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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: We have jointly owned car and rv he only owns half the house. How can we fix this? Ex wife not cooperative.

In bankruptcy involving ex-wife, dual ownership of the home, we have jointly owned vehicle and RV that have loans. Don't mind losing the rv, but where we live a car is necessary. 1. Would he lose the whole house even if it jointly owned with the ex-wife? 2. Would we be able to keep the car? If... Read more »

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Gordon Charles Webb answered on Dec 2, 2018

Hire a bankruptcy lawyer.

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: If someone filed, but they die before the bankruptcy goes through, are the kids responsible for paying off the debt?
Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Nov 16, 2018

As long as the estate gets a discharge, the kids will not be responsible unless they co-signed for the debt.

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for New York on
Q: My wife slipped on a wet deck recently on a cruise down to Mexico - how long would we have to file a lawsuit?
Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Oct 31, 2018

Read your cruise contract. Most have a one year statute of limitations with six month notice requirement. But again, READ YOUR PASSENGER TICKET.

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4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: Will the hospital ever be able to come after me for unpaid bills once I declare bankruptcy?
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Gordon Charles Webb answered on Oct 26, 2018

Not if they are discharged in a chapter 7.

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas on
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

sue the other ship if it was at fault?

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Jul 25, 2018

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: I’m looking into filing bankruptcy. I would like to learn about the process and types of bankruptcy.

I have a car loan-the car is my only method of transportation. I have some furniture in storage and some small electronics (computer, iPad). Do I lose those ?

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Jun 27, 2018

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: Will I lose my house if I file for bankruptcy? I still owe on the mortgage.
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Gordon Charles Webb answered on Jun 18, 2018

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.... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas on
Q: How long do I have to file a claim if I get injured while working on a fishing boat?
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Gordon Charles Webb answered on Jun 11, 2018

3 years for a Jones Act claim. Consult with a maritime attorney ASAP.

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime on
Q: If someone boards my vessel without permission, then refuses to leave, how may I legally evict them?

Also, at what point legally do my verbal warnings become construed as threats that may be used against me in Court, given that the trespassers are standing on my vessel?

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Jun 9, 2018

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... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for New York on
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

injured due to the negligence of another contract worker. Is this true?

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on May 30, 2018

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: Am I allowed to keep any of my property if I file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Washington State?
Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on May 27, 2018

Yes. You May keep both personal and real property depending upon its fair market value and the applicable state or federal exemption.

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Q: Am I allowed to keep any of my property if I file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Washington State?
Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on May 18, 2018

Yes both real and personal property as long as fair market value and equity within the applicable exemptions.

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas on
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

one?

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on May 18, 2018

Yes if the death occurred on the high seas the lawsuit must be filed under DOSHA by the personal representative of the estate.

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: Can I be arrested if I left a cruise ship in Jamaica owing them $6000?

I was on a 7 day cruise from miami and I racked up a $6000 bill in the Casino, I was unable to pay so i Left the Ship at the jamaican port. The ship does not fly under a US Flag. Now the sheriff in miami is threatening me that he is going to get a warrant and arrest me. Is he just pulling my leg... Read more »

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Gordon Charles Webb answered on Apr 26, 2018

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?

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Texas on
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

of limitations. I thought I had 3 years to file my personal injury suit?

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Apr 23, 2018

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... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: What is an example of a non-exempt asset in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Apr 23, 2018

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.

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4 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for New York on
Q: If I am injured at sea, what type of medical benefits am I entitled to?
Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Apr 15, 2018

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.

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I have been done seriously wrong by the city of Edgewater, Florida. How can I find a lawyer who will fight the city?

Every attorney I have talked to has said "Oh, we don't practice that type of law." What type of practice will take a case against the city? I believe the case involves violations of state statutes and federal civil rights under color of law under 42 USC 1983.

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Apr 2, 2018

Go online and look for an attorney with experience handling civil rights claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Q: If a boat is legally anchored and hotel employees demand you leave and then force a boarding can you shoot them?

In Hawaii, coastal ocean waters and beaches are owned by the state. If a boat is legally anchored in a state owned harbor off the coast of a popular beach that has a major hotel nearby, and hotel employees come down to the waters edge on the beach and try to scare you away with a megaphone, then... Read more »

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Apr 2, 2018

No!! Do yourself a favor and call the police, harbor patrol and coast guard before resorting to unreasonable force to protect personal property.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
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

Do i have to pay for his damages? What happens if I don't?

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Mar 26, 2018

In Washington, the statutory default is the rear-ender is responsible, so you may get sued if you do not.

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