Community Association Insurance & Water Damage Claims

February 16, 2018

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast. Many condo and homeowner associations have water damage – leaks, floods, etc. In this episode, we discuss water damage claims, including what is covered by your insurance policy, whose insurance covers a loss affecting more than one unit and how you should be dealing with the insurance company. Our guests are Brian Friel, a partner with Smith Insurance Associates and a past president of our CAI chapter, and Jeff Krimstock, president of Benjamin Cobrin & Company and chairman of the CAI Managers Committee. Both Brian and Jeff have a long history of involvement in CAI and working with community associations.

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Fair Housing Issues in Condos & HOAs: A Legal Q&A

February 1, 2018

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast. The topic for this episode is Fair Housing in community associations. This topic comes up very often in questions from community associations, homeowners and managers. Our guest today is Edward Hoffman, Esq., a Partner and co-founder of the law firm of Barrow Hoffman, with offices in Warminster and Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Ed regularly represents and counsels homeowners associations, condominiums and planned communities on full range of issues including litigation, governing document drafting, amendments and revisions, transition issues, covenant enforcement, assessment violations and collections Ed is also a member of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee and speaks frequently at educational programs on issues important to community associations. 

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Rules Enforcement in the Community Association

December 13, 2017

Every community association has rules and in this episode of Community Matters podcast, we will be talking about why rules must be enforced in a consistent manner. Our guest in this episode is Edward Hoffman, Esq., a Partner and co-founder of the law firm of Barrow Hoffman, with offices in Warminster and Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Ed regularly represents and counsels homeowners associations, condominiums and planned communities on full range of issues including litigation, governing document drafting, amendments and revisions, transition issues, covenant enforcement, assessment violations and collections Ed is also a member of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee and speaks frequently at educational programs on issues important to community associations.

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Critical Steps in Community Association Transition to Homeowner Control

November 7, 2017

In this episode of Community Matters podcast, we'll be discussing transition – the transition of a newly built community from developer to homeowner control. This is a critical time for all communities under construction and the success, or not, of the transition period will set the tone for the first homeowners that take up residence in the new community association. Our guest today is David Dahan, Esq., a Partner with the law firm of Hyland Levin LLP, located in Marlton, NJ. David is also a member of our chapter board of directors and speaks frequently at educational programs on issues important to community associations.

 

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The Basics of Community Association Insurance

October 20, 2017

In this episode of Community Associations Institute’s podcast we'll be discussing the basics of community associations insurance, a basic but critical topic for those who govern, manage and live in condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations. Topics we'll cover inclue the type of insurance coverages an association should have and what a unit owner should have in terms of insurance on his or her home. We’ll also answer one of the most frequently asked questions about community association insurance – who insures what?

Our guest for this podcast is Chuck Peterson, Vice President of Peterson Insurance Services, located in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: How It Works

October 5, 2017

Community Associations Institute is pleased to offer the third in a three part Community Matters podcast series on Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

In the first episode, we answered the questions "What is ADR?" The second episode covered the five terms that are key to success in alternative dispute resolution, including agreements, confidentiality and defining the dispute. In this third and final episode in the series, we will address how ADR actually works and how it differs from a trial in court.

Our guest for this podcast series is Tobey Oxholm, Secretary of the Lakeview Estates Homeowners Association and member of CAI through his business, Just Resolutions, a provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. For more information on Tobey and his services, please visit his website.

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Five Terms that are Key to Successful ADR

September 22, 2017

Community Associations Institute is pleased to offer the second in a three part Community Matters podcast series on Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

In the first episode, we answered the questions "What is ADR?" This episode covers the five terms that are key to success in alternative dispute resolution, including agreements, confidentiality and defining the dispute. The third and final episode in the series will address how ADR actually works and how it differs from a trial in court.

Our guest for this podcast series is Tobey Oxholm, Secretary of the Lakeview Estates Homeowners Association and member of CAI through his business, Just Resolutions, a provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. For more information on Tobey and his services, please visit his website.

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Community Associations and Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Basics of ADR

September 8, 2017

Community Associations Institute is pleased to offer the first in a three part Community Matters podcast series on Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

In this first episode, we will addres several basic questions - what is ADR, and what are the differences between mediation and arbitration. The second episode in the series will cover the five terms that are key to success in alternative dispute resolution, including agreements, confidentiality and defining the dispute. The third and final episode in the series will address how ADR actually works and how it differs from a trial in court.

Our guest for this podcast series is Tobey Oxholm, Secretary of the Lakeview Estates Homeowners Association and member of CAI through his business, Just Resolutions, a provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. For more information on Tobey and his services, please visit his website.

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Governing Documents in Community Associations

August 11, 2017

In this episode of Community Matters podcast, we discuss the documents that every community association in Pennsylvania is governed by, including the Declaration of Covenants, the bylaws of the association and rules and regulations. We discuss the hierarchy of these documents, what each document consists of and how they can be amended and enforced. Our guest is Sara Austin, Esq., with the Austin Law Firm in York, PA. Sara is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary. In addition to being a member of CAI, Austin is the 2016-17 President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and is a Past-President of the York County (PA) Bar Association and Leadership York. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and a past board member of Community First Fund. Contact Sara via the Austin Law Firm website.

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The Top 5 Directors & Officers Liability Issues and How to Avoid Claims

July 27, 2017
In this episode of Community Matters podcast, Angela Costigan, Esq., with the Law Firm of Costigan & Costigan will address the most frequently litigated Directors and Officers Liability issues, and how to avoid claims on these issues, including:
  1. The careful calculation of resale certificates.
  2. Assessing fines and penalties.
  3. Suspending voting rights.
  4. The establishment of architectural review boards.
  5. Financial disclosures.

Our presenter for this episode is Angela Costigan, a partner at the law firm of Costigan & Costigan, LLC, with offices in Philadelphia, PA, Moorestown, NJ and Hammonton, NJ. Angela received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Italian, Spanish and French and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and focuses her practice on the defense of condominium and homeowner associations. Contact Angela via the firm website.

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