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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: I believe I've been the victim of workplace discrimination and wrongful termination of employment

I am transgender, and stated that I am transitioning and would like to use my preferred name. They said they couldn't because their system would mess up when clocking in, despite using a numerical entry clock in. Furthermore, I was terminated the next day on the basis of I stated that I hoped... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jul 1, 2020

It sounds like you may have a claim for discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII. Additionally, if your employer was aware of your arthritis and your request for an accommodation, and failed to offer you a reasonable accommodation for your condition, you may have a claim under... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: How often does a previous injury affect an auto-injury case? Without offering information about a previous injury.

I have a 5-year-old medical bill in collections from a previous injury that is in close proximation [on my body] (but not exact) to this auto injury I just had. Will this show up somehow and affect a possible case? It was in another state that I don't have a policy in or residency in.

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Jul 1, 2020

Good question. Your issue is a common one in most personal injury cases. A reputable injury attorney knows how to deal with this.

You are only entitled to make a claim for the injury that was "caused" by the wreck in question. Whether that means a completely new injury or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can you be charged for posession because of a pipe being positive for a substance
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jun 29, 2020

Good question. Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are charged with a crime and get the analysis that you seek and the answers that you are asking for.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Does res judicata and/or collateral estoppel apply to a small claims judgment?

If a plaintiff succeeds in small claims court and receives a judgment, can the loser (defendant) later file a lawsuit in King County Superior Court over the same matter? This involves an auto accident in which each party blames the other. The matter was heard in King County District (Small... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 28, 2020

This is something a Washington attorney should advise on, as it involves state court practices. But your question remains open for three weeks. As a GENERAL matter, it's unlikely that a suit would be filed against you if the matter stems from the same claim/controversy and involves the same... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: so if Inslee continues to call this and emergency does this mean he can keep doing this forever?

also does he have the right to jail and fine people for not complying with his wishes? and if so why are so many officers of the law refusing to enforce his mandates? thank you for responding

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jun 26, 2020

Violation of the Governor's order is a gross misdemeanor, so a person can be arrested for it. Does "he" have the right to jail people? No, that is not the function of his office. But local law enforcement anywhere in the state can enforce the statute.

Since it only went in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Please tell me how long a Governor of a state (WA) can use his emergency powers to mandate rules without any oversight
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jun 26, 2020

Well, it depends somewhat on which emergency powers you mean. But for what Governor Inslee has done in Washington, the answer is "the governor may impose them for such times, upon such conditions, with such exceptions and in such areas of this state he or she from time to time deems... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Can I be be bailed out in Washington on a probation violation..
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jun 25, 2020

Generally, when there is a probation violation, the court will set a review hearing. At that time, the defense attorney can often agree on a sanction. Depending on the violation, this could be jail or as easy as community service. Please contact us at 253-238-8273 for a free consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: What form does a judge sign to recall/quash/terminate a bench warrant in Pierce County Superior Court?
Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jun 25, 2020

There has to be an agreement from the prosecutor to quash a warrant OR the person needs to present him/her self to the court and ask to quash the warrant. These are the best ways to do it.

If you are thinking about taking a document to the clerk and asking him/her to ask the Judge to sign...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Business Law for Washington on
Q: How can I ask the court to stop a real estate deal that my business partner is doing from happening?

My business partner and I were to buy a real estate property in seattle. we have a detailed contract between us. However, he has formed a team with 3 other people and is now buying that property. I would like to send a letter to the bank, my partner and the seller that my partner is violating the... Read more »

Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera
Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera answered on Jun 17, 2020

You need to speak with a local attorney that can analyze your situation and provide you with legal advice. When you meet with an attorney, you would need to have with you all documents executed between you and your partner. Did you form a partnership? a limited liability company? a joint venture?... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: A friend who is 17 of my daughters was driving her car and began excessively speeding real fast and there were 5 people

In the car and they all were pleading with him to slow down over and over but he refused to listen and he flipped the car and my daughter almost died and her friend was also hurt is it his responsibility to pay for damages?

