Perspectives

Our attorneys are thought leaders in their field who keep our clients updated on the latest developments in their areas of interest. Explore our robust library of articles, blog posts, guidebooks, media commentary, and news.

Filters

Search Perspectives

Show Filters

Area of Focus

Year

Type

Direct all media inquiries to BPPR@beckerlawyers.com

Results

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 6, 2023

The House The House returns this week to take up a number of bills on the floor, including: A bill requiring the Energy Department to provide financial assistance to certain post-grad students enrolled in cybersecurity and energy infrastructure classes. A bill placing hundreds of acres of federal lands in trusts for the Pala Band of […]

Read More

“Election Proxies Questioned” – News-Press

Q: Our current documents say that proxy votes are allowed in an election, yet during our recent elections, residents were told that proxies were not allowed. My question is whether this was legal? (K.T., via e-mail) A: It depends. Section 718.112(2)(b)2 of the Florida Condominium Act provides that proxies may not be used in the […]

Read More

“Former NY Congressional Staffers Form Purple Apple” – Long Island Business News

A group of former New York Capitol Hill staffers have formed Purple Apple. A strategic alliance, the group is led by seasoned, bipartisan former chiefs of staff from the New York congressional delegation that aims to assist New York businesses and nonprofits navigate the new Congress. The alliance offers strategic political intelligence, lobbying, media relations […]

Read More

Jose Luis Baloyra Featured In Law360

Becker’s newest Shareholder, Jose Luis Baloyra, is featured in the latest edition of Law360’s Real Estate Authority section. His move has also been featured in the South Florida Business Journal.  Mr. Baloyra provides counsel to condominium and homeowner associations and has been involved in all aspects of community association law. His work with these communities includes […]

Read More

Gary C. Rosen and Yolanda Cash Jackson Named to the 2023 “Power Leaders 250” by South Florida Business Journal

Becker Managing Shareholder Gary C. Rosen and Shareholder Yolanda Cash Jackson have been named to South Florida Business Journal’s 2023 “Power Leaders 250.”  This year’s Power Leaders 250 reveals how executives from South Florida’s top public and private companies continue to drive growth in their organizations and the region. In a word, their efforts are […]

Read More

Take It to the Board: Combatting Growing Hate Crimes Inside Community Associations with Sarah Emmons, the Florida Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League

For more episodes of Take it to the Board, click here!   This week, Donna DiMaggio Berger sits down with Sarah Emmons, the Florida Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), to discuss recent incidents of hate symbols being placed inside community associations, how antisemitism takes root and what can be done to combat it. Specifically, Sarah and […]

Read More

Becker Expands Community Association and Real Estate Practices With Jose Luis Baloyra in Miami

February 1, 2023 – Miami, FL — Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals throughout the U.S., announces that Jose Luis Baloyra has joined the firm as a shareholder in the firm’s community association and real estate practices and is resident in the firm’s Miami office. Mr. Baloyra provides counsel […]

Read More

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 30, 2023

The 118th Congress Continues Both Chambers of Congress return to Washington this week, with only the House scheduled to hold votes. The House will take up a number of bills, including those that would reverse a number of COVID-19-era policies such as the healthcare worker vaccine mandate, pandemic-era work-from-home for federal agencies, and the public […]

Read More

Yolanda Cash Jackson Quoted in The Miami Herald

Yolanda Cash Jackson was quoted in the Miami Herald article titled, “Miami-Dade’s Beacon Council, which recruits companies to the area, names new CEO.” To read the full article, please click here. Yolanda is an experienced Government Law attorney who has established a strong reputation in the community for her leadership and commitment to civic, charitable, […]

Read More

“Easements Explained” – News-Press

Q: The survey for my lot when I closed on my property shows a 15-foot-wide drainage easement dedicated to my homeowners’ association. Can my association use the drainage easement for another purpose besides drainage? (A.D., via e-mail) A: Most likely not. However, the answer to your question depends on several things, including the language contained […]

Read More

Hurricane Ian Webinar Series: Lee County

 For those of you recovering from Ian, our hearts are with you, and our team is here to help your community in any way we can. That is why we are bringing you as much information as possible to help guide you through the process in the aftermath of Ian. Different locales face different […]

Read More

Reviving Unenforced Restrictions

The previous boards failed to enforce the provisions of the Declaration, bylaws, and/or rules and regulations of the community and now whenever the manager tells someone that they are in violation, the response is that the Association allowed this to occur for many years without enforcement. All is not lost. A previously unenforced restriction may […]

