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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: If a company sends you a letter offering employment and you sign and accept is it legally binding?

The letter offers the position and the start date. I signed it and sent back to my HR department. Now they are pushing the start date back and saying first letter is not valid. In the letter there is no mention of changing hiring dates.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Dec 1, 2020

Unfortunately, an offer letter is not a contract, meaning it is not legally binding. While it is inconvenient for you, your employer is permitted to push your start date back and issue a new letter with updated terms.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Got a broken jaw, 22 months ago. Surgery was done poorly and now jaw is painful and does not work well. Could I sue?

I should have been transferred to different hospital, in Seattle. Waited a week for the surgery. Was later told surgery was done by an ear, nose, throat doc.

I saw an oral surgeon, who told me jaw was misaligned, and they could only fix it by breaking my jaw again.

Surgery was done... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 26, 2020

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks - but regardless, any attorney would need to review your file in greater detail, very likely with the guidance of a medical professional to make a meaningful assessment. Already having waited this long for a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: I am single parent of us citizen kid of 9 yrs. I am in US on B1/B2 visa. I am looking one step adjustment for myself.
Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Nov 24, 2020

I regret that your son cannot petition you as an immediate relative until he is 21 years old. Also, the decision whether to petition you is within his control. He may be disqualified when he reaches 21 years of age depending upon the situation.

You do not qualify to adjust status based...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: Do I have legal ground to request land in Winston County Mississippi to be passed on to me as a rightful heir?

Thousands of acres of land in Winston County Mississippi have been divided up between several of my uncles, yet they purposefully excluded my father from his Inheritance. My uncle illegally owns several acres of my fathers land in Winston Mississippi. My father is going to die soon and that land... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 24, 2020

You will have to hire a competent Mississippi attorney who handles real estate litigation. Thorough title searches will have to be performed and heirship determined. Affidavits of Heirship may need to be recorded. If adverse possession under color of title does not deprive you of title,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Washington on
Q: Can a screenshot of a show be used as an artistic template that is then sold as my art?

If I take a screenshot of a show, say Game of Thrones, and then draw over it in a photo editing software, is it against the law to sell the art? Copyright infringement or something else?

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Nov 23, 2020

It depends on how similar your drawing is to the original photo. Merely tracing the photo in an animated format, as is the latest craze, is copyright infringement. The standard for copyright infringement is "substantial similarity" and this situation would likely fall under that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: How long does a Western State competency take and what is involved?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Nov 19, 2020

When a defendant's mental competency to stand trial is questioned, they are referred to Western State Hospital for evaluation. The doctor there gives the court a written report with an opinion on whether the person is or isn't competent to go forward.

There are different time...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Washington on
Q: I am taking severance pay. They are classifying as a gift and taking 35-40%in taxes. Is there a way to make it pay?

My position is being eliminated. I'm taking severance pay. Want to get it as pay not a gift with huge taxes taken. Can that be done?

Steven J. Fromm
Steven J. Fromm answered on Nov 17, 2020

This seems strange. In a business context and where services are involved, it seems unlikely that any payment can be considered a gift. This sounds like taxable income to me. Regardless of how the employer treats it, you still have the responsibility to report all of your taxable income and if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Public Benefits and Social Security for Washington on
Q: after the car has been towed for 45 days, the car has been sold by “Wallys towing”. What should I do?

I am an international student, and I had a car ins Seattle. Because of COVID-19, I planned to go back to my home country, and I will go back to America in next year. My friend who live in Seattle taken care my car, he parked my car on the side of the road, but the car was towed away. After the car... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Nov 12, 2020

Your problem should be dealt with under state or local city law. That means to get the right answer, you need to ask your questions to a Washington State attorney.

I am a Utah attorney. If a car is left too long in the public space in Utah, a tow company can tow it, and eventually sell it....
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Washington on
Q: In a trademark, can I protect future additional goods & services that are in progress & haven't been created yet?

I'm planning on creating a book series in which I want to trademark the title. I'm also currently creating a video game to add to this franchise. In the future, I want to file another application to extend my trademark to not only protect my books, but my video games too.

Since... Read more »

Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Nov 12, 2020

Hi there! It is great that you are thinking about IP protections from the very beginning.

From a trademark standpoint you have limited options that far in advance. You can file trademark registrations for things that are not in commerce yet (called an intent-to-use application), but the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Legal Malpractice and Libel & Slander for Washington on
Q: It took nearly 20 years to figure it out is it to late to start a tort lawsuit?

