The Burke Law Group, PLLC
Old City Hall Building
221 N. Wall St., Suite 624
Spokane, WA 99201

Main Office: (509) 466-7770
Collaborative Law: (509) 999-6747

Homeowners Associations

A Homeowner’s Association (HOA) is a corporate entity governed by the document known as the Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, known as CC and R’s. Many times a developer of land will use a HOA, with the developer having primary control over the development until a percentage of the property is sold to buyers, who then take control of the association. Condominiums, planned unit developments (PUDs) and transitions from apartments to condos may have a HOA. These are all governed by statute in the state of Washington. The HOA has a board of directors who oversee the association, implement the by-laws and enforce the CC and R’s. The property owners are the members of the association who have voting rights and pay dues to pay for such things as common areas, snow removal, garbage, or water and general maintenance for a common area. Some CC and R’s can be viewed as draconian because they limit what the owners can and cannot do with the property. For example, some CC and R’s regulate the color of the property (no purple houses), the type of window dressing or the number of pets (if any) allowed.

Disputes can arise when property owners disagree with a board action, changes to the CC and R’s, changes to the board itself, or levying of special assessments. Sometimes disagreements arise when tenants are allowed in the condo or home. Or a problem may arise if the heir to the property owner disagrees with the other members or board.

Meet Our Attorneys

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

John Burke

Of Counsel, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning. On medical leave.

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Managing Member of the Firm, practicing in all areas of Family Law Litigation, Divorce and Uncontested Divorce. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Cathy Helman

Associate Attorney, practicing in Appeals, Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. Also is an Administrative Law Judge Pro Tem with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Joseph Linehan

Of Counsel, practicing in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) appeals, Family Law Litigation, Divorce, and Dependency. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Robin Schmahl

Senior Associate Attorney, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Uncontested Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship

Rhylee Smith

Associate Attorney, admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, practicing in all aspects of Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Modifications to Existing Orders

Kenneth Zigler, Jr.

Of Counsel, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Divorce, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI benefits, and Lawsuits and Disputes including Personal Injury

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce