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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Am I eligible for a green card?


My name is Mohammed and I have a few questions regarding my eligibility for a green card. I just finished the university and got my degree. I have an F1 student visa and a OPT permit as well. What are my options that I have for a green card? I would really want one for more job... Read more »

Robert Roy Klein
Robert Roy Klein answered on Apr 3, 2020

For a green card, there are some options:

1) you could get married to a US citizen

2) an EB visa. There are EB1 (A, B, C), EB2, EB2 with a National Interest Waiver, EB3. If you just graduated with a bachelor degree, then an EB3 would fit. For a Master's degree, an EB2 (possibly...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: My racing charge reduced to Negligent Driving 2nd degree, they charged me 553$ but online it says it's 250$.

RCW 46.61.525 - Washington

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Apr 3, 2020

When the State amends a criminal offense like reckless driving where you are looking at a fine up to $5000, and jail up to 364 days and losing your license for 30 days and you get an infraction instead. Pay the money.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Washington on
Q: I didn't file my taxes from 2008 and possibly 2007 due to the fact that I was both physically and mentally impaired

At this time. I was due a refund and was wondering if I am still eligible for it? I read somewhere that exceptions were made for such impairments. I haven't worked since till this year when I did file and will it effect this or the 1200 stimulus check I may receive?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 31, 2020

Sorry, but you are way too late to try to catch that gravy train--which left the station over 12 years ago. But who knows? If you did file a tax return for 2018 you might luck out and receive $1,200.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Was what my lawyer, now a judge, did okay?

I hired a lawyer for a DUI case 3 years ago. I was given a deferment for 3 years to get put down to negligent driving, I paid him 5k to follow my case till the end of my deferment period of 3 years. My final hearing for the end of the deferment is May 15. I tried contacting him as I hadn’t heard... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Mar 30, 2020

In all likelihood, you don't need a lawyer for that final hearing. You have a right to be represented, but that is a right you can waive. Every court handles these things a little bit differently, but you should not be penalized because your lawyer is no longer in practice. Your situation is not... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: I have a questions about copyright infringement and my stolen content

Hello, I am an artist known by the name LeopARTnik (everyone calls me Leo). I create different content but lately, it is short video animations. I am not making money on my work yet. I am still growing and building my audience but it is growing rather fast. The issue I want to discuss is related to... Read more »

Enrico Schaefer
Enrico Schaefer answered on Mar 30, 2020

This is a common problem. The first thing you should do is register your copyrights. You typically have less leverage if you are not registered. Registration will definitely help you with infringement moving forward. I would need to know more about where the works are being copied from and other... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: I am purchasing my mom's house for 120k it is worth probably 310k. Will I get hit with a huge tax issue next year?

The house is in Washington state.

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Mar 30, 2020

Possibly only when you sell due to the law cost basis.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: I live in Washington State, my husband and I amicably divorced. Do we need to change the title on our house?

Our mortgage and deed documents say "husband and wife." We want to continue to both own the property, but we're concerned if one of us were to pass away, what that would mean for passing the property automatically to the other since we are no longer married. Our wills state that the other should... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Mar 29, 2020

You need to update the title to the house so that it conforms to your divorce decree. Was it awarded to the two of you in equal shares? Then update the title so that you each own a 50% undivided interest as tenants in common. A real estate attorney can help you with this.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I got a ticket for expired tags in February. And I still need to pay it but everything is shut down now.

My dog literally ate my ticket with all the information on it. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do especially with everything shutdown because of COVID 19.

Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite answered on Mar 29, 2020

Contact the district court closest to where you received the ticket by telephone Monday morning. The clerk will run your name and birthday and check your record. You can pay online to all courts. You also may wish to contact DOL at 360 902 3900 option 6 to check the status of your driver license.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Business Law for Washington on
Q: I had a brake job done at Les Schwab. One of the Calibers bolts fell out because no lock tight and stripped bolt used.

My children were in the car with me, we were lucky the tire did not seize up on the highway or while driving and the caliber locked the tire up at a stop light.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 20, 2020

A Washington attorney could best advise here, if there were any state consumer laws that might be applicable. But your post remains open for three weeks. There wasn't a question here, but if you are wondering if this gives rise to a legal claim, there doesn't seem to be a significant one. Although... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Am i legally aloud to shoot a dog that is on my private property and is attempting to attack my own animals?

I am in the county and i am on my own private property, this dog constantly trespasses on my property and is aggressive towards my animals, and sometimes towards my wife and myself.

Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Mar 20, 2020

You are permitted to use self defense to protect yourself, especially if you are on your own property. However, you should contact an attorney in your state for more information about fencing laws and when you can use deadly force to protect your animals which would likely be considered property.

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Washington on
Q: Is it my fault water got into the shower window sill?

