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Webinar: Don’t Skip the Fine Print: Understanding Vendor Contract Provisions

Has a prospective vendor presented your association with a standard one-size-fits all contract? Before signing on the dotted line, watch the replay of a discussion dedicated to successfully navigating the boilerplate provisions of a commercial contract. We discuss the importance of key contract clauses, why you should think twice before signing a vendor’s typical agreement, […]

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Webinar: Avoiding Disaster – How To Take Control Of Your Construction Project

While the complexity of a community association construction project cannot be overstated, it is possible to successfully navigate the entire process. Becker attorneys Ken Direktor and Steve Lesser welcome experienced construction management pro James LaGreca DSS Condos to discuss just how it’s done. You’ll learn how to stay in the driver’s seat of your project, […]

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Webinar: Make Your Documents Work For You

When was the last time you thoroughly reviewed your governing documents? The Statute changes over time. New court rulings can change the legal landscape. What worked for your developer or for a community 20, 30 or 40 years ago may no longer work for you today. This is why your documents must evolve to reflect […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Community Update – November 2020

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! While this year has not been without challenges, we are tremendously grateful to all of our clients and friends and wish you and your loved ones a joyous and healthy holiday season. Enjoy this month’s edition of CUP and we look forward to seeing you next month! […]

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Webinar: COVID-19 Stole the Holidays?

The holidays are a time for celebration and cheer, but, just like everything else, they’ll look a little bit different this year. Join members of our Community Association Practice for a discussion on how boards and managers can safely navigate this holiday season in the midst of a pandemic. Questions include: Should an association hold […]

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Episode 23: Can Board Change the Way We Fund Reserves – Can They Do That?

Our board has proposed a budget in which they’re changing the way we’re funding reserves. – “Can They Do That?” Becker Shareholder Kenneth S. Direktor discusses in a brand new episode! 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 […]

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Community Update – September 2020

Can you believe it’s autumn already? National and local elections are fast approaching and the chatter about whether or not political signs should be permitted in private residential communities is building. We delve into this issue as well as discuss how to keep your HOA director elections, which are also on the horizon, from turning […]

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Becker Shareholder Kenneth Direktor Appears on KW Property Management “Capital Improvement Projects for Community Associations” Webinar

Becker Shareholder Kenneth Direktor joined KW Property Management in their webinar “Capital Improvement Projects for Community Associations.” The panelists discussed construction improvement projects within your association. Watch the webinar replay.

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Webinar: Property Damage and Your Association – How to Protect Your Interests

Every community association will experience property damage during its lifespan. In addition to windstorms, fires and floods, there are everyday issues such as water leaks that can cause significant damage. Watch the replay of a panel discussion on what community associations need to do to prepare, manage, and successfully recover from the unexpected. Discussion included: […]

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“Leaders of the Industry,” FLCAJ Magazine

Becker Shareholder Kenneth S. Direktor has been recognized by FLCAJ Magazine as a leader in the community association industry. “Kenneth S. Direktor serves as Chair of Becker’s Community Association Practice—a group comprised of 50-plus attorneys throughout Florida and New Jersey. Ken focuses his practice on the representation of condominium, homeowners and cooperative associations, and country […]

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Becker Attorneys Honored as Florida Trend 2020 Legal Elite

Becker is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™. Florida Legal Elite publishes an annual roster of attorneys held in the highest regard by their peers and includes fewer than 1.4% of active Florida Bar Members practicing in Florida. The following attorneys were […]

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A Message from Our Management Committee

Since its founding, Becker has demonstrated a commitment to freedom, equality, and the betterment of the communities we serve. We will continue to use our resources, influence, and voice to rectify injustice and create positive change. Becker has contributed to a number of organizations that oppose racial injustice, however we realize there is more work […]

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Webinar: Are Your Board’s Emergency Powers Still in Effect?

The fluid nature of the pandemic, mixed with oftentimes inconsistent guidelines from all levels of government, has led to understandable confusion. Becker Community Association Shareholders explore the continuing state of emergency powers throughout Florida, best practices to follow when reopening facilities, how to handle allowing access to outside guests and contractors, and other timely topics. […]

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Webinar: Risky Business: What Owners Need to Know When Reopening

Community associations, country clubs, retail owners, and mixed-use facilities have all implemented strict protocols in response to COVID-19, including restricting access to common areas and shared amenities. As owners begin to look ahead to reopening many of these spaces, the big question is – how do they do so safely? Becker attorneys are joined by experts from […]

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The “New Norm” for Community Associations in Light of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus has substantially impacted all types of community associations throughout Florida. From closing amenities, to limiting access by non-residents, taking in travelers from other parts of the country, including those deemed “hot spots”, and reacting to the endless flow of emergency and executive orders from the state, counties, and municipalities, associations across Florida […]

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Becker Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

  Becker is pleased to announce that eight attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.  Now in its sixteenth year, Florida Legal Elite publishes an annual roster of attorneys held in the highest regard by their peers and includes fewer than 1.3% of the active Florida Bar Members […]

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Episode 06: Can Associations Force Residents to Leave During a Hurricane? – “Can They Do That?”

