Power of Attorney vs. Advanced Health Care Directive

One question I often get asked is: What is the difference between a power of attorney and an advanced health care directive? A power of attorney is a document that gives someone the ability to make decisions during your lifetime. The person you appoint to make decisions is called the attorney in fact. The attorney … 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

Washington’s New Adverse Possession Law

Recently, Washington adopted RCW 7.28.083 which allows the court to award the prevailing parting in an adverse possession claim their attorney fees and costs. Prior to this law, a party involved in an adverse possession action had to pay their own attorney fees. Adverse possession cases often involve small strips of land so it would … 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

Easements

Back to Articles List My clients often bring me easements to review. If an easement is recorded and runs with the land it will be enforceable no matter how old it is. Some of the easements I have reviewed are more than fifty years old and typed up on a type writer. It often takes … Read More

Real Estate Purchase & Sale Agreements

Back to Articles List I often get calls from prospective clients looking to close a real estate transaction without a realtor. Typically, the seller has already found a buyer and is looking to close the transaction and save on the standard 3%-6% realtor fee. I have been able to offer a very economical solution by … Read More

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