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“Responsibility for Tree Branches & Roots,” CAI South Gulf Coast Magazine

Who is responsible for a tree branch that perilously hangs over a neighbor’s house or yard? Who is responsible for tree roots that are damaging a sidewalk or driveway? Florida common law provides that a property owner (owner of the tree) does not owe a duty to remove or trim tree branches or roots or […]

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“How to Handle Unexpected and Dangerous Situations,” FLCAJ Magazine

Florida associations are accustomed to preparing for hurricanes, but disaster plans should also account for other catastrophic events where there is often less advance warning, such as tornadoes, active shooter scenarios, and now global pandemics. Relying on outside crisis experts for guidance is crucial to ensure that your association is prepared to handle an unexpected […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Elizabeth Lanham-Patrie, Community Association Law

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Becker showcases the inspiration, philosophies, and expertise of the women attorneys and lobbyists who help elevate our firm and client service. Elizabeth “Beth” Lanham-Patrie provides a variety of legal services to community, condominium, homeowner, and cooperative associations. She is well-versed in resolving disputes between associations and owners, and, in […]

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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 – May 2020

We all know the old adage, “April showers bring May Flowers,” and while springtime is in full swing, it looks as though we may also be slowly emerging from the COVID-19 fog with businesses beginning to cautiously reopen across the state. The month of May also means that we are gearing up for the start […]

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Does A Director of a Condominium Association Have to Also Be a Member?

While it may seem to many unit owners that a director must also be a member of the association, this is not necessarily the case. This question is document driven. If the governing documents of a condominium association do not specifically require that a director also be a unit owner / member, then under Florida […]

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Is It Time to Amend Your Documents?

As the saying goes, change is the only constant in life. This fact applies equally to boards of directors of community associations who are tasked with operating their communities consistently with existing governing documents, even if those documents no longer fit the needs of the community or no longer comply with existing laws. Interestingly, we […]

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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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Community Update – October 2018

Fear not! We’ve got nothing here to scare you. Rather than something spooky on Halloween, we’re aiming for items that are helpful to clarify or ease the board member or management responsibilities you have for your community. So yes, it’s a treat! Our first article, Term Limit Law Continues to Spark Controversy, takes a look […]

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Condominium Contracting With a Director for Goods & Services

Directors and officers of a condominium have a fiduciary duty to its Members. Therefore, they must be very careful when entering into a contract with the association for which they are an officer or director. In March’s Community Update, I addressed Conflicts of Interests – Condominium Service Providers. In this article however I address conflict […]

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HOA/CONDO/CO-OP Board Member Certification Course – Everything you Wanted to Know About Being a Board Member…But were Afraid to Ask!

October 3, 2017 Start: 11:00 AM End: 2:00 PM HOA/CONDO/CO-OP Board Member Certification Course Everything you Wanted to Know About Being a Board Member…But were Afraid to Ask! Provider #0000811, Course #9626099, 3 HR/ELE Presented by:  Yeline Goin, Esq., Elizabeth Lanham-Patrie, Esq. and Harry Carls, Esq. If you plan on serving on your association’s board, you […]

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Taylor & Carls Joins Forces With Becker & Poliakoff

Two of the state’s leading law firms serving condominium and homeowner associations combine to create largest practice group in Florida ORLANDO, FL, October 15, 2013 – Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. announced today that Taylor & Carls, P.A., one of the state’s leading community association law firms with offices in Orlando, Tampa, and Palm Coast, will join […]

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