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  • Debt Collectors Posing As
    Debt Collectors Posing As Process Servers Intimidated Consumers Settle with FTC
    A Southern California debt collection operation, Asset Capital and Management Group, will surrender more than $4 million for consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it extorted payments from consumers using false threats...
  • You're Out of Order!
    New Deadline For Malicious Prosecution Actions Against Lawyers
    In Roger Cleveland Golf Company v. Krane & Smith, filed on April 15, 2014, a California Court of Appeal panel broke from prior cases and held that malicious prosecution actions against attorneys must be filed within two years under section 335...
  • Storm at the Capitol
    Can an HOA board change the rules and regulations?
    In a society of laws, people depend on rules and regulations to determine what they can and cannot do. Most of the time, these laws are laid out by elected legislatures in far off state capitals and Washington, DC., but in the case of homeowners...
  • Donna Berger rejoins former firm
    Attorney Donna Berger rejoins Becker and Poliakoff
    On Friday, March 7, Becker & Poliakoff officially announced that attorneyDonna DiMaggio Bergerwas welcomed back to the firm’sCommunity Association Law Practice Groupas a shareholder in Ft. Lauderdale.Berger began her practice at Becker ...
  • KBR Scholarship
    Kaye Bender Rembaum announces 2013-14 scholarship recipient
    On Monday, March 3, Jacob Herzek, a Hollywood resident and recent graduate of the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University, was named the recipient of the 2013-2014 Kaye Bender Rembaum Scholarship, sponsored by the South Florida...
  • Community living on the rise
    Community Association Leadership Lobby offers free courses for HOA board members
    The law firm of Becker and Poliakoff, in partnership with the Community Association Leadership Lobby, recently announced a series of free courses designed to help condo, HOA, and co-op board members to understand what their function and...
  • Engagement
    Leveraging social media for trial strategies
    By Amy Singer, Ph.D., Diana Greninger and Kemberlee BonnetIn last week’s article (Using social networking during voir dire, October 22, 2013), we described how people’s social network information is useful in jury de-selection. Online...
  • Blogging
    Should you be blogging?
    In my business I work and network with many attorneys. When the topic of marketing surfaces, lawyers often sheepishly tell me “I know I should be blogging, but I just don’t have the time.” While blogging might not make sense for...
  • Bankruptcy and foreclosure
    Bankruptcy is spreading in HOAs everywhere
    It has been a long, tough few years. The boom time of the early 2000s was replaced by the second greatest economic downturn in the history of the United States. The Great recession left millions of people unemployed, and even more underemployed,...
  • Tree trimming
    HOA board member education is now mandatory in Florida
    Leading Florida community association law firmKaye Bender Rembaum will host aFree Homeowner Association Board Member Certification CourseonTuesday, August 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.at the Firm’s office in Pompano Beach, 1200 Park Central Blvd...
  • Leading cause of deaths in the United States
    How many preventable deaths occur every year due to medical malpractice?
    What is medical malpractice?Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence is defined as a professional negligence by an act or omission by a healthcare professional; their treatment falls below the accepted standard of practice in the...
  • HOAs
    Local law firm offers homeowner association board member certification courses
    If you're a regular reader of this column, you no doubt understand the importance of education, especially in the all too complex world of HOAs. Recent laws passed in Tallahassee have mandated at least a small amount of coursework for new...
  • Indiana Pro Bono
    Indiana Supreme Court encourages attorneys to donate more legal services
    The Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice wants more attorneys to do pro bono legal work, according to the Indiana Lawyer.Pro bono is free legal services provided by Indiana attorneys throughout the state. Attorneys volunteer their legal expertise...
  • S8100 added
    Website hacked update, attorneys and getting serious
    Well a disappointing day as the more I learn the less I like what I hear. The incident at Nikon has some interesting twists to it. The photo shows the camera that was added to the site with a valid serial number in August 2012.The audit has not...
  • Attorney Sarah Nagy
    Clients of suspended Carmel attorney given financial assistance from state bar
    The Indiana State Bar Association announced on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, that it will provide $50,000 in client assistance funds to reimburse clients of recently suspended Carmel attorney, Sarah Nagy, according to a report by RTV Channel 6.A total of...