We are pleased to announce the following developments at our firm:
The transition process from declarant to homeowner control can be a stressful time for an association. However, having a better understanding of the overall process can help alleviate some of the stress and allow for a successful transition. There are responsibilities the board has and should be aware of so that the transition process can run more smoothly and effectively.
Steven L. Sugarman, Esq. was interviewed by AssociationHelpNow™ about the process, and what all stakeholders can do to ensure a smooth transition. Read the interview.
Steven L. Sugarman, Esquire, founding principal of the law firm, Steven L. Sugarman & Associates, has been recognized as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" for the eleventh consecutive year and featured in the June '17 issue of Philadelphia magazine. "Super Lawyers" are chosen by their peers and only 5% of all Pennsylvania lawyers receive this honor each year.
A member of the prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers and a past and current Chairman of the Community Associations Institute's Legislation Action Committee in Pennsylvania, Mr. Sugarman continues to be in the forefront in developing statutory and decisional law in the field of condominium and homeowner association law throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to appearing before our courts and legislature as an expert in the field of community association law, Mr. Sugarman developed and teaches the course, "Condominium and Homeowner Association Law" as an adjunct professor at Villanova Law School. Mr. Sugarman is a graduate of Cornell University and the Temple University School of Law.
We are pleased to report that on November 4, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf approved and signed Senate Bill 1282 into law as Act 162. A copy of Senate Bill 1282 is attached, and the Act will become effective on January 3, 2017. After this effective date, community associations in Pennsylvania will no longer have to incur excessive fees upon recording amendments to their declarations.
STEVEN L. SUGARMAN, founding principal of the Berwyn law firm, Steven L. Sugarman & Associates, recently presented testimony before the House Urban Affairs Committee of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly in connection with House Bill 1101 and Senate Bill 1282. Those bills seek to eliminate exorbitant Recorder of Deeds’ fees relating to the recordation of amendments to declarations for condominiums and homeowner association. Please see the Article attached for more information.
On April 21, 2015, Mr. Sugarman appeared before the Senate and House Urban Affairs Committees in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for a joint informational meeting and presentation on Community Associations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee of the Community Associations Institute, which Mr. Sugarman currently chairs, worked with the Senate and House Committees to organize the educational event for the Legislators and their staff.