Putting Unit Owners on Blast: Is it legal and effective to “out” owners who do not pay thier HOA dues?

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All homeowner’s associations have to deal with owners who don’t pay dues. Even those with fairly low delinquencies will have a few owners that constantly fall behind. However, when owners stop paying the Association’s operational funds decrease while the operational expenses stay the same or increase. This puts HOAs in…

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Reason No. 12 For Having an Estate Plan: Your Old China Tea Set

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You’d be surprised to learn how hard people will fight over sentimental items. I always advise my clients to leave a memorandum of wishes attached to their will itemizing sentimental personal goods. I draft a form for them to take home and attach to their will once they’ve listed everything,…

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Reason No. 11 for Having an Estate Plan: The Selfish Child that Legal Zoom Does Not Account For

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My clients often want to leave the division of personal property up to their heirs. They usually say something like, “They’ll do the right thing.” I always want to respond, “Wrong answer.” I know this from experience. I was riding in the car with my godmother who told me that…

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The Condo Fee Fairness Act of 2014: Much Ado About Nothing

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Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) introduced legislation last month that establishes new requirements for condominium associations before they can foreclose on unit owners who are delinquent on their monthly assessments. This bill, co-sponsored by council member Kenyan McDuffie (D- Ward 5), creates several new requirements for Associations including (1)…

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Settlement Negotiation Skills: The Art of War

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Negotiating a settlement is not easy. There are a few pointers and skills, however, that have helped me settle many cases successfully while remaining civil with the other side. Remember negotiating is an art form. There is no right or wrong way to do it. The tips below are general…

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Exculpatory Clauses: Is my HOA liable for anything?

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HOAs and condominium associations (referred to collectively as HOAs for the purpose of this blog) generally have a responsibility to maintain and repair common areas (e.g. the roof, parking lot, hallways, lobby, pool, certain pipes, etc.) as defined by their bylaws and declaration.  Beyond the common areas, however, the HOA…

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Top 5 Reasons You Need an Estate Plan

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Life is unpredictable and an estate plan will provide order for you and your loved ones during times of crisis.  A good estate plan will include a power of attorney, living will, advance medical directive and a last will and testament.  If you have specific wishes for how you want…

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Reason # 10 For Having an Estate Plan: Your Ex-Wife Hopes You Forgot to Amend Your 401(k) Plan

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Divorce is not easy.  I have seen families erupt from this process. Even when both sides agree that divorce is the best option, it is a difficult process that takes a toll on everyone involved, even the lawyers.  That said, I think after the divorce is over most people go…

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