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“Membership Distinction,” Common Ground Magazine

A New Jersey bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Sept. 30 explains which community associations have mandatory – as opposed to voluntary – membership for homeowners when it comes to assessment payments and other aspects of association governance, writes WRNJ. The new statute (S908/A2480) clarifies the 2017 Radburn Law, which defines members […]

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Webinar: DCA’s New Regulations – How Do We Cope?

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs published new regulations in May of this year that are causing much anxiety and raising many questions. During this webinar, participants will learn about the new election and voting procedures required, as well as how electronic voting is one way to reduce the paperwork and stress.  Further, the […]

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“New DCA Rules Regarding Benefit Derived and Reserves,” Community Trends Magazine

For decades associations and developers in transition have been plagued by ill-defined concepts embodied in the rules of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) governing the developer’s obligation to pay common expenses for units under development and individually owned “in proportion with the benefit derived by the unit from items included in the […]

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Exercising with Caution | Requirements for Gym Openings in New Jersey

On August 27, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 181 (2020) (the “Order”), setting forth requirements for opening health clubs, as defined by N.J.S.A. 56:8-39, which includes gyms and fitness centers.

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19 Becker Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America® in 2021 Edition

The 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® honors nineteen Becker attorneys spanning nine practice areas. Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer review publications in the legal profession. Becker congratulates its attorneys on their recognition as among the best and brightest lawyers in the United States. The nineteen attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® (2021 Edition), […]

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CAI-New Jersey Legislative Action Committee Receives National LAC of the Year Award

The Community Association Institute of New Jersey’s Legislative Action Committee has received the Legislative Action Committee of the Year award. The award recognizes “a state legislative action committee for demonstrated organizational excellence, strong member support, and successfully raising the visibility and effectiveness of CAI.” Becker Shareholder David Ramsey, who also received the CAI’s “Excellence in […]

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Becker New Jersey Community Update for July 2020

Becker’s New Jersey Community Update newsletter features recent news and updates that we think you may find of interest. In July’s Newsletter, We cover all the latest NJ COVID-19 alerts from Department of Health standards for opening Community Association pools, to New Regulations for common interest communities in regards to elections and board meetings. These […]

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Webinar: New Jersey Community Association Regulatory Language Gets Long-Awaited Update

For over 30 years the regulatory language regarding a developer’s formation of the initial budgets for community associations in New Jersey has left a lot to the imagination and has led to endless disputes between association boards and developers during the transition process. After extensive collaboration between a task force comprised of professionals from the […]

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Opening the Flood Gates

REQUIREMENTS FOR SWIMMING POOL OPENINGS IN NEW JERSEY EXECUTIVE ORDER 153 and DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STANDARDS On June 9, Governor Murphy announced that public swimming pools, including community association pools, may open on June 22, 2020, provided compliance with all requirements to be set forth by the standards of the New Jersey Department of Health […]

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David Ramsey Awarded CAI’s “Excellence in Government and Public Affairs” Award

Becker Community Association Shareholder David Ramsey is the recipient of the Community Association Institute’s “Excellence in Government and Public Affairs” award. The annual awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to CAI and the community association way of life and are the highest honors given out by the organization. David serves as Chair of […]

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New Regulations for Common Interest Communities Concerning Elections and Board Meetings

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards (DCA) published new regulations under the Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act (PREDFDA) on May 18, 2020. These new regulations are intended to serve as an update to the Radburn Election Law (P.L. 2017, Ch. 106) and will have a significant effect […]

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David Ramsey Participates in “The New Normal: ReOpening Communities,” Webinar Presented by CAI

New Jersey shareholder David Ramsey participated in a Community Associations Institute (CAI) national webinar, “The Next Normal: Reopening Communities.” As states use a phased approach to open public facilities and businesses, community associations must consider whether and when to open amenities and common areas. Panelists discussed specific issues related to when and how to open community association amenities and […]

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Tennis Courts – Executive Order 147

On May 18 Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #147 (“EO”) was published. The order, among other matters, permits the opening of private “tennis clubs” subject to compliance with various regulations. Our Community Association Practice Group has reviewed these regulations and it is our opinion that association boards need to take the following into consideration before opening […]

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What Impact Will the Coronavirus Have on Your Community Association’s Ability to Collect Maintenance Fees?

