Pat McGlone was invited to speak at NJICLE’s 2019 Community Association Law Summit, presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section and the Community Associations Institute-New Jersey Chapter.  Pat presented an overview of insurance issues that community associations should be aware of, from the purchase of insurance through the final payment of a claim.

Francis J. McGovern will be a presenter at the program, “Fundamentals of Community Association Law”, presented in cooperation with NJSBA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section and the New Jersey Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

Community associations constantly confront a broad spectrum of issues in managing the affairs of the residents of condominiums and other planned communities.  There is no shortage of problems and concerns arising from common interest ownership due to the mandatory membership of owners in associations, governance by an elected board, shared amenities and services, and the obligation to follow rules and regulations and to pay common expense assessments.  The tools to resolve the legal issues faced by these associations span several legal practice areas– business, real estate, litigation, environmental, bankruptcy, collections, administrative law, to name just a few.

In this program (which has been brought back due to popular demand), a highly experienced panel of community association law experts will introduce the fundamentals of community association law, and give a foundation and resources to deal with issues confronted by associations, their governing boards, owners, and other professionals, such as managing agents, accountants, and engineers.

In April 2019, Governor Murphy signed Assembly Bill A5002/Senate Bill S3414 into law.  This new law extends an Association’s six-month assessment lien priority over mortgages to HOAs.  Most of you know that previously only Condominium Associations enjoyed this six-month assessment lien priority (the provisions of this law do not apply to Cooperatives).

Despite some internally conflicting language, this new law also seems to make the six-month per year priority cumulative for five years.  Theoretically, if an Association records a new lien every year for five years, thirty months of assessments will have priority over the mortgage.

Associations must keep in mind that, although liens protect Associations in bankruptcy and lien priority protects some assessments in case of foreclosure, liens are passive tools that often do not get the debtors paying again.

At McGovern Legal we negotiate payment plans and use Money Judgments, Wage Executions, Bank Levies, Rent Levies, Rent Receivers, Quit Claim Deeds, Foreclosure Actions and other tools to get the assessments, “the lifeblood of the Association” flowing again.

Thank you to CAI-NJ’s Legislative Action Committee for its work on legislation impacting Associations.

The 2018 CAI-NJ Conference and Expo was held on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The theme of the event this year was 40 Years of Primetime with CAI-NJ CAI-LAND. McGovern Legal Services participated with a prize-winning “All in the Family” themed booth with props and an authentic display of 40 years of primetime tv. Many attendees stopped by to take a rest on our sofa to watch an episode of one of television’s most popular sitcoms. The Conference and Expo was a great success with exhibitors, board members, and managers in attendance networking while enjoying great food and creative booth displays. McGovern Legal Services would like to thank everyone who visited our booths.

Attorneys from McGovern Legal Services shared their knowledge of the issues facing associations today such as construction defects, litigation, collections, transition, and more. We counsel association boards to seek out common sense solutions to these issues.

McGovern Legal Services was proud to be an exhibitor at the 2018 NJ Cooperator Expo held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  Our lawyers were happy to speak with property managers and board members throughout the day discussing issues that impact homeowner, condominium and cooperative associations.  Fran McGovern also enjoyed being part of the panel (with Colleen Moore and Denise Becker) discussing board liability.  The attendees had great questions and it was an informative session for all.

It was a successful event and we look forward to participating at next year’s NJ Cooperator Expo being held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center on May 15, 2019.

On April 30, 2018, Fran McGovern gave a presentation to the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Association (NJEPA) at the 20th Annual NJEPA Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.

Fran’s presentation focused on drones and the law and was attended by first responders which included police officers and correction officers.

The purpose of this organization is to provide education and training by hosting an annual New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference for all persons and agencies involved in the emergency management field.

The annual conference provides training, coordination, and promotes the development of public & private partnerships in planning, response, recovery and mitigation in all types of emergencies.

The 2017 CAI-NJ Conference and Expo was held on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 and McGovern Legal Services would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth. With over 300 exhibitors, board members, and managers in attendance enjoying great food and beverages while displaying their expertise and networking with vendors, the 2017 CAI-NJ Conference and Expo was a major success.

Fran McGovern was a key presenter at this year’s CAI-NJ Conference and Expo, as he spoke in front of managers and association board members about the importance of amending their associations governing documents. A critical issue that condominium associations, homeowner associations, and co-op communities tend to overlook. With continuous change in association communities, laws, and the insurance industry, Fran expressed key reasons there should be annual modifications to each condominium and homeowner’s association’s governing documents.

Solution-minded advocacy is our motto and association law is what we do. Throughout the CAI-NJ Conference and Expo board members and property managers stopped by to gain insight from our attorneys regarding different issues such as construction defect, litigation, association collections, and transition. Our attorneys were happy to meet all board members and property managers who stopped by our booth and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

McGovern Legal Services was a Hole Sponsor at CAI-PADELVAL Golf Outing. The annual outing was a fun-filled event featuring championship greens, networking, open bar, awards, and much more. Homeowner’s association, condominium association, and co-op property managers, were of the many golfers to stop by our hole on the humid day to enjoy some of our Rita’s Italian Ice. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by our hole and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

McGovern Legal Service’s Damon M. Kress, Esq. will be a panelist at the 2017 CAI-NJ Legal Forum, discussing legal issues impacting community associations.

Damon M. Kress, Esq. has a strong background and expertise in contruction litigation, bankruptcy law, and trial and appellate advocacy. As a panelist Damon will be looking to give those in attendence his nearly twenty years of knowledge and insight on community association law.

For those serving community associations, there are many questions for legal counsel than there are answers. Property managers, board members, lawyers and other community association professionals are invited to join in on the discussion at this program. This program will be interactive and CAI would like for all attending to email any questions regarding community associations to or bring them with you to the program.