2014 June
Focus on... Law & Legislation

Board Operations To Choose or Not to Choose
2014 June To Choose or Not to Choose

Running the day-to-day business of a co-op, condo or HOA of any size—be it a self-contained high-rise in Manhattan or a sprawling, multi-building community in Queens—requires not just a functional board but a team of competent outside prof…

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Law & Legislation 2014 Legislative Roundup
2014 June 2014 Legislative Roundup

A quote often attributed to the Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck in the mid-1800s says something to the effect that laws are like sausages—it's better not to see either of them being made. It's a clever quip, and it's not entirely inac…

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Law & Legislation Avoiding Legal Blunders
2014 June Avoiding Legal Blunders

Much like corporations and charity organizations, condos, co-ops and HOAs across the nation are helmed by groups of residents who volunteer to serve their communities, and who are elected to their post by their neighbors. This is of course…

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Law & Legislation What You’re Getting Into
2014 June What You’re Getting Into

Few things can raise one's blood pressure like signing a big contract. That can be especially true for board members or managers signing sometimes mammoth contracts on behalf of a co-op or condo association, obligating their neighbors, fri…

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Law & Legislation Avoiding Lawsuits
2014 June Avoiding Lawsuits

I Love Lucy is one of the most beloved sitcoms in all of television history. In one episode, after Little Ricky is born, the baby is screaming and screaming, keeping awake the next door tenant, Mrs. Trumbull. Mrs. Trumbull complains to lan…

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Law & Legislation Legal Tales!
2014 June Legal Tales!

It's probably no surprise that no matter what field of law they practice in, attorneys have some pretty good stories. (The volume of television shows and movies devoted to lawyers and legal procedures may be one indicator of this.) T…

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Management Making Lives Easier
2014 June Making Lives Easier

Regardless of region or market, a mélange of personalities, preferences and expectations comprise any homeowners association. Part of that diversity includes folks who may need special accommodations in order to fully enjoy and participate…

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Q&A Q&A: A List of Repairs Request
2014 June Q&A: A List of Repairs Request

“If I want to buy a co-op do I have a right to see the board meeting minutes so that I might see if any major repairs have been recently completed on the building or are scheduled to begin.” —Buyer Beware “The simple answer is NO!”…

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