2011 June
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Law & Legislation
2011 June The Paper Trail

 Remember that thick stack of documents you received when you bought your condo  or co-op? If you're like most people, they're probably sitting in a drawer or  in the back of your filing cabinet, communing with the dust bunnies, largely  f…

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Law & Legislation
2011 June Governance in the Garden State

 Voting is an important right that hopefully all Americans exercise, but once  your elected officials hit office, that doesn’t mean that you should just sit back and wait until the next Election Day to  care.    There is a tremendou…

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Law & Legislation
2011 June No Time Like the Precedent

 Condo, HOA, and co-op boards are generally made up of volunteers—and they're frequently a pretty diverse group. There’s the stay-at-home mom who’s looking to get involved with something beyond homework and housework. There’s also the youn…

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Law & Legislation
2011 June Can We Go Green?

As gasoline prices rise with increasing summer demand, American thoughts focus sharply on the cost of energy and ways to trim fat from their overall energy budgets. Yet for the nation’s nearly sixty million condo dwellers, considering n…

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Law & Legislation
2011 June Little Falls, New Jersey

 The township of Little Falls, named for the beautiful Passaic River waterfall that spills downstream from a dam in front of the former  Beattie Carpet Mill, traces its heritage to 1711. The nearly three-square-mile  town is bordered by th…

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Law & Legislation
2011 June Watch Your Mouth

 In the course of human events, it's almost inevitable that somewhere, at some  point, tempers will flare and someone will say something awful about someone  else. It can happen after the PTA meeting, in the gym, at the office...even in  o…

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Law & Legislation
2011 June Selecting an Appropriate Vendor

Choosing a competent contractor to complete a planned or unplanned project is more difficult now than ever before. In today's economic climate, often inexperienced contractors might be eager to submit proposals for projects. W…

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Finance
2011 June Collecting Unpaid Debts

 Consider the following all-too-common scenario: your condominium association has  one delinquent unit owner who owes three months of common charges totaling  $915.00 before late fees. Statements have been sent without response, and  telep…

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Q&A
2011 June Q&A: No One to Run?

  Q Our condo association's board consists of five members. Three seats are up for  election in the fall. What are our options if we have no other condo owners  willing to put their names on the ballot?    —Concerned Condo Owner …

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2011 June Q&A: Confidentiality and the Bylaws

Q Our condo board is made up of seven owners. Do you think that it is legal to  require board members to sign a confidentiality agreement form even though it  is not stipulated in the bylaws?    —Inquisitive in Iselin   A “…

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2011 June Q&A: Inheritance of a Joint Co-op

Q My parents were the owners of a cooperative apartment. My mother and father were both listed on the membership certificate. However, my parents divorced in 1993 but the membership certificate remained in both names. My mother died ear…

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2011 June Q&A: Obtaining a Shareholder's List

Q A bunch of shareholders have been trying to get a copy of the shareholders list  for a number of different reasons but have been denied by the Board of  Directors every time. I have looked online and have called numerous state  agencies…

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