Shareholders Katie Comstock and Seth Chastain are Washington Rising Stars

Congratulations to shareholders Katie J. Comstock and Seth E. Chastain, who have been named as 2018 Washington Rising Stars® by Super Lawyers®, and as Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorneys in Seattle, WA.  Katie was also named to the Top Women Attorneys in Washington Rising Stars® list. The Rising Stars® list recognizes lawyers who show tremendous talent and potential…

What Are Construction Defects

What are construction defects?

Construction defects vary greatly in nature, scope, and consequence.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, the most serious construction defects often involve inadequate waterproofing of the “building envelope”: a roof that leaks, windows and doors installed without critical head flashings, poor installation of the weather-resistive barrier that should be applied before the siding is installed, or…

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…

Is Contractor Registration Required on Washington Public Works Projects?

  Washington law is clear as to who may assert a private works lien claim, which is contained in RCW 60.04.021: “…any person furnishing labor, professional services, materials, or equipment for the improvement of real property shall have a lien upon the improvement for the contract price of labor, professional services, materials, or equipment furnished…

Is the lessee a required party when sending a preliminary notice?

By Rebecca Bowers and Ted Levy The three most fundamental questions surrounding the mailing of a preliminary notice (ada Notice to Owner, Notice of Furnishing, Notice to Contractor, Right to Lien) are:  A) Who must receive the notice? B) when must it be mailed?  C) What are the required contents of the notice?  For this…

Condominiums

Guidance for Condominium Associations That Want to Amend Their Rental Restrictions

In Washington, the law does not automatically impose rental restrictions on condominium unit owners.  This is something that is commonly done through a condominium association’s declaration when, or after, a condominium association is incorporated. Deciding whether and to what extent rental restrictions are right for a specific condominium association are very important decisions for an…