Online classes

In the continued interest of the health and safety of our clients and colleagues, we have made a decision to suspend all in-person community association classes until further notice.

UPCOMING ONLINE CLASS

Disaster Preparedness & Recovery: Are You Ready to Weather the Storm?

Provider #0000811 | Course #9630113 | 1 OPP or 1 ELE

Is your community prepared in the event that a hurricane strikes through your city? In this special course we will go over practical tips for developing and implementing a disaster recovery plan for your community.

Managers and board members will learn:

  • Steps to take to protect life and property
  • Recover and post event steps
  • The ins and outs of contracting before and after the hurricane
  • How to document a claim
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August 5, 2021

11am -12pm

Speakers

Donna DiMaggio Berger
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Howard J. Perl
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

James Robert Caves
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Myers

ONLINE CLASSES

HOA/Condo Board Member Certification Online Class

Provider #0000811 | Course #9630016 | 2 ELE Credits

If you are planning to serve on your homeowner association board, you probably know that you will need to comply with Florida’s certification requirements within 90 days of being elected.

Our HOA/Condo Board Certification class is designed to satisfy the statutory requirement so that you are eligible to serve. More importantly, it will provide the tools and information you need to perform your job well and to avoid any potential liability associated with your new role.

Topics Covered:

  • Defining your fiduciary duty
  • Analyzing association operations
  • How to properly maintain the association’s books and records
  • The pros and cons of alternative dispute resolution
  • Avoiding common election pitfalls
  • Preparing budgets and funding reserves
  • Understanding financial reporting requirements
  • Assessing insurance needs for common areas
  • Defusing conflict within the community
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Speakers

Kenneth Direktor
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Donna DiMaggio Berger
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Howard J. Perl
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Disaster Preparedness & Recovery: Are you Ready to Weather the Storm?

Provider #0000811 | Course #9630113 | 1 OPP or 1 ELE Credit

Is your community prepared in the event that a hurricane strikes through your city? In this special course we will go over practical tips for developing and implementing a disaster recovery plan for your community.

Managers and board members will learn:

    • Steps to take to protect life and property
    • Recover and post event steps
    • The ins and outs of contracting before and after the hurricane
    • How to document a claim
Watch Now

Speakers

David Rogel
Shareholder
Becker
Miami

Rosa M. de la Camara
Shareholder
Becker
Miami

Jay Roberts
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Walton Beach

Understanding Our “Bylaws” – A Primer on Association Governing Documents

Provider #0000811 | Course #9630202 | 1 HR or 1 ELE Credit

Participants will learn the important differences between association documents, how to read them and how Florida Statutes affect them.

Some topics to be discussed:

  • Governing Documents (Declaration, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws)
  • Amendments
  • Restrictions & Responsibilities of Owners
  • Maintenance of Common Elements
  • Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA)
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Speakers

Kenneth Direktor
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Joseph Adams
Shareholder
Becker
Ft.Myers

Anatomy of a Water Leak

Provider #0000811 | Course #9630137 | 1 OPP or 1 ELE Credit

Water leaks are a major concern to association boards and unit owners alike. Come join our attorneys as they guide your association through the process of handling a water leak from detection through repair, insurance coverage and reconstruction responsibility, and potential liability claims.

Some topics to be discussed:

  • Practical Issues
  • What Was Damaged
  • Who Pays? – Maintenance Damage v. Casualty Damage
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Speakers

Kenneth Direktor
Shareholder
Becker
Fort Lauderdale

Steven H. Mezer
Shareholder
Becker
Tampa

Jane L. Cornett
Shareholder
Becker
Stuart

Take a Bite Out of Fraudulent Assistance Animal Requests

Provider #0000811 | Course #9630287| 1 ELE Credit

Participants will learn about the Fair Housing laws on the state, federal and local level that impact community operations and actions with respect to requests to maintain emotional support animals on the property despite pet or animal restrictions.

Some topics to be discussed:

  • Fair Housing Act and Disability Accommodations
  • Evolving Law of “Prescription Pets”
  • Establishing a Handicap
  • Competing Definition of Service Animal Under ADAAA and FHAA
  • What to do When the Disability is Not Obvious
  • What a Disabled Person Needs to Provide in Order to Own a Service Animal
  • Innate Qualities of Service Animal
  • Failing to Make Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications
  • What to do when “Skeptical” Information is Provided
  • Damages and Penalties for Discrimination
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Speakers

Steven H. Mezer
Shareholder
Becker
Tampa

David G. Muller
Shareholder
Becker
Naples

JoAnn Nesta Burnett
Senior Attorney
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Kevin L. Edwards
Shareholder
Becker
Sarasota

How to Properly Run an Election

Provider #0000811 | Course #9630208 | 1 HR or 1 ELE Credit

Participants in this course will learn how a Community Association election is carried out with an overview of the election and voting procedures.

