Board Training – each new community associationboard member should receive training on their duties, obligations and restrictions as board members. Remember that a board member has a fiduciary duty to the association and if they fail to properly carry out that duty, they can be held personally liable. Hopefully, all of you have Directors & Officers (D & O) insurance policies but there are instances where the insurance company will disclaim coverage because the board member(s) acted outside the scope of their duties and responsibilities. Therefore, it is important that board members receive training before they engage in the administration of the association. If you have a claim made against a board member and you submit it to your D & O insurer, you may well be asked if all of the board members received training. If training has not been provided, you better be prepared with a good answer as to why not. At a bare minimum, it should be a written requirement that any new board member certify that they have read all of the governing documents. The lawyers here at Shivers, Gosnay & Greatrex, LLC can provide that training to you at our normal hourly fee. Most management companies also have training available.