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Specialization: How the ABA Can Make You A Better Lawyer

The great Arnold Palmer was right when he said, “The road to success is always under construction.” This is especially true for lawyers. In the course of our careers, opportunities exist to become better lawyers and enhance our personal satisfaction within our profession. The best approach is to take advantage of those opportunities by becoming […]

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“Alligator Signs Questioned,” News-Press

Q: Are “beware of alligator” signs legally required in Florida? (B.K, via e-mail) A: No, though they may be a good idea where appropriate. The association can be held liable if someone is injured on the property due to the association’s negligence, and will very often be sued just because there was an injury. Courts […]

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“Does Sunshine Law Apply to Smaller Boards?,” Naples Daily News

Q: Please explain the “sunshine law” as it pertains to a three-member condominium board as compared to a five-member board. It seems that two directors discussing association business on a five-member board does not constitute a quorum, whereas two directors on a three-member board would. It seems that a smaller, three-member board is punished since […]

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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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“Association Movie Night Raises Copyright Questions,” News-Press

Q: Our social committee wants to start a “movie night” that is open to all of our residents. Would this violate copyright laws? (C.S., via e-mail) A: First, I would be very skeptical of adding new social activities of this nature until the COVID-19 pandemic is under better control. The Federal Copyright Act (“FCA”), governs […]

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“Reflections On The Lasting Effects Of The COVID-19 Pandemic,” FLCAJ Magazine

No one has a crystal ball to look into the future, but some things are more likely than others. The many media references to the “2020 Bingo Card,” containing any number of unfathomable happenings, supports the idea that no one could possibly have predicted the kinds of questions lawyers are receiving from their community association […]

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“How Community Associations Can Handle the Continuing Popularity of Short-Term Rentals,” FCAP Managers Report

Despite a year that has drastically curtailed traveling due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the popularity of online vacation and short-term rental platforms, such as Airbnb and others, has persisted as people have sought escapes to private homes instead of hotels and to upgrade their work-from-home routines to somewhere with a view. Airbnb is only […]

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Nick Matthews: INFLUENCE Magazine Spotlight

Significant other? Children? Grandkids? My amazing wife, Barbara In 25 words or less, explain what you do. I help businesses and other organizations navigate government. Government is too complex for someone to be an expert in their business or industry AND government. Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your […]

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