The Five “INs” to Consider About Community Association Legal Counsel

As I have preached for so many years, boards of directors of community associations sometimes think that their job is to spend as little money at whatever cost. This carries over to the retention of legal counsel, and sometimes, their decision is prompted by a misguided simple comparison of billing rates alone and/or an affiliation…

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Fair Debt Collection Requirements Must Be Followed Strictly

A recent decision in Essique v. Walnut Woods Condominium Association, No. 2:15-CV-12049, 2016 WL 7337246 (E.D. Mich. Dec. 19, 2016) is a good example of how important it is to strictly comply with the requirements of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Following is the judge’s summary of the requirements pertinent to the case…

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Everyone Knows the Condo King

By Robert M. Meisner, Esq. During a recent trip to Naples, Florida, I happened to encounter a gentleman at a fitness club who informed me that he was one of the major developers in the Lake Orion community that constructed the developments around one of our firm’s association clients, which we have represented for over…

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Community Associations: What Questions Should You Ask to Find the Truth About the Real Cost of Legal Services?

By Robert Meisner Frequently, we are asked about what questions a Condo Board should ask to find out the truth about the real cost of legal services, as some attorneys may try to brand some competitors as “expensive” in order to discourage condominium associations from hiring that firm. I thought it would be a good idea, therefore, to discuss…

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May I Have a Word With You About your Attorney and Management Company?

By Dean Bowen As one who has been involved with community association governance for a number of years, including interviewing potential management companies, I understand the difficulties in choosing between a management company and an onsite administrator to handle the affairs of the community association. Management companies can be of great help to condominium and…

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The Quandary of Legal Fees and Billing

By Robert Meisner One of the areas of greatest confusion and sometimes consternation is the lack of understanding and/or appreciation by a client, including a homeowner’s association, of the bills which it receives from its attorney and the billing practices of attorneys in general. Since not all attorneys are created equal, not all billing practices…

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