Washington Real Estate Litigation

Washington Real Estate Litigation

Property disputes can destroy a property owner’s peace of mind or transform a pleasant neighborhood into a conflict zone. A real estate disagreement isn’t just a simple misunderstanding. It’s a legal complication that can ultimately raise questions about ownership, contractual obligation, financial loss, or legal culpability. At Bonin Law, we have helped many clients resolve property-related issues. Our Washington real estate litigation attorneys can evaluate your dispute and determine the best strategy for protecting your rights.

Why Choose Bonin Law?

As a local law firm, we have helped resolve real estate issues in Mason, Thurston, Grays Harbor, and Island Counties. We have seen, firsthand, how unresolved property issues can take on a life of their own. Even if they remain undiscovered for decades, they eventually resurface. An ownership, boundary, contractual issue, or other problem can delay or complicate a real estate sale, remodeling project, tax assessment, or other essential action.

Our real estate litigation attorneys have a thorough understanding of Washington’s Real Property and Conveyance codes. These and other state laws control how we approach, investigate, and resolve property disputes. We use what we know to help our clients with property issues, whether they’re simple, complex, or longstanding.

Washington Real Estate Litigation

Common Real Estate Disputes in Washington

We usually begin a real estate dispute assessment by reviewing relevant documents, such as deeds, titles, sales contracts, disclosure statements, and land surveys. Once we understand the issues, we can take definitive steps toward resolution. Here are some examples of common real estate disputes:

  • Deed and Title Irregularities: Sometimes a seller and/or their agent commit fraud or make a mistake when documenting a property transfer. If they provide inaccurate or fraudulent documentation to a county auditor or recorder, it creates ownership validity issues.
  • Seller Disclosures: A buyer may incur financial losses when a seller fails to make legally required disclosures about a property (legal authority to sell, liens, encroachments, contamination, etc.)
  • Contractual Issues: A buyer may sustain financial losses when a seller doesn’t comply with contractually agreed upon terms, contingencies, or property enhancements (new roof, appliance replacements, etc.)
  • Construction Defects: A construction company owes compensation when they defectively design, build, or remodel a property.
  • Boundary Disputes: When one property owner claims a boundary line is inaccurate, they may dispute an adjacent property owner’s right to use that portion of the property.
  • Easement disputes: Disputes arise when a property owner objects to a neighbor having access to a portion of their land, even if it’s based on a prior agreement.
  • Property Liens: An owner incurs financial losses when a seller doesn’t reveal an existing lien or a title insurer fails to discover it during a pre-closing investigation.
  • Foreclosure: A financial institution commences a legal process if it decides to take possession of real property when the owner can’t pay.
  • Eminent domain: This is the legal process whereby a state, city, county, school district, or other entity forces an owner to sell a property for the “public good.”

Resolving Real Estate Disputes

Litigation gives us a formal process where we can create a record of a property dispute and file it with the courts. The process also grants us the legal right to obtain evidence from other involved parties. As the litigation process is often lengthy, we sometimes rely on alternate dispute resolution strategies.

Negotiation

When possible, our attorneys discuss the issues informally and agree on a solution that’s in line with the authority granted by the property owner.

Mediation

During mediation, the interested parties, and their legal representatives meet in a neutral setting to participate in facilitated negotiation. An unbiased facilitator encourages the parties to discuss their positions and share their evidence. While mediation doesn’t always lead to a solution, it opens the door to more meaningful discussions.

Arbitration

Attorneys present their client’s evidence before one or more real estate law professionals, and they render a decision. The disputing parties agree ahead of time that an arbiter’s decision will be either binding or nonbinding.

Litigation/Quiet Titling

In certain situations, we immediately file a lawsuit on our client’s behalf and conduct discovery to gain access to the defendant’s evidence. Quiet Titling is a litigation process where we rely on the courts to resolve complex ownership issues.

Contact the Real Estate Law Attorneys at Bonin Law

If you’re involved in a property dispute, you shouldn’t try to resolve it without legal assistance. Contact Bonin Law at (360) 427-7474 or leave a message.

We will schedule a consultation, discuss your concerns, and determine if we can help you.

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Shelton WA 98584

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424 N. 4th Street,
Shelton WA 98584

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Shelton, WA 98584

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32650 State Rte 20
Suite C205
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Phone: (360) 427-7474

Fax: (360) 427-7475

Email: officeemail@johnbonin.com

Mailing Address:
PO Box 783
Shelton, WA 98584

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