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Watch in Studio Video – GSL on Real Estate Radio Boston – 7-25-15

  • Featured in the video are GSL Principals Ellen Shapiro and Frank Lombardi during their most recent WBZ Real Estate Radio Boston segment in which the two discuss “condominium boards, the increasing challenges of AirBnB, and medical marijuana!” In this segment, Frank and Ellen explore the conflicts association board members often have amongst themselves, the urban growth of AirBnB and how associations are dealing with the issue and the growing challenge of medical marijuana. Hear GSL’s point of view in this segment of Real Estate Radio Boston!
  • For information about our future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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A GSL Reminder to Honor Fallen Heroes!

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In Our Continuing Effort to Bring Relevant, Timely News to Our Friends and Clients

Just signed by President Barak Obama today…

HALF STAFF NOTICE

“Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.

We ask God to watch over the fallen, the families, and their communities. As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America:

I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 25, 2015.

I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

BARACK OBAMA

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Fannie Mae Releases New App for Home Buyers and Owners

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Fannie Mae has launched a new mobile app which helps educate future homeowners about purchasing and owning a home. HOME by Fannie Mae™ helps buyers and owners prepare financially, estimate affordability, learn about the home buying process, maintain their home, and understand potential savings on future mortgage payments. Features include an interactive dashboard and checklist to track user progress, financial calculators, a HUD-approved housing counseling agency “locator tool”, helpful articles, videos, and much more.

The app is part of Fannie Mae’s ongoing efforts to support lender partners and expand access to mortgage credit, by providing educational tools that help reduce barriers to homeownership. To learn more and for download instructions on your Android or Apple mobile devices today!

Click Here to Download the HOME App!

Thanks to Clifford J. Treese of Association Data, Inc. for bringing this valuable tool to our attention.

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GSL’s Lombardi Named Fellow in College of Community Association Lawyers

GSL’s Lombardi Named Fellow in College of Community Association Lawyers

Lincoln, RI (PRWEB) March 04, 2015

Frank A. Lombardi, Esq. received the only fellowship bestowed on a New England attorney this year by the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). He is one of 11 given the honor nationally and is the managing partner in the Rhode Island office for the law firm of Goodman, Shapiro and Lombardi, which practices condo law in MA, RI and NH.

Henry A Goodman, who was elected to the CCAL Board of Governors last year, co-founded the GSL firm in 1998. He was on hand to welcome Lombardi into the college during swearing-in ceremonies held the end of January in San Francisco.

CCAL was established in 1993, by the Community Associations Institute to recognize excellence in community association law, which includes over 300,000 condominiums and homeowner associations throughout the country. Of the thousands of attorneys practicing condominium law in the United States, only 140 have been granted prestigious membership in the College.

CCAL attorneys distinguish themselves through contributions to the development of community association law. Their service is demonstrated by a commitment to educate and empower condo and HOA boards and residents.

CCAL provides a forum for the exchange of information among experienced legal professionals. Its goals include promoting high standards of professional and ethical responsibility, improving and advancing community association law and facilitating the development of educational materials and programming on relevant legal issues.

Atty. Lombardi has practiced for more than 30 years in community association law, civil litigation, transactional law, and real property and probate law. In Rhode Island he is considered an expert on community association law and has served as a former court-appointed receiver for condominium associations. Lombardi helped in the passage of Rhode Island’s super lien law and won a significant case in the state’s Supreme Court IN REGARD TO DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS In 2014, He served as President of CAI-New England and is a member of its Board of Directors. In addition, he is Co-Chairman of CAI-Rhode Island’s Legislative Action Committee and is a member of its Regional Committee.

Atty. Goodman is a member of the Massachusetts federal and state bars, and the Rhode Island and Florida bars. He was involved in the initial drafting of the Massachusetts “Super Lien,” and is considered to be the first attorney in Massachusetts to concentrate in the representation of condominium associations. He is counsel to hundreds of condominium associations.

About Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC:
The law firm of Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC (GSL) is regarded as an industry leader in condominium law. The firm has offices in Dedham, MA and Lincoln, RI, and is licensed in both states, plus New Hampshire and Florida. The website can be found at http://www.goshlaw.com. GSL provides comprehensive legal assistance to hundreds of associations, businesses, and individuals and while its primary focus is in real estate, other legal services include civil litigation, domestic disputes, corporate law, estate planning and administration.

