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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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An Aging Population – Is Your Association Ready?

  • 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… A rapidly growing aging population – Is your association ready? Ellen and Frank share their thoughts on the challenges condominium boards and owners are facing these days with this issue.
  • For information about our future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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GSL is participating in the CAI-NE 25th Annual Conference & Expo

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Join Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi at the 25th Annual Community Associations Institute 2014 Condo Conference and Expo

Announcement CAINE 2014

 

The 25th Annual Community Associations Institute 2014 Condo Conference and Expo will be held this Saturday, September 13th from 8am to 2:30pm at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers, MA. Please stop by Booth #5 to meet our team. For more information on the event please feel free to contact us at 1-877-241-1600.

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Sex, Drugs & Rock’n Roll – Watch GSL’s Advice to Condo Communities on Aired on WBZ 1030AM

  • 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 “Sex, Drugs & Rock’n Roll” and the challenges condominium boards and owners are facing these days with each.
  • For information about our future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Banker & Tradesman – February 2014

Click to view an article by Ellen Shapiro, Esq. appearing in Banker & Tradesman focusing on how condominium boards are dealing with sex offenders in their buildings. Proper communication is essential:

Should A Condo Board Tell Residents About Sex Offenders In The Building? 2-16-14

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Frank Lombardi Appears on NE Real Estate Journal Radio!

GSL Principal Frank Lombardi appears on New England Real Estate Journal Radio, which airs across the Money Matters Radio Network and locally on Saturday at 3pm EST on WBNW 1120 AM.

  • Featured on the show, GSL Principal Frank Lombardi discusses the differences between condo living and owning your own home or renting your own apartment. Frank also shares his views on the recent issues and challenges condominium boards and owners are facing.

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