What is a property lien?

In the broadest sense, a lien is a legal right or interest that a creditor has in another’s property.  Usually, creditors use liens to secure payment of debts.  There are many different types of liens.  For example, there are judgment liens, construction liens, crop liens, and various labor liens.  There are also various regulations that…

How does a lien sale work?

The purpose of every construction lien is to secure payment.  But, there are times when there are no funds to pay lien claimants.  In these situations, lien claimants may have to enforce their lien, which can mean having to file a lawsuit, obtain a specific type of judgment, and sell the property to which the…

“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…

Three favorable results for LvBC clients with condominium defects and damage

Attorney Dave von Beck of Levy ׀ von Beck ׀ Comstock scored a pair of recent successes for two of our Puget Sound-area condominium association clients, whose buildings had suffered construction defects and resulting damage.  For a condominium in West Seattle, Dave was able to recover over $135,000 from the insurer of a contractor that…

Legal Award

Levy – von Beck receives award as 2016 Best Law Firm in the Pacific Northwest for Construction Defects

We are pleased to have been awarded, “Best Law Firm for Construction Defect Litigation in the Pacific Northwest” by Acquisition International.  Acquisition International’s 2016 Legal Awards highlight and promote the most deserving companies across the world that have, over the past 12 months, demonstrated an unwavering commitment to outstanding performance, integrity, and innovation. Nominated by clients, peers…

Water in Crawlspace

What to do if your Basement or Crawlspace Floods

  If water makes its way in your basement or crawlspace, you need to take action fast.  Particularly in basements or other heated spaces, water can cause mold, mildew, rot, and other damage very quickly if it is not promptly and properly removed. Causes of water infiltration Water can make its way into your home…