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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Pierce WA Driving NB5, got a speeding/ticket. Provided evidence NOT/Guilty WSP & Courts violated statues GOT 2 PAY. HELP

I have to pay. Judge Pro Temp Attorney & WSP Trooper statement was missing Day, Citation# Name etc... elements they both violated WA Statues What can I do Now who can I report this too

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Feb 6, 2023

You have a right to appeal a court's decision. It must be filed within 30 days of your first hearing, in the same courthouse as the first. (The appeal will be heard by the Superior court). The last I heard the filing fee was $250. You can get the paperwork for filing from the court clerk.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Washington on
Q: So is it illegal for a tax preparer to knowingly change the amount of a w-2 form? Example I paid 171.21 changed to 171.

So on over 40 w-2 forms to save time he reprinted all my w-2 to say the amounts without the change on the papers and kept the originals and gave me the copy he made.

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

Rounding to the nearest whole dollar is standard practice. DIY forms automatically do this for you.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Is there anyone that can help me to settle my claim for an accident caused by a drunk driver in Washington State?

I need to find an attorney that can help me in finishing my insurance injury claim. I have literally done 3/4 of the work (I believe) and I have obtained all of the documents needed to settle this case. These include my medical documents from my PCP and therapist notes and summaries for every... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on Feb 3, 2023

Of course, there are many attorneys who can assist. I don't do these personally, but if you want to call or email I'd be happy to make some referrals.

Otherwise, you can google search and I'm sure you could find someone.

Documenting your financial losses, as you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can my employer make me shorten my regular hours to accommodate working the weekend to avoid paying me overtime?

My normal work schedule is Monday through Friday. Occasionally we do expos and shows that require us to work over the weekend. Normally we would be able to work our regular 80 hours and anything that we worked over the weekend would be considered overtime. This time, we were asked to shorten our... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Jan 31, 2023

Yes, there are no laws that require employers to offer any particular amount of hours or overtime. As long as you're paid overtime for any hours over 40 per workweek that you do work, your employer can reduce your hours to avoid employees accruing overtime hours.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Where can I get help with my ongoing 3rd party claim with the other drivers auto insurance company in Washington State??

3rd time DUI offender plowed into our front yard, our fence, and our car at a high rate of speed. His car finally stopped only about 10 feet from the room in which we were at that morning. Our car was deemed a total loss as this was the only thing that stopped the driver from plowing right into our... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 30, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. You're correct; this could be an overwhelming matter because of the number of elements it contains. You indicate seeking an attorney. Your best option is to reach out to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for Washington on
Q: personal injury WA state

so, there's a personal injury case, which just has been dismissed without prejudice and the statute timing is running out in WA state, here are the questions:

Can I as a lawyer file a new same personal injury case in same court and "start over" as long as I'm within time... Read more »

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 29, 2023

If it's dismissed withOUT prejudice, you can re-file at any point before the SOL runs.

The answer to the fees and costs question is between you, the new law firm, and the client. You're generally entitled to be reimbursed for costs, but asserting a lien for your fee in a case...
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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: What should I do when an insurance company keeps removing my uploaded documents on their claims website???

The insurance company continues to remove my documents that I have uploaded to their website and to which I was instructed to do so by the claims team. I have asked via text and email as to why this is happening and have not received a response. This has been happening every time I upload a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 29, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. One option is to ask them if there is a technical glitch with either the site or the formatting of the documents, and if so, will they accept hard copies by certified mail. Also ask them if they are downloading... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: Am I able to travel outside the US with a sealed record from when I was under 18?

I have a sealed record from when I was under 18 and I am planning to travel to India for 2-3 months. This was originally a felony but got reduced to a misdemeanor and later sealed.

Also, Would I have to check the boxes that state criminal records? Because it is a sealed record?

Min Hwan Ahn
Min Hwan Ahn
answered on Jan 27, 2023

In general, if your criminal record has been sealed, it means that it is not accessible to the public, and it should not be considered when applying for most jobs, housing, or other opportunities. However, when it comes to international travel, the rules can be more complicated. It is possible that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Statute of limitations

Hello, If there's a statue of limitations, and it's expired, but there's a lawsuit which was filed in a timely manner BUT dismissed without a prejustice due to client's communication issues (couldn't reach the client), can it be reopened?

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 27, 2023

Yikes. You should fight like hell to have the Court reconsider the dismissal. And get a hold of the dang client! Whatever it takes. Pretend discipline from the bar is on the line.

You can re-file after the statute of limitations, but the case would likely be dismissed upon a motion by the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: personal injury complaint filed against city jail, trial set but lawyer quits- does statute of limitations date change?

