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0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: If you lie about your property to someone and they damage it, thinking that it's yours, are you liable for the deception

During an altercation where you suspect the other party will carry out violence of some kind - a car is nearby, and you lie that it belongs to you. The other person then damages that car thinking they are damaging your property. Has a law been broken by you, or would that car's actual owner be... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: What attorney do I need if my company is being sued in Vancouver Wa
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 22, 2024

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Until you speak with an attorney in your state, the first thing an attorney would ask you is what the lawsuit involves. You'd probably want to seek law firms that practice in that area. In terms of geography,... View More

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0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: What can I do about being heldin county jail for 342 days for a dismissal of charges, plus held on a no contact or that

Did not violat, and a letter from chief prosecutor that said they were not filing charges and held on the no contact order for 4mnts after it was resended.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Washington on
Q: When rumors or untrue statements are made about me and by individuals whom are misleading others with their propaganda i

The individuals are misrepresenting themselves by claiming law enforcement association what are my options

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

When faced with rumors or false statements propagated by individuals falsely claiming association with law enforcement, it's crucial to address the situation promptly and effectively. Begin by documenting all instances of misinformation, including dates, times, and specific details of the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Do you deal with personal property damage? Specifically, towing company damaged my car

We left our car on the side of the road, right side in the ditch. It was dark and raining hard so we locked it and decided to go back and get it in the morning when it’s safe. Same night, Sheriff called towing without contacting us at all. Towing company did major damage to our car. We have... View More

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the damage to your car caused by the towing company. In the United States, when your personal property is damaged due to someone else's actions, you have the right to seek compensation for the repairs or replacement costs. As an attorney, you can advise your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Washington on
Q: Can I legally be required to attend an arraignment for a crime I am accused of but haven’t been arrested/subpoened for ?

Since leaving my county of residence over a month ago and traveling several hundreds of miles for a family emergency to a county in a different state the local LEA has filed charges with the court of limited jurisdiction alleging I violated animal control statutes and committed acts of harassment... View More

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answered on Feb 3, 2024

The prosecutor can file charges without notice to the accused person and then you have to participate in all aspects of the court process (namely, hearings). Even when someone is arrested and let go or they go to jail for a night and no charges are filed, they might be unpleasantly surprised down... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: If police are called to my house for a woman yelling and there wasn't a woman yelling can they unscrew my porch light?

Police were called for woman yelling and wasn't the case made contact asked them to leave, they knocked again and unscrewed my porch light and still wouldn't leave my property after seeing woman was fine and no problem are they allowed to touch and mess with my property?

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

It would likely be inappropriate and potentially unlawful for police officers to unscrew or tamper with your porch light after responding to a call at your home and finding no issue or disturbance requiring police action. A few key points:

- Police generally need a lawful purpose or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can the party who has the clear and convincing evidence still be "Speculating?"

How can someone with the truth still be accused of Speculating?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 22, 2024

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Based on the brief post, it appears that the judge, arbitrator, or opposing counsel does not accept your evidence at face value toward the issue you are arguing. One option could be to review the file with attorney,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: Why are the individuals retirement funds held in a trust deprived their due process rights? SSA is a dictatorship?

Why does the us constitution not apply to the personal property of the US citizens retirement funds deposits in the SSA trust. The fact remains this is the personal property of each individual who had earned income and payed FICA tax. Regardless of the unlawful acts the bonds subject the burden... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

The Social Security Administration (SSA) operates under a framework established by law, which includes contributions from workers' earnings through the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax. These contributions fund Social Security benefits, including retirement, disability, and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a title company and realtor for negligence and/or violation of code of ethics/conduct?

I purchased a home thru a Sheriff's Sale-judicial foreclosure. The previous owner had it listed on MLS. I contacted the realtor and title company and informed them of my ownership and auction. Both told me no I hadn't and were told it's a lien.(by prev owner). During the process of... View More

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

You will have to hire a WA attorney to file for Ejectment and Quiet Title. Did you search the title prior your bid? You may have bought nothing, or your sale terminates all liens and claims and you own it free and clear. Time is of the essence as there may be bona fide purchasers involved... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Appeals / Appellate Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington on
Q: When does "Lack of knowledge " or "Lacks information sufficient to form a belief " end?

