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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Tax Law and Child Support for Washington on
Q: I need some advice in regards to the IRS form 8332 and the verbiage.

On my husbands child support documents it states that in order for him to be able to claim his daughter (with his ex-wife) on his taxes “as long as he is current on his child support obligation. Current shall be defined as making all the monthly current support payments and making all the monthly... Read more »

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Jan 27, 2020

Without seeing the document I tend to agree with your interpretation, however, there may be something else within the document that could change my answer. That being said, your husband should call the attorney that handled his divorce to double check. If they are unavailable, he should call the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Washington on
Q: How do i find out if my uncle changed the will of my deceased grandfather to benifit him more and how can i see the will
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 25, 2020

I'm sorry for the loss of your grandfather. You might have better chances of your question being picked up if you reposted in the Probate - Estate Planning categories. It went unnoticed for two weeks under Family Law. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: can i have past convictions removed from my record ?

DV from 20 years ago is restricting me from employment.

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Jan 24, 2020

Washington State does allow for vacation of certain DV convictions. Having the conviction vacated and the charge dismissed will clear your record and increase job opportunities moving forward. Please reach out to an attorney who can review your criminal history, the specific DV case and other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: What possible solutions can be had besides prison in my case theft of auto when I did not intend to deprive owner?

I'm charged with theft of an automobile. I moved from one spot, what looked like a stolen pickup, to another spot. My mindset was to not let thieves keep it when they returned. I acted quickly to solve the situation. I feared the cops wouldn't come quickly or at all if I would have called 911. I... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jan 24, 2020

I assume you have an attorney. This is what you need to talk to your attorney about and make sure he/she listens to you. If you don't have one and can't afford to hire a private attorney, apply with the court to appoint you an attorney. If you can hire a private attorney I suggest you do so... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can a employer require you to on site for a specified time but only pay when are doing a specified task?

As a ski instructor I am required to be on site for the day but am only paid for the time I have a class.. Possible to be there all day and not get a class and receive no wage.... No pay at all for time between classes... Is this legal?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 22, 2020

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees must be paid for all time spent performing compensable work. This includes "on-call" time, where employees are not actively performing work for the employer but where their freedom to perform other activities is restrained. If you are required to remain... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Is a k9 sniff probable cause to seize a vehicle, from Wal-Mart parking lot?

While customers are shopping inside Poulsbo Wal-Mart, an office is outside looking in the windows of parked cars. If he feels necessary he brings his K9 out to sniff. If his K9 "hits" he has the vehicle taken to police station, then applies for warrant.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jan 14, 2020

Officers can look into cars and if they see something in plain sight that is suspicious they have the ability to investigate. So I haven't researched this issue but it is one looks on its surface that it is fine but I would be interested in what the case law says about it. However, you will need... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Washington on
Q: In a non parent custody case when non parent is deinig any visitation to parents no visitations plan in motion

In my case at original time case opened no set visitation plan was written down and the parents signed only tempery custody till they got back on there feet but parties have diened visitation for a year and a have with minor

Kevin R. Richardson
Kevin R. Richardson answered on Jan 12, 2020

Speak to an attorney. There are a lot of facts left out, but it sounds like there is an open case with the court. To find an another key, there are local Bar Associations referral services, pro bono clinics in many areas, and the court itself will likely have resources on area programs.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: What is an uncontested resolution?
Kevin R. Richardson
Kevin R. Richardson answered on Jan 10, 2020

An Uncontested Resokution is when the parties agree on way to conclude the charges in such a way that makes sense. However, he best way to reach the best agreement is to have an experienced attorney on your side who knows your rights and how to properly defend you.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: Broke ankle exiting truck, off work 12+ weeks. Filed claim for lost wages. Insurance denied citing a case and stating:

"Washington State law states that once your vehicle is parked it is no longer considered to be an automobile". Next step to contest???

Kevin R. Richardson
Kevin R. Richardson answered on Jan 8, 2020

You likely have a Labor and Industry claim, but you need to provide much more information. The best response is to call an attorney and set up an appointment to speak about the specific facts of your claim. Most law firms, including our own, provided no-fee consultations. Feel free to reach out... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Immigration Visa for Daughter Deported for Violating Student Visa

I am a US citizen (naturalized) but my daughter is not. She was in the US studying on a student visa. While on her student visa she went to Canada for a part time job and was denied entry back into the US for violating the condition of her visa. She was deported back to South America with a 5 year... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Jan 2, 2020

You can file for her. She can file a form to overcome the deportation, too.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: Can I represent myself for an individual hearing w/o my private attorney and have said attorney complete subsequent

hearings agreed to in my attorney client agreement. It’s a non compliance hearing for a dirty UA in treatment for DUI. Or, do I need the attorney to file a Motion to Withdraw and if so, can I have them withdraw for just this single compliance hearing. They want $500 I don’t currently have to... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jan 2, 2020

