Challenging the Chairman of a Meeting

Have you ever been at a meeting that you did not believe was being run properly?  Is the chair ruling every motion out of order?  Were you unsure on what you could do or did you feel like there was nothing you could do?  Fortunately, there are actions that you can take in these situations.  If your group utilizes Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, then there are several procedures that allow you to challenge the chair if you believe the meeting is not being run properly. One procedure some people might not be aware of to challenge the ruling … Continue reading

Using the Motion to End Debate to Keep Meetings on Time

I am regularly asked how to keep a meeting from going on too long. While there are avariety of different procedural tools that can keep a meeting from running on forever, the motion to end debate (also known as the motion for the previous question) is probably one of the best procedural options available if your group utilizes Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. Put simply, the motion to end debate is the motion that seeks to end discussion now and to take a vote on a pending question (or questions). The motion requires a second and then a two … Continue reading

Voting by Proxy at Homeowner Association Meetings

If you cannot attend the annual meeting for a homeowners association but you still want your vote to count, then voting by proxy might be for you! The planned community act allows a member of most homeowner’s associations to appoint a proxy to vote (or take any other action) for that member at a meeting (though this provision of the planned community act does not apply to all homeowners associations). The best way to appoint a proxy is to sign and date a form designating someone else to vote in your place at the meeting. If your proxy appointment form … Continue reading

Defenses in Foreclosure Hearings

If you have failed to make payments on a residential or commercial mortgage, then the mortgage company can ask the trustee under the deed of trust to foreclose on the property.  The trustee is the neutral intermediary set by the deed of trust who brings a foreclosure proceeding if payments owed according to the note and deed of trust are in default.  In a foreclosure proceeding, a hearing will be held before the clerk of the superior court of the county where the property is located, and the trustee at that hearing will request the clerk enter an order allowing … Continue reading