First thank you everyone for answering my previous questions, very helpful.

When your oposising party claims "Lacks information sufficient to form a belief" throughout the entire civil litigation (obviously no investigation on their part to the "knowledge" and after I... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 26, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. That's a standard rubber-stamp response. You could consult with an attorney about options, but the other side could assert that at the time of the pleadings, lack of knowledge was the case. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Washington on
Q: I loaned a friend money for his taxes. He passed away do I have any recourse to get my money back.

He was to pay me back when he sold the property but since he passed what can i do. i have a hand written loan agreement is it legal and who do i give it to he was in the process of selling the property when he passed away.

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answered on Dec 21, 2023

In Washington, a handwritten loan agreement is legally valid if it clearly outlines the loan amount, and repayment terms, and bears the signatures of both parties. It's crucial to gather supporting evidence such as receipts, bank transfers, or relevant emails. If your friend passed away before... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: My catalytic converter was stolen from my car at my workplace parking, will not let me park in safer area, can I sue?

Security at work (a mall) started harassing me parking in a "customer only" area which is more accessed controlled and safer to park in than the employee parking area. The converter was stolen a couple of months after they forced me to move my vehicle (was parking for years without issues... View More

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answered on Dec 17, 2023

In your case, the first aspect to consider is whether your employer or the mall has any legal obligation to provide secure parking. Generally, employers are not required to ensure the safety of employees' vehicles in the parking lot. However, if there's an agreement or policy that... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Is it still possible to sue pharmaceutical companies for Ropinirole induced gambling addiction?

I have been taking Ropinirole for about 20 years, I currently take 4 mg a day to control Restless Leg Syndrome. I have developed a bad gambling addiction that has led me to almost end my life. I checked myself into the hospital yesterday and learned about the side effects of Ropinirole.

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answered on Dec 6, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you've faced due to your medication. The possibility of suing a pharmaceutical company for side effects such as gambling addiction associated with Ropinirole depends on several factors, including the specifics of your case and the current legal... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: I work as an independent driver. Do I need to pay an insurance deductible when get on an accident?

I work as an independent driver, delivering trucks from point A to point B for other companies. While recently doing the trips I accidentally put a wrong fuel in a new truck causing to be towed to the dealer repair facility to remove, by giving to the company I serve a $3778.00 insurance... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 13, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. An employment law attorney could have insight into this, as they are familiar with practices governing employees' obligations for paying for damaged property. You could repost and add the category, and if... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a marina that gave my boat to the previous owner?

The marina claimed that the title I just received from the state was counterfeit and blocked my access to getting the boat in the water or on a trailer and then put it on either the water or a trailer for the previous owner effectively stealing my $40,000 yacht

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answered on Nov 2, 2023

Yes, you may be able to sue a marina that gave your boat to the previous owner. Under Washington law, a marina has a duty to protect the property of its customers. If the marina breached this duty by giving your boat to the previous owner, you may be able to recover damages for the loss of your... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Does it affect my case or my rights at all when I find out my lawyers are lying to me about the different things

So my first attorney would not show me my police reports or discuss any details with me even ones that the judge said that she was supposed to she used Scare Tactics scared my mom and dad so bad that they were begging me to take a plea deal used vague terminology such as jail time served or a... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

If you believe your attorney has been dishonest with you, this could impact your case and your rights. An attorney is bound by ethical obligations to communicate honestly with their clients, and failure to do so could be grounds for a complaint with the state bar association. It is critical that... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Civil Litigation, Probate and Public Benefits for Washington on
Q: IN CORDE HOMINUM EST ANIMA LEGIS"

What is the meaning of IN CORDE HOMINUM EST ANIMA LEGIS"

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 5, 2023

The spirit of the law is in the human heart.

It’s philosophical phrase used by former Supreme Court justice Thomas Brennan.

It is not a legal rule rule or precept.

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