Mulcahy Law Firm's Fall 2017 Community Association Classes

AUGUST


City of Chandler HOA Academy:
8/24- 12:30- 2:30 p.m.- Help...We Never Get Anything Done on Our Board!!! And How to Be a Leader in Your Association.
Does your board spend a majority of their time "firefighting" maintenance issues and dealing with angry or litigious homeowners rather than spending their valuable time thinking about strategic long-term planning for the association, funding reserves and important/urgent problems with difficult solutions? If so, this is the class for you! We will teach you and your board how to prioritize your to-do list by using the “Eisenhower Method”. This class will also focus on how to be a good leader in your association.

Copper Room, Downtown Public Library- 22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225

To R.S.V.P., please contact the City of Chandler at (480) 782-4300 or visit http://www.chandleraz.gov/neighborhoods


Phoenix Neighborhood College:
8/24- 5:00- 6:30 p.m.- 2017 Legislative Update and Amending Association Documents
Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C., in conjunction with the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services, would like to invite you to our 2017 Legislative Update Seminar and free Q&A on the new laws pertaining to community associations. A Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. community association attorney will explain and remove the confusion from each of the community association bills passed in the most recent legislative session. The steps required of your association to reach compliance will be spelled out. We will also teach you the easy 5-step process for amending association documents.

Phoenix Center for the Arts- Theater Room- 1202 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

To R.S.V.P., please contact the City of Phoenix at (602) 534-4444


SEPTEMBER

City of Chandler HOA Academy:
9/7- 5:30- 7:30 p.m.- Community Association Dispute Resolution 101
Does your board or do your owners know how to effectively negotiate when a dispute arises in your association? This class will give board members and owners effective tools to negotiate disputes! If negotiation efforts fail, what other legal remedies do owners and associations have to help resolve disputes? This class will define and show how to effectively use mediation, arbitration, administrative law proceedings and litigation to resolve disputes in your association.

The class will be taught by a seasoned community association attorney and with professors and students from Arizona Summit Law School. There will be interesting and fun simulations to help participants to use negotiation skills to resolve disputes.

Environmental Education Center- 4050 E Chandler Heights, Chandler, AZ 85249

To R.S.V.P., please contact the City of Chandler at (480) 782-4300 or visit http://www.chandleraz.gov/neighborhoods

Glendale HOA Academy:
9/26- 1:00- 2:30 p.m.- How Technology Can Help Your Association, New Technology Solutions For Self-Management
Technology is an important a part of our day to day lives. There are increasingly more technological advances available to community associations. The Arizona legislature has included the use of technology into new state laws. Online voting, association websites, online payments and virtual meetings have been created to make information, communication and accessibility easier for the association membership and board of directors.

Glendale Adult Center- 5970 W Brown St, Room #116, Glendale, AZ 85302

To R.S.V.P., please visit their website http://www.glendaleaz.com/neighborhoodservices/hoaacademy.cfm or contact the City of Glendale at (623) 930-2820 and reference code 474099-07.

City of Chandler HOA Academy:
9/26- 5:30- 7:30 p.m.- Community Association Finances 101
Calling all board members who want to better understand Association finances! The class will discuss the 2018 budget process, preparation of the 2018 budget and how to handle deviations in the budget. Second, this class will give the 4-1-1 on how to read and understand an association’s financial statement. Finally, this class will also identify steps and actions that board members can take to prevent theft and fraud of association funds including what misappropriation of funds looks like, what are perceived opportunities, warning signs, working with the management company and a list of accounting and financial controls that the association should have in place.

Copper Room, Downtown Public Library- 22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225

To R.S.V.P., please contact the City of Chandler at (480) 782-4300 or visit http://www.chandleraz.gov/neighborhoods


OCTOBER


Tempe HOA Academy:
10/4- 1:00- 2:30 p.m.- Topics tbd


City of Chandler HOA Academy:
10/10- 1:00- 2:30 p.m.- Everything About Pets! You have Questions…We have answers!
This class will cover the following topics:
• How to best handle barking dogs;
• Liability for an association when there is a dog bite, dangerous dog breeds in your association, or some want to establish a dog run on common areas
• How to create legal pet rules that work
• How to best handle chickens, pot-bellied pigs and goats
• Service Animals
• Using Doggie DNA to determine which dogs waste has not been cleaned up
• Limits on number of pets and weight of pets

Copper Room, Downtown Public Library- 22 S Delaware St, Chandler, AZ 85225

To R.S.V.P., please contact the City of Chandler at (480) 782-4300 or visit http://www.chandleraz.gov/neighborhoods


Glendale HOA Academy:
10/10- 5:00- 6:30 p.m.- HOA Case Studies, what went right, what went wrong...the good, bad and the ugly and How to Deal With the Media
This class will give an overview of the most important reported legal cases in Arizona history regarding community associations. Interesting facts from the cases and analysis of what the cases mean for board members and owners will be discussed. This class will also discuss what boards can and should do if an owner is threatening or actually files a lawsuit against the association and board. Also, we will cover what an association should do when contacted by the media regarding a challenging homeowner or situation within the association? We will give you tips on how to best handle this sticky situation!

