Questions Answered by Gordon Charles Webb

Q: If someone filed, but they die before the bankruptcy goes through, are the kids responsible for paying off the debt?

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Nov 16, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
As long as the estate gets a discharge, the kids will not be responsible unless they co-signed for the debt.

Q: My wife slipped on a wet deck recently on a cruise down to Mexico - how long would we have to file a lawsuit?

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for New York on
Answered on Oct 31, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Read your cruise contract. Most have a one year statute of limitations with six month notice requirement. But again, READ YOUR PASSENGER TICKET.

Q: Will the hospital ever be able to come after me for unpaid bills once I declare bankruptcy?

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Oct 26, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Not if they are discharged in a chapter 7.

Q: If two ships collide and I get injured while working on one, can I sue my employer for my injuries or would I need to

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas on
Answered on Jul 25, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
It depends on a lot of things, for example was your employer at fault, are they properly paying your maintenance and cure, was the other vessel at fault. These and other questions need to discussed with a maritime lawyer.

Q: I’m looking into filing bankruptcy. I would like to learn about the process and types of bankruptcy.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Jun 27, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
The simple answer is no, if the value of your assets fall within the allowable exemptions then you do not lose those belongings. However, bankruptcy is complex thus you should consult with an experienced attorney for a complete evaluation.

Q: Will I lose my house if I file for bankruptcy? I still owe on the mortgage.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Jun 18, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
You certainly will if you stop paying on the mortgage, however, in order to properly answer this question you will need to consult with a bankruptcy lawyer and provide additional information such as the FMV of the home, the amount of mortgage, other possible liens, the amount of equity in the home. Also whether you qualify for Chapter 7 or will be filing chapter 13 are important factors along with the amount of your debt. So really, this question requires more information for a proper answer...

Q: How long do I have to file a claim if I get injured while working on a fishing boat?

4 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
3 years for a Jones Act claim. Consult with a maritime attorney ASAP.

Q: If someone boards my vessel without permission, then refuses to leave, how may I legally evict them?

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Depending upon additional facts and the particular jurisdiction, probably best to call the local authorities, i.e. Coast Guard, police or sheriff before saying or attempting much other than instructing the individual to leave. Be sure to have a credible witness who can attest to the reasonableness of your actions.

Q: I was injured on a fishing boat, but the boat owner is claiming they're not liable for my medical bills because I was

3 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for New York on
Answered on May 30, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
No, as long as you were employed in the service of the vessel your medical bills are covered under the general maritime law doctrine of maintenance and cure.

Q: Am I allowed to keep any of my property if I file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Washington State?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on May 27, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Yes. You May keep both personal and real property depending upon its fair market value and the applicable state or federal exemption.

Q: Am I allowed to keep any of my property if I file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Washington State?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on May 18, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Yes both real and personal property as long as fair market value and equity within the applicable exemptions.

Q: Is the Death On The High Seas Act a claim a family member can file in addition to a wrongful death claim, or instead of

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas on
Answered on May 18, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Yes if the death occurred on the high seas the lawsuit must be filed under DOSHA by the personal representative of the estate.

Q: Can I be arrested if I left a cruise ship in Jamaica owing them $6000?

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Answered on Apr 26, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Sheriffs usually don't run around making false threats without acting, but if he is for real - and not some rent a cop - you might respectfully ask him for his basis. . . . . We would need more information, i.e. did you destroy property or just drink to much?

Q: I tried to file my maritime injury suit 14 months after i was injured but the other party claims I'm beyond the statute

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
What kind of case is it, cruise ship, Jones Act Seaman FTC case???? If a cruise ship, you better read your contract of carriage as most cruise claims are limited to one year, with a 6 month notice provision. If you are a seaman, then typically you have three years, unless you were working on a government vessel or cruise ship in which case the time limit will likely be different depending on a few factors. So you as you can see, more information is necessary to properly assess your situation.

Q: What is an example of a non-exempt asset in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Equity in any property over and above the allowable exemption amount. For example if you own a Ferrari free and clear, you will have equity in the car that exceeds the allowable auto exemption amount.

Q: If I am injured at sea, what type of medical benefits am I entitled to?

4 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for New York on
Answered on Apr 15, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Any medical treatment related to injuries that manifested while in the service of the vessel is covered under the maritime doctrine of cure until you reach maximum medical cure.

Q: I have been done seriously wrong by the city of Edgewater, Florida. How can I find a lawyer who will fight the city?

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Answered on Apr 2, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
Go online and look for an attorney with experience handling civil rights claims.

Q: If a boat is legally anchored and hotel employees demand you leave and then force a boarding can you shoot them?

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Apr 2, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
No!! Do yourself a favor and call the police, harbor patrol and coast guard before resorting to unreasonable force to protect personal property.

Q: Hi I hit a car from behind only minor damage to the bumper on his side neither of us has insurance no police report

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Answered on Mar 26, 2018
Gordon Charles Webb's answer
In Washington, the statutory default is the rear-ender is responsible, so you may get sued if you do not.

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