The September Update Includes:

-      Florida Community Association Journal’s Reader’s Choice Awards
-      Did You File Your Annual Corporate Report?
-      More Chances to Win a Gift Card
-      Coming Attractions (Seminars)
-      2020 Seminar Dates and Topics!
-      Ask C&M – You Asked – We Answered!
-      New Laws Now in our Florida Statute Service
-      Last Magnificent Board Members Highlights
-      Kudos
-      Is Your Favorite Association Vendor One of Our Super Partners?
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The Florida Community Association Journal’s Reader’s Choice Awards
Wow! Are we ever honored! For the fifth year in a row, we’ve been nominated for Florida Community Association Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards!  Your vote has kept us in the top two categories every year since 2014. We would be so honored if you would take a few moments out of your busy schedule to vote for us. 

If you feel that we are deserving of your vote, simply click on the button and follow the instructions on the page.

Voting is over December 31st or whenever FLCAJ ends the program during the month of December. If you REALLY like us (and we hope that you do), you can vote more than once for the little firm that Embraces Community.
Did You File Your Annual Corporate Report?
The deadline for Florida corporations – both for profit and for non-profit – to file their Annual Corporate Report is May 1st. The State begins to administratively dissolve corporations in September if the report has not been filed by the first of September.

Why is it important to file your Corporate Report? Besides complying with State regulations, it protects the corporate entity and those individuals serving it. At one time or another, many Associations are under the mistaken belief that if they do not file a Corporate Report, their Association simply ceases to exist. To one extent, that is true, but regrettably that is an incomplete assumption with serious consequences. Your Association may still have all the responsibilities of operating the Association and properties owned by the Association including maintenance. But what has also been accomplished is that the failure to file has opened up the Board of Directors to personal liability. We have all seen the corporate movie thrillers where the term “piercing the corporate veil” is thrown around a lot. Well, you may have given the opposing side a very large gift because they can now pierce the corporate veil, and instead of having the Association possibly liable for damages in litigation – now individual members of the Board (or the ones listed on the last filed corporate report) could now be personally liable and can be sued individually with no protection.

If you have not yet filed your corporate report, please do so immediately. The State may waive reinstatement fees if you do it quickly. If you would like assistance with this task or have more questions, please call us.
More Chances to Win a Gift Card
We are working on our next Survey for you to put your two cents in on such subjects as our seminars, our services, staff, complimentary services, and other items. One survey is picked randomly each month to receive a Publix gift card. The winner will be featured in the following month’s “ The Green Marble .”

Based on your surveys and other suggestions we have received through the last year, we have developed our 2020 Seminars in accordance with the most popular requests. Our next survey will be featured in the next edition of “ The Green Marble .”

Another personal touch from the firm that Embraces Community. 
Never Ending Collections Story
Did you feel that rush of wind? We did! Our very last seminar of the year is coming up in October. It seems like only last month we presented our Hollywood Theme Seminars complete the red carpet and stanchions, Walk of Fame, clap board, and Oscar presentations.

Follow the “ Never Ending Collection Story ” with its journey of learning the nuances of collecting assessments. No Association can withstand their owners not paying their assessments. Without income, the Association simply ceases to exist. Our Senior Collections Attorney will take you on a personal journey from prologue to the final chapter. We are proud to present this seminar at our Maitland office, which is available in a live presentation and a webinar.

If you don’t want to make the trip to Maitland, pour yourself a glass of wine, bring out the cheese and crackers and join us via your computer, cell phone, or via a conference call for the last 2019 Seminar! Consider making a party of it and invite your fellow board members, pop some popcorn, add your favorite beverage, and enjoy the show. By participating via webinar, you will be furnished a copy of the Power Point and an opportunity to receive a Certificate of Attendance by submitting an online survey about the program.

You can type in your questions for Alan and he will answer them in order of receipt. Join us!

Attend in Person, via Webinar, or Conference Call
Speaker:   Alan Schwartzseid, Senior Collection Attorney
Dat e: Thursday, October 10 th
Registration: 6:00 p.m. – 6:20 p.m
Class Time:  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Our Orlando Office - Maitland
Address: 1065 Maitland Center Commons Blvd., Maitland, FL 32751
Make a Reservation : Click Here
Special Note:  At this time, we still have room for our live presentation. This class is also available via webinar. If you previously registered and there was not a webinar option at that time and you would like to attend via webinar, please call us ASAP so we can open other spaces for those wishing to attend in person
2020 Seminar Dates and Topics
Mark your calendars! Our 2020 Seminars are going to “flat out” (50’s jargon) be all about you!  Both our Saturday Embracing Community Gatherings (medium size seminars) and our weekday Community Connect Chats (all seminars are free) are going to be the living end!  In accordance with our 1950’s year-long theme, our topics will tie in with a hit song or movie from the 50’s! So get your poodle skirts and greaser jackets ready for a wild year into the past.

Here’s the dates and locations for our Embracing Community Gatherings:

Saturday, January 25 – Melbourne – Oasis at Palm Shores
Saturday, February 22 – Orlando/Winter Park – Calvary Church
Saturday, March 14 – Leesburg – Royal Highlands’ Grand Hall
Saturday, March 28 – Celebration – Celebration Town Hall

The overall event name is:
Happy Days: Groovin’ All Day with You!
(a “how to be a director” theme featuring the hot topics of the day listed below):

On the Street Where You Live: Enforcing Your Covenants

Hound Dog: It’s All About Pets

Stand by Me: Effective Use of Attorneys

Three Coins in a Fountain: Delay and Stripping in Court

Stranger in Paradise: Regulating the Rental Process

All Shook Up: What Should You Amend?

