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Collections Policies

Oregon and Washington state law authorize condominium and homeowners' associations to impose and collect late fees for late payment of assessments. In some cases, the association's declaration may state when an assessment is considered delinquent but often the declaration does not provide the amount of the late fee or how frequently it will be imposed. One way an association may establish the amount of the late fee is for the Board to adopt a collections policy. In addition to stating the amount of the late fee, the collections policy can also provide the interest rate that will be assessed, as well as provide clear, concise procedures for handling delinquent accounts. read more

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Congratulations, Ali!

Please join us in congratulating our colleague, Alexis Ducich, on making partner! Those of you who have used us for collections or worked with Ali in any respect know that she is a great attorney and is dedicated to providing the highest level of collection services in Washington and Oregon. Ali has long been an invaluable member of the Barker Martin team and we are happy to call her our partner and friend. We look forward to working together for many years to come. If you are going to WSCAI's CA Day on Saturday, please come by our booth to say congrats - or join us after the event. (Details at the booth!) read more

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Join Us In Welcoming....

Please join us in welcoming Bria Wedgeworth! Bria is an attorney based in our Seattle office and will primarily be assisting with general counsel related matters. Prior to joining Barker Martin, Bria worked on the Legal Integration Support team at T-Mobile assisting with the upcoming merger with Sprint. Bria attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago where she competed in several moot court and dispute resolution competitions, and also had the chance to study abroad in Switzerland! We are very excited to have Bria as part of the Barker Martin team! read more

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll

You are sitting comfortably when out of the blue, the floor starts to shake and pictures fall from the wall. One of two things is happening: you are at my house for Thanksgiving and I've just ambled toward a third plate or you are experiencing an earthquake. In the last week alone, Oregon has experienced more than 30 small earthquakes. Washington has had 33. A recent NBA summer league basketball game had to be evacuated when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California. Most experts believe the "big one" in the Northwest is a question of when, not if. read more

Washington Legislative Update

In Washington, there were several bills impacting collection of association assessments passed in the recent legislative session and signed by the governor that become effective July 28, 2019. read more

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