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Trying to Decide on a Contractor? Homeowners Should Take These Steps.

Selecting a contractor can make or break a construction or remodeling project. Before you choose a contractor, be sure to check the contractor’s references and verify that the contractor is a licensed professional. (You can determine whether a contractor is properly licensed by searching the website for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.)…

Don’t Sign the Wrong Lien Waiver Form. It Could Cost You.

Two important things to understand about lien waivers: When a general contractor requests that a waiver be signed in exchange for payment, the burden of determining whether the correct form is being used and whether the amounts and dates are correct typically rests entirely on the party signing the waiver. Waivers cannot be undone. To…

“What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” — And Other Truths For First-Time Homebuyers

Of all the investments you make in your lifetime, buying your first home is undoubtedly one of the most exciting — and one of the riskiest. People say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, but that simply isn’t true — especially when you’re buying a home. The reality is that many first-time homebuyers…

2016 Collections for Our Creditor Clients Totaled Nearly $5 million

Throughout 2016, our firm managed roughly 150 collection matters and returned the following amounts to our creditor clients: Principal: $4,711,069.78 Interest: $7,382.82 Fees: $7,030.74 A large percentage of these recoveries involved perfection of a lien or bond claim right, which has the benefit of securing a client’s receivable until payment is received, and we believe that…

Recent success getting insurers to pay for construction defect claims

Attorney Seth Chastain recently represented a pair of homeowners in West Seattle who brought claims against a contractor for a botched home remodel project.  The contractor’s substandard work left the homeowners with a number of construction defects in their home, including broken doors, cracked drywall, broken bathroom fixtures, and misapplied paint.  After getting an independent…

Favorable Settlement for Homebuyers Prior to Filing Suit

A young family recently purchased a home in Seattle with what they thought was a finished basement.  After moving in, they discovered significant defects in the foundation of the home and soon learned that the basement was not in fact finished. After learning from a local contractor that the sellers knew of these defects prior…

How does a lien release work?

  Virtually all states provide that contractors, laborers, material suppliers, equipment lessors, architects and other design professionals can protect their investment by recording a claim of lien for unpaid wages, materials or services.  Notwithstanding these rights, sub-trades must of course comply with state specific guidelines in order to have and maintain a valid lien claim. However, assuming that…