2020 Schedule of Free Educational Seminars for Board Members and Property Managers – East side

Board Education and Training
brought to you by
Zelmanski, Danner and Fioritto, PLLC
Experienced Condominium & HOA Attorneys

The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T. (Board Education and Training) program is designed to educate condominium and HOA board members regarding the vast array of legal issues that they may face in serving their associations. This program is open to any condominium/HOA board member regardless of whether their association is currently represented by the firm. Property managers are also welcome. Free of Charge!!

Continuing in 2020, attorneys from Zelmanski, Danner and Fioritto, PLLC will present a one-hour class on a different topic each month. These classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Clemens Public Library (150 Cass Ave, Mt Clemens, MI 48043).

Come join us! If you plan to attend, please contact Marsha Williams via email to reserve your spot (mwilliams@zdfattorneys.com), or call us at 734-459-0062 x224.

2020 MOUNT CLEMENS PROGRAMS • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Mount Clemens Public Library:
150 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043

Available on Facebook Live!  Visit ZDF’s Event page to attend virtually, give feedback in real-time, and have your questions answered by an attorney for free!

Wednesday, February 26 2020 –  Melissa D. Francis
Elections: How to Generate Community Interest and Create a Smooth Process

This session will explore ways to generate interest in your annual Community Association Board Elections to meet quorum and encourage new recruits.  We will also discuss managing the election process, and what to do if you don’t meet quorum.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – Stacia A. Miller
Managing Major Projects without Losing Your Mind

You’ve decided that your community needs new roads, so what’s next? This session will go over the steps for planning, getting bids, financing, and managing your major projects leading to a more successful and less stressful outcome.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – Stacia A. Miller
Effective Enforcement for Your Community

Now that you have great documents and rules and regulations that go along with them, how do you enforce all of it? This session will explore options to enforce your documents including equal enforcement, the use of fines, the property manager’s role in enforcement, and when to get your attorney involved.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020  – Gregory J. Fioritto
The ABC’s of Creating an Association’s Annual Budget
Guest Speaker: Customized Property Management

One of the most important duties of a community association Board is planning the annual budget. Learn how to plan your Association’s budget from two key perspectives – an experienced community association attorney and a veteran property manager. We will discuss the basics of how Boards should design an annual budget and the important role of including contingency and reserve funding line items. The importance of reserve studies will also be examined. Legal concerns, such as budget shortfalls, additional assessments, and the annual audit requirements of the Condominium Act will also be discussed. This session is a “can’t miss” learning opportunity for Boards looking to improve their annual budgeting and assessment procedures.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – Edward J. Zelmanski
Managing the Unexpected: How to Handle Fire, Water, and Mold Losses
Guest Speaker: Concraft

Boards do their best to manage maintenance, budget, insurance, and other administrative needs of their communities. Then, losses caused by fire, water, mold, and other unexpected occurrences can threaten to unhinge the best laid plans. This joint presentation by restoration contractor Concraft and ZDF attorney Edward Zelmanski will help community board members understand and manage the process of casualty remediation and restoration. The discussion will emphasize timeliness, efficiency, and thoroughness in responding to casualties so that you can help to get your community back on an even keel.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Shane F. Diehl
RULES? We Don’t Need Rules!

Do you ever feel like there are gaps in your Association documents?  This session will address the purpose and reason to adopt rules and regulations, what rules and regulations to consider, the process for adopting and implementing them, along with how to enforce them once they have been adopted and disseminated to members.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – Richard L. Wagner, Jr.
Working Relationships

In this session, we will explore the 3 legs of the Community Association Triangle (Board, Management and Counsel) and their roles in administering the affairs of your Community with particular focus on the role of Association Counsel. Do you need an attorney? Why? When? How? What are the Attorney’s functions or roles in working with the Board and Management? How many hats does or should the Attorney wear? Guard dog or attack dog or Both? Can we afford an Attorney? Where does the Attorney’s loyalty lie? Who do they work for?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – Gregory J. Fioritto
Association Insurance Issues – Some Things that Every Board Should Know
Guest Speaker: Sterling Insurance Group

Handling association insurance issues can be one of the most complex issues that condominium Boards face.  Having adequate knowledge of insurance policies and procedures can be the difference that saves a Board literally thousands of dollars on a casualty loss.  This session will provide an outstanding learning opportunity for Boards regarding insurance matters, directly from professionals who have decades of valuable experience with association insurance policies and casualty losses.  We will lay out the basics of association insurance coverages, such as liability, property, D & O, and workers’ compensation.  Learn the difference between “bare walls” and “single entity” insurance levels, and how to identify the coverage levels in your Bylaws.  We will also discuss key insurance exclusions that Boards should watch out for, and on the proper handling of deductibles by Association Boards.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – Richard L. Wagner, Jr.
Amending Your Condominium Documents: Preparing for Success

