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Being on your co-op or condo board carries a lot of responsibility, liability, and, let's face it, headaches.

On Legal Talk, you'll meet New York's leading co-op and condo attorneys, who will offer advice and guidance for some of the peskiest problems facing boards today.

When a Board Overthrow Fails

Sponsored by the law firm of Gallet Dreyer & Berkey

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May 16, 2012 — On today’s episode, co-op shareholders rise up against their board and try to have three members removed. But the effort fails, and the victorious board members then vote to have the co-op reimburse them for all the legal fees they racked up while fending off the challenge. Our question, from a fellow member of that co-op’s board, is simple: can they do that?

Our attorney panel takes on this question from all the angles, looking at the legal procedures for removing board members with a recall petition and special meeting, the differences between having board members removed with cause and without cause, when embattled board members are entitled to be indemnified by the co-op or condo for their legal fees, and the ramifications of board members’ voting in their own self-interest. On the panel this week are Marc Luxemburg of Gallet Dreyer & Berkey and Adam Leitman Bailey of Adam Leitman Bailey P.C.

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Marc Luxemburg

Marc Luxemburg

Partner

Gallet Dreyer & Berkey

Canine Crackdown

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May 2, 2012 — New year, new podcast series! On today's episode, a co-op board grapples with an unauthorized dog owner who is undeterred by fines, and our attorney panel discusses the complexities of enforcing a no-pets rule in a co-op or condo, and the various ways pet owners try to get around those rules.

What's the process for taking the resident to court? When does the board forfeit its right to enforce the rule? What if the owner produces a doctor's note saying the dog is a medical necessity? What if there are competing complaints from shareholders? These questions and more will be answered by our expert panel, which includes Dale Degenshein of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and solo practitioner Arthur Weinstein.

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What Not to E-mail with Fred Dobro

Sponsored by the Law Offices of Gallet Dreyer & Berkey and Ganfer & Shore

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Fred Dobro, a board president in Brooklyn, wonders what kind of e-mail discussion is okay, and what’s not – in this week's podcast. 

Twice a month, we invite a New York co-op or condo board director to ask a legal question, and we host a panel of attorneys who address it. This episode, our panel includes: 
Marc Luxemburg, Gallet Dreyer & Berkey (formerly of Snow Becker Krauss)
Matthew J. Leeds, Ganfer & Shore 

A note to our listeners: the Habitat podcast will be going on hiatus after this episode.

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Marc Luxemburg

Marc Luxemburg

Partner

Gallet Dreyer & Berkey

Matthew J. Leeds

Matthew J. Leeds

Partner

Ganfer & Shore

Bulk Sales Agreements with William Clarke

Sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard Klein and Rosen Livingston & Cholst

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William Clarke, president of a 111-unit condo in Brooklyn, asks if the condo association can review the bulk sales contract made between the original sponsor and two successor sponsors so they can determine what is owed them – in this week's podcast. 

Twice a month, we invite a New York co-op or condo board director to ask a legal question, and we host a panel of attorneys who address it. This episode, our panel includes: 
James W. Glatthaar, Bleakley Platt & Schmidt
Bruce A. Cholst, Rosen Livingston & Cholst
Richard Klein, Law Offices of Richard Klein

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Bruce A. Cholst

Bruce A. Cholst

Partner

Rosen Livingston & Cholst

Richard Klein

Richard Klein

Attorney

The Law Offices of Richard Klein

Contractor Overcharges with Reynold Weidenaar

Sponsored by the law firms of Braverman & Associates and Stark & Stark

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Twice a month, we invite a New York co-op or condo board director to ask a legal question, and we host a panel of attorneys who address it. This time, Reynold Weidenaar, a board treasurer from Manhattan, is facing a contractor overcharge problem.

This episode, our panel includes:
Robert J. Braverman, Braverman & Associates
Stephen M. Lasser, formerly of Stark and Stark
Marcie Waterman Murray, Tane Waterman & Wurtzel 

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Sponsored By:

Condominiums, Co-operatives and Homeowners Associations Group

Condominiums, Co-operatives and Homeowners Associations Group

Stark and Stark

Robert J. Braverman

Robert J. Braverman

Partner

Braverman & Associates

Board Confidentiality

Sponsored by the law firms of Gallet Dreyer & Berkey and Smith, Buss & Jacobs

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Twice a month, we invite a New York co-op or condo board director to ask a legal question, and we host a panel of attorneys who address it. This time, a former board president from Brooklyn, who wishes to remain anonymous, is facing a confidentiality problem involving a board election.

This episode, our panel of attorneys includes: 
David L. Berkey, Gallet Dreyer & Berkey
Kenneth R. Jacobs, Smith, Buss & Jacobs

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David L. Berkey

David L. Berkey

Partner

Gallet Dreyer & Berkey

Kenneth R. Jacobs

Kenneth R. Jacobs

Partner

Smith, Buss & Jacobs

Conversion Completion with Paul Hachmeyer

Sponsored by the law firms of Seyfarth Shaw and Turek Roth Mester

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Twice a month, we invite a New York co-op or condo board director to ask a legal question, and we host a panel of attorneys who address it. This time, Paul Hachmeyer, a board treasurer of an 86-unit co-op in Brooklyn, wonders if they can do anything to force their sponsor to complete the co-op conversion that was started in 1986. The sponsor still owns 31 apartments.

This episode, our panel of attorneys includes: 
Dennis H. Greenstein, Seyfarth Shaw
Stuart M. Saft, Dewey & LeBoeuf
Allen M. Turek, Turek Roth Mester 

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Allen M. Turek

Allen M. Turek

Partner

Turek Roth Mester

Dennis H. Greenstein

Dennis H. Greenstein

Partner

Seyfarth Shaw

A Financial Mess After Death with Carmen Kolodzey

Sponsored by Phillips Nizer, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, and Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz

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Twice a month, we invite a New York co-op or condo board director to ask a legal question, and we host a panel of attorneys who address it. This time, Carmen Kolodzey, a board president In Brooklyn, is dealing with a financial mess, including foreclosure, left by an owner who died.

This episode, our panel of attorneys includes: 
Steven Troup, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
Marc A. Landis, Phillips Nizer 
Maria Beltrani, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz 

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Marc A. Landis

Marc A. Landis

Partner

Phillips Nizer

Maria Beltrani

Maria Beltrani

Partner

Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz

Steven Troup

Steven Troup

Partner

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

Pets with Bruce Meyers

Sponsored by Racht & Taffae and Norris McLaughlin & Marcus

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Twice a month, we invite a New York co-op or condo board director to ask a legal question, and we host a panel of attorneys who address it. This time, Bruce Meyers, a board director at a 34-unit co-op in Manhattan, asks how to deal with a cat who is defecating in a public space.

This episode, our panel of attorneys includes: 
Dean M. Roberts, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus
Theresa Racht, Racht & Taffae 

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Sponsored By:

Dean M. Roberts

Dean M. Roberts

Partner

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus

Theresa Racht

Theresa Racht

Partner

Racht & Taffae

Duplicate Keys with Andy Cho

Sponsored by Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin

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Twice a month, we invite a New York co-op or condo board director to ask a legal question, and we host a panel of attorneys who address it. This time, Andy Cho, board president of a 130-unit co-op in Manhattan, reports his co-op is considering a lockbox to hold coded keys from owners. He wonders if a waiver is necessary to protect the building in the event a key is lost or stolen, and something happens to the apartment?

This episode, our panel of attorneys includes:
Michael T. Manzi, Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin
John J. LaGumina, The LaGumina Law Firm

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Sponsored By:

Michael T. Manzi

Michael T. Manzi

Partner

Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin

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