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Bellingham Land Use & Zoning Lawyer, Washington


Jon Sitkin

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Environmental Law, Transportation & Shipping, Government
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Philip Angelo Serka

Land Use & Zoning, Business & Trade, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Real Estate
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Jean O'Meara Melious

Administrative Law, Litigation, Land Use & Zoning, Environmental Law Other
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  33 Years

Philip Everett Sharpe

Corporate, Land Use & Zoning, Civil Rights, Dispute Resolution
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Nathan L Mcallister

Corporate, Land Use & Zoning, Estate Planning, Commercial Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  11 Years

Heather Wolf

Corporate, Land Use & Zoning, Environmental Law Other, Commercial Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  20 Years

Daniel Thomas Parsons

Insurance, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  25 Years

Jack H Grant

Land Use & Zoning, Business & Trade, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  18 Years

Kirsten D. Barron

Corporate, Land Use & Zoning, Employment Discrimination, Commercial Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  24 Years

Larry Daugert

Contract, Land Use & Zoning, Collection, Commercial Real Estate
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  46 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

RECORDING

The process of filing a copy of a deed or other document concerning real estate with the land records office for the county in which the land is located. Record... (more...)
The process of filing a copy of a deed or other document concerning real estate with the land records office for the county in which the land is located. Recording creates a public record of changes in ownership of all property in the state.

SHORT SALE (OF HOUSE)

A sale of a house in which the proceeds fall short of what the owner still owes on the mortgage. Many lenders will agree to accept the proceeds of a short sale ... (more...)
A sale of a house in which the proceeds fall short of what the owner still owes on the mortgage. Many lenders will agree to accept the proceeds of a short sale and forgive the rest of what is owed on the mortgage when the owner cannot make the mortgage payments. By accepting a short sale, the lender can avoid a lengthy and costly foreclosure, and the owner is able to pay off the loan for less than what he owes. See also deed in lieu (or foreclosure).

COVENANT

A restriction on the use of real estate that governs its use, such as a requirement that the property will be used only for residential purposes. Covenants are ... (more...)
A restriction on the use of real estate that governs its use, such as a requirement that the property will be used only for residential purposes. Covenants are found in deeds or in documents that bind everyone who owns land in a particular development. See covenants, conditions and restrictions.

GROSS LEASE

A commercial real estate lease in which the tenant pays a fixed amount of rent per month or year, regardless of the landlord's operating costs, such as maintena... (more...)
A commercial real estate lease in which the tenant pays a fixed amount of rent per month or year, regardless of the landlord's operating costs, such as maintenance, taxes and insurance. A gross lease closely resembles the typical residential lease. The tenant may agree to a 'gross lease with stops,' meaning that the tenant will pitch in if the landlord's operating costs rise above a certain level. In real estate lingo, the point when the tenant starts to contribute is called the 'stop level,' because that's where the landlord's share of the costs stops.

PRIVATE MORTGAGE INSURANCE (PMI)

Insurance that reimburses a mortgage lender if the buyer defaults on the loan and the foreclosure sale price is less than the amount owed the lender (the mortga... (more...)
Insurance that reimburses a mortgage lender if the buyer defaults on the loan and the foreclosure sale price is less than the amount owed the lender (the mortgage plus the costs of the sale). A home buyer who makes less than a 20% down payment may have to purchase PMI.

ANNUAL MEETING

A term commonly used to refer to annual meetings of shareholders or directors of a corporation. Shareholders normally meet to elect directors or to consider maj... (more...)
A term commonly used to refer to annual meetings of shareholders or directors of a corporation. Shareholders normally meet to elect directors or to consider major structural changes to the corporation, such as amending the articles of incorporation or merging or dissolving the corporation. Directors meet to consider or ratify important business decisions, such as borrowing money, buying real property or hiring key employees.

FAILURE OF CONSIDERATION

The refusal or inability of a contracting party to perform its side of a bargain.

LEASE

An oral or written agreement (a contract) between two people concerning the use by one of the property of the other. A person can lease real estate (such as an ... (more...)
An oral or written agreement (a contract) between two people concerning the use by one of the property of the other. A person can lease real estate (such as an apartment or business property) or personal property (such as a car or a boat). A lease should cover basic issues such as when the lease will begin and end, the rent or other costs, how payments should be made, and any restrictions on the use of the property. The property owner is often called the 'lessor,' and the person using the property is called the 'lessee.'

EASEMENT

A right to use another person's real estate for a specific purpose. The most common type of easement is the right to travel over another person's land, known as... (more...)
A right to use another person's real estate for a specific purpose. The most common type of easement is the right to travel over another person's land, known as a right of way. In addition, property owners commonly grant easements for the placement of utility poles, utility trenches, water lines or sewer lines. The owner of property that is subject to an easement is said to be 'burdened' with the easement, because he or she is not allowed to interfere with its use. For example, if the deed to John's property permits Sue to travel across John's main road to reach her own home, John cannot do anything to block the road. On the other hand, Sue cannot do anything that exceeds the scope of her easement, such as widening the roadway.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

RESIDENTS OPPOSED TURBINES v. STATE EFSEC

... other governmental entities. RCW 80.50.110(2). However, EFSEC must first hold a public hearing to determine whether a site certification application is consistent with the county land use plans and zoning laws. RCW 80.50.090 ...

Abbey Road Group v. City of Bonney Lake

... Abbey Road Group, LLC, filed a site plan application for a multifamily condominium development with the city of Bonney Lake (City). The application was denied based on a later adopted zoning change which prohibited this type of development. ...

Milestone Homes, Inc. v. City of Bonney Lake

... The development density limits in R-1 zoning are: "four to five dwelling units (rounded down) per net acre." BLMC 18.14.060. ... 10. The City Council finds that the proposed subdivision does not comply with R-1 zoning density restrictions if lots 21-25 are not considered. 11. ...