January 9, 2024

On Monday, January 8, 2024, Governor Murphy signed legislation aimed at preventing a building collapse like the 2021 Surfside, Florida, tragedy. Here is the link to the Governor’s Office News page: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562024/approved/20240108k.shtml

 Thank you to the members of CAI-NJ’s Legislative Action Committee, the public office holders, and others for their hard work on this legislation.

 Signed into law was Senate Bill S2760/Assembly Bill A4384. Copies of the Bill and related information are available on the New Jersey Legislature’s website: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bill-search

 Among other things, the law defines “covered buildings” and “excluded structure”, outlines new inspection and report requirements, requires certain reports to be made available to residents and/or prospective purchasers, requires certain reserve analysis and funding, defines timeframes for reserve funding “catch-up” and, under certain circumstances, empowers the Board to fund the “cost of corrective maintenance of the primary load bearing system” without the consent of the owners or approval of the developer.

 We will be sending sign-up information for a Zoom meeting on this important legislation shortly.


Fran McGovern will be a speaker at the Mastering Condominiums and Planned Real Estate Developments being held virtually on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, starting at 9:00 a.m.

Representing community associations requires an understanding of the challenges that condominiums and planned real estate developments create and of the community associations formed to respond to those challenges. Beginning with the development of these communities to the conduct of their affairs by the owners of homes and beyond, the attorneys and other professionals need to be aware of the wide range of issues and applicable areas of law.

The discussion in this program will span several aspects of association representation and give a foundation of the issues faced in this practice. Compliance with governing documents and the law, the adoption of rules and regulations, mandatory membership of owners in these associations, the authority of elected boards, the use of shared facilities and services, the compulsory payment of fees, and the handling of disputes are some of the concerns which underlie this practice.

Click here for more information and registration:  https://tcms.njsba.com/PersonifyEbusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=1699&productId=88340660


CAI-NJ’s Annual Awards Celebration will be held Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  This annual event will be held at The Event Center at iPA, 104 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728.

Be sure to join McGovern Legal Services and fellow industry professionals at this networking event!

Click here for more information and registration:  https://cainj.org/awards/

Please join Fran McGovern and other industry experts for an interactive in person panel discussion on current issues affecting your community.   This in person event will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Toms River.  The event begins at 9:15 am – 12:00 pm.  Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:30 am.

Click here to more details and to register:  https://www.cai-nj.org/event-4789406

Damon Kress will be a speaker at the 2022 Construction Law Forum being held virtually on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 starting at 9:00 a.m.

The 2022 Construction Law Forum will provide a day of in-depth analysis of some of the most common areas in construction law. At this very useful program, our panel of recognized New Jersey authorities will provide a practical and strategic discussion of the current legal encounters they have faced involving the construction lien law, contract drafting in a post pandemic world, construction issues involving condominiums and community associations, electronic public bidding, litigation involving the design professional, an update on construction insurance law, and special segments on women in construction law, and ethical issues in construction mediation.

Click here for more information and registration: https://tcms.njsba.com/




CAI-NJ’s Beach Party will be held Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  This annual event will be held at Martell’s Tiki Bar, 308-310 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant, NJ  08742.

Be sure to join McGovern Legal Services and fellow industry professionals at this networking event!

Click here for more information and registration:  https://cainj.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/2022-Beach-Party-Registration.pdf

Come visit McGovern Legal Services, LLC at Booth # 709 at The Cooperator Expo New Jersey being held, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ. 

The exhibition floor will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   Property Managers and Board Members should attend this expo to learn about the latest in building services, attend informative seminars, get free advice from industry experts and network with other Property Managers and Board Members.

We hope to see you there!

For more information on the expo visit the expo site:  https://nj-expo.com/

For a link to the expo floor plan click:  https://nj-expo.com/FloorPlan.aspx

McGovern Legal Services’ attorney’s will be attending the 2022 CAI Annual Conference and Expo being held May 4th through May 7th at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  This conference is the industry’s largest event for community association managers, homeowner leaders and service providers.   There are educational seminars on topics that impact, influence and inspire your communities and business.

Click here for more information: https://www.caionline.org/Events/2022Conf/Pages/default.aspx