Right to Cure

ORS 701.565 states that a homeowner may not file a claim for construction defects against a contractor unless the homeowner first completes the right-to-cure procedure set out in the statue. This procedure includes sending a written notice of defect to the contractor outlining each defect, how the homeowner believes each defect should be cured, any … Read More

Lien Filing Services in Washington or Oregon

If you find that your construction company files numerous liens in Washington or Oregon you may consider hiring a lien filing service. Such a service will provide all the applicable pre-lien notices, draft and record a claim of lien and send the required post-lien notices to the owner and general contractor (if any). You can … Read More

Pre-Lien Notice

A common question that I get asked is whether a contractor needs to give notice before filing a lien. The answer is yes. Any contractor performing work on four or fewer residential units when the contract price is greater than $1,000.00 or performing work on a commercial building when the contract price is between $1,000.00 … Read More

Attorney Fees on Bond Claims

As I indicated in previous posts, if you are a homeowner and file suit against a contractor in Washington, you can attach their contractor’s registration bond. This bond will be $12,000.00 if the contractor is a general contractor and $6,000.00 if the contractor is a specialty contract. A specialty contractor is a contractor that only … Read More

Lien Claims

Back to Articles List I handle all aspects of filing liens in both Oregon and Washington. I have several articles in the “Articles” section of my website explaining the exact steps you will need to file a lien. I assist general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors and employees who have supplied labor or materials on a … Read More

Contract Drafting & Review

Back to Articles List I often help my business clients with drafting or reviewing and revising their contracts. My litigation experience gives me great insight on what clauses are most effective at accomplishing your goals and limiting your liability. One of the most important contracts I draft is the operating agreement or bylaws of a … Read More