Glendale Adult Center- 5970 W Brown St, Room #116, Glendale, AZ 85302

To R.S.V.P., please visit their website http://www.glendaleaz.com/neighborhoodservices/hoaacademy.cfm or contact the City of Glendale at (623) 930-2820 and reference code 474099-07.



Scottsdale Neighborhood College
10/12- 1:00- 2:30 p.m.- Legislative Update/ The Top 10 Things You Should Know About Community Association Law
A Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. community association attorney will explain and remove the confusion from each of the community association bills passed in the most recent legislative session. The steps required of your association to reach compliance will be spelled out. We will then move into the top 10 things that get boards into trouble, spending time on Arizona’s Open Meeting law, foreclosure and bankruptcy, association fines and penalties, inspection of books and records by association members plus 6 other areas that are commonly mishandled by the board of directors.

Mustang Library: 10101 N 90th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Register here: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/citizen-service/college


Scottsdale Neighborhood College
10/19- 1:00- 2:30 p.m.- Amending your CCRs
Do your association’s CC&Rs and bylaws contain unclear or contradictory language; developer language long after the developer is gone and/or provisions that conflict with Arizona and federal law? If you answered yes to one of these questions, your association’s documents may need to be amended. This class will teach an easy to follow 5-step process for amending association documents.

Mustang Library: 10101 N 90th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Register here: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/citizen-service/college


Glendale HOA Academy:
10/24- 1:00- 2:30 p.m.- Best Practices (Eisenhower Method)
Does your board spend a majority of their time "firefighting" maintenance issues and dealing with angry or litigious homeowners rather than spending their valuable time thinking about strategic long-term planning for the association, funding reserves and important/urgent problems with difficult solutions? If so, this is the class for you! We will teach you and your board how to prioritize your to-do list by using the “Eisenhower Method”.

Glendale Adult Center- 5970 W Brown St, Room #116, Glendale, AZ 85302

To R.S.V.P., please visit their website http://www.glendaleaz.com/neighborhoodservices/hoaacademy.cfm or contact the City of Glendale at (623) 930-2820 and reference code 474099-07.


Surprise HOA Academy:
10/30- 6:00- 8:30 p.m.- Fiduciary Duties of Board Members, Tips Regarding Enforcement of Association Documents and How to Accomplish Goals and Get Things Done on Your Board
Association board members have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the association when making decisions pertaining to the association. This class will give an overview of the legal duties of the board of directors including their roles/responsibilities and fiduciary duties to the association. We will also discuss tips on how to enforce an association’s documents against non-complying owners and legal remedies that can be used in these situations (such as demand letter, fines and/or a lawsuit). Finally, we will give an overview of how to prioritize your to-do list by using the “Eisenhower Method” to help you and your board get things done.

Public Safety Building (auditorium) 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Surprise 85375

To R.S.V.P., please contact Ruby Sitea with the City of Surprise at Ruby.Sitea@surpriseaz.gov or (623) 222-3242.


NOVEMBER

Tempe HOA Academy:
11/2- 5:00- 6:30 p.m.- Topics tbd

Mesa HOA Academy:
11/7- 1:00- 2:30 p.m.- Going Green and Sustainability/ Drought Issues, How to Effectively Deal with a Bully in the Community and Free Legal Q&A

Not only is “going green” good for the environment, but it may help your Association reduce costs. This class will discuss solar panels and easy ways for your Association to “go green,” with a focus on drought issues. Changes to your Association’s landscaping, including turf and/or desert landscaping can help with water conservation and drought issues. Further, we will discuss whether changing the landscaping in your community requires member approval. This class will also teach you all you need to know about dealing with a bully in your community association.

Dobson Ranch- 2719 S Reyes, Mesa, AZ 85202

To R.S.V.P., please contact Yvonne Barron with Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. at ybarron@mulcahylaw.net.


SW Valley HOA Summit:
11/7- 6:00- 8:00 p.m.- Qualities of an A+ Community Manager

A quick reference listing the qualities of a community manager that does the “right” things.

To R.S.V.P., please contact Yvonne Barron with Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C. at ybarron@mulcahylaw.net.

Phoenix Neighborhood College:
11/16- 5:00- 6:30 p.m.- What is a Community Association, Board Member Roles and Responsibilities and Board Meetings
Your community association is a business, a nonprofit corporation governed by the declaration of CC&Rs, articles of incorporation and by-laws. This overview will define HOAs, the governing documents, organizational structure and rights and responsibilities of the board of directors and homeowners. Participants will also learn what boards should do to assure that the association’s business is conducted in an efficient and professional manner. The legal duties of the board of directors including roles and responsibilities, fiduciary duty will be covered. This class will also teach attendees the proper planning, agenda preparation and procedure for conducting meetings in order to conduct a board meeting in ONE HOUR!

Washington Activity Center Multipurpose Room, 2240 W. Citrus Way, Phoenix, AZ 85015
To R.S.V.P., please contact the City of Phoenix at (602) 534-4444