New Atlanta Area Office

Because of our growth in the Atlanta Metro area we have purchased an office in Marietta. We were up and operational at our new office on October 26.  Our new office is centrally located and will allow us to better serve all our clients.  We have consolidated our other two Atlanta Metro offices into this…

Dues Payment Options

It is that time of year again, no not the holidays, but billing season. For the convenience of our William Douglas Management homeowners we offer many different payment options. Each option is described briefly below. With the exception of the printed coupon booklets, registration for all of the options listed below can be found on…

Termites 101

We are entering the time of year when termite activity comes to the forefront because of blatant termite activity in the form of swarms.  Termites swarming from wood or the soil often are the first signs of a termite colony.  Subterranean termites are the most common, and thus the most destructive, wood-destroying insects in the…

The Efficient BOD Meeting

Board of Director’s Meetings can be a very powerful way to communicate and resolve issues. An association’s Board of Directors is confronted with an array of issues that must be resolved in a timely manner.  Thus a Board is charged with what can be the problematical task of obtaining a majority consensus from the Board…

Speaking At Your Association Annual Meetings

Whether you have spoken at one or one hundred annual meetings, speaking in front of your association is never an easy task. However, there are steps you can take to help overcome the trepidation.  If your message is coherent, informative and interesting that is 99% of the battle. Here are some key points to capture…

A Poem Lovely As A Tree

I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree. The first part of the wonderful poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer, praising the virtues of all trees.  One must realize that Joyce Kilmer did not reside within an association and, therefore, probably did not deal with the issues that arise with certain…

Committees 101        

Committees are an essential part of an association.  Committees are a way to bring association members together with similar objectives and relevant expertise who may otherwise not have a method to gather information and coordinate actions. Two of the main advantages of a committee are the broad perspectives that are brought to the group by…

Rules & Regulations 101

Questions often arise when boards of directors revise or initially draft and implement their association’s rules and regulations.  There are points to consider while going through this process.  The board of directors generally has the authority to establish reasonable rules and regulations.  While this authority is typically found in the restrictive covenants, in rare instances…

Minute Taking Quick Tips

Meeting agendas make a great outline. To improve accuracy minutes should be written as soon as possible after the meeting Written committee reports can be attached to the minutes and referred to within. Distribute minutes to board or committee members before the meeting in which they will be approved so they can be reviewed, and…

Directors & Officers Insurance

Directors and Officers liability insurance (D&O) provides coverage in the event of a lawsuit claiming some Board or individual Directors’ act or omission.  D&O insurance does not protect the association when a claim is made for personal injury or property damage as a result of negligent actions of the Board of Directors. Personal injury and…