New Webinar on Special Assessments; How to Avoid Them When Possible, and Pass Them When Needed

Upcoming Event: An Exclusive Webinar With Practical Tips for HOA and Condo Boards

Special Assessments:
How to Avoid Them When Possible, and Pass Them When Needed

Thursday, June 26, 2014
2-3 p.m. Eastern Members save $30!
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“Special assessment.” They may be the two most dreaded words in the minds of HOA owners. Just the mention of “a special” can infuriate homeowners and give HOA board members heartburn.

The term doesn’t have to provoke such negative reactions. When used sparingly, wisely, and successfully, special assessments can strengthen a community and build respect for a condo or HOA board that honors its fiduciary duty.

Join us for an in-depth webinar on June 26 led by two community association attorneys with extensive experience advising associations on the benefits and pitfalls of special assessments. You’ll walk away with concrete information to help you avoid unnecessary special assessments and, when special assessments can’t be avoided, to get them passed with the minimum of rancor.

You’ll learn:

  • The factors you should always consider when determining if it’s appropriate to propose a special assessment
  • The types of projects that should never be funded by a special assessment and the types of projects that are a good fit
  • The alternatives to special assessments—including securing an association loan and contractor financing; when you should pursue them and when you should avoid them
  • How to avoid the trap of chronically under-assessing owners and relying on specials for every major expense
  • How to create a plan to get your special assessment passed
  • The most common causes for special assessment vote failures, even when owners know the project is necessary—and how you can avoid them
  • Steps to take if your special assessment vote fails, including a post-vote debriefing of where the process went wrong and how to decide whether and how to try again
  • Tips to plan better overall so your HOA relies less on special assessments
  • And much more!

In just 60 minutes, you’ll gain practical, valuable tools you can implement now to begin building a better approach to special assessments. Register now for this informative event for community association board members.

Can’t attend on June 26? Order the recording. You and the rest of your board can listen to the on-demand webinar at your convenience.

About Your Speakers
Kevin L. Britt, Esq. Kevin L. Britt grew up in Houston and received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He has focused his Seattle-based legal practice on condominium and homeowners associations in Washington state since 2005. His business mission is to help association clients solve their problems and improve their communities.
Elizabeth White Elizabeth White is a shareholder at the law firm of LeClairRyan in Williamsburg, Va., where she leads the firm’s national community association industry team. Widely regarded as a thought leader in this industry, White is a frequent speaker at CAI events on topics relating to community association law and is a regular contributor to such publications as She teaches a class on community association law at William and Mary Law School, which is the only one of its kind in Virginia and one of only a handful nationwide. White has been named one of the best lawyers in America.

How Do Webinars Work?

A webinar is remarkably cost-effective and convenient. You participate from your home or office, using a regular telephone and a computer with an Internet connection. You have no travel costs, hassle, or commute time.

Plus, for one low price, you can get as many people on your condo or HOA board to participate as you can fit around a speakerphone and a computer screen.

Because the conference is live, you can ask the speakers questions – either on the phone or via the webinar interface.

You will receive access instructions via e-mail several days before the event. You don’t need any additional materials before the webinar starts. Your conference materials will be available for you to view, print, and download when you log in to participate in the event.

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