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) hits home, the uncertainty of its far-reaching economic ramifications has left community associations wondering if this crisis will impact their ability to collect monthly maintenance fees. This is a major concern since the collection of maintenance fees is the very lifeblood of a community association.  Without an income stream, essential services […]

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COVID-19: What Should Community Associations Do

We are in a challenging time. In just a few weeks, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has upended life as we knew it. As a result, all of our communities are wondering what measures they should take to prevent the spread and keep their residents as safe as possible. With confirmed cases growing throughout the country with […]

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Becker New Jersey Community Update for February 2020

Becker’s New Jersey Community Update newsletter features recent news and updates that we think you may find of interest. In February’s Newsletter, Arnold Calabrese writes about how you should update your Community Association Liens now and at the beginning of each fiscal year. Martin C. Cabalar tackles the difficult topic of Certificates of Insurance and […]

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Becker New Jersey Community Update for November 2019

Becker’s New Jersey Community Update newsletter features recent news and updates that we think you may find of interest. In November’s Newsletter, Arnold Calabrese discusses the confusion with the NJ Fire Code Regarding Portable Propane BBQ Grills. Vincenzo M. Mogavero and Sarah Klein co write “Applicability of the Marital Communications Privilege in the Digital Age” […]

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Becker New Jersey Community Update for September 2019

Becker’s New Jersey Community Update newsletter features recent news and updates that we think you may find of interest. September’s issue includes a spotlight article from Martin Cabalar. David Ramsey and Robert Rabinowitz were both quoted in big publications. Arnold J. Calabrese, Tana Bucca, and Karl Meth attended a wine, whiskey, and cigar tasting event and Becker’s Karl […]

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“Is It Kosher for My Condo to Go Kosher?” The New York Times

A hotly debated topic within the world of community associations is whether or not condominiums should be accommodating towards certain religions. The New York Times recently tackled this issue in their article, “Is It Kosher for My Condo to Go Kosher?” The article questions whether or not a board can impose customs that support the […]

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13 Becker Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America®

The 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® honors thirteen Becker attorneys spanning nine practice areas. Additionally, Lee A. Weintraub is recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Construction Litigation, an honor only bestowed upon one attorney for each specialty practice and location. Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer […]

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Becker New Jersey Community Update for June 2019

Becker’s New Jersey Community Update newsletter features recent news and updates that we think you may find of interest. June’s issue includes articles from David Ramsey and Matthew Meyers. Becker’s own Attorney Martin Cabalar, Shareholder David Ramsey, and Shareholder Arnold Calabrese recently took part in leading a CAMICB course and Attorney Karl T. Meth and other CAI-NJ […]

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New Jersey Community Association Group Sets Sail with Manager Friends

On June 13th, Becker, together with Mutual of Omaha, Accurate Reconstruction, Morris Engineering, and other sponsors, set sail aboard a Manhattan Elite yacht for a cruise around NYC with our manager guests. The scenic night was filled with skyline views, delicious food, and lively conversation. Guests aboard the yacht were treated to giveaways and prizes […]

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New Law Grants All Forms of Community Associations a Lien Priority of up to Thirty Months

Today Governor Murphy signed a law that significantly expands the lien priority over foreclosing lenders previously available only to condominium associations, and, for the first time, grants the same lien priority rights to homeowner associations. The new law grants all community associations a lien priority of up to 30 months, based upon a six-month priority lien […]

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New Law Grants all Forms of Community Associations Lien Priority

The Becker Community Association Practice Group is pleased to alert you to a very positive change to the current law concerning association lien priority.  On Monday, March 25, 2019 both houses of the New Legislature unanimously adopted a law that will significantly expand the lien priority over foreclosing lenders that was previously available only to […]

