AGA Attorney Richard B. Linderman responds to HOA Questions

Posted on March 30th, 2016

AGA Community Association Practice Group Partner, Richard B. Linderman recently responded to a question about when boards can require a 100% member vote to amend or repeal a covenant from a Homeowner’s Association Board Member or Manager which was featured in the “National HOA Questions and Answers” Column of Pennsylvania Association Help Now Newspaper.

Mr. Linderman noted that generally, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the declaration of covenant require either a two-thirds or 80% vote to amend.  Mr. Linderman noted that, from an operational standpoint, a 100% vote requirement would be impractical as it would give any member absolute veto power.

Mr. Linderman has successfully represented community associations in numerous litigations, including the defense of executive boards, complex construction suits, and statutory compliance related matters. He is a frequent lecturer to homeowners, property managers, and industry professionals on topics relating to community associations, corporate governance, bankruptcy and assessment collections.  Mr. Linderman can be reached directly at 609-557-1032 or via email at

Peers recognize quality work of AGA Attorneys

Posted on March 22nd, 2016

Four AGA lawyers have been named to the 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers list and two AGA lawyers have been named to the 2016 New Jersey Rising Stars List.*

The AGA 2016 Super Lawyers are:

  • Allison Ansell Ryan, a partner with the firm and Chair of the AGA Family Law Department, has been named as a Family Law Super Lawyer for the past decade.
  • Mitchell J. Ansell, a partner with the firm and Chair of the AGA Criminal Defense Department, has been named as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense for over a decade.
  • Robert A. Honecker, Jr., a partner with the firm and member of the Criminal Defense Department, has been named as a Criminal Defense Super Lawyer numerous times.
  • Mark M. Wiechnik, a partner with the firm and a member of AGA’s Community Association Practice Group, has previously been named a New Jersey Rising Star in Construction Litigation and this year has been named a Super Lawyer in the same practice area.

The AGA 2016 Rising Stars are:

  • Jay B. Feldman, an associate with the firm and a member of AGA’s Litigation and Bankruptcy Departments, has been a Rising Star in the Bankruptcy: Business practice area for two years.
  • Richard B. Linderman, a partner with the firm and a member of AGA’s Community Association Practice Group, has been named a Rising Star for the past seven years in the Real Estate practice area.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Michael V. Benedetto, Managing Partner of AGA, stated, “We are proud of our attorneys who achieved this honor from Super Lawyers. It is a special honor to have received the recognition from peers.”

For more than 85 years, AGA has grown to represent clients throughout the tristate area via offices in Ocean, New Jersey, Woodland Park, New Jersey, White Plains, New York, Princeton, New Jersey, and Newtown, Pennsylvania. AGA attorneys are dedicated to providing excellent legal representation by providing zealous advocacy and skilled legal advice to our diverse clientele. AGA attorneys all practice with a common philosophy, Commitment to Excellence and Commitment to People.

For more information on AGA, please contact Michael V. Benedetto, Esquire at 732-643-5216 or via email at


*No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey or the American Bar Association. Any reference to Super Lawyers or Rising Stars is not intended to suggest that our attorneys are superior to other attorneys.

The above is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Transmission of the materials and information contained herein is not intended to create, and receipt thereof does not constitute formation of, an attorney-client relationship.

Patterson participating on panel for Hudson Valley CAI

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

Stacey Patterson, Counsel in Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Community Association Practice group, will be a panel speaker at the Hudson Valley Chapter of Community Associations Institute’s Managers Lunch on March 16 at Cosimo’s On Union, New Windsor, New York.

David Spector, Senior Vice President with Extell Management Services Inc., a company that manages the most highly-valued residential building in New York City — One57, will be the special guest speaker.

The lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the first half hour reserved for networking.

There is no charge for this event, however registration is limited to managers and HV-CAI sponsors only.

AGA named 2016 Clara Barton Corporate Humanitarian of the Year

Posted on February 11th, 2016


Ocean, New Jersey – The Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross has selected Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC (“AGA”) to receive the prestigious 2016 Clara Barton Corporate Humanitarian of the Year Award. AGA will receive the award at the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter’s 33rd Annual Gala at the Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale, New Jersey on March 19.

“We are honored and humbled to receive such an important award,” Michael V. Benedetto, managing partner of the firm, said. “AGA enjoys supporting the community and partnering with many organizations, including the American Red Cross, that benefit people throughout the state of New Jersey and beyond.”

Ms. Randi Zamkotowicz, the American Red Cross Event Specialist, stated that “[AGA’s] compassion and commitment to our community makes [AGA] the perfect fit for the intention of this award.” [AGA’s] talents and resources to help others and step in to make a difference in our community are second to none.”

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, please visit the Red Cross website. For more information on AGA, please contact Michael V. Benedetto, Esquire at 732-643-5216 or via email at

Visit AGA’s Community Association Practice Group
at IREM Tri-State Conference & Expo in Atlantic City

Posted on February 9th, 2016

AGA’s Community Association Practice Group Attorneys David J. Byrne, Elysa D. Bergenfeld, Richard B. Linderman and Mark M. Wiechnik will be exhibiting at the 2016 IREM Tri-State Conference & Expo. The Expo will be held on February 18-19 at The Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and includes a full slate of educational programs, an industry partners expo and networking for real estate professionals.

