Next weekend, HOA Department AttorneyJennifer R. Hill will be co-teaching The Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership workshop with Sarah Anderson, President of Metropolitan Community Management & Consulting, LLC. Geared towards new Association Board members and Community Association Managers, the workshop will cover many topics related to the operation of community associations including legal issues, finances, problem-solving, and maintenance of common areas.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 8:30 am-4:30pm at the Sheraton in Bellevue, WA. For more information, please contact Jennifer Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Upcoming Events page of the website for the Washington State Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, www.wscai.org.
On Saturday March 7, 2015, Attorneys Jennifer Hill and Peter Wilburn presented In the Interest of Full Disclosure at Tacoma Law Day, presented by the Washington State Community Association Institute at the Tacoma Convention Center. Ms. Hill and Mr. Wilburn’s presentation covered many of the ways Condominium and Homeowner’s Associations are statutorily obligated to share information with owners, mortgagees and potential purchasers. The topics included Reserve Studies and what is required to be included; Disclosures included in budgets and budget summaries; what is considered an Association Record, and the manner in which those records can and should be shared with owners and mortgagees; Public Offering Statements and Resale Certificates; and some of the risks Boards of Directors and Associations undertake with respect to disclosing (or not disclosing) this information. The presentation was well-received by participants made up of board members, Association managers and attorneys.
February 19, 2015 – A mortgage lender foreclosed on a condominium on which the Condominium Owner’s Association had previously recorded a lien a year and a half earlier. In an unusual twist, a third party purchased the condo at the trustee’s sale for more than what was owed on the mortgage, leaving a surplus. Under the Deed of Trust Act (RCW 61.24), any creditor can make a claim on these funds, and the Court then decides who has priority to claim the remaining funds. Attorney Peter Wilburn moved the Court to collect the funds for the Association, prevailing over the objections of the deceased owner’s estate’s attorney and successfully secured $11,258.56 for our Association client.
January 29, 2015 – Jorge Ramos, of HIP and President of South King County Bar Association, organized for the two Kent Regional Justice Center Family Law Court Commissioners to attend a luncheon at the Kent Commons. The event had over 45 attorneys in attendance to ask questions and gain valuable insight into exactly what the Commissioners are looking for when attorneys are presenting their cases.
Our Association Team Attorneys, Greg Cromwell, Jennifer Hill and Peter Wilburn are attending the Annual Community Association Institute Law Seminar January 27ththrough January 31st, 2015, in San Francisco, California. This event features attorneys and professionals from across the nation to share in the collective experience of Association law. It is an important part of our Association attorneys staying on the cutting edge of the latest updates, issues and law pertaining to Homeowners’ and Condominium Associations, to ensure we provide the best legal services for our Association clients.