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5 Essential Dos and Don’ts of Great Managers

Dos Keep your Board educated concerning emerging trends. Board members aren’t tied the latest cases, legislation, and changes that impact their roles as board members. Many allied professionals – attorneys, accountants, engineers, insurance agents – will send emails or links to posts about important new issues in their fields. Great managers take the time to […]

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Becker Awarded CAI’s Business Partner of the Year Award

Becker is pleased to announce that the firm was recently honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), winning its “Business Partner of the Year” award. Becker’s New Jersey team accepted the award at CAI’s Annual Awards Dinner on February 28th. The annual awards recognize those who have made significant contributions […]

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New Jersey Community Update – December 2018

Becker’s New Jersey Community Update newsletter features recent news and updates that we think you may find of interest. December’s issue includes a spotlight on new Community Association attorney David Dockery, Shareholder Vincenzo Mogavero’s article on Corporate Veil Piercing from the New Jersey Law Journal, and highlights from our most recent event, “Community Association Clubs: […]

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New York & New Jersey Team Hosts “Community Association Clubs: Challenges and Perspectives” Event

On December 5th, we held our second presentation for association board members, club members, and managers. The event, “Community Association Clubs: Challenges and Perspectives,” was held at Sterling Pointe at Franklin HOA and was co-sponsored by NFP, Property & Casualty, and Wilkin & Guttenplan, CPAs. Two credits for continuing manager education were provided to those […]

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Congratulations to Steven B. Lesser and All of Becker’s Best Lawyers in America® 2019

TWELVE BECKER ATTORNEYS NAMED THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2019 Steven B. Lesser Further Recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Construction Litigation The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, announced today, includes twelve Becker attorneys covering four practice areas. Special congratulations to Steven B. Lesser, Chair of our Construction Law & Litigation […]

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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 […]

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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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New Legislation to Enhance Owner Participation in Community Association Elections

On Thursday, July 13, Governor Christie signed legislation to enhance owner participation in community association elections. The CAI Legislative Action Committee, with Community Association Practice Chair, Dave Ramsey, leading the effort, worked side-by-side with Senator Gordon, the primary sponsor of the bill, to ensure that the final version of the law would be balanced and […]

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Eleven Becker & Poliakoff Attorneys Listed In The Best Lawyers In America® 2018

The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, announced today, includes eleven attorneys covering four practice areas from the Florida and New Jersey offices of law firm Becker & Poliakoff. Of note, Founding Shareholder Alan S. Becker was recognized in 2018 as a Lawyer of the Year for his practice area. The attorneys are […]

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David Ramsey Receives CAI Distinguished Service Award

Hearty congratulations go out to J. David Ramsey, shareholder in Becker & Poliakoff’s community association practice group. David was recently honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) Annual Conference Awards dinner in Las Vegas. The Distinguished Service Award is CAI’s most prestigious award and is periodically presented in recognition of longstanding, extraordinary […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Announces 8 Recipients of 2017 Best Lawyers in America ® Honors August 17, 2016

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers® is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers© lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, […]

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Maintaining Confidentiality in a Transparent Age

Despite the fact that we live in a transparent age, there are legitimate concerns and reasons for board members to keep certain information confidential. Disclosure of confidential information by a board member could compromise the association or present an unwarranted invasion of privacy upon another. For example, liability on the part of the corporation or […]

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Nationally Recognized Community Association Law Firm Launches Community Association Practice in New Jersey and New York

Becker & Poliakoff Names Attorneys David Ramsey and Jennifer Loheac to Head New Practice For Immediate Release Media Contact: Alan Penchansky The Pen Group Communications Tel: (305) 529-1944 email: alan@thepengroup.com MORRISTOWN, NJ, March 23, 2011 – Becker & Poliakoff, a pioneer and leader in the field of Community Association law, today announced that attorneys J. David Ramsey and Jennifer […]

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