Read More

The Role of Impartial Committees in Condominium Elections

The focus of this article is on impartial committees for the annual election. This committee tallies the votes that were cast and determines the outcome of the election. If selected in advance of the annual meeting by the Board, the committee may also verify outer envelope information in advance of the meeting. As a starting […]

Read More

Special Assessments

There are very specific statutory requirements for levying a special assessment in a condominium. Your governing documents must be reviewed to determine who votes on the special assessment (Board, membership, or both), and the notice period for the meeting at which the special assessment will be approved. Sometimes the notice period will be longer than […]

Read More

Hurricane Ian Webinar Series: Fort Myers Beach

 For those of you recovering from Ian, our hearts are with you, and our team is here to help your community in any way we can. That is why we are bringing you as much information as possible to help guide you through the process in the aftermath of Ian. Different locales face different […]

Read More

Becker New Jersey Community Update for January 2023

The New Jersey Community Update newsletter is out for January, and this issue covers a range of topics. Shareholder David Dockery delves into everything you need to know about electronic voting for your condo/HOA in New York/New Jersey, and how moving to electronic voting can save your association time and money. Becker’s Community Association Practice […]

Read More

Gary C. Rosen and Yolanda Cash Jackson Named to the “South Florida Power 100” by City and State Florida

Becker & Poliakoff got started in 1973 focusing on condominium and community association law (and are still a major player there) but has grown into a firm which focuses on several areas, including lobbying. Gary C. Rosen played a major role in raising the firm’s lobbying profile after becoming CEO in 2012, helping bring in […]

Read More

Hurricane Ian Webinar Series: Sanibel/Captiva

 For those of you recovering from Ian, our hearts are with you, and our team is here to help your community in any way we can. That is why we are bringing you as much information as possible to help guide you through the process in the aftermath of Ian. Different locales face different […]

Read More

“Tips, Tricks and Things You Can Mix” – FCAP Managers Report

Timesavers Proxies and Limited Proxies In condominiums and cooperatives, general proxies are used for establishment of a quorum and limited proxies are used to vote on a particular matter – amendments, waive reserves or financial reporting requirements, etc. In homeowner associations proxies may also be used for elections. Proxies and limited proxies are not secret. […]

Read More

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 23, 2023

The House The House returns this week to take up a number of bills, beginning with a measure to require the Energy Department to craft a plan to increase oil and gas production leases on federal lands before it can continue to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The Chamber will then proceed to several measures […]

Read More

Gabriel Monzon-Cortarelli Featured In Crain’s New York Business and South Florida Business Journal

Becker’s newest Shareholder and Chair of the International Practice Group, Europe and Latin America, Gabriel Monzon-Cortarelli, is featured in the latest edition of Crain’s New York Business and South Florida Business Journal. His move has also been featured in Reuters, Bloomberg, and Law360. We are excited to welcome him to our team. Gabriel Monzon-Cortarelli has […]

Read More

Take It To the Board: Are “55 and Older” Communities Still In Demand? What Must Be Done to Preserve Your Senior Lifestyle? An Engaging Discussion with Mark Friedman, Becker & Poliakoff

For more episodes of Take it to the Board, click here! This week, Becker Shareholder Mark D. Friedman, who provides legal counsel  to condominium, homeowner and cooperative associations, sits down with Donna DiMaggio Berger to discuss “Housing for Older Persons” communities including their legal requirements for establishment and whether these communities have the same appeal today as they […]

Read More

David Dockery Awarded CAI-NJ Chapter’s “Author of the Year” Award

Becker Community Association Senior Attorney, David L. Dockery, is the recipient of the Community Association Institute-New Jersey Chapter’s “Author of the Year” award. The New Jersey chapter of Community Associations Institute will celebrate excellence in the industry during their Annual Awards Ceremony. David Dockery focuses his practice on the representation of community associations in New […]

Read More

“Association Loans Explained” – News-Press

Q: The board of directors of my condominium association has stated they are considering major restoration projects soon and have stated that they are considering a loan from a bank to fund part the projects. While nothing has been decided, the board has mentioned that considering a loan to pay for the work. Does the […]

Read More

“A Deduction to Be Taken With a Grain of Salt” – Reuters

The institution of marriage has been around long before the Internal Revenue Code (the “IRC”) was legislated into existence. In fact, the state and local tax (“SALT”) deduction was first enacted by President Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Congress during the Civil War as a temporary federal income tax to fund the Union army. Lowry, […]

Read More