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Welcome Sam!

Hey everyone, as we slide into these last few weeks of 2020, there are few things that we will miss about this year. But as bad as it has been, we were very lucky to have so many of you as clients and others as community manager partners in our joint representation of community associations. So first, we wanted to say a big thanks from all of us at Barker Martin for making our 2020 quite positive in that respect. And for keeping us busy! And speaking of busy, we are so excited to announce that Samantha Brown has joined our general counsel group! read more

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WSCAI Made for Managers Day - Tuesday September 29th

WSCAI Made for Managers Day is Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 8:30a to 3:15p and will be a virtual event! There will be multiple different classes offered throughout the day on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to, best practices and tips for planning and running an efficient Board meeting, guidance on how to enforce the association's governing documents, and a chance to ask questions and get advice from a panel of PCAMs. read more

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HOA Life Under Quarantine: Do We Need to Amend?

Hey everyone, it's Double Blog Day! We are getting a lot of COVID-19 related questions and a lot is happening at the state level, so we decided to double up this week. Some of the questions we are getting are about whether communities should be amending their governing documents to fit the realities of social distancing or quarantine, including amendments to change the date of the annual meeting, allow video meetings, electronic notice, or electronic voting. Cutting to the chase, the answer is PROBABLY NOT. read more

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Washington Proclamation 20-51: Some of this May Help

On April 17, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee implemented Proclamation 20-51 relating to "Community Association Meetings and Late Fees" but the Proclamation covers fines, too. Proclamation 20-51: read more

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Emergency Bylaws May Help

Both the Oregon and the Washington Nonprofit Corporations Act have a little known provision that may be helpful as our communities struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak: Emergency Bylaws. Both Oregon and Washington nonprofit corporations are authorized to create emergency bylaws allowing them to operate in case of an emergency. ORS 65.064 provides that an emergency exists "if a quorum of the corporation's directors cannot readily be assembled because of some present or imminent catastrophic event." The Washington counterpart at RCW 24.03.070 incorporates the "for-profit" statute at 23B.02.070, which similarly defines an emergency as the inability of the board to meet because of a catastrophic event. read more

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