Robert Angyal SC writes a great series on LinkedIn about the qualities one should expect in a great mediator. This week he discusses expertise in mediating versus knowledge of the subject in dispute. Why do I gravitate toward this post in particular? Because as a non-attorney mediator aka “The … [Read more...]
The Rise of the Condominium
There was a very interesting article posted in a LinkedIn group HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION (Condo & Co-Op HOA) by an attorney involved in a flag situation in Utah that made national news. Always an interesting and compelling topic, I read the article which discussed homeowner’s versus an HOA’s rule … [Read more...]
Mediation – Looking at another’s point of view
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” (Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, 1960). How poignant this quote from a fictional lawyer and father who teaches his children in part to see life from another person’s … [Read more...]
Mediation… That’s When You’re Getting Divorced, Right?
While visiting family and friends over the holiday weekend I shared time with lovely people I hadn’t seen in quite a while. As people often do when ‘it’s been a while’ they catch up with one another and ask, “How have you been, how is business going?” A family friend came over to me and asked … [Read more...]
What Goes Around Comes Around
Football moms can be a great bunch of women to hang out with and can be brutal during game day, particularly to their opposing teams’ moms. I speak from first-hand experience at a spring league travel game double header when the mom’s from the ‘other’ team just couldn't help themselves and decided … [Read more...]
A Brief History of the HOA…Ever Wonder Where It All Began?
Depending upon your age or chosen profession, or where you grew up, curiosity or love of American history, you may or may not know of Levittown, New York. In 1947 the construction firm Levitt & Sons began building the first development of tract housing. This development occurred in response … [Read more...]
5 FAQ’s re: Mediation vs. Litigation in Less Than 60 Seconds
Quicker Process: Mediation is a scheduled conference which may last a few hours or 1 to 2 days and is much quicker than going to trial; which can take weeks or months to prepare for, prior to your case being heard. More affordable: When you use a Mediator, you avoid the fees that accompany going … [Read more...]
Passenger Means “LIVING” Person
I prefer to write articles geared toward cases involving social change, issues that are meaningful and affect our lives or the lives of others, in a positive way. I also seek to find where mediation, particularly civil mediation, would assist in resolving the issue presented or could have offered a … [Read more...]
A Nice Old Man Just Wants To Do Good Deeds
A nice old man just wants to do good deeds and feed the homeless. The only problem is that as of October 31, 2014 the City of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida enacted law restricting where “outdoor feeding sites can be located” and that those distributing food must obtain the permission of … [Read more...]
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!!
Last month I had viewed online a compelling news report regarding the Mainlands 3 Retirement Community in Tamarac, Florida. The report discussed the homeowner’s dispute with their Association Board. In a nutshell, the Board declared what I would consider ‘mutiny’ and clear nepotism upon its … [Read more...]