The attorney can't withdraw for one hearing. Once he is on the case he is on the case BUT you can ask that attorney not to appear at a hearing and see if the Judge will accept your explanation of what you are dealing with however, Judges don't like to do this. Attorneys have a way to explain and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Securities Law for Washington on
Q: I was a victim of securities fraud how can I file a case of be included on a case

Marcus Beam represented himself to me as a private equity account manager. I invested around $70'000 which I never received after filing redemption papers. This happen in Chicago. I recently moved to Washington

Deanna Besbekos-LaPage Esq.
Deanna Besbekos-LaPage Esq. answered on Dec 30, 2019

I am sorry to hear that this happened to you. If Mr. Beam was a registered FINRA Broker, you can file a case in the FINRA arbitration against the brokerage that he was working for at the time. We would be happy to help you with this issue. Our firm represents clients of brokers, brokerage firms,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Washington on
Q: The opposing party in my family law case erased several questions from the interrogatories. Will there be consequences?

I am in a custody battle with my ex and we both had to answer interrogatories. I answered each question to the best of my ability and responded in a reasonable time frame. However it has taken my ex months to respond to the interrogatories and when I received his response, I saw he deleted several... Read more »

Kevin R. Richardson
Kevin R. Richardson answered on Dec 29, 2019

Only of you pursue the issue. No consequences unless you take action. You need to try to resolve issue on your own by asking that the answers be provided. If not, then ask court to make them answer with a motion to compel. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Washington on
Q: How can my mother create a new will to take the place of my father's will after he died ?

And then tell my little sister to burn my dad's will! And I don't know if the estate is in probate or not because my mother would not let me see my father's will

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 27, 2019

I think you know in your heart that what your mother and sister did, if true, is illegal. You can hire a probate attorney to help you rectify the situation but be prepared for the problem of proof. You will need evidence to prove your claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Washington on
Q: After the 90 day waiting period begins 4 uncontested divorce, are there steps that require me to be physically present?
Kevin R. Richardson
Kevin R. Richardson answered on Dec 21, 2019

Yes. Nothing magic happens after 90 days has lapsed. Rather, you are now allowed to conclude your dissolution because that the statutory waiting or "cooling-off" period has expired.

The process varies by county, but generally speaking you need to set up a hearing before a commissioner....
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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Washington on
Q: My patent attorney submitted wrong application to USPTO! Is this a malpractice case? Can I at least ask for a refund?

In 2016, I hired a patent attorney in 2016 to file, prosecure my invention. It was a tedious process; after repeated meetings, he prepared the first draft of the application. Thru a back-and-forth process, I revised his first application draft more than half a dozen time. Now, it turns out that... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on Dec 20, 2019

Wow, what a nightmare. I am so sorry that this type of thing happened to you.

Your first patent attorney sounds like he did not know what he was doing. Typically, one or two meetings are more than sufficient; generally, there is little reason for an in-person meeting anyway. Although...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: My car was in an accident (not our fault) insurance company fixed but there are still issues with the car

we found out the the back frame was bent but the repair place missed it. State Farm is denying our claim because they say that any accident could have caused it. However (with a Car Fax) our vehicle has only been in one accident. The one that they were in. what is my next move?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 18, 2019

Ask the shop to formally request a supplemental. If it's denied file a complaint with the state insurance commissioner. If the adjuster didn't do an on-the-lift inspection but just a walk around that wouldn't show the frame.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Legal advice on a third party at work in company vehicle auto injury settlement.

I was rear ended by a third party while at work in a company vehicle. They’re trying to settle a day after the accident but I had to miss more days of work due to being out on light duty and having to have the doctor sign. I’m not trying to get as much money as possible but at the same time, I... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Dec 17, 2019

You should absolutely talk to a lawyer before you agree to any settlement. We have seen it over and over, the insurance company is highly motivated to settle your case cheaply before you get any advice. They will also try to commit you to saying you are feeling OK, that your injuries aren't... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Is there an available attorney to assist on a contingent civil matter for Everett, WA?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 15, 2019

It could depend on what the matter is. Your question remains open because this is more of a question & answer board than a lawyer referral service. You could go to the Find-a-Lawyer tab above to the left and look for lawyers in your area and in the legal area involved. If it involves an accident or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Washington on
Q: I am in WA state. But, CA state has jurisdiction &states involved and essentially this cash is funneled internationally

Ca case involving a very old, wealthy established family. I have been disincluded, knowing, by one of the co-executor heirs. They included my sister as sole heir. It was done before father passed and without legal authority with fraudulent, forged documents which I do posses. I am well prepared... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 15, 2019

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