By Jan Bergemann        

Published August 17, 2018


In this country it doesn’t really matter if somebody makes you any verbal promises sealed by a hand-shake, signs documents promising to do certain things or even gives you a contract with five copies, signed and even sealed by a notary public.


It sure doesn’t protect you from facing a lawsuit, if the other side doesn’t like the promises made any longer – or just changes its mind.


In this country where – according to statistics the only one in the world – we have more attorneys than medical doctors, there will always be an attorney willing to challenge any promises, made verbal or in writing.


When I grew up, a hand-shake was much better than a contract – and people felt obligated to honor this hand-shake.


Nowadays not even a signed and sealed contract may hold up in court.


No matter if promises were made verbal or in writing, one can only pray that the other side is willing to keep his/her promise.


In former times the saying went: “A Man Is Only As Good As His Word!”

I still believe that this saying is true. But how many people still remember that saying?

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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website:

Educational Website:

We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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