Complaint for personal injury filed in Wa State King County Superior Court, (previously filed in federal court on civil right violations) before Covid in 2019, no progress for 2 years. Depositions began in 2022 and trial date set, then lawyer withdraws only months before trial. Does the original... Read more »

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 27, 2023

The statute of limitations doesn't change, but you should ask the defense counsel to agree to a change in the trial date. Defense attorneys are usually happy to delay proceedings. If not, the Court is usually pretty understanding. Just make sure you haven't passed the deadline for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can i defend my dog with a firearm if it is getting trampled to death in my backyard as a felon. Girlfriends gun. Locked

It was locked and i gained access to it and tried all other means for help i could think of. Only charged with Unlawful possession of a firearm and nothing else. Cop justified the shooting of the cow.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Jan 27, 2023

I am sorry but NO you can not possess a firearm for any reason. Make sure you follow the law so that you don't get charged with an offense that can be avoided by just remembering that your past actions have consequences.

Have a great day

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Does this go on my record for jobs etc? And also what should I do?

I was pulled over for destruction of public property. They said the parks will sometimes make a deal instead of pressing charges. What should I do? Also if I work out a deal do this goes on my record for jobs and such?

Cristine Beckwith
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Cristine Beckwith
answered on Jan 25, 2023

Sorry to hear. Destruction of property can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony (depending on the level of damage). This definitely could go on your criminal record. It would be a good idea to reach out to a criminal defense attorney to see if they can investigate further...and hopefully work out... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Does filing a motion to terminate removal proceedings grant me a green-card or do I have to file EOIR-42B?

I have an approved VAWA which I filed concurrently with I-485. I’m not sure whether to file a motion to terminate removal proceedings or file EORI-43B? Which of these will grant me a GreenCard? Thank you.

Samuil Buschkin
Samuil Buschkin
answered on Jan 20, 2023

It is impossible to know based on the information you provided, what the right steps would be in your case. If a VAWA petition has been approved, you should be able to adjust the status and terminate the 42b proceeding by way of motion but without having fully studied your case it's impossible... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: I live in Washington state, I work remotely for a Canadian Company. Do they have to pay me Washington State minimum wage

Or do they only have to pay federal minimum wage

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jan 20, 2023

They have to pay you the higher Washington minimum wage.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: I'm having trouble finding an attorney to handle a property damage claim in Tacoma WA. Where do I go?

I've checked attorney matching websites w no success No personal injury involved

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 20, 2023

Well, depending on the specifics of the claim, there might only be 2 "property damage" firms in all of Washington. I don't believe either is on any of the attorney matching sites. I'd google "property damage attorney Washington" and look at the first organic result.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: I am an Immigrant crossed US border through Mexico. I need to apply for ITIN. What documents do I need ?

I am an Immigrant from Moldova eastern Europe,crossed US border in July through Mexico. Was released under bond having court on August . now I want to apply for ITIN form what documents do I need and what means certified copy of passport,where can I get it?

Thank you

Cesar Mejia Duenas
Cesar Mejia Duenas
answered on Jan 17, 2023

Hi, you may want to do this with a Certified Public Accountant. You do not need a "certified copy" of your passport, just a regular legible copy. There are other documents you may provide to prove your identity as indicated by the IRS in their website... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Washington on
Q: the deed of the house has my name and wife. She passed away. Is the house goes to me without any paperwork?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 15, 2023

Maybe, but not necessarily. It depends on whether the deed was joint only, or joint with right of survivorship.

The property might still legally go to you under probate law depending on other facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: I was pulled over my boyfriend had a gun in the car and he forced me to keep the gun on me out fear I obeyed. What to do
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
answered on Jan 13, 2023

Are you charged with a crime? Possession of a firearm? Something like that ?

Did you mention any of this to the officer?

Where was it found? How was it found?

Do you have your gun rights revoked so that it is a major charge against you for having the gun?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I swear the police used to have to give a ticket for the reason they pulled you over if they are giving you ticket or

So I remember getting infractions dropped due to the officer failing to write you up on original reason for the stop . Example cop pulls over says forgot turn signal while switching lanes but doesn't wite you up for that. But proceeded to issue a ticket for something else like failure to... Read more »

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Jan 12, 2023

Yes, they must have a reasonable suspicion that a crime or an infraction was committed to pull you over. No, they are not required to cite you for that violation. They may elect to warn you regarding that violation. They may also cite you for a violation discovered during the course of the stop,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Washington on
Q: I am a defendant in a lawsuit. I was served a package of papers today. I am on a time schedule. The papers tell me to

I am a defendant in a lawsuit. I was served a package of papers today. I am on a time schedule. The papers tell me to contact an attorney immediately. I need to find an attorney. How?

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 11, 2023

There isn't enough information here to give a full answer. One critical fact would be what type of lawsuit this is. Based on the categories you've selected, I am presuming you are being sued for injuries stemming from a car accident for which you were at fault.

If that's the...
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