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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.