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Take It To the Board: Assessing Collections with Joy Mattingly, Becker & Poliakoff

In this episode of Take It To the Board, host Donna DiMaggio Berger speaks with Becker Shareholder Joy Mattingly, who oversees Becker’s collection and foreclosure practice. Joy is an experienced litigator who represents all types of associations in collecting the delinquent assessments needed to fund the community’s essential services. She’s a graduate of University of […]

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“Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs): The Future of Money” – Financier Worldwide

Like the rest of the world, money is going digital. Credit and debit cards, electronic fund transfers, online services like PayPal, and peer-to-peer services got a boost during the COVID pandemic. Cryptocurrencies did as well, along with decentralized finance (DeFi) and smart contracts. In the latest issue of Financier Worldwide, Becker Shareholder Robert C. Brighton, […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 23, 2022

The Administration President Biden is in Tokyo today meeting with Japanese leaders as part of his first Asia visit as President. He began that visit in Seoul last week, where he signed a $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill that provides both military and humanitarian aid to the country in the midst of the Russian invasion. […]

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“The New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Lender Questionnaire: To Answer, or Not to Answer, That is the Question!” – CAI NJ Community Trends

Prompted by the Champlain Towers Condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) recently issued new temporary requirements as an attempt to mitigate risk in community association loan underwriting. Many other industries within the community association world, such as insurance, have adjusted […]

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“Tolling the Statute of Limitations for Community Association Construction Defect Claims” – CAI NJ Community Trends

On January 11, 2022, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a statute that amends the Statute of Limitations (SOL) for the filing of a lawsuit against a developer, its design professional and subcontractors for construction defects. While it was common interpretation of applicable case law that an owner-controlled board had at least six […]

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The Real Housewives Meet the Internal Revenue Service

The Maserati was leased, but never reported. Forty thousand dollars a month was paid to a glam squad to “perfect a look” for housewives dining out on an ordinary Tuesday evening. The ostentatious spending—and the outsized personalities that that it accompanies—attracted an audience that very few want: the IRS. In all its variations, The Real […]

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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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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 16, 2022

The Senate Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) was hospitalized this weekend after suffering a stroke. Because the Chamber is divided 50-50, his absence could disrupt key Senate votes this week including one on a $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill which Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked last week. The Senate will conduct several hearings this week: […]

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“Preparing for Success – What Associations and Management Companies Should Consider When Contemplating Doing Business With Each Other” – FCAP Managers Report

Hiring a property management company is one of the most important decisions a community association can make. In turn, taking on a new community association client has significant implications for a property management company. A bad fit can be problematic for all involved. Understanding what each party expects and offers at the outset will give […]

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