This session will explore the fundamentals of amending Condominium Master Deeds and Bylaws, with a focus on the most effective practices for completing a project.  Specific tips for conducting a successful project through to its conclusion will be offered, including an examination of the best ways to explain proposed changes to both Board Members and Co-owners.  We will discuss tactics, such as Co-owner surveys and informational meetings that are most likely to lead to a successful document amendment project outcome and a satisfied membership.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – Stacia A. Miller
Interviewing and Choosing your New Property Manager

Have you ever wondered what the best process is for choosing a new property manager? Whether you are self-managed or interested in a change, this session will explore how to find candidates that will be a good fit for your community, how to schedule and conduct interviews, and what to look for in a management contract.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – Mark B. Davis
The Hit List: Updates and Trends in Marijuana Law

We will delve into recent updates regarding State and Federal marijuana laws, governmental enforcement, recent case law development, and enforcement options for community associations.

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2020 Schedule of Free Educational Seminars for Board Members and Property Managers – West side

Board Education and Training
brought to you by
Zelmanski, Danner and Fioritto, PLLC
Experienced Condominium & HOA Attorneys

The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T. (Board Education and Training) program is designed to educate condominium and HOA board members regarding the vast array of legal issues that they may face in serving their associations. This program is open to any condominium/HOA board member regardless of whether their association is currently represented by the firm. Property managers are also welcome. Free of Charge!!

Continuing in 2020, attorneys from Zelmanski, Danner and Fioritto, PLLC will present to you at the new Community Association Classroom!  These classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at our Plymouth Office location (44670 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170)

Come join us! If you plan to attend, please contact attorney Melissa Francis via email to reserve your spot (mfrancis@zdfattorneys.com), or call us at 734-459-0062 x233.

The Community Association Classroom
of Zelmanski, Danner, & Fioritto, PLLC
44670 Ann Arbor Rd., Ste. 170 Plymouth, MI 48170

EACH presentation will be on Facebook Live!  Visit ZDF’s Event page to attend virtually, give feedback in real-time, and have your questions answered by an attorney for free!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – Melissa D. Francis
Elections: How to Generate Community Interest and Create a Smooth Process

This session will explore ways to generate interest in your annual Community Association Board Elections to meet quorum and encourage new recruits.  We will also discuss managing the election process, and what to do if you don’t meet quorum.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – Mark B. Davis
Managing Major Projects without Losing Your Mind

You’ve decided that your community needs new roads, so what’s next? This session will go over the steps for planning, getting bids, financing, and managing your major projects leading to a more successful and less stressful outcome.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – Lee S. Schofield
Effective Enforcement for Your Community

Now that you have great documents and rules and regulations that go along with them, how do you enforce all of it? This session will explore options to enforce your documents including equal enforcement, the use of fines, the property manager’s role in enforcement, and when to get your attorney involved.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – Gregory J. Fioritto
The ABC’s of Creating an Association’s Annual Budget
Guest Speaker: Compass Management

One of the most important duties of a community association Board is planning the annual budget. Learn how to plan your Association’s budget from two key perspectives – an experienced community association attorney and a veteran property manager. We will discuss the basics of how Boards should design an annual budget and the important role of including contingency and reserve funding line items. The importance of reserve studies will also be examined. Legal concerns, such as budget shortfalls, additional assessments, and the annual audit requirements of the Condominium Act will also be discussed. This session is a “can’t miss” learning opportunity for Boards looking to improve their annual budgeting and assessment procedures.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – Edward J. Zelmanski
Managing the Unexpected: How to Handle Fire, Water, and Mold Losses   Guest Speaker: Concraft

Boards do their best to manage maintenance, budget, insurance, and other administrative needs of their communities. Then, losses caused by fire, water, mold, and other unexpected occurrences can threaten to unhinge the best laid plans. This joint presentation by restoration contractor Concraft and ZDF attorney Edward Zelmanski will help community board members understand and manage the process of casualty remediation and restoration. The discussion will emphasize timeliness, efficiency, and thoroughness in responding to casualties so that you can help to get your community back on an even keel.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Tracy N. Danner-Bond
RULES? We Don’t Need Rules!

