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“Symbols of Change,” Common Ground Magazine

Written by Mike Ramsey. Cultural clashes and potential fair housing disputes, including fights over the Confederate flag, are impacting the inclusive and supportive mission of communities. Most community associations may never see a Confederate flag in their midst, but legal experts say it behooves all leaders to think preemptively about visual cues and behaviors – […]

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“Membership Distinction,” Common Ground Magazine

A New Jersey bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Sept. 30 explains which community associations have mandatory – as opposed to voluntary – membership for homeowners when it comes to assessment payments and other aspects of association governance, writes WRNJ. The new statute (S908/A2480) clarifies the 2017 Radburn Law, which defines members […]

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“Lawyer Up” – Common Ground Magazine

Some boards only engage legal counsel when a situation has become dire. Others are overly cautious and all the attorney at the drop of a hat, but unusually high legal bills often lead to membership scrutiny. More often than not, however, boards don’t consult legal counsel enough. It’s a dangerous way to do business since […]

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“On the Board: Privacy Protected” – Common Ground

Board members must navigate a number of responsibilities including legal issues. As a board member, do you know how to protect your privacy and avoid exposure when faced with a lawsuit? Becker Shareholder Jack Kallus shares his expertise for “On the Board,” a column in Common Ground: CAI’s magazine for Community Association Leaders. Jack offers […]

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“Armed and Dangerous,” CAI Common Ground

The increasing number of “active-shooter” incidents across the U.S. and abroad is creating troubling questions for community association boards. Is it time to think of the unthinkable? By Mike Ramsey Reprinted with permission from the May/June 2019 issue of Common Ground TM magazine, the flagship publication of Community Associations Institute (CAI). IT WAS NOT […]

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