Topics Covered:

  • Elections, Voting and Online Voting Procedures
  • Notice Issues (Timing, Form, Substance)
  • Nomination/Intent to be a Candidate
  • How to Handle Errors on Notices on Roster, Ballots, Envelopes, etc.
  • Best Practices to Avoid Headaches at the Meeting
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Speakers

David G. Muller
Shareholder
Becker
Naples

Howard J. Perl
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Brett Fielo
Co-Founder
shyft

Budgeting & Reserves

1 hour class
1 IFM Credit or 1 ELE Credit

Provider #0000811 / Course #9630156

When creating a financial plan for your association there are many things to consider. Join Becker attorneys as they discuss the steps it takes to create and maintain a successful budget and reserve plan.

Topics we will cover include:

  • Budget Planning
  • Components of a Budget
  • Calculation of Assessments
  • Adopting The Budget
  • Reserve Requirements & Use of Funds
  • Straight Line Reserve Calculations
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Speakers

Kenneth S. Direktor
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Steven H. Mezer
Shareholder
Becker
Tampa

Collections and Foreclosure Strategies for Community Associations

1 hour class
1 IFM Credit or 1 ELE Credit

Provider #0000811 / Course #9630286

Are collection issues still plaguing your association?
Are bank foreclosures dragging on for years with no end in sight?
Are you confused about the changes in laws affecting association collection rights and remedies?

Please join us as we explore the fundamentals of collections and discuss effective legal strategies as well as practical techniques to solve your collection issues.

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Speakers

K. Joy Mattingly
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Dealing with Difficult People

1 hour class
1 HR Credit or 1 ELE Credit

Provider #0000811 / Course #9630464

Working with community associations involves interaction with members, association directors, attorneys, accountants, and other service and product providers. For managers. this requires the development of people skills to help them deal with personalities, stresses and demands which arise during the course of everyday operations.

In this course, managers will learn:

  • How to tailor problem-solving skills to different personalities and approaches to life
  • Constructive approaches to handling telephone conversations, emails and in-person confrontations
  • The dynamics of interactions having the potential to become adversarial and learn skills necessary to affect behavior and resolve issues in a way that creates satisfaction in the consumer
  • Specific tips for working with all kinds of challenging people and ways to bring out the best in themselves and others
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Speakers

Donna DiMaggio Berger
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Jay Roberts
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Walton Beach

Construction Projects Gone Wild

1 hour class
1 IFMCredit or 1 ELE Credit

Provider #0000811 / Course #9630466

Nothing is as daunting as embarking on a construction project. The issues and pitfalls surrounding a major project can overwhelm both managers and board members. This program will cover what you need to know to successfully navigate the process and avoid costly mistakes.

In this course, managers will learn:

  • Obtaining the required approvals for different types of projects
  • Developing proper specifications and obtaining competitive bids
  • The importance of your engineer or consultant
  • Contractual issues to protect the association
  • Fiscal planning for the project
  • Insurance and warranties
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Speakers

Kenneth S. Direktor
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Steven B. Lesser
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

2021 Legal Update

2 hour class

2 LU Credits

Provider #0000811 / Course #9630649

In this course, participants will receive a review of the laws passed during the 2020 Legislative Session impacting condominiums, cooperatives, homeowner associations, timeshares and the community association management profession.

It is designed to provide board members and community association managers with a working knowledge of the changes to the law to assist them in ensuring compliance within their community associations.

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Speakers

Howard J. Perl
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Lauderdale

Condo Construction Defects 101

1 hour class
1 OPP Credit or 1 ELE Credit

Provider #0000811 / Course #9630204

Construction issues are a natural occurrence in the lifecycle of any community association. From issues found in new associations transitioning from developer control to those arising in mature communities, we’ll discuss everything managers and board members need to know to effectively navigate the construction dispute process, including what sources of recovery are available to you.

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Speakers

Steven H. Mezer
Shareholder
Becker
Tampa

Kevin L. Edwards
Shareholder
Becker
Sarasota

Conrad J. Lazo
Shareholder
Becker
Tampa

Sanjay Kurian
Shareholder
Becker
Ft. Myers

Steven J. Mainardi
Founder & President
Delta Engineering & Inspection, Inc.

Top 10 Manager Do’s and Don’ts

1 hour class

1 HR or ELE Credits

Provider #0000811 / Course #9630376

Your role as a manager comes with a certain set of responsibilities to ensure the successful operation of your community. This course is designed to review basic management principles and provide you with a checklist of the top do’s and don’ts to be successful.
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Speakers

Yeline Goin
Senior Attorney
Becker
Orlando

Construction Contracts and the Lien Law

Provider #0000811 | Course #9630465 | 2 OPP or 2 ELE

Construction issues are a natural occurrence for every community association at some point. During this webinar, we’ll discuss everything managers and board members need to know about construction contracts, project management, bank loans, and the myriad of resources that are available to you.

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Speakers

Scott Kiernan
Moderator
Shareholder
Becker

John R. Telfer
Vice President
Association Prime