First, take a deep breath. Second, remember that associations should seek to avoid disputes and lawsuits wherever possible through effective communications, fair dispute resolution practices, and good governance. But in our litigious American society, it is a fact of life that lawsuits are filed by, and against community associations. When the association is on theGo to Resource
This article summarizes the reasons why community associations need to have systems in place for preserving evidence.  Associations are routinely involved in disputes, claims and litigation, such as accidents, covenant enforcement, construction defects, assessment collections and contract disputes.  Recognizing this reality, associations must have internal systems and controls to preserve information, data and documents whichGo to Resource
Has your association been involved in a collection matter that went to trial?  Very few of our collection cases make it to trial, but when they do, it can be unnerving for board members and managers because it may be unfamiliar territory.  This article will address the documents that are essential in a collection trial. Go to Resource
A Deposition is one of the most useful tools employed during the litigation of a case to gather information. It is the oral testimony of a witness, usually the opposing party, which is reduced to writing for later use in court or for discovery purposes. Depositions are a vital part of the discovery process inGo to Resource
Although Discovery is a very interesting cable channel, it is also a broad all-encompassing term to describe the fact-finding process in a lawsuit. Lawyers are literally discovering facts, evidence, witnesses, and case theories utilizing a variety of discovery tools.  Without the aid of discovery tools it would be nearly impossible for lawyers to litigate civilGo to Resource