at 901 5th Ave, Ste 820, Seattle, 98164
Our law firm provides legal services to homeowners' associations, condominium associations, and other individual and business clients.
Leahy McLean Fjelstad formed in 1998 to resolve divisive community association issues. With success, our mission expanded to preventing disputes as well, through a full range of legal services tailored to meet the special needs of community associations.
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Last night attorney Allison Peryea attended the WSCAI spring mixer and won the drawing for a Starbucks gift card!
In her latest Above the Law humor column, attorney Allison Peryea went to a silent meditation retreat to see if she could "erase the ego." http://abovethelaw.com/2016/05/test-case-can-a-silent-meditation-retreat-help-me-erase-the-ego/
A California court of appeal affirmed a $378,712.50 fee award to a homeowners' association in an unpublished case this week. The case involved a homeowner who was rebuilding a home without having obtained the required architectural approval. http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/B252717.PDF
Check out the video below for information about how to get a bank loan for your community's major repairs. https://youtu.be/m3yp6lZwgbE
Some condominium covenants require owners to pay for some or all of the association's deductible. Owners, make sure your unit policy takes that requirement into account. As the attached article indicates, you never know when or how the building will get damaged. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/fire-at-condo-near-pike-place-market-contained-to-balcony/
Check out attorney Allison Peryea's article regarding the federal flood-insurance surcharge on Page 28 of the WSCAI Journal's April issue. http://www.modernpubsonline.com/WA-CAI-Journal/April2016/flash/resources/index.htm
The supply of condominium units in the Seattle area continues to create tough competition in the real estate market. http://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/condo-conundrum-dealing-with-shortage-might-ease-pressures-on-all-homebuyers/
Check out attorney Allison Peryea's latest Above the Law humor column. This week she writes about mastering group presentations. http://abovethelaw.com/2016/04/test-case-can-i-master-the-group-legal-presentation/
Today the Washington State Supreme Court rendered an opinion on the Bilanko v. Barclay Court case. See our firm’s most recent Post below for a link to the case text and an analysis of the decision and its impact on community associations. http://leahyps.dreamhosters.com/2016/04/28/supreme-court-decides-bilanko-upholds-rental-cap-that-was-challenged-too-late/
In an unpublished June 2015 decision, Division II upheld a ruling that a board member who opposes the board on an issue and is likely to take legal action against the association is not entitled to legal advice from the association attorney or to attend board meetings at which the issue is discussed. http://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20WACO%2020150623E49/HARTSTENE%20POINTE%20MAINTENANCE%20ASSOCIATION%20v.%20DIEHL
Leahy Fjelstad Peryea had a blast at the 2016 WSCAI Law Day! Attorneys Allison Peryea and Stephan Fjelstad presented on the legal aspects of vacation rentals, and Stephan and attorney Terry Leahy served on a panel advising about various common legal issues faced by community associations.
It's a beach party at our WSCAI Law Day booth! Come by for Leahy Fjelstad Peryea sunglasses and get lei'd!
The Wyoming Supreme Court held last month that a few temporary Declaration violations did not operate as a radical and permanent change to the community as to constitute abandonment of the Declaration. http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/cailaw/issues/2016-04-21.html#4
Today attorney Allison Peryea and paralegal Holly McGinley volunteered with WSCAI to help beautify a senior community. It involved a full day of weeding, pulling ivy, and spreading topsoil and mulch in the hot sun. A piece of cake for these hard-working ladies!
While gated communities may create a feeling of security, it is important for owners in those communities to remember to stay vigilant to protect against crime. http://www.legalscoopswflre.com/condominium/gated-communities-how-associations-can-reduce-liability-for-neighborhood-crimes/
Happy International Be Kind To Lawyers Day! http://www.theindianalawyer.com/tuesday-is-be-kind-to-lawyers-day/PARAMS/article/40021
Unintended consequences: The popularity of vacation rentals may be eroding the fabric of communities. http://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/airbnb-style-rentals-may-be-impacting-neighborhoods-and-affordable-housing/Content?oid=3715169
Happy anniversary and birthday to attorney Bennett Taylor! Bennett has been with the firm for four years, and each year has proved himself to be a valuable member of the Leahy Fjelstad Peryea team.
On March 29, federal housing agencies Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae released a standardized set of lender questionnaires for condominium unit mortgages. The Uniform Condominium Questionnaire is intended to reduce the burden on community associations that routinely provide condominium project information to mortgage lenders. Click on the link below for more information. https://www.fanniemae.com/content/news/umdp-announcement-march-2016.pdf
This federal case shows that attorneys can perhaps get away with "colorful" language during the negotiating process. But the best way to avoid the embarrassment of speaking in an unprofessional manner: Don't do it. http://www.abajournal.com/mobile/article/f_word_settlement_refusal_doesnt_require_tossing_lawyer_from_case_federal_j/
Check out attorney Allison Peryea's second humor column for the national legal news website Above the Law. http://abovethelaw.com/2016/04/test-case-i-am-a-bossy-lawyer-can-i-actually-go-with-the-flow-on-a-family-vacation/
Today marks Dainen's third anniversary with the firm. To celebrate, he will be treating all lawyers in Seattle to drinks at McCormick's!
We are having a beach party at CAI Law Day on April 23! Stop by our booth to get your Leahy Fjelstad Peryea sunglasses and enjoy a Capri Sun.
Join Leahy Fjelstad Peryea at WSCAI Law Day in Lynnwood on April 23. Attorneys Stephan Fjelstad and Allison Peryea will be presenting on vacation rentals in community associations, and Terry Leahy will be serving on a panel of legal pundits. Register using the link below. https://wscai.org/community-association-law-day-lynnwood/