LITTLE ISSUES Ė HUGE LEGAL FEES

By Jan Bergemann

Published November 16, 2018

 

Attorneys love it, owners hate it: Lawsuits over little things that are normally not even worth mentioning. And it happens all the time!

Letís face it: The scare tactics of many ďspecializedĒ attorneys works perfectly well. If the attorney tells board members that they canít enforce anything if they donít go after ďsmall potatoesĒ board members often agree to file suit, even if common sense would tell them that there are easier ways to solve little problems than a law suit.

 

On the other there are still too many board members who just donít care about wasting money on frivolous lawsuits, making the mistake of thinking: Itís not my money, itís the associationís money we are spending!

No matter what: A lawsuit, no matter who initiated it, is always a losing proposition for all owners. The only real winner: The attorneys!

 

Please think twice before giving the go-ahead to the attorney for filing the lawsuit.

 

Always remember the so-called LITIGATION VORTEX: Once youíre in it, itís difficult to get out of it again without serious financial losses. Even if you realize later that this lawsuit should have never been filed, the money so far has been spent Ė and there may never be an opportunity to recover these funds that could have been used for much better purposes than buying an attorney a new Mercedes.


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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: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

   
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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