You’ll Never Walk Alone: Practical Tips for being a Director
Please note: The above event is not a Board Certification Class. It is something altogether different and new! We presented a similar program many years ago and to this date, it is still the most requested seminar. There will be door prizes and a large cash door prize.

Our weekday, small class seminars – Community Connect Chats – will be held in the in the following cities:
Daytona Beach
New Smyrna Beach
Depending on locations, the following are the classes being presented during the evening on weekdays:

It’s Not for Me to Say : The Unauthorized Practice of Law for Managers and Board Members
That’ll Be the Day : How to Hold Board and Annual Meetings
Who’s Sorry Now : Do I Really Need to Go to Court?
Let the Good Times Roll : The 2020 Mobile Home Park Board Certification Class
I Walk the Line : The 2020 HOA Board Certification Class
Great Balls of Fire : The 2020 Condo/Co-op Board Certification Class
Climb Every Mountain : The 2020 Joint HOA and Condo/Co-op Board Certification Class
Rags to Riches : How You Can Still Come Out Ahead of Bankruptcy and Mortgage Foreclosures
Tallahassee Lassie : The 2020 Mini-Legal Update for Board Members
It Only Hurts for a Little While : Officers’ Duties by Position
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool : Dealing with Difficult and Abusive People
Hound Dog: It’s All About Pets

Most of our weekday classes will be offered via live presentation as well as by webinar. We will even feature Board Certification Classes via On Demand Online after April. There are so many exciting things happening in 2020 and we hope you will be a part of it as you helped create these seminars!

Our web-site will be open for reservations in mid-November with the first seminar starting January 16 in Lakeland.

You dig Daddy-O? Be there or be square! Save the dates and join us for a morning of 1950’s hit music (you can cut a rug if you want) and a brand new topic that every Board Member, Committee Member, Concerned Resident and Manager will want to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
Ask C&M
Each month in our second monthly newsletter, “ C&M Update ,” we will take one question from our readers that they would like to pose to an attorney and feature the answer in that newsletter. This is a great way to have answers to questions that you have been trying to understand as you tackle the role of being a Board Member, Committee Member, or Concerned Resident in an Association or you are a manager managing a community association. You do not have to be a client to submit a question. While we cannot answer very specific questions that may require an attorney looking at your Governing Documents, we can answer more broad questions that may come up relating to Community Associations.

If you would like to submit a question, please use this link .   We will be in touch with you if we need any additional information.  C’mon, you know you have questions. Get the answers here – free! What an offer!
New Laws Now in our Florida Statute Service
The new Statutes are here! The new Statutes are Here! One of the terrific features of our Florida Statute Service is updates of the law every September and January. If you have previously purchased this book, the September updates will be sent to you digitally within the next week! These will keep you current on any changes to those statutes.

If you have not purchased your Florida Statute Book yet, now is the time as it has the latest updates as of September. Each book features a custom handsome forest green binder with gold inlay. Chapters are tabbed and each page has been placed in a sheet protector. The Books include the various Statutes relevant to the particular community type plus a bonus of numerous educational and legal informational articles on the basics of operating your Community Association.

As part of the service, included in the purchase price, complimentary annual updates to the books will be provided electronically on the 30th of September and January of each year. The cost of each book is $70.00 (includes tax). You can purchase the book on our website by clicking here: Florida Statute Service .

Last Magnificent Board Members Highlights
Whoo Hoo! On Tuesday, September 24 th , we held our final “ The Magnificent Board Members: The 2019 HOA Board Certification Class ” for this year. Our final Board Certification class held in Melbourne was offered via a sold out live audience and simultaneously broadcast via a webinar, offering our online guests the ability to ask questions. Packed to the brim, our attendees enjoyed a buffet of cold shrimp, fruit, cheese and cracker tray, hot teriyaki meatballs, cookies, and beverages. Our Senior Collections Attorney, Alan Schwartzseid, presented the class and stayed after to answer any questions that were not answered in the class. Here are some photos of our last Board Certification Class of 2019!
Our 2020 Seminar season will start up in January with all new topics as well as our Board Certification Classes for HOAs, COA, Co-Ops, and Mobile Home Parks. We will announce the dates of our weekday seminars in our October or November newsletter, “ The Green Marble .”
Two of our firm’s team received kind words from William Leeson of Deer Pointe HOA who attended the September 12 th HOA Board Certification class in Maitland. He had this to say about our featured speaker, Senior Collections Attorney, Alan Schwartzseid, and our Director of Public Relations, Arlene Ring:

“Excellent presentation – very informative. Arlene was a wonderful help.”

Is Your Favorite Association Vendor
One of Our Super Partners?
Do you see your favorite vendor’s logo at the bottom of this newsletter? You don’t? Well, then you should help them out. If you don’t, send us their company, contact name and number and we will reach out to them to become one of our Business Partners. Our Business Partners receive year-long exposure to other Associations and management companies and receive special perks at our seminars. Using one of our year-long vendor sponsorships opens new doors for new business for your favorite vendor. So, receive some brownie points with your Association’s vendor(s) and provide their contact information to us. After all, new business referrals are treasured by vendors and they may show their appreciation back!  
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