Welcome To The February Edition Of "The Green Marble" Newsletter
The February Issue Includes:

- A Warm Welcome From Attorney Alan Schwartzseid
- "Unpaid County Property Taxes And What They Mean For Your Community"
- Embracing Community... Clayton & McCulloh Plays Santa (For Pets Too!)
- Need A Space To Have Your Meeting?
- Upcoming Seminars/Events/Meetings
- Who Is The Most Awesome In Your Association? 
- New Community Association Organizations Forming
- Apopka Residents - Here's An Organization Just For You!
- Did You Know?
- Quote Of The Month
- Want To Own A Set Of The Florida Statutes For Community Associations?
- February Birthdays 

A Warm Welcome From Attorney Alan Schwartzseid

Dear Valued Friends, Clients, and Colleagues:

Thank you for the opportunity to share my excitement in joining the esteemed legal team at Clayton &McCulloh. Even before I left South Florida last week, many of my colleagues there expressed that C&M's reputation for being an experienced, knowledgeable, and service-oriented firm had spread down south. I will certainly maintain those traits with respect to the collection of our clients' past-due assessments. For those with whom I have not yet had the pleasure of communicating, my policy is to be extremely aggressive in collection matters, moving cases forward unless and until an owner pays or is legitimately seeking to resolve the matter in a manner which is acceptable to the Board. Alternatively, if outside activities (i.e., bankruptcy, lender foreclosure, etc.) force an association to step back, I generally continue providing guidance as to the available options to expedite a resolution. Given my experience in the collections field, I understand that past-due assessments are not simply a case on my docket; they are a burden on the entire dues-paying membership of the community, and it is my pleasure to assist you in ensuring they are resolved effectively and efficiently.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your community's active or potential collection matters, or the collection process in general, please feel welcome to contact me. I look forward to working with each of you!

Alan Schwartzseid, Esq.
Clayton & McCulloh, P.A., Attorneys at Law
1065 Maitland Ctr. Commons Blvd., Maitland, FL 32751
Ph: 407-875-2655 ext. 116

"Unpaid County Property Taxes and What they
Mean for Your Community"
By: Attorney Alan Schwartzseid
Owners who fail to pay their association or mortgage lender often also fail to pay county property taxes, which can result in a tax deed sale and related elimination of past-due assessments. Such taxes accrue annually on November 1st, and are late if not paid by April 1st of the following year. On June 1st, the tax collector can sell a "tax certificate" for the delinquent taxes and interest thereon, at a public auction. The purchaser of a tax certificate (e.g., the county where the property is located, if there are no bidders) may then charge the cost of purchasing the certificate plus interest to "redeem" (resolve and eliminate) the certificate by paying the taxes and interest due.

If you have any questions or would like to have Clayton & McCulloh serve as your Registered Agent, please feel free to contact our  Public Relations Department.
Embracing Community...
Clayton & McCulloh Plays Santa  (For Pets Too!)

If you are one of our regular readers you probably read a touching piece last month about all the hard work we put in to playing Santa for a local class at Howard Middle School (if you missed that story check it out here). However, we didn't stop our community involvement there. At Clayton & McCulloh we have a constant drive to live out our motto of "Embracing Community" to its fullest extent every day. We pride ourselves on being able to truly help members of our Central Florida Community. In addition to helping those students, we also spend time all year collecting donations of all kinds for the "Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando". This year we were able to collect more than double what we had delivered last year. That means more bags of food, more towels, more blankets, and (much to their delight) more cat litter! These animals need our help to ensure that they have everything they need to make it through some of the colder times here in Florida. Marketing Representative, Nathan Knoebber (pictured to the right), was able to drop off all of our donations this year with the help of local volunteers to the pet alliance. Through our partnership with the "Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando", we are able to help our less fortunate furry friends that are too often forgotten despite the love these animals still have to give. If you or anyone you know would be interested in expanding their family with a new furry friend please check out the  "Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando's" website here.

Need A Space To Have Your Meeting?
We bet you have not been taking advantage of a very special service we offer at our Melbourne Office.  Would you like to host a board or membership meeting somewhere else because:
  • You would prefer a low key meeting without distractions;
  • Would like an attorney present for all or part of the meeting;
  • You need a professional setting.
Well, we have just the solution for you.  Our large Melbourne conference room located off Wickham Road in the Viera/Suntree area can host up to fifteen people in a professional setting with a screen and projector made available to our clients.  There is plenty of complimentary lighted parking available.  While there is no charge to use the room, there would be a fee for the time that the attorney would be present in the meeting.  When their presence isn't needed, they will retire to another part of the office to work on other matters and you can always call them back in the room if the need arises.
This service is especially valuable to our clients if there are sensitive subjects to discuss.  While you can't bar your residents from attending most Association meetings, based on our experience it is rare for residents to attend a meeting at one of our offices.
If you would like more information on this service or to schedule a meeting, please call either Arlene Ring or David Batan at either of our offices.
Upcoming Seminars/Events/Meetings

Our upcoming seminars and events are listed below.

Check out our website for information on specific classes by clicking  here.  

The March 2018 Official State Approved Board Certification Class 
Did you know that the Florida Legislature passed legislation a few years ago requiring every Board Member to take this class?  If you went off the Board for even a day, you must re-take the class.  Or execute an Affidavit stating that you have read, understand your Documents, the ramifications of non-compliance, and agree to enforce your Documents?  Make sure you attend this year's Certification Class to get the scoop on what is expected of you as a Board Member.     

You asked for it - and we are granting your wish.  We feature separate classes for HOAs, Condos/Co-ops, and Mobile Home Parks.  We have updated this course to comply with the yearly changes to the law.  Join us for two hours of preparing you for your role on the Board.

