HOA ADVISER: What kind of evidence can be used in a hearing? – Article By Michael T. Chulak

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Q. Our board recently held a hearing to determine whether to fine a member for an alleged rule violation. The board allowed hearsay to be introduced. Is this allowable by law? A. Yes. Boards are not required to follow the California Rules of Evidence used by courts. They may hear the evidence and then weigh … Continue reading

4 Tips to help your HOA protect its Attorney-Client Privilege – Article by Susan Tarley

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The Attorney-Client Privilege protects confidential communications between an attorney and his or her client.  This privilege includes communications made to the attorney and communications from the attorney. The Attorney-Client Privilege is designed to encourage clients to communicate with their attorney freely, without fearing disclosure of those communications made in the course of representation. The Attorney-Client … Continue reading

Attorney Fees in California Construction Defect Cases What Clients Should Know about Fee Contracts, Referral Fees, And Professional Ethics – Article by by Tyler P. Berding, Esq. and Allison L. Andersen, Esq.

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The successful relationship between a client and attorney is built on trust and confidence. The guiding principal is that the client should be able to make informed decisions concerning all matters substantially impacting the client’s case and recovery. The first big question facing the client in a construction defect case is the basis on which … Continue reading

Mediation: Nuts and Bolts – Article by Margo T. Keller

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Conflict is inevitable.  Disputes arise with our neighbors, on our Boards or committees, and within our business and family relationships all the time. There is no shame in having a disagreement that rises to the level of a very serious dispute. The only shame is in not knowing you have many options for resolving the … Continue reading

When Residents Attack: A Lawyer Tells Condo & Co-op Boards How to Stay Safe – Janet Oulousian Aronson

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Your condo board has just approved a large special assessment to finance the replacement of an aging heating and cooling system, and your owners are not pleased. But one owner in particular is infuriated by the decision. He shouts obscenities at the board during the meeting and continues to hurl insults at the board president … Continue reading

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