On Storytelling

In cases involving serious personal injury or death, the justice system revolves around whose story connects best with the judge or jury. Storytelling is our oldest form of communicating truths and parables with one another, and to pass on wisdom from age to age. But too often trial lawyers get caught up in listing facts […]

What is Mandatory Arbitration?

Mandatory arbitration is arbitration under Washington’s Superior Court rules to allow a quicker resolution of those cases where the only thing sought is money damages of $50,000 or less. The upside is speed, but they are easier to appeal than traditional arbitration. This leads to the second upside, which is that if your opponent appeals […]

What is mediation? Attorney Matt Albrecht answers.

  Realizing again recently that the words lawyers use and assume others know are far from ordinary, and far from normal, I am undertaking to help explain some of the basic steps in lawsuits and settlement of legal disputes.  We often throw out words like arbitration, mediation, and litigation to clients who are hearing new […]

Matt Albrecht Named a 2013 Top Spokane Lawyer

We are pleased to announce Matt Albrecht has been named one of Spokane’s Top Lawyers for the fourth time.  This regional publication makes an annual selection, which considers quality of representation, experience, industry reputation, and a score of other objective criteria to identify those lawyers it believes sit at the top of Spokane’s legal field. […]

How Should Judges Be Selected

Choosing which judge to vote for can be a complete mystery to the average voter, who has no real way to know a judge’s temperament or point of view. Short of sitting down to read actual opinions of each judge, an impossibly time-consuming task, how do you choose? Even worse, what should be done when […]

Are Homeowners Required To Allow Construction Defects To Be Cured Before Suing?

In a word, no.  In Washington, contractors generally have no right to cure construction defects before they can be sued. BUT, and this is a big but, the contractor has a right to insist on this if they follow specific statutory notice requirements.  For homeowners and construction customers, then, the first step when looking into […]

Grant County Office

Ahrend Albrecht's Grant County Office

In 2012 Ahrend Albrecht opened a new Grant County office in the center of Ephrata, just two blocks east of the Grant County Courthouse and across the street from the historic Bell Hotel next to Patrick Real Estate. The office is conveniently located at: 16 Basin Street S.W. Ephrata, WA 98823. Basin Street is the […]

Spokane Office

Outside view of new Ahrend Albrecht PLLC office space

In 2012 Ahrend Albrecht opened a new office in Spokane County in one of Spokane’s most recognizable historic landmark buildings. In July 2014 we opened a larger office in Suite 614 with all the amenities and advantages you deserve and your lawyers need to provide the very best representation. The Paulsen Center is located conveniently on […]

Who comes out on top in a fight for contractor lien priority?

When land developments or construction projects go sideways, it can happen quickly and you as an individual contractor will often feel like you’re standing in line just hoping to be paid.  Luckily, with your construction lawyer’s help you will stand a much better chance of getting paid by using the contractor’s lien statute for your […]

One way contractors lose their right to legal fees in a lien foreclosure

Construction contractors in Washington have a right few other creditors receive:  you can record a lien against the improved property and receive payment for not only your services and materials provided, but also for the legal fees and costs necessary to foreclose the lien.  Hiring a lawyer experienced in contractor lien foreclosure lawsuits can help […]