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Considering the Cost of Counsel with Denise Lash, Founder, Lash Condo Law

Considering the Cost of Counsel with Denise Lash, Founder, Lash Condo Law

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Contrary to what the uninitiated might think, serving the legal needs of a community association board is NOT all about overweight dogs and contentious board meetings. It is a nuanced, complicated area of law that touches on many niches – real estate, land use and zoning, intellectual property, labor, even criminal. So, if you’ve ever considered saving a few dollars by asking your property manager or a board member with former industry experience to review a vendor contract, negotiate a line of credit, or mediate a neighborhood dispute, this episode is for you.

Donna and Denise swap war stories about rescuing community associations in Florida and Ontario from amateur advisors, what it really means to be a community association lawyer, and how board members can effectively collaborate with their counsel. Along the way, they outline how to onboard a new community association board and/or counsel, who the association’s lawyer actually represents, when the lawyer needs to be consulted, and how to avoid making the most common management mistakes. Benefits of board member training and certification, along with implementation of technology, are also discussed.

BONUS: For lawyers and law students unfamiliar with this area of law, Donna and Denise tout its recession-proof status, the people skills required, and how rewarding serving communities as counsel can be.

About Take It To The Board

Think you know what community association life is all about? Think again. Residents must obey the rules, directors must follow the law, and managers must keep it all running smoothly. Take It To The Board explores the reality of life in a condominium, cooperative or homeowners’ association, what’s really involved in serving on its board, and how to maintain that ever-so-delicate balance of being legally compliant and community spirited. Leading community association attorney Donna DiMaggio Berger acknowledges the balancing act without losing her sense of humor as she talks with a variety of association leaders, experts, and vendors about the challenges and benefits of the community association lifestyle.

If you’ve got a question, Take It To The Board with Donna DiMaggio Berger – We Speak Condo & HOA!

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