Past Due Bill

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure of Your Home: Does it make a difference?

We represent many clients who own a home or condominium and are “underwater” on their mortgage – or, in some cases, on multiple mortgages on the same residence.   Some simply find themselves unable to continue servicing their debt.  Whether they’ve lost their job, their mortgage rate has adjusted upward, or their home’s value has plummeted…

Construction Site

Court of Appeals upholds contingency component of construction defect repair costs

In a recent, unreported decision, Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals upheld a trial court’s award of damages to a homeowner that included a $26,000 “contingency” to address unforeseen problems that might be uncovered during the repair work. Although not a reported case, the decision is very instructive and interesting for homeowners who…

Construction Crane

Young team strikes out in court: no tournament

The fresh-faced boys looked snappy as a Norman Rockwell painting yesterday, wearing spiffy blue hats, matching Woodinville Baseball Club jerseys and little medals proclaiming them the district champs. But instead of bats, balls and bases, the dozen 12-year-olds had a day in the King County Courthouse, forlornly fidgeting as their parents and a hired lawyer…

California Contractors

Important Notice for California Contractors

Is your company licensed? Did you know that contractors are required to be licensed and bonded in California? Perhaps you do know thatcontractors are required to be licensed, but you may not be aware of who, exactly, is considered a contractor under the law. For example, it might surprise you to learn that in California, not only are general…