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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: Does NCF final mean that An individual is not being charged does that mean they won’t be called into court again later?

Someone I know was arrested and the next day was suppose to go to court. They were never seen and let go with no paper work. Disposition on the website said NCF FINAL. Does that mean they are not being charged. Also if it says final does that mean they are not going summon them back for a trial? I... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on May 20, 2022

It definitely does not mean that a charge could not be filed in the future. If the prosecutor gets more information or a follow up report, they can change their mind and file until the statute of limitations has run out. That is at least one year, but more for most crimes.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can I sue previous employer for discrimination and stress injury?

I developed heart palpitations, 450 a day skipped heartbeats a day. It was caused by excess stress do to negligence from my employer. Me and several other employees would inform Human resources of thr behavior of the Store Manager, that was against company policy. Human resources told me to keep... Read more »

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on May 19, 2022

First, you may have a retaliation claim depending on the types of misconduct by the manager that you were reporting to HR.

Second, you may have a claim for disability discrimination based on your termination after disclosing your heart condition and ADHD. However, without more context it is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Washington on
Q: Hi, I have an idea for patenting, similar to #5857273. I am wondering how to pull up the drawings for it? And if expired

how to find out if a patent is expired and if I can put a patent pending on something similar?

Stephen E. Zweig
Stephen E. Zweig
answered on May 15, 2022

One easy way is to look up the patent at https://patents.google.com/ . Then, for a US patent, put a US in front of the number such as US5857273. Google will fetch the patent and also let you know if it is expired or not (it is).

To get your own patent in the same topic, you will have to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can my employer mandate that I miss a day of work to be fitted for an N95 respirator?

There is no opportunity to get fit tested and keep my shift, and if I don't get a fit test, I can no longer keep my job. Do they have an obligation to pay me for the time spent traveling to the site and getting the fit test?

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on May 11, 2022

Yes. However, since the N95 respirator fitting is required for your work, you are still entitled to compensation for your time. Note: you are normally not entitled to compensation for the travel time from your home to your first place of employment or from your last place of employment to your home.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: In disputes between siblings why does it seem like the law sides with the kids that want to sell ? Leaving the other if

They don't Have the money to by them out on hand then they are forced to sell to. in most cases the one sibling is trying to keep the property above all.

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on May 5, 2022

It seems that way because the law does in fact favor the siblings who want to sell. The reason for that is it is untenable in the long run to force the siblings who want to sell to have to wait for their inheritance while the one who wants to occupy continues to live in the property, usually... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: How do I prove when I left the country in 2000?

I submitted my i485 adjustment of status application. They responded to me with an RFE asking for proof of when I left the US in the year 2000.

I no longer have the passport that I used when exiting the country. I have put in two CBP FOIA requests as well as a USCIS FOIA request. All of... Read more »

Namita Agarwal
Namita Agarwal
answered on May 5, 2022

The FOIA is good but that doesn’t provide the information, you will need to provide a notarized statement explaining the situation. May be worthwhile to have an attorney review and assist with this response. Good luck!

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Estate Planning and Probate for Washington on
Q: I am the creditor to a court ordered instalment plan where the debtor has died. Most likely no will

His partner at time of debts til present, knew he was borrowing money from me and also benefited from it. She also helped in lying about his living arrangements and conditions of bail for his 5criminal charges dealing with a minor. How do I collect this debt?

Keith Armstrong
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Keith Armstrong
answered on May 4, 2022

Creditor, you may want to make a claim against the estate of the debtor and send written notice to the surviving partner. If the debt was in the company capacity, then the company should be responsible for paying. If the debt was made in his personal capacity, then his estate should pay for the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: somebody reported I aimed a gun at them, police searched my vehicle and find a gun out in the open. do they have a case?

Today a vehicle cut me off, so I passed them in the left lane. Their car sat a lot higher than mine and they had a clear view of my passenger seat. Which had my pistol sitting in it. They called the police and said that I had aimed the gun at them when I was passing. They followed me for 2 miles... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on May 1, 2022

Sorry to hear that this happened to you. From what you have described, it appears they do have evidence to include the firearm and possibly multiple witnesses that were in the other vehicle. It is very likely that the county prosecutor's office will move forward with criminal charges.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for Washington on
Q: My Grandma has been living in assisted living. She fell and broke ribs and no one took her to the hospital for 5 days

My grandma (90) had recently been in an assisted living home. She has fallen many times in her past few years there. But the most recent time she fell and broke ribs and the people caring for her made the judgment call to not bring her to the hospital because they figured there’s not much to be... Read more »

Michael Brevda
Michael Brevda
answered on Apr 29, 2022

I’m sorry to hear about your grandma’s falls in the assisted living facility. Repeated falls evidence a pattern and should trigger a healthcare facility to create a care plan to (attempt to) stop the falls. I doubt that was done in grandma’s case, which may be negligent on the ALF’s part.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Question about resignation from a job. 9. Termination 9.2 Termination without cause by either party

The clause follows 9.2 as

"Without cause, upon 120 days' prior written notice by either party."

