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Cutting Legal Costs by Utilizing Management for Specific Tasks

Habitat (Dec. 18, 2012)

By Tom Soter

Copyright 2012 The Carol Group


 

    Money is tight. Lawyers are expensive. Can you cut costs without cutting essential services? That's the question condo and co-op boards may be asking as they face the beginning of a new fiscal year. Many boards regard legal charges as a big cost that must be reduced. Yet is such cutting wise? ...

"Managing legal costs is not simply a matter of cutting costs to the lowest possible level," says John W. Toothman, president of The Devil's Advocate, a Virginia-based firm that has advised housing associations all around the country (including in New York) on ways to lower legal costs. "There are better ways to keep fees down."...

Toothman, of the Devil's Advocate, [explains that boards] should be able to tell when a lawyer is being too picky. He cites a recent case in Florida where attorneys are insisting that cooperative and condominium association boards consult with lawyers for every little thing.

"The theory is that when reading your own bylaws, you have to have a lawyer interpret what it means to have a quorum, which is absurd," says Toothman, a lawyer himself. "There are some issues that are clear in your rules; you don't need a lawyer for everything."

 

   


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