A Gentle Shove Towards Transparency

Date Posted: Thursday, July, 28th, 2016

By: Melissa M. Garcia, Esq. What Does Transparent Mean? What is the definition of transparent? In its simplest form: see-through or clear.  In terms of a business or corporation: one that allows easy access to information and records. In terms of a government (although some may cry “Impossible!”): free from corruption, no hidden agenda, and… [Read More]

What Are Successful Associations Doing That Others Are Not?

Date Posted: Wednesday, June, 29th, 2016

By:  Loura K. Sanchez, Esq. The members of your association came together because they bought homes in the community. As board members and managers, you help keep it all together but to be successful everyone in a community must work together. As you can see from the list below, successful associations are doing things that… [Read More]

How To Make Sure Your Board Meetings Are Productive

Date Posted: Tuesday, June, 21st, 2016

By: David A. Closson, Esq. At one time or another, most board members have experienced (or suffered through) lengthy and unproductive board meetings.  Such meetings serve to deplete morale and leave board members wondering why they volunteered for such service.  On the other hand, productive meetings can serve to spur creativity, increase participation from both… [Read More]

Examples of What NOT to Do When Drafting Rules

Date Posted: Tuesday, May, 31st, 2016

By:  Elina B. Gilbert, Esq. Although many may not realize this, but drafting rules is a form of art.  It’s an art in the sense that you have to know when it’s too much, when it’s too little, when it needs clarification, and when it conflicts with the law.  For this reason, it is always… [Read More]

Should You Foreclose?

Date Posted: Friday, May, 27th, 2016

By: Loura K. Sanchez, Esq. Inevitably owners get behind on their assessments. Not just three, four, or even five months, but ten, eleven, or twelve months delinquent. Despite the association’s best efforts to get the owner to pay, there is no money coming in. Then what? Generally, an association has several ways to collect unpaid… [Read More]