How Final Is a Final Award? Turns Out, It Is Difficult to “Escapes!” a Final Arbitration Award in a Construction Conflict (AL)

How final is a final arbitration award? In Escapes! To the Shores Condominium Association, Inc., et al. v. Hoar Construction, LLC, and Architectural Surfaces, Inc., the plaintiff condo association argued that an arbitration award that didn’t resolve all claims against all parties in the trial court was not final enough to be appealed. The Alabama […]

Alabama Federal Magistrate Recommends Dismissal of Construction Defect Declaratory Judgment Action Due to Expanded Duty to Defend Standard

While the starting point for assessing an insurer’s duty to defend requires comparing the allegations contained within a complaint to the language contained within the insured’s policy, the majority of states require an insurer to do more. In Alabama, a failure of the underlying complaint to allege damages falling within the policy’s terms is not […]

Is Your Alabama Condominium In Compliance with the Law? Mandatory Alabama Insurance Requirements

Condominiums in the state of Alabama are governed by the Alabama Uniform Condominium Act. Section 35-8A-313 of the Act specifically relates to insurance requirements for condominiums. Condominium associations are required to maintain master insurance policies, but individual unit owners are not required to obtain their own insurance policies for their units.    Read the entire article……………………………….

CAI Best Practices: Ethics

Simply put, when someone is employing ethics, he or she recognizes what is right and what is wrong and is choosing to do the right thing; however, as a great deal of business ethics literature will attest, “the right thing” is not always straightforward. For example, most ethical dilemmas in the workplace are not simply […]

The Condominium Form Of Ownership For Physician Practices

When we hear the word “condominium” or “condo” we typically think of a place to stay while on vacation or an apartment-style home in a densely-populated urban area. However, the condominium form of ownership can be a very useful tool for businesses including individual doctors and physician practices.   Read more……..

From Good to Great: Principles for Community Association Success

Every community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core  principles. Good associations  preserve the character of  their communities, protect  property values and meet  the established expectations of homeowners. Great  associations also cultivate  a true sense of community,  promote active homeowner  involvement and create a  culture of […]

Introduction to Community Association Living

Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program Community volunteer leaders and members can maximize the benefits of community association living by better understanding the history, purpose, and function of community associations. One way to do so is by participating in the Center for Community Association Volunteers’ (CCAV) Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program – offered online or by […]

Hurricane Season and Expectations of Management

A professional community manager should provide or facilitate the following checklist of services/actions to guide the board and owners before, during and after hurricane season. The board could 1) authorize the manager to proceed with accomplishing each action item    Read more…….

So Now You’re On the Board

The first steps to superior board performance are clarifying your board’s job and then following through with appropriate plans, actions and evaluation of results. The checklists presented here are intended to assist you in those tasks. They cover a significant number of your responsibilities. The checklists will apply to virtually any association. To use them, […]