The Institute of Real Estate Management, more commonly known as IREM, is an international organization of professional property managers who manage all different types of real estate. IREM was organized in Chicago in 1933 by three founding chapters which included the New Jersey and Pennsylvania chapters along with the Illinois Chapter.

If you are planning on attending the 2016 IREM Tri-State Conference & Expo, please visit the AGA Community Association Practice Group in booth 101 or contact David J. Byrne if you wish to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys while you are at the conference. Mr. Byrne can be reached at or by calling 609-751-5551. The Community Association Practice Group looks forward to seeing you in Atlantic City!

Feldman to be featured speaker at BCBA Seminar, Legal Issues Affecting Your Military Client

Posted on February 4th, 2016

Jay Feldman, an attorney with Ansell, Grimm & Aaron and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Bankruptcy departments will discuss Debtor-Creditor issues and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act at a seminar given by the Burlington County Bar Association’s Military Law Committee. Jay will be presenting with the Honorable Mark P. Tarantino, a Superior Court Judge with the Burlington County Vicinage. The seminar will take place on February 24, 2016 at the Burlington County Office Building in Mt. Holly, New Jersey at 4:30 pm.

In addition to his knowledge of legal issues that affect the military, Mr. Feldman devotes his practice to the areas of complex commercial litigation, lender liability litigation, contested foreclosure litigation, and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Feldman can be reached directly at 732-643-5272 or via email at

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.4 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.2 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism. Actual credits earned may be less if seminar is less than 120 minutes. 2.0 hours of Substantive credit from the PA CLE Board are also available.

Registration for the seminar is open until February 22, 2016. The Registration fee is waived for law students and Burlington County Law Clerks and Judges.

“How To” Seminar on Foreclosure of Condominium, HOA Liens to Feature David J. Byrne

Posted on January 27th, 2016

On February 9, 2016, David J. Byrne, Chair of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC’s Community Association Practice Group will participate in a program designed to help attorneys properly foreclose on condominium and HOA liens. The program will be presented by The New Jersey State Bar Association’s CLE Lunchtime Webinar Program. Participants will learn about current law and procedures affecting the foreclosure of HOA and condominium liens. Mr. Byrne will present along with Kathryn Gilbertson Shabel, Esquire who currently serves as the Assistant Chief of the State of New Jersey Office of Foreclosure.

Mr. Byrne has represented condominiums and HOAs for more than 20 years, and has deep and vast experience in all aspects of lien foreclosures. Mr. Byrne and Ms. Shabel will instruct participants how to successfully foreclose on a HOA and/or condominium lien. They will also discuss some of more challenging aspects of such foreclosures, including abandoned units and receiverships, ‘surplus funds’, the recovery of the client’s attorneys’ fees and the relevance of the homes’, and/or unit’s, mortgage.

For more information about the seminar, and to register, visit the NJICLE website.

You may contact Mr. Byrne by calling 609-751-5551 or via email at

Association’s Receivership and Lease Still Valid After Sheriff’s Sale

Posted on January 26th, 2016

In late 2012, our client, Vail Section Condominium, successfully moved to have an empty and abandoned unit placed into receivership. The condominium’s receiver, after having the abandoned unit repaired, made and executed a lease with a tenant. This tenancy (and the condominium’s enjoyment of rental receipts) continued on through 2015. During the course of this tenancy, the particular condominium unit’s lender completed its foreclosure. That lender ultimately purchased the unit at sheriff’s sale, in the fall of 2015. The tenant eventually became delinquent in the payment of rent resulting in the receiver’s eviction complaint. The court – even though the lender’s foreclosure was over, the lender had purchased the unit at sheriff’s sale and even after the sheriff’s deed associated with that sale was recorded by the lender – validated the receivership and the receivership’s lease. To that end, and months and months after the lender’s sheriff’s sale, the court found in favor of the receiver, entered a judgment for possession and ordered that the tenant be evicted. This decision – and condominium/receivership victory – reminds us that those timid and skeptical professionals and owners, who are frightened of the reach and power of lenders, are wrong to consistently shy away from asserting the rights and needs of condominiums and HOAs that continue to suffer from the scourge of abandoned and empty homes.


For more information on AGA’s legal services to cooperatives or condominium and homeowners’ associations, contact Elysa D. Bergenfeld, Esq. at or by phone at 609-751-5551.

The above is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Transmission of the materials and information contained herein is not intended to create, and receipt thereof does not constitute formation of, an attorney-client relationship.

Stacey Patterson a featured speaker for CAI of Hudson Valley at roundtable

Posted on January 22nd, 2016

On January 21, 2016, Stacey Patterson was a featured speaker at the Community Associations Institute of Hudson Valley’s Round Table Seminar in New Windsor NY. Ms. Patterson, among other Hudson Valley community association industry experts, answered questions from property managers, board members and owners. Participants were able to obtain continuing education credits for their attendance.

Ms. Patterson serves as counsel with the firm in the Community Association Practice Group of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC. Ms. Patterson represents numerous condominium, HOA and co-ops in the Hudson Valley, New York region. Ms. Patterson currently works out of the firm’s Woodland Park, NJ and White Plains, NY offices.