Robert C. Hahn III
Robert C. Hahn III answered on Jun 16, 2020

I'm a Washington lawyer not an Oregon lawyer. The laws are likely different between the states. But you should go consult with a personal injury attorney in the state the accident took place as soon as you can, even if it is just over the phone. Your situation will likely have multiple... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Washington on
Q: Can an executor establish a trust that isn’t specified in the will
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jun 15, 2020

It depends on the terms of the will. Some allow this and some don’t. If the will was prepared by an attorney, it might.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: hurt on job in Alaska,had shoulder surgery on right shoulder,still hurt workers comp.quit paying and says not resp.

company says not responsible for any futher medical bills because I had pre-existing injury in 1991and had 6/7 cervical fused and hadn't had any problem until loader slid on the ice and flew off the road through the air.needing advice because i'm permantly dis-abled now.can pick up 5 lbs... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 11, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal. This is something a workers' comp attorney should advise on, not a personal injury attorney. You could try reposting under workers' comp; if you do not receive a response, you could reach out to WC attorneys listed here or ones you find independently on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Will the court dismiss my ticket from a police officer’s mistake when writing it, or should I hire an attorney?

I ran a red light pretty badly and was pulled over by a police officer on a motorcycle. He gave me a citation because he said I am a very young driver and marked the citation “No” in the 16+ Box, but I am 22 years old.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jun 11, 2020

Sorry, minor errors like that won't result in dismissal. Judges give police wide latitude in spelling errors, wrong checked box, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for Washington on
Q: Should I file EEOC and sue?

My employer cut my hours and days due to my "negative energy" aka my depression. It has never affected me with my clients but my coworkers were "concerned" and told my manager who the district leader told her to cut my hours without talking to me before doing so.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jun 10, 2020

I would recommend reaching out to an employment attorney in your state for a consultation. Your depression may qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so an adverse employment action (pay cut, termination, etc.) taken on the basis of your depression may be unlawful.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: I have been terminated from my employment due to company restructuring. What happens if I sign a separation agreement?

My employer restructured the business and eliminated my position. The separation agreement states in order to be paid out my severance and vacation, I must agree not retaliate or seek legal action against the company. I am an older employee with a 23 year work history. If I refuse to sign, can they... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jun 10, 2020

Yes. The employee handbook is not a binding contract. I would recommend reaching out to an employment attorney in your state for a consultation and/or severance review. During the meeting, you can discuss the circumstances surrounding the position elimination, whether or not you have any legal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I slipped in a store and hurt my back can I use the store for pain and suffering as well as medical bills
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 8, 2020

It's possible you could. A Washington attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for five weeks. As a general matter, without regard to any particular jurisdiction or state, you would need to show that your injuries were essentially the result of some defect in the floor or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can a new adult fight to lift or take away a No Contact Order that was placed for their protection as a minor?

When I was 17, I had a boyfriend who was over 5 years older than me. Someone sent in an anonymous tip about our relationship and he had to go to court, and said a painful goodbye saying we can’t be in contact going forward. I know all about the potential consequences in Washington State for... Read more »

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jun 6, 2020

As the victim, you could petition the court to lift the no contact order when you turn 18. A judge would need to approve of the request.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: What to do when there is entire county of corrupt cops and i cant report elsewhere because its outside of specific count
Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jun 6, 2020

In certain cases, when it can be proven to the court that a certain jurisdiction would not be able to hold a fair trial, a motion to change venue could be granted. We would need to speak with you so we can get additional information. Please feel free to contact us at 253-238-8273.

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Washington on
Q: Do I need a special type of business license to sell growing equipment to the marijuana growers?

The WA state website does not specifiy, and I cannot find this answer *anywhere*. I've no desire to touch, buy, or sell marijuana. I want to start a website that sells the equipment to grow it, though. Hydroponics, LED lights, blah, blah.

Aaron A. Pelley
Aaron A. Pelley answered on Jun 5, 2020

Most states do not require a specific license, except a business license (and perhaps City license) to work in the areas you have described. However, as ridiculous as it sounds, you are still subject to Federal Prosecution, as those who sell certain precursor chemicals, specialized equipment, or... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Bankruptcy, Business Law and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: What kind of an attorney do I need if there are issues with divorce, fraudulent bankruptcy, property, and business.

He also made me very sick. I have been blocked from seeing any documents. I am in need of a attorney ASAP

Robert C. Hahn III
Robert C. Hahn III answered on Jun 4, 2020

The short answer is, you need an attorney that understands both family law and bankruptcy law or two lawyers that know each individual area of law to work together.

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