WOW Ė THINGS HAVE CERTAINLY CHANGED

By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published May 11, 2020

 

I was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1992.  In nearly 30 years, itís amazing how technology has and continues to change both my job as an attorney and yours, as officers and directors.

 

On Thursday, I was a mediator, mediating a dispute between owners and their association.  What usually takes place in several conference rooms, took place over the computer with on-line video.  All the attorneys and the parties saw and spoke with each other.  It worked perfectly.

 

In 1992, when a new Board was elected, the forms for the Secretary of State needed to be mailed in.  Now itís done instantly by computer.

 

Of course the election itself can now be done electronically, if the Board wants it that way.

 

Records requests had to be done in person Ė today many communities have websites that contain all of the associationís official records.

 

Copies of the records were always made by the association at about 25 cents per page.  Today, you can take pictures for free with your digital camera, cell phone or portable scanner.

 

If a Board member couldnít attend a meeting Ė they simply missed out.  Now they can appear through video or audio technology.

 

To be official, a proxy had to be hand delivered or mailed.  Today, a proxy can be faxed, e-mailed, sent by text.  No problem.

 

Meetings between the association and their counsel were always face to face.  Not any more.  Video conferencing has become the norm within the past two months.

 

I love teaching and certifying directors at crowded seminar locations.  Over the past two months however, I have certified close to 1,000 people over the computer.

 

Paying your assessments were done by dropping off or mailing a check to the office.  Today your bank sends it automatically.

 

Iím probably leaving out numerous other examples of how our lives in our communities have changed as a result of technology.  At first glance, all of these changes sound and seem wonderful.  They have certainly made our lives easier to some degree. So why am I not head over heels about them?   I think the answer is because we have far less personal interaction with each other than we used to.  Weíre home communicating by pressing buttons instead of speaking with each other face to face; finding out how our neighbors are doing, how their kids are doing, getting to know each other.  Unfortunately, I donít see technology slowing down and now we donít even accidentally bunk into each leaving the house to go to work because we are working at home.

 

Are you happy with how technology has changed our lives?  Are we slaves to our computers and phones?  Do you miss the interaction we at least used to have with each other?  I certainly do and hate the fact that in person interaction and communication is far less common than it used to be.  I still think itís necessary.


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About HOA & Condo Blog

Eric Glazer Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for more than 2

decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a seven attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and satellite offices in Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa.

 

Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at noon each Sunday on 850 WFTL.

   

See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.

   

He is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium residents as eligible to serve on a condominium Board of Directors and has now certified more than 10,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.


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