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Q. Our condo board is now trying to fix past problems. Can you recommend a web site for beginners that offers basic lessons on bidding, checks and balances, etc?

A. Many law firms specializing in this area have useful information on their websites, including important legal updates. However, I think the best practical resource for new condo board members is “The Condominium Concept” authored by attorney Pete Dunbar. Pete practices in Tallahassee and he publishes an updated version of this book each year. I use this book as one of the course texts for my Condo and HOA law course at Ave Maria School of Law. Another option is to attend a certification class for new board members. You should take this class within 90 days of your election to the board. Many firms offer complimentary classes throughout the year.