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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: So if someone who I live with who I have no relationship to, violates my 4 amendment right, can I create a case?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 4, 2019

The Fourth Amendment applies to unlawful searches or seizures on the part of the government. Your situation sounds like a civil matter between two individuals. Keep in mind that whatever legal remedies might be applicable here that a Washington attorney could advise about, it could be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: When does the remainder-man becomes the legal owner - on the day of deed or day of death of donor/grantor/life tenant?

In piece county WA - if a son transfer his free and clear ownership of his home to his senior citizen mother as a gift but retains life estate in the deed..---

The mother (grantee) becomes the legal owner the same day or she becomes the owner day after the death of his life tenant... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 4, 2019

You REALLY should discuss this strategy with an attorney before you implement it. I can see all kinds of problems. Be aware that transfers of assets with the intent to hinder, frustrate or delay existing creditors are voidable. A creditor can reach back and get a court to undo the transfer and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Does my 1mil umbrella backup my 250/500 uim policy for a total of 1.25 million in uim protection?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 3, 2019

You have to pose this question to your independent insurance agent, carrier's rep, or their underwriting department. Without seeing the terms of the policy, in particular the limits and the terms describing their operation, it would be difficult to advise on its coverage. Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: Do you know any probono lawyers in spokane wa area? I can't afford any more debt.
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 26, 2019

Check with your local bar association or legal aid society. They maintain lists of pro bono and reduced fee lawyers.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Q: What forms do I need for a chapter 7 and is there a packet
David Gormley
David Gormley answered on Nov 26, 2019

You can check the bankruptcy court's website for information on the forms.

Here is the website for western district.

They also have information on representing yourself. At the very least get a consultation with a bankruptcy lawyer....
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: My father was old and manipul manipulation of elderly last will and testament States I give my daughter? Prove identity?

On Will & Testament it states I give my daughter? Amanda Gilbert my property what problem is he has no Daughter by the name of Amanda Gilbert this person only did a name change and took property and family back her up is that legal do you have to prove that you are actually a daughter to the... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 26, 2019

If you believe he was unduly influenced and the will is fraudulent then you should consult an attorney regarding to see if it should be contested. Do not wait until the estate has been drained of all assets.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Washington on
Q: Moved from Ca to Wa state in Dec 2018. How is an inheritance split during a divorce? I have been married 19.5 years.

My husband received inheritance from sale of father's property

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 22, 2019

You need to check with your divorce lawyer. IN the State of Texas inheritance is separate property and not subject to division during a divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I was pulled over in one county but the municipal court on my ticket is from a different county. Is this possible?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Nov 14, 2019

There are a couple of possibilities, but a lawyer would have to look at the ticket to answer for sure. Could be an error by the citing officer. There are jurisdictions that 'share' a court, when one town doesn't want to maintain its own court. I have never heard of them being in separate counties,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: Canadian had MVA Washington state in 2015. Case settled.funds held by attorney in trust,attorney has died.How toget fund
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Nov 6, 2019

1)make claim against the estate 2) call the Wash State client security trust fund, and whatever organization licenses attorneys.

3) if necessary hire counsel but the bar association should also help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: in a DV case simple assault so I need a lawyer? The victim damaged a fingernail while hitting me with a pillow.
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Nov 4, 2019

Sounds like you need to talk to a lawyer directly, yes. The domestic violence accusation can have some far reaching consequences, so I would recommend you call a lawyer as soon as you can.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Change in immigrant visa interview schedule or re-schedule for both the parents on same date and time?

I have filed green card petitions for both of my parents, so far I have received appointment details for my mother from National Visa Center. There is one month difference between approvals for my mother and father, we have yet to recieve approval for my father. I just wanted to check if I can have... Read more »

Sheri A Benchetrit
Sheri A Benchetrit answered on Nov 4, 2019

Each embassy or consulate has its own procedures for changing an interview for an appointment. It should be listed on their web page. If it is not, then you can contact the embassy or consulate directly. You indicated that you have not yet received the approval for your father. If this is true,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: What do the points mean in the legal system. My son has 3 but on paper it says 6

Why was he give 12 year for first time offender?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 28, 2019

For felony crimes, the standard sentence range (where the judge is expected to sentence) is established by the number of "points" the defendant has. For example, any prior felony conviction generally counts as a point, and increased the standard sentence range. There are other factors in an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Im still married in the Philippines but i wanted to marry my Bf in cali (green card holder). How do we get things done?

Husbnd and I are separated already in PH but not legally. I only have tourist visa here in the US.

Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook answered on Oct 28, 2019

The short answer is that you will have to get your official annulment papers in the Philippines, and you will have to hire a Filipino lawyer in order to do this. It is difficult and expensive, but not impossible. You have to do this before filing for your K-1 Visa or Green Card in the US. In the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Washington on
Q: gave x 5000 cash for future bills and paid off her car for 2200 . she kicked me out 2 months later stated money was gone

can i take her to small claims for the remaining money when it was cash and verbal agreement

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 28, 2019

A Washington attorney could advise you best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As you might guess, cash is a very difficult thing to prove. While verbal agreements can be enforceable as a general matter under contract law, it often comes down to a matter of presenting evidence to that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Washington on
Q: My 14 year old daughter has been charged felony harassment. This is her 1st offence. Will she be found guilty?

She had just got suspended from school for fighting the girl she sent the snapchat to. In the snapchat it states some people have "shooters". She was charged with felony harassment. What should be my next step?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 27, 2019

Stop talking and writing by everyone.

Retain an attorney

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington on
Q: Would a criminal history from 25-30 years ago prevent a person from taking the bar.All related to drug addiction

Felony malicious mischief, lying to the police, dui, glue sniffing, various other crimes all within a few years time 1994. Then a dui in 2003.Rehabilitation then nothing more than 2 speeding tickets from 03-2019. Graduated with honors BS Paralegal Studies and become a top athlete. Plan on attending... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 25, 2019

Not automatically. The bar association has rules regarding character and fitness:

Look specifically at rule 21 to start.

Here is a real life example of someone who did it:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: how do we file a appeal if my sons attorney was disbarred right after trial by judge.Need some answers thanks

The attorney was being investigated at the time and we found out at the end of trial. the judge dismissed herself then came back to be the judge again. The attorney was disbarred after the court date and he has not given any records back and did not use any evidence that he had to prove the case.... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 24, 2019

There is no one answer to this question, way too many variables (in my opinion). I would say call a lawyer asap and talk about the details of what happened, and he or she can talk you through some options.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: Please read below

The petitioner was a secondary insured for Respondent. Petitioner totaled his car and submitted a claim to Safeco, he died 10 days later of a heart attack, not related to the accident. Safeco wrote the insurance check out to Respondent and Petitioner. I asked the insurance to write the check in my... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

Looks like you have to open an estate. If the decedent died because of his injuries there is a claim and you would want to speak with a member of the State of Washington Assn for Justice in the county where it happened--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: I am on municipal court probation i have a violation hearing does court legally have to allow me my attorney at hearing

Im in washington state

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Oct 21, 2019

You definitely have a right to a lawyer at every significant stage of proceedings, including probation violations.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I’m in need of advice on how to go forward with an insurance claim from a motor vehicle accident I was in.

The insurance company went with a claim that was making me pay for damages on the vehicle I did cause. Cops were not called at the time of the incident, either was the insurance company. I’m also being made to pay for his rental car.

During the midst of this, I did end up having to call... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 21, 2019

You'd need to speak ask a Washington attorney about this, but your question remains open for a week. Your insurance carrier should be making arrangements to assign an attorney to defend you in the claim by the other vehicle. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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