Do you ever feel like there are gaps in your Association documents?  This session will address the purpose and reason to adopt rules and regulations, what rules and regulations to consider, the process for adopting and implementing them, along with how to enforce them once they have been adopted and disseminated to members.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – Richard L. Wagner, Jr.
Working Relationships

In this session, we will explore the 3 legs of the Community Association Triangle (Board, Management and Counsel) and their roles in administering the affairs of your Community with particular focus on the role of Association Counsel. Do you need an attorney? Why? When? How? What are the Attorney’s functions or roles in working with the Board and Management? How many hats does or should the Attorney wear? Guard dog or attack dog or Both? Can we afford an Attorney? Where does the Attorney’s loyalty lie? Who do they work for?

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – Gregory J. Fioritto

Association Insurance Issues–Some Things that Every Board Should Know
Guest Speaker: Sterling Insurance Group

Handling association insurance issues can be one of the most complex issues that condominium Boards face.  Having adequate knowledge of insurance policies and procedures can be the difference that saves a Board literally thousands of dollars on a casualty loss.  This session will provide an outstanding learning opportunity for Boards regarding insurance matters, directly from professionals who have decades of valuable experience with association insurance policies and casualty losses.  We will lay out the basics of association insurance coverages, such as liability, property, D & O, and workers’ compensation.  Learn the difference between “bare walls” and “single entity” insurance levels, and how to identify the coverage levels in your Bylaws.  We will also discuss key insurance exclusions that Boards should watch out for, and on the proper handling of deductibles by Association Boards.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – Tracy N. Danner-Bond
Amending Your Condominium Documents: Preparing for Success

This session will explore the fundamentals of amending Condominium Master Deeds and Bylaws, with a focus on the most effective practices for completing a project.  Specific tips for conducting a successful project through to its conclusion will be offered, including an examination of the best ways to explain proposed changes to both Board Members and Co-owners.  We will discuss tactics, such as Co-owner surveys and informational meetings that are most likely to lead to a successful document amendment project outcome and a satisfied membership.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – Lee S. Schofield
Interviewing and Choosing your New Property Manager

Have you ever wondered what the best process is for choosing a new property manager? Whether you are self-managed or interested in a change, this session will explore how to find candidates that will be a good fit for your community, how to schedule and conduct interviews, and what to look for in a management contract.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 – Mark B. Davis
The Hit List: Updates and Trends in Marijuana Law

We will delve into recent updates regarding State and Federal marijuana laws, governmental enforcement, recent case law development, and enforcement options for community associations.

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Strategic Alliance Agreement Formed Between Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC and Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C.

Plymouth, MI – Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC is excited to announce its new strategic alliance agreement with Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C.  As both firms have a strong presence in the Detroit region, this announcement enhances their participation in the resurgence of Detroit, and continues to strengthen their opportunities in Plymouth, Mt. Clemens, and beyond.

The alliance between the firms provides the potential for direct collaboration between the two firms’ attorneys for the common benefit of the client.  This unique partnership will further strengthen Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC’s ability to deliver efficient, high-quality, and customized counsel on a host of complex issues such as eminent domain, zoning, real estate development and transactions.

Fraser Trebilcock, with its main office in Lansing, is well-known for its strong connections to the legislative arena.  By partnering with Fraser Trebilcock, Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC, intends to be a significant part of ongoing legislative efforts to change and improve condominium and HOA laws for the betterment of Michigan communities.

The strategic alliance agreement immediately increases the firm’s geographic footprint to more fully serve clients across the entire State of Michigan.  Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC’s attorneys can meet with clients by appointment in Fraser Trebilcock’s offices located in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Detroit, in addition to availability at the firm’s existing offices in Plymouth and Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

“We are very excited to partner with Fraser Trebilcock through our new strategic alliance, which we expect will provide concrete benefits to both firms and clients in the short-term, and a greater potential for overall growth in the long-term,” says Gregory J. Fioritto, Member of Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC.

“We are pleased to announce this strategic alliance agreement, recognizing that each firm’s expertise and experience can bring together a cumulative success for both firms,” says Michael H. Perry, President of Fraser Trebilcock.

Fraser Trebilcock is one of Michigan’s longest-established full-service law firms. Since 1883, Fraser Trebilcock has been providing preeminent legal services and representation to small and large businesses, individuals, governmental entities, and associations. Through its association with SCG Legal, Fraser Trebilcock has access to a global network of independent law firms. More information is available at fraserlawfirm.com and scglegal.com.

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West side Condo B.E.A.T

Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC Presents

The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T.
(Board Education and Training)

Do you feel you are outside of your knowledge base?

