community association? Again, a fiduciary relationship ...
  • Through A Condo Owner’s Looking Glass – A Shade Of Green – Or Is That Gray? April 7, 2017 In an action applying Florida law, a federal district judge ruled in favor of a Directors and Officers liability insurer, finding that the “insured versus insured” exclusion applied to bar both a defense and coverage of an underlying action. In the underlying action, two condominium owners – one of which was a past condominium president – sued a contractor and the Marbella Condominium Association, alleging improper installation of hurricane impact windows and sliding glass doors. At the root of the ...
  • When private interests infiltrate the condo board April 6, 2017 Why does one become a director? It’s generally not the applause, the pay cheque, or the pleasure of being bombarded in the elevators by other residents’ questions. Some directors cite interest in playing their part to help their home thrive, others blame their neighbours’ persistence, and others are there to fix some old mistakes.  Regardless of one’s original motivation for becoming a director, directors have a tremendous responsibility, including managing the property and ensuring compliance with the condo’s governing documents ...
  • Trio of Recent Decisions on the I v. I Exclusion Should Remind Policyholders to Annually Review the Language in Their Policy to Avoid Losing Coverage March 2, 2017 D&O policies vary quite a bit from carrier to carrier, and language on “standard” exclusions can change from year to year. Accordingly, it is important to do a yearly review of your D&O policy to make sure your company has the right coverage. Three recent federal court decisions interpreting the “insured vs. insured” or “I v. I” exclusion remind us why examining specific policy language and understanding how it may apply to your business is so important.   Read the article………

Directors & Officers Archives

 

Board Ethics

  • HOA Homefront: Being a volunteer means no profiteering (CA) April 8, 2017 Q:  A board member also owns several properties elsewhere. A homeowners association vendor told me that this director demands, and gets, “discounts” from the vendor for work done on the director’s other properties. This is certainly ethically questionable as I perceive it to be a kickback. Is it illegal?    Read the Q&A……………
  • Ethics at the condo, Part II February 17, 2017 Ethics is not just a matter of following the law. Slavery and apartheid were at one time legal, but most would agree there were and are unethical. The word “ethics” is derived from the Greek word ethos (character), and from the Latin word mores (customs). It refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues.  Ethics, for example, refers to those ...
  • Ethics at the condominium association, Part I February 3, 2017 Board members know they are not to run off with the reserve funds. And attorneys know they are to guide boards in the best interests of the association, without fear of angering board members or worrying about whether they will retain a client.  The real trick is identifying other, less clear conflicts, such as sitting on a board and getting hired as a contractor for the association. The key is transparency. Too many times the focus is on the conflict. ...
  • When do you need a Condo Association Code of Conduct? January 12, 2017 Codes of Conduct have been springing up in many private companies. The idea behind them is setting clear expectations of positive and negative behaviors. Those who do not follow the Code of Conduct are disciplined, and thus you have a more harmonious organization. There is some evidence in favor of this, and some evidence against it. It is no surprise that some Boards implement a Condo Association Code of Conduct. The key in determining if you need a Condo Association ...

Board Ethics Archives

 

President/Vice President

  • One Board President’s On-the-Job Training March 7, 2017 John F. Kennedy said, famously, that there’s no school for presidents. The only way to learn the job is by doing it. The same goes for presidents of co-op and condo boards. Just ask Darren Arithoppah.  Like many of the residents at the 157-unit condominium at 140 East 56th Street in New York City’s upscale Sutton Place neighborhood, Arithoppah is a young working professional. His top reasons for joining the condo board were to bring in a new cable carrier ...
  • Clarifying Board Roles: Who’s On Board? February 13, 2017 Chances are if you’re a resident in a co-op, condo, or HOA community, you’re familiar with your property’s board of directors (or trustees, or managers, depending on what part of the country you live in). Boards are usually made up of volunteers, or members appointed by the community’s initial developer, depending on the property’s age and type. As one might imagine, the stakes are very high. Not only the money, but quite literally the homes of those who call the ...
  • So You Want to be President of Your HOA? June 17, 2016 Tired of feeling like you have no say in the decisions about the common areas or rules and regulations of your neighborhood or condominium development? Thinking of serving as president of your homeowners’ association?  Before you take the big leap, it pays to know what you’re getting into.     Read the article………….
  • How to Improve Leadership Style February 23, 2016 The greatest leaders throughout time have had something in common: they inspired people. To be a good leader, you don’t want to make people follow you. Instead, you want to make them want to follow you. If you’re looking to boost your leadership style, these five tips can help.   Read the article………

President/Vice President Archives

 

Secretary

  • Condo Culture: Redacted minutes may limit conflicts April 23, 2017 Q. I requested and received a copy of the minutes of our board meeting. However, I noticed there has been some items blacked out so I cannot read them. Can I not read complaints or issues that are discussed regarding other owners? What about motions that are made or decisions reached? I find my copy of the minutes is not very helpful because there is very little information due to so much blacking out. Is this normal procedure?     Read ...
  • Clarifying Board Roles: Who’s On Board? February 13, 2017 Chances are if you’re a resident in a co-op, condo, or HOA community, you’re familiar with your property’s board of directors (or trustees, or managers, depending on what part of the country you live in). Boards are usually made up of volunteers, or members appointed by the community’s initial developer, depending on the property’s age and type. As one might imagine, the stakes are very high. Not only the money, but quite literally the homes of those who call the ...
  • HOA Homefront: A few minutes about minutes January 14, 2017 Q. Our president has delegated our property manager to run our homeowners meetings and he acts like the board works for him and has to agree with everything he proposes. He gets rude and obnoxious when the board does not agree with him. He takes the minutes, and changes the meetings minutes to show his point of view. I would like to tape the meetings to show what the board actually voted on and not what he wrote in the ...
  • Being Secretary of the Association Carries Significant Responsibilities November 28, 2016 Questions often arise about the duties of the secretary in taking and producing minutes of meetings and providing association records to members. The primary functions of the Secretary are to produce minutes of meetings and maintain the records of the association. The secretary must produce a draft of the minutes for approval, and then finalize them with any changes upon once they are approved at the next meeting. Records to be maintained include all of the minutes, any resolutions adopted ...

