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Beware Conflicts When You Hire Board Members’ Companies–Part 2

When you recruit people to serve on your HOA board, experts recommend that you look for people–like lawyers and insurance brokers–with expertise that can help you make good decisions.

Can you take that concept a step further and hire those board members or their companies when your association needs help? For example, if one of your board members is an association attorney, can you hire that board member’s firm to represent your association in a legal matter? What about hiring a board member who’s a CPA to file your association’s tax returns?

In this two-article series, we provide a rundown. In Part 1, we discussed the hoops you must go through to hire board members and their companies. Here in Part 2, we discuss whether those hoops are worth the effort.Should You Hire Board Members?

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6 Tips for Planning a Successful HOA Annual Meeting

Is your annual meeting just around the corner? Begin planning now because successful meetings don’t happen by themselves.

“I’ve seen associations do well, and I’ve seen them stumble with annual meetings,” says Robert M. DeNichilo, an attorney at DeNichilo & Lindsley LLP in Irvine, Calif., who specializes in representing community associations. “The key is preparation. Those who have a checklist and act on it tend to do well. Those who say, ‘Oh, my gosh, we have an annual meeting!’ tend to flounder.”

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6 Tips for Recruiting Future HOA Leaders

One of the main causes of burnout among active HOA board members and volunteers is the fact that they’re doing too much. But that’s often a necessity, since recruiting future leaders is a perennial challenge. “The reason you need volunteers is that you don’t have the time to do everything yourself,” says James R. McCormick, Jr., a partner at Peters & Freedman LLP in Encinitas, Calif., who represents associations.

Here, we offer six tips for identifying potential leaders in your association and techniques you can use woo those residents into becoming involved.

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