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June 2014 Archives

Gregory Cromwell and Amy Meharry speak at Director's Training session

On Thursday June 19th,  HIP partner attorney Gregory Cromwell and associate attorney Amy Meharry presented information and answered questions for over fifty directors of Homeowner's and Condominium Associations (HOAs) at a Director's Training session sponsored by Around the Clock, Inc., a property management company located in Kent.  The seminar was held at the Kent Senior Center. The approximate two-hour presentation covered topics of interest to HOAs including issues such as Fair Housing Act discrimination involving Rules pertaining to children, the preparation of concise, proper Board meeting minutes, a legislative update on use of electronic transmission of notices for owners' meetings and the requirement that annual owners' meeting minutes be available to owners within 60 days of the meeting date, case law updates on recent Court decisions affecting Associations, how to effectively and properly handle owners’ records access requests; an overview of collection tools and the legal process for handling collection matters; and some of the latest issues regarding how the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act applies to assessment collection for Associations. Their presentation was followed by a Q&A session where the attending directors were able to ask and get answers to many other questions on issues of interest to their Association.  The event was very successful and appreciated by the attendees who actively participated in the event through their questions and discussions with Greg and Amy.

Attorney Mark Prothero honored by Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

HIP Attorney Mark Prothero was honored earlier this month by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL). Each year, the WACDL annual conference is held in Chelan, WA at the Cambell's resort on Lake Chelan and is attended by criminal defense attorneys from across the state. Mark was awarded posthumously with the WACDL President's Award for his service to the Washington criminal defense community and for his numerous contributions to the WACDL organization. HIP partner and attorney Greg Girard was in attendance to present the award to Mark's wife Kelly, son Sean, and daughter Marley who accepted the award on Mark's behalf.

Bankruptcy and Garnishment

June 16, 2014 - A common cause for people to file for bankruptcy relief is garnishment.  It is hard to have 25% of your net paycheck taken!  This typically results in a snowball effect; short to pay for utilities, mortgage, rent, food, etc.  Once this happens, people think that the funds are gone and there is nothing you can do.  That is not correct! 

HIP's Immigration Department attends The Kent School District's Resource Fair

June 12, 2014 - The attorneys of HIP's Immigration Department attended the Kent School District Resource Fair held at the Birch Creek Youth Center.  Cynthia Irvine, Florian Purganan, Mary-Beth Leeper, and Meghan Kelly-Stallings, fielded questions from community members and provided written information about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), an immigration benefit available to certain noncitizens who arrived to the U.S. as children.  Various local businesses, public agencies and nonprofits also attended the event organized by the Kent School District, Centro Rendu and the King County Housing Authority.

2014 KDP Roaring 20's Dinner Auction

June 6th, 2014 - HIP Law Firm was represented at the Kent Downtown Partnership's Roaring 20's Dinner/Auction by Alan Cai, Annette Bolster, Ashley Eades, Becky Walter, Dennis Shanlian, Greg Girard, Jared Eades, Jeremy Benthin, Jorge Ramos, Mike Hanis, and Rebecca Simmons.  Everyone had great time bidding, eating, and showing off their fabulous 20's attire.  A special "Thank You" to Barb Smith and her talented Committee for a great event; and for an organization that does so much for the Kent Community.  After the event, HIP finished the night at one of their favorite places, Mick Kelly's Bar and Grill.

HIP Welcomes Jeremy Benthin

June 6, 2014 - Jeremy Benthin recently joined Hanis Irvine Prothero in the Homeowners' Association Department assigned to file and archive documents as a Legal File Clerk.