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Location, Location, Location – It Really Does Matter

Last week, as I was nearing my exit on the drive home, my car stopped working. I managed to cruise along to a safe location with a wide, grassy verge – a better location for the tow truck - called my insurance company, and popped open a bottle of water. My insurance needed to know where I was. No problem, I was at the corner of Worthington and Beech, directly south-west of the 161 off-ramp. Everybody in the area knows where that is; my insurance company isn’t from the area, so they needed some more information.   Turns out, I was still...

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How Should an HOA Board Run a Board Meeting?

As volunteers for your community Association, or not-for-profit organization, the Board members devote countless hours of their free to handling Association issues and ensure the Association runs properly.  Not only are board members charged with choosing vendors and ensuring that the common elements are maintained, but they are required to keep proper corporate records, which include meeting minutes for any board meeting or association meeting.   Some common questions we receive from Board Members:   Q: If we are just volunteer board members, do we still have to keep formal meeting minutes for the board meetings?  If so, what should the minutes include?   A: Yes. ...

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What’s In A Deed?

Did you know there are different types of deeds?  And the type of deed you grant to someone affects your obligations to him in the future?  And the type of deed you receive as a grantee dictates what you actually receive in the deed?  Depending on the type of deed you hold for your property, the prior owner may or may not have made you promises regarding the title to your property – including whether he actually even owned it when he deeded it to you.  If you have an issue with your property’s title in the future, the promises made in your deed may help you or hurt you down the road.    So, what...

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