What’s New at GSL

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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N.E. Condominium’s Condo Expo: May 22, 2012

What: New England’s Premier Real Estate Show
Who: Henry Goodman, Ellen Shapiro, and Frank Lombardi will speak on association governance and meetings.
Why: Board members and property managers will gain valuable insights and have an opportunity to register to win the New iPad!
Where: Seaport World Trade Center,
200 Seaport Blvd., Exhibit Hall, Boston
When: May 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Educational Seminars 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.

Come see us at Booth 217 and the Hospitality Suite and enter to win a free iPad!

Register today!

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Trade Show Updates

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Hot Topics, Cool Solutions event on December 6th such a success! Nearly 100 association members and property managers gathered at the Via Roma restaurant in Providence, RI, for an evening of food, fun, and insight. In addition to GSL Principals Hank Goodman, Ellen Shapiro, and Frank Lombardi, who addressed discrimination and collection issues, Dan Rhys, Vice President of Savings Institute Bank & Trust, spoke about association loans for capital projects. (more…)

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