We strive to educate Condominium/HOA Communities by offering our expertise to you in the hub of our Plymouth office location in the new Community Association Classroom (CAC)

All classes held from 6:30- 8:00 PM

THE CAC WILL BE THE LOCATION FOR ALL B.E.A.T. EVENTS FORMERLY HELD AT THE Hanford Clubhouse BEGINNING OCTOBER, 2019:

Zelmanski, Danner, & Fioritto, PLLC

44670 Ann Arbor Rd., Ste 170  Plymouth, MI 48170

Please follow CAC “event” signs!

You don’t know what you don’t know.

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The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T. – Updated Schedule of Free Educational Seminars for Board Members and Property Managers West side

Board Education and Training
brought to you by
Zelmanski, Danner and Fioritto, PLLC
Experienced Condominium & HOA Attorneys

The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T. (Board Education and Training) program is designed to educate condominium and HOA board members regarding the vast array of legal issues that they may face in serving their associations. This program is open to any condominium/HOA board member regardless of whether their association is currently represented by the firm. Property managers are also welcome. Free of Charge!!

Beginning in October, attorneys from Zelmanski, Danner and Fioritto, PLLC will present to you at the new Community Association Classroom!  These classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at our Plymouth Office location (44670 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170)

Come join us! If you plan to attend, please contact attorney Melissa Francis via email to reserve your spot (mfrancis@zdfattorneys.com), or call us at 734-459-0062.

Schedule and Topics – Fall 2019

October 9– Prohibited Uses of Residential Condominium Units – Greg Fioritto, Stacia Miller

November 13– Amending Your Condominium Documents – Tracy Danner-Bond

December 11– The Hit List: Updates and Trends in Marijuana Law – Mark Davis

Another Community Service brought to you by:

Experienced Condominium and HOA Attorneyswww.zdfattorneys.com

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The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T. – Updated Schedule of Free Educational Seminars for Board Members and Property Managers East side

Board Education and Training
brought to you by
Zelmanski, Danner and Fioritto, PLLC
Experienced Condominium & HOA Attorneys

The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T. (Board Education and Training) program is designed to educate condominium and HOA board members regarding the vast array of legal issues that they may face in serving their associations. This program is open to any condominium/HOA board member regardless of whether their association is currently represented by the firm. Property managers are also welcome. Free of Charge!!

Continuing in September, attorneys from Zelmanski, Danner and Fioritto, PLLC will present a one-hour class on a different topic each month. These classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Clemens Public Library (150 Cass Ave, Mt Clemens, MI 48043).

Come join us! If you plan to attend, please contact Attorney Stacia Miller via email to reserve your spot (smiller@zdfattorneys.com), or call us at 586-465-1330.

Schedule and Topics – Fall 2019

September 25  – RULES? We Don’t Need Rules! – Stacia Miller
October 23 – Prohibited Uses of Residential Condominium Units – Stacia Miller
November 6 – Effective Board Operations: Meetings and Minutes – Shane Diehl
December 4– The Hit List: Updates and Trends in Marijuana Law – Mark Davis

Another Community Service brought to you by:

Experienced Condominium and HOA Attorneys
www.zdfattorneys.com

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The 2019 Condo & HOA B.E.A.T. (Board Education and Training) – East Side

Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC Presents

The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T.
(Board Education and Training)

2019 Schedule: East Side
All classes held from 6:30- 8:00 PM
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The 2019 Condo & HOA B.E.A.T. (Board Education and Training) – West Side

Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC Presents

The Condo & HOA B.E.A.T.
(Board Education and Training)

2019 Schedule: West Side
All classes held from 6:30- 8:00 PM
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Firm News: ZDF Attorney Melissa Francis to present at the 40th Annual Community Association Law Seminar in New Orleans – “Advanced Issues in Bankruptcy”

Attorney Mark B. Davis

We are most pleased to announce that Attorney Melissa Francis has been invited to deliver a presentation at the January 2019 Community Association Law Seminar in New Orleans. Continue reading

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MARIJUANA LAW UPDATE: ZONING OUT – MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS THAT ZONING ORDINANCE AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS PREEMPTED BY THE MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT

Attorney Mark B. Davis

In Deruiter v. Township of Byron, on July 17, 2018 (Docket No. 338972) the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a grant of a Motion for Summary Disposition in favor of a “caregiver” as defined in MCL § 333.26423. The Court held that the Defendant Township’s zoning ordinance conflicted with provisions of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) and was therefore preempted. Continue reading

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