The window sill is in the shower and has a shower curtain but is apparently not water proof and requires the use of a shower curtain to remain dry. It was not explained in the lease.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 18, 2020

One might argue it either way, but this is a question better suited for a landlord-tenant attorney than an environmental attorney. You could repost under the Landlord-Tenant section if the matter is still an issue. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Washington on
Q: I feel discriminated against, my co-worker misses 50% of her scheduled shifts, she does not get reprimanded, I miss 1 dy

I miss 1 day and get written up and threatened to be fired. There is more to the story, but this one was brought to my attention 1 month after the fact. Can this be considered discrimination?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Mar 18, 2020

Whether you have a claim for discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will depend on WHY you feel you're being discriminated against. If you are being treated differently than other employees based on your race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age (if you're over 40),... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: I was discriminated against at a Motel because I have a service dog.

After paying for a room, providing them a credit card for incidentals and being issued my room keys. The clerk at the front counter told me that I could not have the room because of my service dog. She told me that I must be put in a room specifically for dogs. I informed her it is against federal... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 14, 2020

Your frustration is understandable, but the time and resources you might expend in pressing the matter will far exceed a few $10 overpayments. You could consult with a Washington attorney to discuss options, but it isn't likely to be a free initial consultation. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Washington on
Q: Hi, I know two people (brother and sister) both in their 50s who live in a house that was owned by their father.

Their dad passed away a few months ago, and no surviving spouse. No will. Son was his caregiver (He was not on LTC Medicaid)

They are both very low income and cannot afford a lawyer. The home is worth $350,000. The lawyer that was appointed to I guess handle probate/intestacy law, she... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Mar 14, 2020

I cannot comment on these particular circumstances, but here is some general information. If an individual dies without a will and no surviving spouse, then next in line to inherit would be the children in equal shares. Also, when the borrower under a reverse mortgage dies, the loan becomes due... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Washington on
Q: Question for a Tax Attorney about capital gains on houses

in 2005 we (My wife and I) bought a house and lived in it from 2005 till 2008 just after I went into the Army. We were outside the driving area for the base I was stationed at. We turned the property in to a rental and it remained a rental till we sold it in 2018. We used the tax exclusion for... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Mar 11, 2020

There is an ability for military personal to suspend the personal residence exemption but you have to be deployed during the suspension period. There's nothing in your question that makes me think it would apply, but I don't have all the facts.

It's probably not going to work that you have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: I havent been accumulating pto and instead they've just been adding the 1 hour of pto pay to my check.
Greg Mansell
Greg Mansell answered on Mar 4, 2020

Have you informed Human Resources or the payroll department? It sounds to me like this is a mistake, especially if there is a set PTO policy. I would contact your HR/payroll immediately so the amount they are paying you on your paycheck for the PTO does not get to a level you cannot pay back.

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for Washington on
Q: My husband sold a game to a company that is no longer in business and trademark has lapsed. How do we obtain rights?

Discovery Bay Games, Seattle. Game is Two Bridges

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Mar 4, 2020

If a trademark is deemed “abandoned” by the USPTO, then it is a dead mark and any new applicant must start the registration process from the beginning by preparing a new application for registration of that mark. Because of the history of your husband with respect to this game, there may be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: charged with a first offense of theft 3. The dollar amount was aprox 85$. What are the chances my record will stay clean
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Feb 25, 2020

Good chance. Most courts have some kind of diversion program for cases like this. If you can, you should talk to a lawyer before you go to court. There may a way to minimize the damage before you ever see a judge.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: What to expect when you were caught shoplifting from a store you were trespassed from.

Back in 2017 I was caught trying to leave a Walmart without paying for items in my cart. I signed a no trespassing promise and didn't go back for 3 years. Recently I've fallen on hard times and went into Walmart because they have the best prices in town. But I wasn't able to afford what I had... Read more »

James Laukkonen
James Laukkonen answered on Feb 21, 2020

Under similar circumstances, I have seen people charged with Trespass, Theft, and Burglary. By entering a place that you knew you were not allowed to be, and committing a crime there, you made it a lot worse. You will need an attorney to help you through this. It sounds as though you likely... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Am I able to withdraw my guilty plea after I have been sentenced? I was misled by my public defender & was made to plea

Misled by public defender. Have all the paperwork of me saying not guilty. Have numerous notices of case where it was “last chance to accept”offer” or would automatically go to trial. I always said not guilty. The public defender did not represent me at all. I tried to fire him with a Judge... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Feb 21, 2020

I am sorry to say that it is extremely difficult to withdraw a plead of guilty within hours or days of doing it let alone after 5 months. Yes the actions of what you experienced could be helpful IF the parties remember it OR it was noted on the recording. More likely is that the parties won't... Read more »

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