Thursday, March 1  - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Backcourt Room, RDV Sportsplex, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd, Orlando. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Senior & Founding Partner Neal McCulloh will be presenting an "HOA Board Certification Class". This complimentary class includes appetizers and beverages. For more information click here.
Thursday, March 8  - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Holiday Inn - Space Coast Convention Center, 301 Tucker Lane, CocoaBegins at 6:30 p.m. Partner Russell Klemm will be presenting an "HOA Board Certification Class". This complimentary class includes appetizers and beverages. For more information click here.
Thursday, March 15  - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Backcourt Room, RDV Sportsplex, 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd, Orlando . Begins at 6:30 p.m. Senior & Founding Partner Ken Clayton will be presenting a "COA/Co-Op Board Certification Class". This complimentary class includes appetizers and beverages. For more information click  here.
Tuesday, March 20  - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Holiday Inn - Space Coast Convention Center, 301 Tucker Lane, Cocoa Begins at 6:30 p.m. Partner Brian Hess will be presenting a "COA/Co-Op Board Certification Class". This complimentary class includes appetizers and beverages. For more information click  here.

Thursday, March 29  - Hosted by Clayton & McCulloh
Cypress Creek Golf HOA. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Partner Russell Klemm will be presenting a "Mobile Home Park Board Certification Class". This complimentary class includes cookies and beverages. For more information click  here.
Who's The Most Awesome In Your Association?
The 2017 Most Awesome Contest has been another year of touching moments and great successes through recognizing the outstanding Managers and Board Members of our Central Florida Community and beyond. 
We hope that everyone will continue to nominate your "Awesome" Board Members and Managers. 
Use the buttons below to nominate a Manager or Board Member you know who has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty for your Association. Be sure to elaborate  and ensure we know why your nominee is the Most Awesome!

 New Community Association Organizations Forming
There are several new organizations for members of HOAs, Condos, Co-Ops, and Mobile Home Parks starting their corporate organizational planning in three different areas of Central Florida in the coming months.  They are:
  Brevard County
Cities of Ocoee-Winter Garden-Gotha-Windermere
Cities of New Smyrna Beach-Oak Hill-Edgewater-Scottsmoor-Mims
These non-profit groups are in the early stages of organizational meetings.  If you currently serve on a Board of Directors for a Community Association, you are eligible for membership.  Want more information? P lease call our Director of Public Relations at (407) 875-4429 or at  (407) 808-2553 after hours/weekends.

Apopka Residents - Here's An Organization Just For You!
If your community is in Apopka, there is an organization your Association should consider joining - Apopka Area Council of Neighborhoods Associations (AACONA)!  AACONA meets the 2nd Monday each month at the UCF Business Incubator at 325 S. McGee Avenue in Apopka at 7:00 p.m.  The monthly meetings feature guest speakers from the city, county, and/or private industry.  Members have the opportunity to network with other communities and share possible solutions to problems that they are facing. 
If you are interested in joining AACONA or would like more information, please complete this  brief form  and a representative will get back to you. 
Did You Know? 
Are you currently a client of Clayton & McCulloh?  Has your Board of Directors changed from what you last provided us? If so, you may register your new directors via our website by clicking on the picture below, or by clicking here. By providing us with changes to your board, we can provide your Association with many of our complimentary and/or flat rate services such as:
  • Our Community Association Newsletter.  Each of your directors will receive our complimentary newsletters, "Community Connect" and "The Green Marble", which are sent electronically.  Both newsletters were created especially for directors of community Associations. "Community Connect" is published approximately each quarter and "The Green Marble" is published monthly.
  • Invitations to our Seminars.  Our clients receive advance notice of these Complimentary seminars, have reserved seating (the best seats in the house) and a complimentary gift in their program package.
  • Notification when a Member of the Firm is a Guest Speaker.  Whenever a Member of our firm is a guest speaker at another organization's event, we will issue a special invitation to you so that you may attend.
  • Our e-mail service. Our e-mail service notifies you of new laws, late breaking news in the industry, upcoming seminars, and new services which will assist your Association.


Want To Own A Set Of The Florida Statutes
For Community Associations?

Through the years, we have received numerous requests for a set of the Florida Statutes pertaining to Community Associations.  Due to these suggestions, we are now offering the "The Florida Statute Organization Service".  The pertinent Statutes for HOAs, Condos, Co-Ops, and Mobile Home Parks are presented in a binder similar to the featured picture.  Each page is in a sheet protector with tabs separating the various chapters.  The cost of the book is $65.  Each Florida Statue Book is designed just for your type of Community Association (HOA, Condominium, Cooperative, or Mobile Home Park).
The books will be ready for mailing in March. Save $15 if you also purchase our Document Organization Service. 
If you would like to order one or would like more information, please call our Director of Public Relations, Arlene Ring, directly at  (407)  875-4429 or after hours at (407) 808-2553.
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Join Us In Celebrating These Birthdays!

Michelle Tylutki - Collections Manager, Clayton & McCulloh - February 23
Diane Suchy - Manager, Bosshardt Property Management - February 24
James Tripp - Manager, Sentry Management's Clermont office  - February 25

Jose Riestra - Manager, World of Homes - March 3
Mandy Morgan - Manager, Evergreen Lifestyles Management - March 6 
Gregory Burgey - Manager, Keys Property Management - March 7 
David Thierer- Public Relations Representative, Clayton & McCulloh - March 15
Marie Thibodeaux - Manager, Bayside Management Services and Consulting - March 23

If you are interested in having your birthday recognized in our newsletter please respond with your Name, Association, and position on your board/management company you work for. 

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