Secretary Archives

 

Treasurer

  • The Role of the Treasurer in a Homeowners Association April 10, 2017 It is that time of year again – association budgets are going to be on almost everyone’s radar soon, and they are one of the core elements of any association. For a budget to be effective and the budget process to go smoothly, the treasurer of the homeowner association needs to ensure that they know their job responsibilities and duties. With that, what a better time than now to go through a list of the top tips to refresh the ...
  • Clarifying Board Roles: Who’s On Board? February 13, 2017 Chances are if you’re a resident in a co-op, condo, or HOA community, you’re familiar with your property’s board of directors (or trustees, or managers, depending on what part of the country you live in). Boards are usually made up of volunteers, or members appointed by the community’s initial developer, depending on the property’s age and type. As one might imagine, the stakes are very high. Not only the money, but quite literally the homes of those who call the ...
  • Community Associations Countdown to Year-End! December 5, 2016 The end of the year is approaching and before long we will be setting New Year’s resolutions for 2017. But before that new beginning, we need to wrap up 2016. For those associations whose year-end is December 31st there are financial and tax items that need to be addressed by the board and/or management. Let’s count down the top 10:    Read the article…………..
  • The Importance of Being Treasurer October 11, 2016 Taming the annual budget is just the beginning of this crucial job.  To do this job, you don’t need to be a certified public accountant, or a math whiz. “To be a good board treasurer, you need somebody who’s got the time and the interest to dive into the building’s financial issues,” says Howard Lazarus, managing director at Tudor Realty.  A treasurer must play many roles – as financial watchdog, as the board’s second set of eyes, ...

Treasurer Archives

 

Committees

  • Community Association Boards Should Spread the Load by Relying on Committees April 21, 2017 Community association board members are asked to do a great deal for the communities they serve. They give up a great deal of their time and lend their varying expertise to help their communities run as smoothly and effectively as possible. Given that so much is asked of the directors, it is important that they take appropriate steps to delegate responsibilities to committees comprised of association members.  For most community associations, the benefits of involving committees are extremely worthwhile. Not ...
  • Can HOA committee members be compensated? (NC) March 22, 2017 Q: I am the chairperson for the social committee of my homeowners association (HOA). Our bylaws state that the HOA compensates committee chair positions by waiving their annual HOA assessments, after serving a full year on the committee. The members of the board of directors are not compensated. We have a new board that was elected in 2016, and they want to change the bylaws so committee chairpersons only receive a gift card for their service.     Read the Q&A…………..
  • What Roles Do Owners, Boards And Committees Play Within Community Associations? January 26, 2017 There are various opinions on the role of community and condominium associations. But, generally speaking, the main purpose and authority of the association are to maintain common elements and ensure compliance with the association’s governing documents.   Property owner associations typically operate with three bodies of community governance:    Read the article…………..
  • How to Hold a Condo Association Hearing January 23, 2017 Once you’ve prepared for a Condo Association hearing, you’ll have done all of the necessary legwork to minimize conflict and maximize the outcome. While preparation makes things easier, you will still need to go through with the hearing itself. These tips will help you hold a Condo Association hearing in the most effective way possible.    Read the article………..

Committees Archives

 

General

  • How an HOA Board Can Still Govern When the Board President Passes Away April 28, 2017 Finding members in your homeowners association who want to volunteer on the HOA board can be hard – finding a member to step up and become the board president is even harder. So, what do you do when the current president passes away, you don’t have a lot people in your community involved with the board, and your current board members are concerned that hiring an HOA manager will only cause the company to take over the Association?   Read the ...
  • Crystal Vision: Why Communication Between a Board and Management Company Matters April 27, 2017 As a board member, you want your community to grow and thrive. Having a vision for your community—the aesthetics of it, its reputation, the kinds of programming it offers and amenities it provides—is critical to its long-term well-being. A well-crafted vision will transcend board and resident turnover and keep your community on track.     Read the article…………….
  • What Does it Mean to be a Fiduciary? April 25, 2017 In simplest terms, to be a fiduciary to another person or party is to be in a position of trust. For example, a patient trusts her doctor to make the correct diagnosis. A parishioner trusts his priest to keep his confessions confidential. And if you are our client we hope you will trust us, as your lawyers, to give you the correct advice!  How does being a fiduciary play into the setting of a community association? Again, a fiduciary relationship ...
  • How Healthy Is Your Condo Board? How to Conduct a Thorough Checkup April 25, 2017 As uncomfortable as it might be to get poked and prodded while you’re clothed in a paper gown, medical checkups are essential to maintaining your health. Well, guess what? That same wisdom applies to buying a home—particularly if that home is a condo. Why? Because with condos, you’re paying someone else to be in charge of a lot of the maintenance, from lawn mowing to repairs. What if they slack off and let that stuff go? If so, things will ...

General Board Articles Archives