Does this mean that to resign I must give 120 days notice? Since it says "by either party".

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Apr 28, 2022

If the employee fails to give 120 days notice as required in the employment contract, then there is a possibility that an employer might sue for the extra cost of finding a replacement for the period for which notice was not given. In my experience, employers very rarely sue to recover that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Does this fall into tort of outrage or intent to inflict emotional damage?

Incident:

They took her into their office, stated they would be happy to meet with her alone and only alone, while knowing she was in and out the hospital, to bully her, and told her she was treated differently than her neighbors, because I, her daughter, spoke out about gentrification.... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 27, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It looks like you're talking about the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress. To meaningfully answer your question, you could reach out to law firms to discuss. It could be one thing for a matter... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Washington on
Q: Grandmother passed in WA 2013. Executor never contacted me but siblings and cousins inherited. How do I see the will?

Executor is in AK, where I also live. I do not know if I should have been contacted or if I should have inherited. There was a will and I would like to see it. Executor has always been unresponsive.

Keith Armstrong
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Keith Armstrong
answered on Apr 27, 2022

Alaska Native. It would depend on what your grandmother's Will says to determine if you should have received notice or inheritance. If no Will, then her heir (her children/spouse) would inherit under intestate laws. No grandchildren would automatically be included, could be, but not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Are mold cases ever successful?

Tenants in our building have chronic health issues. Signs of mold and water damage everywhere. Bursting pipes ignored. One tenant had professional testing done which yielded positive for toxic mold. Can these results be used for all tenants? Are mold cases ever successful?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 21, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter nationwide, they can be difficult cases. Some law firms are reluctant to take them on because things are not as clear-cut as more traditional accident cases involving clearly definable damages... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Sexual Harassment for Washington on
Q: How much will a lawyer charge to represent me in a sexual abuse claim against a Catholic priest in Seattle?

I know a lawyer won't charge me up front I just want to get an idea of how much he would take when I win my case. Thank you

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Apr 21, 2022

The standard fee for personal injury cases, including sex abuse cases, is 1/3 of the total recovery plus costs advanced. If the matter goes to litigation, the fee goes up to 40% plus costs advanced.

I commend your bravery in coming forward to get some justice. I wish you the best.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: If a detective is calling you for months trying to get you to come down wouldn't they just arrest you instead of trying

If they had serious allegations against you wouldn't they just arrest you instead of trying to call you for months to interview you

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 21, 2022

Depends...the standard to charge someone with a crime is probable cause. Often, they do not have that until, ironically, a suspect voluntarily talks with police, and usually in an attempt to clear their name.

It's quite possible that the police do not (yet) have probable cause for the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: cpr class scheduled during my normal sleep time against the law?

so i work nights and my employer has scheduled a cpr class during the time I'm supposed to be sleeping and I'm supposed to work a 12 hour shift that night can he fire me if i don't show up to the class, this is in Washington state if that helps

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 19, 2022

Assuming you're over the age of 18, your employer can require you to attend both the class and your shift. There are no federal laws that mandate any break times or sleep times, but if this becomes a repeated issue, you should discuss your concerns with your supervisor and request that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: How do I prove a common law name change to my employer?

I live in Washington State. I have gone by my middle name now for more than 30 years. My employer requires that my birth certificate name appear on my Outlook and the program our company uses to manage clients. With my close co-workers, this doesn't matter, but there are enough people I... Read more »

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Apr 17, 2022

In Washington state, while a common law name change based on usage is recognized, changing the name on your birth certificate requires a court order. The process is relatively inexpensive costs a few hundred dollars. For more info, go to:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: My employer is based in Virginia but my client is in Washington state.

My employer is based in Virginia but my client is in Washington state. I have been residing in Washington for last 2.5 years for my assignment. Am I entitled to get Washington State paid sick leave from my VA employer?

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Apr 15, 2022

Yes. The law of the state where the employees resides controls.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Washington on
Q: I have a detective and adult services checking on my mom because she took out 50,000 out of her bank America account

My m moved in about 6 months ago and got a settlement and I went to the bank with her about 2 months ago and she withdrawn 50 thousand and now I have a detective and adult services at my door what should I do I haven’t done anything wrong my moms old doctor ordered her to get tests done for some... Read more »

Jason Powers
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Jason Powers
answered on Apr 14, 2022

You need to call a lawyer. APS thinks you had her get the money for your benefit. They might try and remove her from your care and send charges to a prosecutor. I suggest you call a local criminal law attorney and meet with them. This need to be done before you and or mom meet with them. Also,... Read more »

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Q: Can this device be re-patented and re-made since the devices patent is expired
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Mar 29, 2022

No.

The idea behind a patent is that the inventor discloses the invention, and in turn, the government gives the inventor something of value: the ability to keep others from using the patenting invention for a limited time. After the time runs out, anyone can use that invention.

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