What’s New at GSL

Henry A. Goodman Recognized by CAI: National Distinctions and Contributions

CAI National Distinctions and Contributions:
Local Chapter Members Recognized

Henry A. Goodman, Esq.
Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC

CCAL Education Committee (more…)

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GSL Relocates Rhode Island Office, Expands Operations

Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC has relocated its Rhode Island office to 14 Breakneck Hill Road, Suite 203, Lincoln, RI, 02865.  The firm was formerly located at 395 Smith St. in Providence, RI.

GSL’s Rhode Island branch, which serves hundreds of condominium associations, is expanding its services to assist real estate clients, including realtors and lendors, in securing loans and writing closing documents. (more…)

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Giving Thanks for a Superior Decision: An Appealing Outcome for Condo Associations

By Merle Hass, Esq.

We recently won a significant victory in the Appeals Court, Single Justice Session. We had filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court, challenging the behavior of a unit owner who refused to give the board access to his unit, after the unit and the common area were damaged as the result of water seepage from a burst valve. Our Verified Complaint alleged three counts for relief: declaratory judgment, intentional interference with contractual relations with our insurer, and a request for an injunction. (more…)

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CAI-NE Annual Conference and Expo 2012

For free registration to the Expo, please click here. 

Who:
Tune in to GSL’s featured speakers: Ellen A. Shapiro, Esq. and Pamela Jonah, Esq. Attorney Shapiro and other industry professionals will discuss Self-Managed Associations. Attorney Jonah and others will lead a Q&A Legal Panel.

When:
October 27, 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (more…)

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Update on Foreclosure Prevention Law: A Public Service Announcement to Association Board Members and Managers

You may soon be hearing about a new law, passed in August, that is sometimes referred to as the Foreclosure Prevention Law.  The Banking Commissioner is charged with establishing rules and regulations for compliance with this law, which is designed to prevent or forestall home foreclosures on risky loans.

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GSL Moves into Larger Dedham Office

Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC is expanding its office space at 3 Allied Drive in Dedham.  The law firm has moved into another office on the first floor of this location to accommodate its growth. (more…)

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RI Supreme Court Win

ASSOCIATIONS NOW IN CONTROL OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS

By Frank A. Lombardi, Esq.

In 2003, I began arguing a major case before the trial justice of the Providence County Superior Court:  Alessi (plaintiff) vs. Bowen Court Condominium Association (defendant).  Nine years later, the case was heard on appeal, and on June 4, 2012, the Rhode Island Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s judgment, granting a significant victory for my client, the Association:  No. 2010-436-Appeal (PC 03-235). This decision further clarifies the Rhode Island condominium law in regard to development rights.  Specifically, Section 34-36.1-2.10 (b) of the Condominium Act and the cases that interpreted that statute state that development rights that expire unexercised become the property of the unit owners’ association. The Court in the Bowen case extended the law to apply to lenders holding mortgages on undeveloped condominium property and persons who purchase such property from the lenders at foreclosure. (more…)

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Cape Cod Condo Forum & Expo: June 23, 2012

What: The Cape Cod Condo Forum & Expo sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAINE)

 Who:  GSL’s Henry A. Goodman, Ellen A. Shapiro, and Frank A. Lombardi will speak on two timely topics:

Who Gives the Orders: Board’s Interaction with Management
The board’s job is to shape policy; the manager’s job is to carry out the board’s directives. But too often, they get in each other’s way. Learn how to ensure a cooperative relationship.

How to Conduct Effective Meetings
Meetings are a necessary part of condominium life. But they don’t need to last an hour or more! Learn how to get the most out of your meetings and keep them on track. (more…)

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Lombardi Making Waves in RI

GSL’s Frank A. Lombardi,  a featured speaker at this month’s Rhode Island  Condo Forum & Expo, has been making a splash on a variety of fronts:

RI/MA CAI:
On May 5, 2012, at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, Lombardi co-taught the Almost Free Legal Advice Seminar that answered frequently asked questions about assessment collection, rental restrictions, the Role of the Association Board, covenant enforcement, and discrimination issues. (more…)

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Rhode Island Condo Forum & Expo: May 19, 2012

What: The 2012 Rhode Island Regional Condo Forum & Expo sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAINE)

Who: Joining other industry professionals, GSL’s Frank Lombardi and Mary-Joy Howes will speak about Common and Uncommon Condo Questions: Dos & Dont’s 

Why: The interactive presentation will address everyday issues and unique challenges facing condominium board members, managers and owners in a fun, game-show format that will include prizes.

When: Expo: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; GSL seminar: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Crown Plaza At the Crossings, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI

Tickets: $30 for Members and $55 for Non-Members. Register here or email Frank Lombardi at Lombardi@goshlaw.com to request free tickets courtesy of GSL.

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