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Online Forums

From time to time, someone will forward me a community association question based on something they read in an online forum. Far too often, people posting to these forums start a post with something like this: "Our association's attorney said we should…." read more

We're Open for Business (Remotely)...and Here to Help!

As of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Washington State is under a Stay Home-Stay Safe Order: Washington Proclamation 20-25. Oregon is under a similar Stay Home, Saves Lives Order: Oregon Executive Order No. 20-12. read more

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Board Authority

This is going to be a short but important reminder regarding community association authority. An association's authority is almost always strongest when dealing with property owned or maintained by the association. In my opinion, it is vitally important that associations embrace that authority rather attempt to assign or allocate responsibility to others. read more

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Documentation and Litigation

Clients sometime ask: "Will we get sued if we do this?" Beware of the attorney who answers this with "Yes" or "No". No attorney can know if or when a client will be sued. People sometimes sue when they shouldn't. The key is putting your association in a position to defend any claim, frivolous or otherwise. Having the proper documentation really helps a defense and can greatly reduce the time and expense involved. read more

Water Damage: Do You Have A Plan? and Have You Communicated the Plan?

Water events are common. Roof leaks, window failures, plumbing leaks, failed hot water tanks and dishwasher melt downs are going to happen. The only question is when. Sometimes the problem is discovered immediately and sometimes a leak can be hidden, resulting in significant damage prior to discovery. read more

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