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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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Week 9 Webinar: COVID-19 Best Practices for Community Associations

Becker Shareholders David Muller, Rosa de la Camara, and Steve Mezer participated in a webinar discussion hosted by KW Property Management and Consulting (KWPMC). The webinar, entitled “COVID-19 Best Practices for Community Associations,” was moderated by KWPMC Managing Director, Tim O’Keefe and addressed best practices for HOAs and condo associations. Watch the replay.

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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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“Condo Dwellers Give up Some ‘Personal Rights’ Amid Covid-19 Pandemic | Opinion,” Sun-Sentinel

For those living in community associations during the time of COVID, the changes are radical. Not only are condo dwellers expected to abide by federal, state and municipal legislation mandating social distancing, masks and isolation protocols, they must also follow the regulations put into place by their association’s board of directors. While some of the […]

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“How Condo Associations Can Mitigate Damages from Sea-Level Rise,” Sun-Sentinel

Daunting statistics indicate that sea level will continue to rise for centuries, even if greenhouse gas emissions and global warming are sharply reduced. By 2100, sea levels are expected to rise by at least 24 inches. In Florida, the statistics are not encouraging. Miami has the most to lose in terms of financial assets of […]

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“Charging Excessive Fees Could Spell Big Trouble,” FLCAJ

Condominium associations are limited by statute on the amount of fees which can be charged in connection with the transfer of a unit. An association in Miami just learned this lesson the hard way. A recent class action lawsuit in Miami-Dade County alleging a condominium was charging excessive fees resulted in the association settling for […]

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Community Update – August 2019

Community Associations must learn to effectively communicate amongst themselves. Over time, more and more messages have become electronic, social media has become a popular platform for communication, and the lines between personal/professional messages have become increasingly blurred. It’s now more important than ever to understand the rules and regulations regarding these distinctions. Our featured article, […]

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“Pay Attention to Rising Sea Levels,” Florida Community Association Journal

Rising sea levels are an important issue which cannot be ignored by Florida communities, especially coastal ones, if they want to be resilient and prepared for expected adverse effects. Miami has the most to lose of any coastal city in the world in terms of financial assets, just above New York City. Florida has more residents […]

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27 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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Community Update – May 2019

Association board members are tasked with acting in the best interest of their communities while also upholding the parameters set forth in their association’s governing documents. These documents are the cornerstone of association operations and often dictate everything from member rule enforcement to protocol for removing a delinquent officer. This month’s featured article, “Premises Liability […]

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Episode 05: Pooling Your Community Association Reserve Funds Together – “Can They Do That?”

Your association sent you a notice stating that they want to pool all reserve funds together because it will be more efficient. Can they do that? Find out in Episode 05! 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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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 04: Social Events in Your Community Association – “Can They Do That?

Your association is planning a big 4th of July party that also happens to be quite expensive. In episode 04 of “Can They Do That?,” Rosa de la Camara discusses whether or not a community social event can be deemed a legitimate common expense. When it comes to association rules and bylaws, there seem to […]

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What Did You Say?

In the community association world, it is fundamental for board members, managers and decision-makers to have good communication skills in order to succeed. Such skills are important in any business, but in community associations where membership and dues are mandatory, good communication is critically important. Many problems and misunderstandings are avoided by boards exercising open […]

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Community Update – July 2018

Summer is here in full dew point oppression, and while many people take this time to vacate the area, many managers and board members are hard at work with the day-to-day operations and maintenance of Florida’s communities. In this issue, we hope to make some of that work a bit easier. Our featured article, There’s […]

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Online Voting: A Tool for Voter Inclusion and Fraud Deterrence

Over the past few weeks, the Miami Herald and Univision have teamed up to investigate allegations of fraudulent condominium elections, primarily in Miami-Dade County. In fact, Miami-Dade County by far has the highest number of complaints of any county in Florida for voter fraud, according to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, accounting for […]

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Becker & Poliakoff’s Rosa M. De La Camara Inducted Into Miami-Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame April 28, 2016

MIAMI – April 28, 2016 – Rosa M. de la Camara, a shareholder with the Community Association practice group with law firm Becker & Poliakoff and a member of the firm’s management committee, was recently inducted into the Miami-Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding former students of the college. De la Camara was selected […]

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Becker & Poliakoff sponsors the 2015 Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) Annual Gala

Becker & Poliakoff is proud to have sponsored the 2015 Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) Annual Gala and Board Installation Dinner which was held at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach on January 31, 2015. This year’s Annual Gala and Board Installation Dinner benefits the Cuban American Bar Foundation’s Scholarship fund which, in turn, manages […]

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2014 Becker & Poliakoff Diversity Scholarship Award

This week the annual B&P Diversity Fellowship Award was presented to Lex-Jordan Ibegbu at University of Miami School of Law. Rosa de la  Camara, Michael Gongora, and David Rogel joined Dean White of the law school to present the award to Lex (see picture below). Another Fellowship will be awarded to Melissa Rodriguez at University […]

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Attorney Rosa De La Camara Appointed to Second Term on Florida Community Association Living Study Council

CORAL GABLES, FL, November 20, 2013 – Becker & Poliakoff is proud to announce that Rosa de la Camara, a shareholder in the firm’s Community Association Law Practice group here, has received an appointment from Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Community Association Living Study Council. The Community Association Living Study Council was created in 2008 by […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Elects Two New Management Committee Members

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, February 9, 2009 – Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., a diversified commercial law firm with more than 130 attorneys in 13 Florida offices, New York City, New Jersey, Nassau (Bahamas) and Prague, today announced that the firm’s shareholders elected shareholders Yolanda Cash Jackson and Rosa M. de la Camarato the Management Committee, which determines the strategic direction and […]

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