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Becker & Poliakoff Expands Community Association Legal Services

Becker & Poliakoff Expands Community Association Legal Services

New Miramar Facility Will Centralize Southeast Florida Collections & Foreclosure Practice

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:

Alan Penchansky
The Pen Group Communications
Tel: (305) 529-1944

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, July 29, 2011 – Becker & Poliakoff is expanding its Community Association legal services with the opening of a new office in Miramar dedicated exclusively to serving clients with Collections and Foreclosure matters. Centralizing all attorneys, paralegals and staff dedicated to assisting condominium and homeowner associations that have suffered from non payment of assessments due to the bad economy and foreclosure crisis, the new office will serve clients from the Keys to the Treasure Coast.

Heading the Southeast Collections and Foreclosure practice is attorney Lourdes E. Ferrer who joined Becker & Poliakoff in 2010 from Conroy, Simberg, Ganon, Krevans, Abel, Lurvey, Morrow & Schefer, P.A. Ms. Ferrer is an experienced attorney with a strong background in litigation and department management. At her previous firm, which focused on complex insurance defense claims, she handled a high volume, fast-paced and high-stakes litigation practice.

“The weak real estate market and lethargic economy continue to strain the finances of many community associations,” said Alan Becker, managing shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff. “In this environment, nothing but a new approach to Collections and Foreclosures will suffice. The new facility represents a significant investment in the practice and a new strategy for handling these matters with more litigation attorneys who know how to navigate the crowded court system. I have every confidence in Lourdes and her team.”

Six new attorneys and several new professional staff were hired to handle the increasing work load resulting in a 97% increase in total Collections and Foreclosure staff. The expansion also includes new tracking and reporting software designed to lower costs and give clients greater access to information about the status of their matters.

“The consolidated team approach in the new office provides clients with the collective wisdom of experienced professionals who regularly share insights and strategy,” Mr. Becker added. “The increase in attorneys and staff will also dramatically enhance our ability to ensure that our clients receive the best information possible to make informed decisions about this complicated process, and get the results they are looking for.”

According to Ms. Ferrer, “We are getting faster results, increasing sanctions against the banks for their delays and using the most aggressive court orders as precedents. In fact, we recently obtained a default judgment against Bank of New York Mellon, for their failure to pay assessments once they took title after their own mortgage foreclosure action. The association was able to recoup all of their past assessments, fees and costs against the lending institution, simultaneously wiping out the mortgage on the property.”

The new Becker & Poliakoff Collections & Foreclosures Center is located at Huntington Centre Corporate Park, 2901 S.W. 149 Avenue, Suite 140, Miramar, FL 33027 and can be reached at 954-985-4102; 305-260-1021; 561-820-2887.

About Becker & Poliakoff 
Becker & Poliakoff is a diverse commercial law firm with more than 145 attorneys and lobbyists in 13 Florida offices, New York City, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Nassau (Bahamas), and Prague. Celebrating its thirty-eighth (38th) year of serving clients, the firm has seven primary areas of practice: Real Estate, Construction, Community Association, Customs & International Trade, Business Litigation, Corporate & Securities, and Government Law & Lobbying.