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.


Search Perspectives

Show Filters

Area of Focus



Direct all media inquiries to


“Know When To Call Your Professional,” FCAP Managers Report

What a year. Because of COVID-19 issues, associations have dealt with owners working from home, children remote learning, contractor issues, common area issues, the pool, the gym, the visitors, the cleaning, the quarantine, the masks, and so on. Quite a year indeed. Many associations have spent more time speaking with their attorney, and hopefully insurance […]

Read More

“What It Means To Me To Have Served In The Military,” Community Living

In 1975 I joined the military as a 17-year-old right out of high school. I always wanted to be in the military and felt everyone should serve this great country of ours in one way or another. I served three years as an enlisted man, then received my officer’s commission through the ROTC program. I […]

Read More

Webinar: Enforcement Strategies for Associations

The adoption and enforcement of rules are the means by which a community defines and preserves a lifestyle. Consistency in enforcement is critical and has never been more critical than it is now, during a life-threatening pandemic. Board members and property managers need to be aware of their responsibility to enforce the rules and how […]

Read More

“New Laws Regarding Emotional Support Animals,” FCAP Managers Report

Other than political debate, perhaps nothing else evokes more of an “emotional” response than the issue of emotional support animals in a no pet community. While this is not a new issue, and has been discussed many times in this forum and others, new laws in Florida may affect how your community may handle a […]

Read More

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Presents New Challenges for Boards and Their Management Professionals

The unprecedented challenges of this year have been difficult for us all. These challenges are magnified for volunteer board members having to make hard decisions which impact not only themselves, but their family, friends, and neighbors. As we turn to a new year, exciting news of advancements and wider distribution of COVID-19 vaccines appear on […]

Read More

Webinar: Community Associations in the Age of COVID-19: What Does the Future Hold?

As Florida’s COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, how do volunteer boards safeguard community residents and navigate guidelines and protocols? What can a board do in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? How can your professionals assist the board in these processes? Watch the replay of this in-depth discussion with leading experts from Becker, AKAM, USI Insurance […]

Read More

“Back to Basics,” FCAP Managers Report

There are articles every month covering community association issues, which you can find from a plethora of sources. This magazine, other similar magazines, national magazines, newspaper articles, everyone’s favorite blog, attorney resources, Internet, etc. Most of these articles deal with specific issues, such as short term rentals, or emotional support animals, or the latest case […]

Read More

Community Update – September 2019

As technology moves forward, community associations are becoming more and more self-sufficient. This is, at its core, a great thing. Associations can run their own websites and their own social media, among other activities. It’s important, however, that with this new freedom board members also remain informed on best practices. This month’s spotlight article, “Attorneys […]

Read More

Episode 07: Visitors at All Hours of The Night – “Can They Do That?”

A neighbor is running a home business and customers are coming at all hours of the night and disrupting other homeowners. Can they do that? Find out in Episode 07! When it comes to association rules and bylaws, there seem to be more questions than answers. Becker’s video series, “Can They Do That?” tackles some […]

Read More

25 Becker Attorneys Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law

  Becker’s Community Association practice group has been an industry leader since we opened our doors in 1973. Today, we’re proud to announce that we have the largest, dedicated team of Board Certified attorneys in Condominium and Planned Development Law in the state of Florida. Board certification demands rigorous testing and is in recognition of […]

Read More

Eight Becker Attorneys Newly Board Certified in Condominium & Planned Development Law

June 3, 2019 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – We are pleased to announce that eight Becker attorneys are newly minted as Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium & Planned Development Law. The specialty encompasses the practice of law that involves representing community associations and their members, property owners, sellers, purchasers, developers, lenders, governmental agencies, and […]

Read More

“Can My Association Board Pass a Rule Regarding That?” FCAP Managers Report

You attend your association’s monthly board of directors meeting because you notice an item on the agenda that piques your interest. The board of directors is scheduled to consider and pass a rule regarding _________ (you fill in the blank). You ask yourself “Can they do that?” The answer, as it is many times, is […]

Read More

Community Update – December 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at a selection of our most popular Community Update articles. From changes in law to navigating and implementing rules for your association, here are the top five most read articles from this year. For those concerned with regulating smoking in the common areas of your association, Smoking […]

Read More

“Condominium Association Statutory Required Websites – Facts and Myths,” FCAP Managers Report

Section 718.111(12)(g), Florida Statutes, was added to Chapter 718, Florida Statutes in 2017, requiring that by July 1, 2018, an association with 150 or more units which does not manage timeshare units is required to post digital copies of the documents specified in the section on its website, and lists specific documents that are required […]

Read More

28 Becker Attorneys Named as Super Lawyers

Becker proudly congratulates our attorneys selected as Super Lawyers. As of 2018, we boast 28 lawyers who have received this prestigious designation. Please click on their names to read more about each of these attorneys. Super Lawyer Recipients: Joseph E. Adams*, Real Estate (Office Managing Shareholder, Fort Myers/Naples) Hugo V. Alvarez, Insurance Coverage Disputes, Real Estate […]

Read More

Show me the Money: Crafting Successful Collection & Foreclosure Strategies for Community Associations

December 5, 2017 Start: 2:00 PM End: 4:00 PM Show Me The Money: Crafting Successful Collection & Foreclosure Strategies for Community Associations Provider #0000811, Course #9625735, 2 IFM/ELEPresented by: K. Joy Mattingly, Esq. and Howard J. Perl, Esq. Are collection issues still plaguing your association? Are bank foreclosures dragging on for years with no end […]

Read More

CANCELLED: Show me the Money: Crafting Successful Collection & Foreclosure Strategies for Community Associations

September 14, 2017 Start: 10:00 AM End: 12:00 PM Due to Hurricane Irma, this course is cancelled. It will be rescheduled in the near future. – Thank you Show Me The Money: Crafting Successful Collection & Foreclosure Strategies for Community Associations Provider #0000811, Course #9625735, 2 IFM/ELE Presented by: K. Joy Mattingly, Esq. and Howard […]

Read More

Community Association Board Members Can be Considered Limited Purpose Public Figures in Defamation Cases

There is a growing body of case law around the country which would make it more difficult for an allegedly defamed community association board member to successfully pursue his or her day in court. Is a community association board member an average, private citizen or is a community association board member really a special category […]

Read More

Becker & Poliakoff Welcomes Howard J. Perl To Community Association Law Practice Group March 17, 2014

FT. LAUDERDALE, March 17, 2014 – Becker & Poliakoff today announced that attorney Howard J. Perl has joined the firm as a shareholder in the Ft. Lauderdale office. Mr. Perl practices in the firm’s Community Association Law practice group. Mr. Perl has been involved in all aspects of community association law, including transactional, collections, mediation, arbitration, construction […]

Read More