Subscribe by Email

Articles Posted in Community Involvement

All too often, the other community association attorneys at our firm and I are asked for help on how to prevent unruly behavior from disrupting board and owner meetings. Since items addressed at these meetings generally have a significant impact on the welfare of an association and the financial responsibilities of its owners, conversations dealing with topics such as special assessments and annual elections can quickly become contentious. The following are helpful tips on how to try to keep your meetings on track and in order:

  1. Use Robert’s Rule of Order – This common form of parliamentary procedure for meeting protocol allows meeting facilitators to manage time effectively, all while ensuring that everyone stays on topic. Many people are already familiar with this method, making it easy for participants to follow and respect the meeting procedures that are in place.

meet-300x1662. Be specific about who can attend – The association should establish rules determining who can participate in advance of the meeting. Generally, owners, or owners and residents are the only people allowed to participate in such meetings. Counsel for an owner is likewise permitted to attend.

3. Make the purpose of the meeting clear – Prepare an agenda that outlines the specific items that will be discussed. Be sure to be transparent about the topics, providing participants with any supplemental documents they may need to make educated decisions.

Continue reading

As we noted in our blog earlier this year, we would like to congratulate associate attorney Georg Ketelhohn on being named the recipient of the 2011 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. We are very proud to have Georg as a member of the firm.

George KetelhohnThe law firm of Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel would like to congratulate our associate attorney Georg Ketelhohn on being named the recipient of the 2011 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. We are very proud to have Georg as a member of the firm.

Every year our firm and attorneys support important and worthwhile organizations, and this year we are pleased to serve as an “Comic Relief Sponsor” for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s 2nd annual “Comedy Night,” which marks the start of the Fort Lauderdale edition of Take Steps, the CCFA’s largest annual fundraising event.