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Watch in Studio Video – GSL on Real Estate Radio Boston – Jan 24, 2015

  • Featured in the video are GSL Principals Ellen Shapiro and Henry Goodman during their most recent WBZ Real Estate Radio Boston segment in which the two discuss “Who do condominium boards protect, unit owners or the association’s property?” In this segment, Henry and Ellen explore the often misunderstood role of the association board member and their accountability to protect and repair property, not the unit owner. Hear why in this segment of Real Estate Radio Boston!
  • For information about our future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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GSL Video Series – The Client Privilege

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The Client Privilege

Continuing GSL’s longstanding leadership as an industry educator, a new educational video series called “The Client Privilege” has been released. The eight videos address the full spectrum of hot button topics like medical marijuana use, sex offenders, noise, workman’s compensation, insurance coverage, board responsibilities and meeting protocol, lien enforcement, as well as association rules and regulations. The video presentations, each averaging 3-to-4 minutes long, were created and produced by the three GSL partners, Henry Goodman, Ellen Shapiro and Frank Lombardi.

 

Ellen Shapiro, Henry Goodman & Frank Lombardi – Contract Basics

 

Ellen Shapiro, Henry Goodman & Frank Lombardi – Winter’s Challenges

 

Ellen Shapiro – Condominium Rules

 

Henry Goodman – Effective Board Meetings

 

Frank Lombardi – Insurance Coverage

 

Ellen Shapiro – Condominium Board Member Responsibility

 

Henry Goodman – Condominium Ownership – Be Advised!

 

Frank Lombardi – Condominium Lien Enforcement in Rhode Island

 

Ellen Shapiro – Condominium Lien Enforcement in Massachusetts

 

Henry Goodman – Potential Dangers Hiring Contractors

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GSL Decision ALERT!

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GSL Decision ALERT!

On Friday, November 7, 2014 the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued its decision in the case of Drummer Boy Homes Association, Inc. vs. Carolyn P. Britton et.al., that will affect condominium lien enforcement actions.

Although the court upheld the original decision of the lower Court which said there could not be a “rolling lien,” what is even more important is what the Court did NOT say. The Court did NOT say that there can only be one priority lien period over the life of a first mortgage. Rather, the Court said there cannot be successive six (6) month priority liens which means we cannot file a second action until the first one is finished, either through payment and a dismissal of the Court case or foreclosure.

Sometimes, under this decision, which is expected to be further appealed, a few months of common fees may be lost. Therefore, we recommend more than ever that Associations remain vigilant and forward delinquent accounts to our office as soon as they are over sixty (60) days in arrears.

In doing this we can move swiftly toward foreclosure so that delinquent unit owners will either pay or can be replaced with a new owner who will hopefully remain current.

We will be putting on a seminar with CAINE very soon where we will fully explain the new procedures, including what you can expect in the future. We hope to see you all there. In the meantime if you have questions please direct them to Ellen Shapiro at Shapiro@goshlaw.com, Henry Goodman at goodman@goshlaw.com or Pam Jonah at jonah@goshlaw.com.

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Everyone Needs One

Everyone Needs One

By: Henry Goodman, Esq.

It seems to have been forgotten that everyone, whether individual or entity, needs a lawyer. In years gone by this need was taken care of by a family or company attorney. These professional advisors were often treated like members of the family or company and few important matters were decided without their counsel. Those valued relationships have disappeared for the most part.

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Goodman Provides Valuable Contribution In Lien Enforcement Victories

Goodman Provides Valuable Contribution In Lien Enforcement Victories

By: Henry Goodman, Esq.

Over the past few months, our own Henry Goodman, as part of the national CAI amicus curiae brief (friend of the court) team (along with other team members, Loura Sanchez, Esq. and Thomas Moriarty, Esq.), has been victorious on behalf of condominium associations in the appeal of cases to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Chase Plaza Condo v JPMorgan Chase) and the Supreme Court of Nevada (SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC vs US Bank, N.A).

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Does Size Matter? Watch GSL on RERB to Find Out!

  • Featured in the video are GSL Principals Ellen Shapiro and Henry Goodman during their most recent WBZ Real Estate Radio Boston segment in which the two discuss “Does Size Matter When It Comes To Condos?” In this segment, Henry and Ellen explore the challenges small condominiums present for both their boards and their owners.
  • For information about our future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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