General Adjudication Process

Utah, like other western states, is conducting general adjudications of all of the water rights within several major drainages. These proceedings, which are complex and lengthy legal actions, are being conducted for several reasons. First, these adjudications are an effort to recognize, quantify, and prioritize water rights that, in some cases, extend back into the […]

Condominiums Must Abide by Denver’s New Benchmarking Ordinance

In an effort to preserve integrity, quality of life, and strengthen the local economy the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment established an Energy Efficiency Program. An integral part of this Energy Efficiency Program is the county’s new Benchmarking Ordinance. The ordinance is sited in the Denver Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 4, Article V. […]

HOA Guidelines for Going Solar

Whether your HOA consists of detached dwellings, condos or townhouses, you can utilize solar to benefit your members, reduce energy costs and preserve the environment. HOAs and their members that haven’t considered solar in the past are now attracted to the federal tax deduction – 30 percent of installation costs in 2018 and 2019, 26 […]

Reinvestment Fees Offset HOA Turnover Costs, Contribute to Reserves

Many Utah families have utilized their increased equity from the strong buyer’s market and healthy economy to upscale or downscale their housing situation. All of this movement in the housing industry is expensive for nonprofit homeowners’ associations and requires adequate budgeting and preparation for current and future market fluctuations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, […]

VF Attorney Files Suit Against Portland Diocese

VF Law attorney Kristian Roggendorf has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic diocese of Portland alleging that his client suffered sexual abuse under the hands of two Portland priests in the mid 90s. This case joins multiple others across the country seeking to hold priests and the church accountable for years of hidden abuse. […]

Announcing Newest Partners

Vial Fotheringham LLP is proud to welcome Kathryn Battock, Jessica J. Maceyko, Quentin Phillips and Damien Bielli to the team of Vial Fotheringham Parnters. VF Law partners are an integral part of firm management and development. The existing partners look forward to welcoming these new additions. Congratulations Kathryn, Jessica, Quentin and Damien!

Big Changes in Washington State HOA Law

The Washington Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA) was passed by the Washington State Legislature on March 6, 2018 and goes into effect on July 1, 2018. This comprehensive legislation represents a significant change in community association law for Washington.  The numerous statutes that previously governed community association law in Washington were vague, leading to disputes […]

VF Now Servicing New Mexico Market

In collaboration with local counsel Attorney Patrick Griebel, VF Law will now be offering our comprehensive suite of HOA legal services in the beautiful state of New Mexico, with a focus on the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area. VF has more than 35 years experience as legal counsel for homeowner associations and condominium associations offering […]

BIG WIN for Logan Blythe and our Salt Lake City Office Original story: Utah National Parks Counsel Accommodates Utah teen with Down Syndrome, only to have the National BSA Reverse that Decision Salt Lake City, March 17, 2018—On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, I filed a Complaint against the Boy Scouts of America and the Utah National Parks Council on behalf of Logan Blythe, a young […]

Snow Removal and Your HOA

The Treasure Valley has faced a series of snow events this winter. The local highway districts are having trouble keeping up with the plowing, especially in the side roads and neighborhoods where our HOA clients predominate. As a result, schools have been closing, and people have had trouble getting cars out of residential neighborhoods. At […]