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A Tale Of Two Tails: Lingering Claims Under Statutory Warranty Deeds

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law, and Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 12/2/2020
Not all deeds are created equal.  For example, in the case of a quit claim deed, the grantor makes no warranty that they even own the property being conveyed.  Rather, the grantor merely transfers whatever the transferor actually owns.  But in the case of a statutory warranty deed, the grantor makes certain promises which give… Read More

Suing After Closing: Is My Claim Barred By The Merger Doctrine?

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law, and Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 11/20/2020
In almost all instances, the sale of real property occurs pursuant to some written contract, typically a purchase and sale agreement.  The sale generally becomes complete when title to the property transfers to the buyer via a deed.  But what happens if, after consummation of the sale, one of the parties claims the contract was… Read More

Washington’s Unfair Business Practices Act – Expanded Application

Washington State Business & Real Estate Lawyer William O. Kessler | 10/27/2020
In the Washington Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Young v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., many plaintiffs’ attorneys added a bigger hammer to their tool belt. The case effectively broadens the applicability of Washington’s Unfair Business Practices Act (or Consumer Protection Act, “CPA”), RCW 19.86. Many civil litigants and their counsel should be aware of the… Read More

Seller Disclosures: Critical Implications For Earnest Money Disputes

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law, and Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 10/1/2020
Real estate purchase and sale agreements range from the simple to the highly complex.  In most circumstances, the buyer deposits some amount of earnest money to show their good faith and commitment to performing under the contract.  Depending upon the language of the purchase contract, a typical consequence of the buyer defaulting is forfeiture of… Read More

Duty To Mitigate Damages In Washington State

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 9/2/2020
Most of us at some point will be the party to a contract which the other party breaches, or will be the victim of someone else’s negligence or wrongful conduct.  Such breaches of duties owed to you may make the other party liable to you.  But this does not mean you can just sit back… Read More

Self-Help Removal Of Encroachments

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 8/5/2020
In a recent news story (see this video from Inside Edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAxpCbUSmrk), a Maine man decided to cut his neighbor’s garage in half after learning from a survey that the garage encroached on the man’s property.  It is a common misconception that just because records show land belongs to someone, that person has the unfettered right… Read More

Where Did The Term “Bar” In Bar Association Originate?

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Richard R. Beresford | 7/31/2020
A bar association, such as the Washington State Bar Association (“WSBA”), or the American Bar Association (“ABA”) is a professional body of lawyers. But where did the term “Bar” come from?  Here are a couple of theories on the subject. Most authorities contend it refers to a traditional courtroom which includes a railing or bar… Read More

Buyers, Beware!

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law, and Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 6/8/2020
Over the last half-century or more, the public has grown accustomed to laws protecting consumers. We hear of large damage awards for perceived minor breaches of duties owed to a consumer. In such an environment, buyers of real estate may be lulled into a false sense of security, assuming incorrectly that they may rely mostly… Read More

Statewide Eviction Moratorium Extended

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law, and Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 6/4/2020
On June 2, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-19.2, which extends the statewide moratorium on evictions until August 1, 2020.  My colleague Todd Cook previously posted about the original moratorium and April modification to it here:  https://beresfordlaw.com/governor-inslee-expands-scope-of-eviction-moratorium-and-extends-moratorium-until-june-4-2020/.  This latest extension continues most of the same prohibitions as existed previously.  The moratorium prohibits… Read More

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