Law firm becomes first in Florida offering proprietary online voting software to address long-standing challenges for managed communities
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – March 22, 2016 – The law firm of Becker & Poliakoff today announced the launch of BPBALLOT, a proprietary, secure online voting software for community associations. As the only law firm in Florida providing this type of software solution, Becker & Poliakoff developed BPBALLOT under an exclusive private label following a July 2015 change in Florida law that permits association members to cast votes electronically. While the software is available to both clients and non-clients of the firm, associations which are currently on retainer with Becker & Poliakoff can obtain the product at a reduced price.
The software is expected to help solve a long-standing challenge for private residential communities: generating sufficient membership participation to obtain the required number of membership votes. Traditionally, voting on issues such as the waiver of reserves, amending the governing documents or electing the board of directors required members to vote in-person at meetings or use proxies or paper ballots. However, following the recent change in Florida law, community association members are now able to cast their votes electronically to empower more community members to participate in important membership votes and enable boards to conduct business in a more timely, efficient manner.
“BPBALLOT is emblematic of the strategic nature of Becker & Poliakoff’s partnerships with our clients. Beyond providing legal and business counsel, we work closely with our clients to identify and create innovative approaches to help overcome their obstacles and everyday problems, and maximize their opportunities,” said Kenneth Direktor, shareholder and chair of the firm’s Community Association practice.
Donna DiMaggio Berger, a shareholder in the Community Association practice at Becker & Poliakoff who spearheaded the BPBallot initiative added, “As part of our commitment as the leading community association law firm in Florida, Becker & Poliakoff is proud to become the state’s only law firm offering a proprietary voting software solution to address a long-standing issue for community associations and enable them to operate more effectively.”
More information about BPBALLOT is available at www.bpballot.com.
About Becker & Poliakoff
Becker & Poliakoff is a multi-practice, multi-state commercial law firm that provides strategic counsel to its clients, a diverse array of public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and individuals. Established in 1973, the law firm currently includes more than 150 attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals in 18 offices in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Its key practice areas include: Business Litigation; Real Estate; Community Association; Construction Law and Litigation; Government Law and Lobbying; Corporate; Customs and International Trade; and Intellectual Property & Emerging Technologies. Many of the firm’s attorneys are credentialed through industry and legal organizations, including more than 25 who are board certified as experts in their respective areas of law. For more about the firm, visit www.bplegal.com or visit www.bplegal.com/blogs.aspx to access the firm’s issue forums providing perspectives on timely legal and business issues.