Washington Questions & Answers

Q: My partner was diagnosed with leukemia after working with Benzene for 21 years. Why can't we find a lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Products Liability for Washington on
Answered on Oct 18, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Good for you for looking.

Short answer: extremely expensive to prove in court, and the Supreme Court made it very difficult especially if the problem (leukemia) is something that can be caused by just .....being.

Second problem is the statute of limitations issue in your state.

Suggest you try Ciresi Conlin 612-361-8200

Before you call have handy a chronology--dates of exposure, locations, names of any products containing the benzene etc.

If they can't...

Q: States a portion of profits go to charity. How much exactly is that??

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Washington on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
Organizations sometimes provide the percentage they donate. If a figure is not provided, it’s an unknown. If it’s important, as you mention, you could ask the organization.

Tim Akpinar

Q: I was planning to sue a company for contamination that made a pond on my property toxic but it looks like my state

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Washington on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
I don’t practice in Washington, but your question remains open for a month. It might be best for you to check with a Washington state environmental attorney. There aren’t details to go on here, but the government’s lawsuit could be an injunction. An attorney would be able to advise you of your individual remedies in light of the nature of the government’s lawsuit.

Tim Akpinar

Q: My wife recieved an I-797C form extending her 2 yr green card 18 months. If we travel abroad will she be allowed reent

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Oct 11, 2018
Noah Klug's answer
Yes, she will be readmitted with the expired green card along with the I-797 receipt notice. No other document is required.

Q: I have questions regarding whether to file bankruptcy or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Sep 30, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
You cannot discharge the student loans or the fine and cost on the ticket so I’m not sure bankruptcy would help you much.

Q: Applied for Citizenship, my wife got the interview call, no movement on my case -2 mo? Reason and whats next?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Sep 28, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
It is hard to say. 2 months is an extremely short time for a citizenship application to be pending, so you are still within normal processing time. The only thing you can do is wait until they issue your interview notice

Q: Is it possible to file a workers' comp claim for being bullied at work? I had to seek counseling and it ruined my life.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Washington on
Answered on Sep 26, 2018
Timothy Emery's answer
Contact an attorney to discuss potential employment law claims (and potential WC claims as well). www.emeryreddy.com.

Q: Overstayed ESTA,now I filed I-485 through Marriage. Have EAD,what's my status?For work I need to visit CBP, am I legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
No, that shouldn’t be an issue. They might give you a hard time, but if you are otherwise eligible for the seal, the fact that you overstayed won’t cause you any problems.

Q: If a Washington State (exempt) agency committed fraud can they be sued?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
You would need to discuss this with a Washington attorney at the soonest. I do not practice in Washington but your question was not picked up for four weeks. If you are contemplating legal action, you should consult with an attorney without delay because there could be notice of claim filing requirements that could be in the order of days. I can’t speak for Washington State, but public agencies, hospitals, and other government entities in general could be protected by short deadlines for...

Q: I got injured as a result of walking down a store's old cement steps (the concrete crumbled under my feet). The store

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
I don’t practice in Washington, D.C., but no one picked up your question for two weeks. It could be worth your time to consult with an attorney in your jurisdiction who handles slip and fall cases. In the very least, you could ask about deadlines and statutes of limitations you must act before to preserve your legal rights. Open and obvious can be self-evident in situations where there is a gaping hole on the ground with traffic cones and barricade tape surrounding it. If the concrete that...

Q: I was arrested and charged with a no contact violation in 2013 they want to move to felony in 2017 is the statue of

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
Any answer here would not change your need for an attorney.

You need to hire one immediately if you haven't already.

If you have and do not trust your attorney's advice, then retain a new one

Q: How public are personal bankruptcies? How can I keep mine as private as possible?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Sep 19, 2018
Robert C. Hahn III's answer
Really you cant keep it private. It is considered public information and is accessible via the PACER court system to the public if they register and are willing to pay 10cents a page to look at your bankruptcy pleadings.

Q: How many witnesses do I need present when I sign my will?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Washington on
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
Brent Bowden's answer
Two. See RCW 11.12.020 http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=11.12.020

Self-proving wills are easier to probate, but slightly more complicated to execute, as they require specific language and a notary. RCW 11.20.020(2). http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=11.20.020

Q: Is it illegal for a boss to have his family/friends on company payroll even if they don't work for the company?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Washington on
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
Brent Bowden's answer
It could be argued that he was sealing money and committing fraud, especially if he turned in timesheets/employment applications/etc that contained false information.

Q: Husband and wife buy a house together under both there names. They divorce. Husband gets remarried but then passes away.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Washington on
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
Brent Bowden's answer
It likely depends on if/how ownership of the house was dealt with in the divorce.

Q: Can a reservist be held accountable for having an affair according to the UCMJ?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
With other personnel, on base, possibly. Off base, privately, unlikely. With a civillian, no. Get a confidential consult from a JAG attorney through the legal assistance plan.

Q: Received a voicemail saying there in a location order and a case # at my local court.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Answered on Sep 10, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
That number has too many digits, and the local court told you there is no record?

It's a scam. I would search Google for similar scams, that may ease your mind. You can always tell them to send you something in writing or ask where you can meet with someone in person, I'm sure they will decline.

Q: Can I win a personal injury case against my cities public transit co. I'm wheelchair bound and was thrown from my chair.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on Sep 9, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
I do not practice in Washington. However, I noticed that your accident involved a public transit company. You should consult with a Washington attorney immediately because your claim could possibly involve short notice of claim requirements, which arise in lawsuits against transit authorities, cities, municipalities, towns, villages, or other public agencies/entities. These can be in the order of days.

Q: Are there ways you can get the results of a breath test excluded from a DUI trial?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Answered on Sep 6, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
There isn't any one answer for all cases, but there are certainly legal challenges that can sometimes result in suppression of the test result from evidence. You would need to go over the specific facts of your case with an experienced DUI lawyer to know if you have any legal defenses to fall back on.

Q: i was thrown out of my wheelchair on a city bus that had to brake so hard because a car cut him off, do i have a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on Sep 4, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Possibly though these cases can be difficult. Contact the State of Washington Assn for Justice for the county where it happened--they give free consults. They can tell you which insurance will pay which bills.

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