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“Tax Equity Requires Reinstating the Home Office Deduction” – Law360

Over the past two and a half years, the job market has changed tremendously due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented time, employees have experienced a new normal that included working from home, eliminating both the time and cost of commuting to the office. Unable to go to the office, employees were forced to […]

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Yolanda Cash Jackson Interviewed on From Florida Podcast

Becker’s Yolanda Cash Jackson had the opportunity to discuss what she called the “lobbyists dream” of getting the legislation passed in Florida to have a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune represent the state in Statuary Hall in the nation’s capitol. Bethune, an advisor to five presidents and the founder of what would become Bethune-Cookman University, […]

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“Q&A: In Wake of APMS Investigation, Southwest Florida HOA Attorney Explains How To Avoid Fraud,” News-Press

Community associations are not immune from fraud on the part of employees, members, or contractors. In a Q&A with News-Press, Becker Shareholder Rob Caves went into detail about what community associations can do to identify and protect against fraud. Topics covered include: The kinds of fraud and financial mismanagement that are most common. The due […]

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“3 Tax Traps for Associations and Managers to Avoid” – Community Association Management Insider

Kickbacks might be easy to define, but sometimes in the day-to-day of work transactions, they can be difficult to spot. “It’s generally receiving something of value in exchange for getting a contract or a better deal and pocketing that money or gift,” says Jamie Dokovna, a shareholder in the Florida law firm Becker & Poliakoff […]

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“Cornering Kickbacks: How to Help Your Managers Avoid Them” – Community Association Management Insider

Kickbacks might be easy to define, but sometimes in the day-to-day of work transactions, they can be difficult to spot. “It’s generally receiving something of value in exchange for getting a contract or a better deal and pocketing that money or gift,” says Jamie Dokovna, a shareholder in the Florida law firm Becker & Poliakoff […]

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“VIDEO: ‘Obscene’ Santa Clause,” AssociationHelpNow

Q: Can a board demand alteration or removal of a Santa Clause ornamentation making an obscene gesture? A: In both New York and New Jersey, an Association Board could demand alteration or removal of a Santa Clause ornamentation making an obscene gesture. Best practices for any Association would be to have a reasonable Rule or […]

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“Rising Sea Levels Bring a Wave of Risk — Even in Unexpected Locales,” Community Association Management Insider

For some time now, many community association managers realized that rising sea levels can put their clients at risk. Sea walls are no panacea. “When Hurricane Irma hit Marco Island,” says David Muller, a shareholder and board-certified specialist in condominium and planned development law with the Naples, Fla., office of Becker & Poliakoff, “there were […]

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“Avoid the Potential Pitfalls of Sharing Common Areas Among Communities,” Community Association Management Insider

Conflicts can arise when numerous associations share amenities and/or common areas through a master association. David Muller offers his ideas on effective negotiation to prevent this from happening. “When a developer develops a property,” says David Muller, a shareholder and board-certified specialist in condominium and planned development law with the Naples, Fla., office of Becker […]

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