Not everyone chooses to evacuate during dangerous storms. Can community associations force residents to leave? Can they turn off the power and elevators, leaving those who stay stranded? Community association members across the state are asking, “Can They Do That?” When it comes to association rules and bylaws, there seem to be more questions than […]

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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 […]

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Becker’s 2019 Shareholder Meeting

Becker Shareholders and Senior Management recently came together for the firm’s 2019 Shareholder Meeting. Attorneys and lobbyists from the firm’s 16 offices throughout Florida and the East Coast convened in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for a productive and educational weekend of relationship building, strategic planning, and camaraderie. Hosted at the Dalmar Hotel, attendees took part in […]

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Episode 02: Nudists in Your Community Association – “Can They Do That?”

When it comes to association rules and bylaws, there seem to be more questions than answers.  Becker’s newly launched video series, “Can They Do That?” tackles some of the unique problems that homeowners and renters face today. We answer questions, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. From service animals to nudists in your community, […]

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Becker Launches New Website Development Service for Community Associations

MyCommunitySite.com Helps Compliance with Recent Law Regarding Mandatory Websites November 28, 2018 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals in offices throughout the East Coast, today announced the launch  of MyCommunitySite.com, a website development service that allows Florida-based community associations to design and manage their own […]

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Reviewing Lessons from Hurricane Irma

Dear Clients and Friends, With the remnants of Hurricane Florence causing destruction on the Eastern seaboard, we commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma caused damage that is still being addressed. What lessons did your community learn? Were you prepared before the storm with adequate hurricane protection on your property and emergency procedures […]

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Seven Becker Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Becker is proud to announce that seven of our shareholders were recently recognized in the 2018 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.  Alan Becker, Steve Lesser and Ken Direktor from our Ft. Lauderdale office, Marilyn Perez-Martinez and Hugo Alvarez from the Miami office, Gary Schaaf from our Tampa office, and Joseph E. Adams from […]

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Becker Merges With New Jersey Community Association, Construction Litigation Law Firm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., & MORRISTOWN, NJ – MARCH 05, 2018 – Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, today announced its merger with the Law Offices of Arnold J. Calabrese, a New Jersey-based community association and construction litigation law firm. The merger adds two […]

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Five Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

Becker & Poliakoff is proud to announce that five of our shareholders were recently recognized in the 2017 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™.  Alan Becker, Steve Lesser and Ken Direktor from our Ft. Lauderdale office, Steve Mezer from our Tampa office, and Joseph Adams from the Fort Myers office were among the list of 1,080 honorees, published in the July issue of […]

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Florida Trend Names Six Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys as Legal Elite

Now in its 13th year, Florida Legal Elite presents a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers. The 1,144 lawyers listed in this section exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by so doing, have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues. The following attorneys have been selected by […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Announces Launch Of Proprietary ‘BPBALLOT’ Voting Software For Community Associations

Law firm becomes first in Florida offering proprietary online voting software to address long-standing challenges for managed communities FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – March 22, 2016 – The law firm of Becker & Poliakoff today announced the launch of BPBALLOT, a proprietary, secure online voting software for community associations. As the only law firm in Florida providing […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Named to 2014 Florida Trend Legal Elite

FT. LAUDERDALE, July 29, 2014 – Becker & Poliakoff is proud to announce that five of its shareholders were named to the 2014 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite listing. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top two percent of lawyers practicing within the state. Joseph E. Adams, managing […]

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Community Association Leadership Lobby Announces Advisory Board

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, June 25, 2014 – The Community Association Leadership Lobby (CALL), Florida’s leading community association advocacy organization, today announced the newly appointed CALL Advisory Board, which will provide input on CALL’s vision, strategy and outreach. The Advisory Board consists of community association industry leaders and veterans from across the state who will assist CALL in […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Receives Top Level Recognition in Reader’s Choice Award

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 5, 2015 – The law firm of Becker & Poliakoff was selected as one of the top community association law firms in Florida having received the Diamond award in the Florida Community Association Journal  Readers’ Choice Awards. The Readers’ Choice Awards allows board members, managers and association residents to recognize outstanding companies […]

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Kenneth S. Direktor Admitted to College of Community Association Lawyers

FT. LAUDERDALE, January 28, 2014 – Kenneth S. Direktor, chairman of the Becker & Poliakoff Community Association Law Practice Group, has been granted membership in the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL).  Mr. Direktor is one of fewer than 150 attorneys nationwide to be admitted to the prestigious organization. Members in the College are among the most respected […]

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