In other words, even if the loan modification outfit recommends you or your
firm, your obligation to provide good
SMITH GOODFRIEND, P.S.
Available for referral or association in
labor and employment appeals
Tamosaitis v. Bechtel Nat., Inc., _ Wn. App. _, 327 P.3d 1309
Arzola v. Name Intelligence, Inc., 172 Wn. App. 51 (2012).
Probst v. State Dept. of Retirement Sys, 167 Wn. App. 180 (2012).
Loeffelholz v. University of Washington, 162 Wn. App. 360
(2011), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 175 Wn.2d 264 (2012).
contact Howard Goodfriend or Catherine Smith at
Washington’s Appellate Law Firm
legal advice runs to the client and
not to the loan modification company
(RPC 5. 4); and
• You must provide competent representation to your client, so if what the
loan modification company is doing
to or for your client is questionable or
harmful, you may have an obligation
to your client that is contrary to the
interests of the loan modification company (RPC 1. 1).
Finally, Washington attorneys should
be aware that resources exist for consumers struggling to retain their homes — and
who may not be able to afford an attorney.
For example, the Washington Homeown-ership Center (
www.homeownership-wa.org; 877-894-HOME) provides a
resource center for information on
foreclosure assistance and connects
homeowners with free certified housing
counselors and information on legal assistance. The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has information regarding foreclosure resources
and links to Foreclosure Fairness Act
brochures in 11 languages available at
www.dfi.wa.gov. The Washington State
Office of Civil Legal Aid (www.ocla.
wa.gov/aboutOCLA.htm) has information on legal aid services to low-income
people in Washington state. NWL
David W. Huey
is senior counsel
with the Wash-
ington State At-
and is a national
leader in the fight
can be reached
min Roesch is
assistant attorney general with the
Washington State Attorney Gen-
eral’s Consumer Protection Division,
where he advocates for the rights of
homeowners and other consumers.
He is a member of the WSBA Amicus
Brief Committee. He can be reached