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Condo Law Series: Governance Issues for Lawyers

Presented by Marcia Harris

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Course Description

Length: 54min    Published: 11/15/2018    
According to the Community Associations Institute, approximately 21% of Americans live in a condo, cooperative or other housing type governed by a homeowners or community association. What makes condominium associations particularly interesting to lawyers is that buildings worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, with revenues of several million dollars, are governed by volunteer boards with little or no experience in corporate governance, finance or the many other issues that must be decided by the boards. Management companies typically focus primarily on the management of the physical plant, receiving the association dues and preparing budgets, referring most of the other issues to legal counsel. In many states, there is a specific Condominium Act that governs elements of a condominium's Declarations and Bylaws. In addition, condominium associations in many states are incorporated as not-for-profit corporations. In many states, there is a body of case law that applies to issues ranging from transparency in governance and fiduciary responsibilities to dispute resolution. Finally, the actual Declaration and Bylaws as well as rules passed by the Board govern individual condominium associations. This session of LexVid's Condo Law Series will give an overview the typical components of the state laws as well some common legal issues related to governance, whether or not these rise to the level of actual lawsuits. Sample issues include the role of committees vs commissions, the use of leases vs licenses for parking spaces and lockers, the identification of non-unit owners living in units and malfeasance of various kinds by board members.
Learning Objectives
* Understand the typical components of state law related to condo governance
* Learn about the role of committees vs commissions in condo governance
* Explore various board member malfeasance issues

Speaker Q&A

Presented By:

Marcia Harris

Chicago, IL

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"Good comprehensive introduction to subject matter providing framework for deeper research to address thorny condominium issues."

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"Ms. Harris provides not only solid information, but she' a great blend of non nonsense educational content and dry wit. Highly recommend!"

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