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Industry’s Top Legal Threats Explored at Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas


Between lien sales, wrongful sales, tenant bankruptcy and changes in state legislation, self-storage operators face more legal risks than ever before. To help facility owners and managers navigate the murky legal waters, the Inside Self-Storage World Expo at the Paris Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas is offering a four-hour Legal Learning Live workshop, taught by industry expert Jeffrey Greenberger, as well as legal-focused seminars as part of the its standard Education Package.

On March 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greenberger will explore the most critical legal issues affecting self-storage operators today. Attendees will learn in detail about the self-storage lien-sale process including steps to follow in the event of a sale-related lawsuit. They'll also learn best practices for handling customers' personal information, strategies for dealing with abandonment, and proper procedures for vehicle storage. The workshop includes a comprehensive workbook and a series of sample forms attendees can directly reference in their self-storage operation, including a complete lien-sale checklist, sale rules, a release for sale participants, a mutual-settlement agreement, vehicle-storage lease clauses, and forms to collect information for vehicles in storage.

Greenberger will also teach a seminar on “Revising Your Self-Storage Rental Agreement: Important Changes for 2011.” Included with the standard Education Package, this seminar will teach the most common problems with self-storage rental agreements, the most common mistakes that make agreements unenforceable, the best "new" clauses to add, and changes you may need to make if your state laws have changed. The seminar will take place March 14 at 11 a.m.

In addition, attorney Scott Zucker will present a seminar titled “Lien Sales: Understanding a Self-Storage Facility’s Legal Liabilities” on March 14 at 1 p.m. He’ll cover the do’s and don’ts of handling self-storage lien sales and ways a facility operator can protect himself from mistakes. Attendees will learn current updates to lien laws around the country, strategies for avoiding lien sales, common mistakes made in the sale process and more.

A partner with Katz, Greenberger & Norton LLP in Cincinnati, Greenberger works with facility operators nationwide and represents several state self-storage associations. He is a regular contributor to Inside Self-Storage magazine, the ISS Expo, the Self-Storage Training Institute and Self-Storage Talk, the industry’s largest and most active online community.

Zucker is a partner in the law firm Weissmann Zucker Euster Morochnik P.C. in Atlanta, where he specializes in business litigation with an emphasis on real estate, landlord-tenant and construction law. Zucker is a frequent lecturer at national conventions and the author of Legal Topics in Self Storage: A Sourcebook for Owners and Managers.

The Inside Self-Storage World Expo will feature more 36 education seminars, an exhibit hall with more than 100 of the self-storage industry’s top suppliers, five networking events and more. Details about the industry’s largest conference and tradeshow can be found at Registration can be completed online, by calling 800.230.2311, or on site during the show.


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