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Becker Named a Top 50 Construction Law Firm by Construction Executive Magazine 2023

Becker’s Construction Law & Litigation practice once again pushed the firm to the upper ranks of Construction Executive Magazine’s annual Top 50 Construction Law Firms. This national rating system measures and weighs the following: 2022 revenues from the firm’s construction practice; the number of attorneys in the firm’s construction practice; the percentage of firm’s total […]

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Chambers USA Recognizes Becker’s Construction and Litigation Practices; Six Attorneys in 2023 Edition

Becker is thrilled to announce that the firm and its attorneys have been recognized in the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, a prestigious annual guide of leading law firms and attorneys. Chambers’ sources describe the firm as having a “diverse knowledge base” and a “strong presence across the state.” This year, Becker once again received […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 29, 2023

Debt Limit Crunch Time All eyes are on Washington this week as President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy sell their bipartisan debt limit agreement to Members of Congress for passage before the expected June 5th default date. The text of the nearly 100-page deal was released over the weekend, the key details of which […]

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What Are Limited Common Elements and Who’s Responsible?

The Florida Condominium Act defines limited common elements as those common elements that are reserved for the use of a certain unit or group of units, as specified in the declaration of the condominium. This definition indicates that the limited common elements are a subset of the common elements. Examples of what may be included […]

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The New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Lender Questionnaire: To Answer, or Not to Answer, That Is the Question!

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 costs and guidelines in an effort to mitigate risk as […]

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Getting “Flag Ready” for the Fourth of July

Flags serve as a powerful symbol of a nation, its ideals, and its people, and their display in community associations is addressed under State law. The Florida Condominium Act permits a unit owner to display, in a respectful manner, one portable, removable United States flag and portable, removable official flags, not larger than 4.5-feet by […]

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CAI National’s 2022 Florida Legislative Action Committee of the Year Award

Robyn Severs accepted the CAI National’s 2022 Florida Legislative Action Committee of the Year award which is presented to a state legislative action committee that has demonstrated organizational excellence, maintained strong member support, successfully managed statewide campaigns, and raised the visibility and effectiveness of CAI. The Becker team was mainly recognized for their work on […]

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Webinar: Legislative Update 2023

 In this course, participants will receive a review of the laws passed during the 2023 Legislative Session impacting condominiums, cooperatives, homeowner associations, timeshares and the community association management profession. It is designed to provide board members and community association managers with a working knowledge of the changes to the law to assist them in […]

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Take It To The Board: Guns, God, and Gab – A Constitutional Analysis with Jay Roberts, Esq.

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! In today’s episode, Becker Shareholder Jay Roberts, who represents community associations and developers with respect to all aspects of creating and operating planned community developments throughout Northwest Florida, sits down with Donna DiMaggio Berger to discuss two thought-provoking questions: Should commonly accepted rules regarding signs, flags, and […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 22, 2023

The House The House is the only game in town this week with the Senate out on recess. The Chamber will take up several bills this week, including the following: A package of veterans-related bills that would expand healthcare and cost of living benefit eligibilities, as well as modify a veterans education and employment program […]

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“Lobbying Compensation: Becker Scores $775K in Q1”- Florida Politics

Becker lobbyists Bernie Friedman, Ellyn Bogdanoff, José K. Fuentes, Yolanda Cash Jackson, Max Losner, Nicholas G. Matthews, Cody Rogers, and LaToya Sheals represented about 90 clients in Q1 and brought in an estimated $775,000 last quarter. Florida Politics estimated the lobbying pay based on the middle number of the per-client ranges firms list on their compensation reports. Contracts are reported […]

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“Reserve and Inspection Laws Changed” – News-Press

Consisting of what I would categorize as relatively minor changes to the sweeping building inspection and reserve laws enacted in 2022, here is a look at Senate Bill 154, which will become law upon signature by the Governor: Inspection Deadlines: The relevance of proximity to the coastline has been removed from the law as a […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 15, 2023

Congress Both Chambers of Congress return to DC this week to take up usual business. First, the House is set to take up a number of bills under expedited procedures, including a bill adding requirements for court orders preventing electronic communications service providers from informing customers if the government searches its electronic database. The House […]

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Take It To The Board: Donna DiMaggio Berger Celebrates 50th Episode with Business Attorney and Husband, Michael Berger

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! This week, Take It To The Board is proud to release its 50th episode! This podcast was started with the goal of giving its listeners a glimpse into the inner workings of a community association including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Now, it is […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 8, 2023

Congress Both Chambers of Congress are back in session this week with the House set to take up several bills, including the following: A bill restricting asylum eligibility, resuming border wall construction, and requiring employers to verify their employees legal status A bill allowing states to reclaim 25% of recovered fraudulent unemployment or pandemic-aid payments […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 9, May 1-5, 2023

Headliners Sine Die Congratulations!!  We’ve made it to the end of the 2023 Legislative Session where both Chambers adjourned sine die on Friday, May 5. This year, the following business was conducted: 1,873 Bills and Proposed Committee Bills (PCBs) filed 2,674 Amendments filed 3,229 Votes Taken 52 Floor Sessions 356 Bills passed both chambers Budget […]

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Becker Opens Third New Jersey Office and Grows Community Association Practice: Jonathan H. Katz and Loren Rosenberg Lightman Join the Firm’s Community Association Practice

May 8, 2023 – Morristown, NJ — Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals throughout the U.S., announces that Jonathan H. Katz and Loren Rosenberg Lightman have joined as shareholders in the firm’s New Jersey community association practice. They will be based in the firm’s new Mount Laurel and Red […]

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“Minutes Must Be Kept Permanently” – News-Press

Q: How long must a 50-year-old condominium retain the minutes of the board of directors’ meetings? (K.B., via e-mail) A: Section 718.111(12)(a) and (b) of the Florida Condominium Act requires that the minutes of all meetings of the condominium association, including meetings of the unit owners and meetings of the board of directors, be permanently […]

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Webinar: New Law Puts Communities at Risk – How to Protect Your HOA or Condo

 This program is not eligible for CEU credit or certificate of completion.   Governor DeSantis recently signed Senate Bill 360 into law. This law’s stated purpose is to curtail frivolous construction defect lawsuits by significantly reducing the amount of time parties have to bring such lawsuits. However, the practical effect of this bill is […]

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“Can the Directors and Members of Your Community Association Meet and Vote Remotely?” – FCAP Managers Report

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people and businesses alike struggled to meet, organize, and otherwise conduct business in person due to quarantine measures and social distancing policies. In light of these challenges, in 2021, the Florida Legislature enacted laws to make clear that, during a state of emergency, condominium, cooperatives, and homeowners’ associations are authorized to […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 8, April 24-28, 2023

Headliners 50th Day Rule and Budget Conferences Tuesday, April 25 marked the 50th day of the 2023 Legislative Session. With over 2,000 bills filed by legislators, committee hearings have come to an end per the rules of the Legislature; all bills that have not made it past their committee references have died. As we continue […]

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Golden Star Acquisition Corporation Announces Pricing of $60 Million Initial Public Offering

Golden Star Acquisition Corporation, a Cayman Island exempt company (NASDAQ: GODN), announced today that it priced its initial public offering of 6,000,000 units at $10.00 per unit. The Company’s units are expected to be listed on NASDAQ Stock Market LLC Global Market (“NASDAQ”) and trade under the ticker symbol “GODNU” beginning Tuesday, May 2, 2023. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 1, 2023

Congress The Senate is the only game in town this week with the House out on recess until next week. Senators will begin this week by holding a confirmation vote on Anthony Johnstone to become a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with additional votes lined up later in the week on three […]

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