Washington State

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 5, 2020

Only a Washington attorney could advise about statutes of limitations, but your question remains open for two weeks. That's a long time in any jurisdiction. Statutes of limitations are governed by state law and can vary by the cause of action - and you posted across several categories. As a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Assault case if the alleged victim doesn't show to court and retracts his statement is the case dismissed

the two eyewitnesses testify that it's not the defendant and a police officer is saying it is because he recognizes him supposedly on video

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

There is more to this matter than what you are saying so there is no way for an attorney to answer your question without all of the facts and the possibilities. Please talk to your attorney about this question. If you don't have one GET ONE. One with experience with these type of cases to... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: I just received a request for DUI hearing But I have never been arrested. Is this a mistake?

UPDATED INFO: This happened eight months ago. Why am I just now getting notice? Also, is there a police report out there that I can review?

I had a medical emergency, pulled over to the side of the freeway. Police recalled, they took a breath test and ambulance was called. I was... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 29, 2020

There doesn't have to be an arrest for the prosecutor to later file a DUI charge. If the investigating officer thought you were under the influence (of alcohol or a drug), they can forward that report to the prosecutor and charges can get filed that way. This is pretty common when the person... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Washington on
Q: 15 years ago I was a first time offender charge with simple battery 16-5-23. I was given a program to take and I did not

Serve no time. My disposition states no further action anticipated restrict. Can I obtain a conceal license?

Jason Powers
Jason Powers answered on Oct 29, 2020

It looks as though the offense was out of Georgia? I advise you to speak to an attorney who is licensed to practice in the state of your offense. The answer would depend on what type of battery (assault) If you were convicted in Washington. If the charge included Domestic Violence or was a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Can an Order for Protection remain in effect for 11 years in washington state?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 27, 2020

Sure. The RCW creates multiple different types of protection order. Some have statutory limits but there are certainly circumstances where a judge can issue a lifetime protection order. Depends on what kind of circumstances gave rise to the order.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can my employer have a work week of Sunday thru Saturday and a pay period of the 1st thru the 15th and the 16th - end?

Can they chop up my wks on time card to get out of paying me overtime?

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Oct 26, 2020

Hi the employer can use whatever period it wants for the workweek and pay period. If you work more than 40 hours in that workweek, you should be paid overtime.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Washington on
Q: Can I put anime designs on t shirts and sell them with the anime title in the name?

I'm trying to design some t shirts based off of anime. However, they are simply inspired by the anime. For example, its not an entire picture of naruto or anything, but like a blue swirl and some yellow and orange lines for naruto. I don't think the designs infringe on any copyright and I... Read more »

Floyd Edwin Ivey
Floyd Edwin Ivey answered on Oct 17, 2020

Re: Copyright, your phrases :"...based off or anime..", "..simply inspiredly the anime...", "I don't think the designs infringe..." , "...I am the one creating..." may show willfulness and are troublesome regarding Copyright Infringement. It may be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Copyright for Washington on
Q: Is the website PDFDrive legal to use?

I’ve been using it for a day or two now and I’m really scared I’ll face legal repercussions

Steve Charles Vondran
Steve Charles Vondran answered on Oct 12, 2020

This is general legal information only and not legal advice. This is a very good question. It appears their site is a bit like google (where you can search for pictures and images. They allow you to search PDF's but this does not necessarily mean you have legal rights to reproduce, share,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: My GC expired in 2016. I am filing I-90 by mail. Do I mail the $85 biometrics fee along with the $455 filing fee?
Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam answered on Oct 10, 2020

Good morning. Yes. Typically all fees are mailed together with your original submission. Let me know if you need any help going forward. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Washington on
Q: Am I able to sell my wedding date at my venue to another couple?

I am a COVID bride and was originally going to get married on May 15 at our venue. Our venue refused to refund us, despite there being emergency proclamations. We agreed over email to reschedule to next year at the venue (but we got hitched in a small ceremony on our original date at home). Now,... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 9, 2020

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. It could depend on the terms of the contract, and whether it contains restrictions on assignability. In terms of textbook law, what you describe is considered an assignment of a contract. You want someone else... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: I was arrested and made aware of an restraining order by officer. He showed me on computer. I ever got paper copy¿

This has now caused me to miss court date as I never received any info on court date or what allegations I was. Looking at. I call the court and was told officer had done the service but never received any paperwork

Cristine Beckwith
Cristine Beckwith answered on Oct 9, 2020

Sorry to hear. An attorney can file a motion to reconsider for lack of service. You should contact an attorney ASAP.

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