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Currently working with Mr. Tankel to resolve dispute with past due HOA fee's he has one approach and that is to foreclose, this is often not in the best interest of the association as it nullifies what we tried to accomplish in the first place , this often leaves our properties vacant and not maintained,as a client have tried to reach Mr, Tankel on numerous occasions to discuss this situation,extremely disappointed with his services would not use again.
Attorney Tankel has represented our association for seven years.
While other communities in Pinellas County have gone under due to the housing crisis, Bob's innovative techniques and personalized supervision have kept our association and housing community healthy and prosperous!
Under Attorney Tankel's guidance, families in our housing community have actually seen housing prices RISE! Attorney Tankel clearly looks out for our best interests, and his compassion is evident through his actions.
For years, our condo association used attorneys who continually charged us for filing liens (annually) on properties and never collected a penny for us. Then we met Bob Tankel and have used him continually for over 3 years. We rarely are billed for any fees; yet Tankel's office has collected thousands of dollars for us and provided sound advice on myriad matters. Once our condo association adopted the "no tolerance" philosophy Mr. Tankel recommended, many owners who failed to pay their monthly assessments realized that they could NOT choose to pay us last after the cable co and cell phone provider unless they wanted to risk losing their condo. Tankel's office treats us with the utmost respect, and everyone I have worked with on his staff is responsive and knowledgable. I highly recommend him to any condo association who wants to keep bad debt at a minimum.
There seems to be no middle ground regarding Mr. Tankel. He is a creative, out of the box thinker, which the bar apparently doesn't like. He is the ONLY association lawyer who has challenged bogus foreclosures and even has set several aside with co-counsel at NO CHARGE, so the case got dismissed. This allowed the owner to pay our association or face our foreclosure. He is the only lawyer I know who advances all fees and costs and only bills at the end of the case. In over 90% of our cases we have never seen a bill, only checks, which makes our CAM that much happier, no legal expenses, no legal income to track. He and his team work hard to get results for us. He and his team also handle general counsel, amendments rule enforcement, etc. We have been very happy with his work over the 20+ years we have used him.
I emailed and left a voice message with John Stolar on a property issue, and he never returned my phone calls, as he only responsed by email. He did not understand what I was asking for, and was unwillingly to understand my situation. When I asked for certain documentation he did not provide exactly what I was looking for, and since he did not return my phone calls I was unable to speak with him to fully undertstand myself. I have not dealt with many lawyers, however, I do feel that Mr. Stolar's professionalism and knowledge left much to be desired.
Takes time with each client; has a qualified staff who is knowledgeable and is the best firm in the area to handle my collection needs.I had confidence in his paralegals with understanding the Florida statutes. This firm is very trustworthy in handling my legal needs.
He handles our condominium association collections and foreclosure proceedings and his best advice is to Foreclose. We have him on tape making this statement. Bad advice! Let me explain, while foreclosing may give possession of the property it is still subject to the mortgage that the association must carry. Yes, you may be able to sell the property subject to a mortgage for pennies on the dollar but ultimately selling the property at that discounted value will reduce the value of the remaining units within the condominium property. He also fails to mention that foreclosing in a down market is probably the worst thing you can do from a financial well being of the association. The association can only recoup up to 6 months worth of association fees as part of the foreclosure. You will probably not recuperate all of the funds.
If you are foreclosure and collections attorney you would think of the financial impact of your advice to your client!
Straight forward and easy to work with. Pays attention to client input. His answers are not in legal jargon but in understandable language. Very good at condominium association law and organization.Responsive to client/board of directors needs.Very good at association collection of past due fees.