HOAs vs. Lawyers

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Source: http://www.heraldtribune.com A new Florida law will allow homeowner association managers statewide to continue performing aspects of their jobs that attorneys had argued should have been their purview. The legislation came in response to a formal Florida Bar Association opinion saying that community managers were illegally practicing law without a license. The Bar argued that community association managers needed to hire … Read More

New law aims to protect homeowner associations from pricey attorney fees

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Source: http://tbo.com/news/blogs/fresh-squeezed-politics/new-law-aims-to-protect-homeowner- associations-from-pricey-attorney-fees-20140625/ By James L. Rosica in Tallahassee A new law takes effect next Tuesday clarifying what community association managers can do without having to hire an attorney. The measure (HB 7037) was approved by Gov. Rick Scott on June 13, despite a request from The Florida Bar to veto it. Hired managers of homeowners associations sought help from … Read More

Legislature passes bill on community association managers

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Source: http://www.tbo.com Lawmakers this week passed a measure clarifying what community association managers can do without having to hire an attorney. The bill (HB 7037) heads to Gov. Rick Scott for review. Hired managers of homeowners associations sought help after concerns that some of their duties constituted unlicensed – and thus illegal – lawyering. The bill passed spells out those duties, … Read More

Homeowner group managers bill heads to Gov. Scott

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Source: http://www.thefloridacurrent.com Gray Rohrer, 04/29/2014 – 02:19 PM Mangers of homeowners associations, fearing a pending court decision that could restrict their duties, are cheering the passage of HB 7037, which expands and the activities they can engage in as community association managers. Legislation expanding the duties of community association managers, or CAMs, that help operate homeowners’ associations is heading to the … Read More

Court case could increase cost for homeowners associations

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Source: http://www.heraldtribune.com A pending opinion from the Florida Supreme Court could dramatically increase operating costs for thousands of homeowner associations statewide and substantially drive up condo owners’ expenses. The looming decision is connected to a recent Florida Bar opinion that, if enacted, will force community association managers to hire attorneys to handle various administrative duties now done primarily in-house. Bar officials … Read More

Panel backs duties for association managers

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Source: http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/4th-dca-upholds-red-light-camera-laws-notice-to- ca/ndDqb/ TALLAHASSEE — Amid debate about whether unlicensed people are effectively practicing law, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (PCB CJS 14-02) that would add to the duties that community- association managers can perform. The bill comes after a standing committee of The Florida Bar has scrutinized the unlicensed practice of law and … Read More

Community association managers take UPL issue to the Legislature

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Source: http://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/JN/jnnews01.nsf/8c9f13012b96736985256aa900624829/eddcfd07 By Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A trade group representing community association managers, or CAMS, told the Legislature the process the Bar uses to issue unlicensed practice of law advisory opinions is flawed and that the Bar’s Standing Committee on UPL is trying to carve out “a captive marketplace” for lawyers at the expense of another profession. The … Read More