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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Washington on

Q: I bought a puppy from a breeder who said would replace it if it didn't turn out to be show quality. It's now been 3

Years and she keeps telling me the next time she has a litter she will give me one . Now she decided to import two new puppies and no longer has the one I sent back to her to replace. I spent about $2000. And I don't have a puppy or money. The deal was to replace the puppy . Always excuses from... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 25, 2019

If you ever want to get a new puppy you will probably have to sue the breeder for breach of contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury for Washington on

Q: Are there any successful attorneys willing and available to help with a injury claim against Boeing and Sedgewick?

Need someone who can help facilitate the dealings with Sedgewick, who is Boeing's private insurer, because they can't seem to get things right on a case that has been going on for 10+ years. Had 5 foot surgeries 10+ years ago. Finally got fixed with 5th one. About 1-1/2 years ago, re-opened my... Read more »

Timur Akpinar answered on Jun 25, 2019

You mention a widely recognized and well-liked workers' comp carrier and working graveyard shift. This looks like a WC case - you've posted in good categories but if you add Workers' Comp to your categories, hopefully one of the WC attorneys could pick up your question if this is something that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Washington on

Q: Needing a will.

I am trying to help a friend who is elderly. She wants to get her affairs in order and needs a will. Is this available as a free service?

John Kenney answered on Jun 24, 2019

Usually attorneys charge to prepare and execute a will and the other necessary documents such as a durable power of attorney, health care directive or living will and a health care power of attorney. Some attorneys may offer discounts or payment plans to assist a person who has lower income or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Construction Law for Washington on

Q: My home was destroyed due to an incompetent roofer.

As part of roof repairs, my roof was removed, also a portion of my siding was removed. We had three days of heavy rains with no roof, the roofer didn't tarp my roof until the third day of the storm and by then every room in my house had water damage. My wife called him twice and he said we didn't... Read more »

Timur Akpinar answered on Jun 24, 2019

As a starting point, you could contact an attorney to review the scope of the contract, determine if insurance coverage is available to cover the loss, and outline for you what damages are available to you under Washington State law.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Washington on

Q: I have hired a construction company. Company has lack of communication which leads us to asking what are our options?

Company would tell us they’re coming, but doesn’t show up and doesn’t inform us why they didn’t show. I would call, text and email but doesn’t response till a day or so.

Timur Akpinar answered on Jun 19, 2019

Since this takes place in Washington, an attorney licensed there would really be the one to meaningfully advise you as to all available options. But your question remains open for four weeks, so as a general matter in any jurisdiction, options could include seeking a new contractor, reaching an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Trademark for Washington on

Q: Can a Trademark be similar to another without penalty,i.e. "Happy Place" vs. "Your Happy Place" for example?

John Martin Hilla answered on Jun 17, 2019

It is important to remember that the purpose of a trademark is to protect consumers' right to know what they are buying and from whom not to provide a creative ownership interest for registrants. If there is consumer confusion, the USPTO will file an Office Action in response to the application.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on

Q: When charged with vehicular assault, will the person be held on bail or released after there hearing.

The person has no prior record

Stan Glisson answered on Jun 17, 2019

There is no exact answer. Depends on the jurisdiction, who the judge is, and the facts of the case. The most important factor about the facts of the case is probably whether it was alcohol related or not.

If the person appears out of custody, particularly if they appear with a lawyer, they...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on

Q: Can a warrant be issued at night and not served until 4 days later and still be valid. I was told the only way a warrant

Could be issued after court hours was if the evidence to be seized would be gone by the time the court reopened to obtain the warrant

Stan Glisson answered on Jun 13, 2019

In Washington the short answer is yes, that can be done. There is no requirement for an after hours warrant that the evidence is going to be gone soon. The judge might not be happy about having her evening interrupted, but there's PC it doesn't matter what time the warrant is obtained.

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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on

Q: Family member was told to sign paperwork that a surgey went fine while under pain medication when it didnt.

My wife's cousin recently had his appendix taken out. During the surgery they did severe damage to his bladder. While in recovery and under the influence of pain medication a nurse heavy handedly (or forced) him to sign paperwork that essentially said everything went fine to his knowledge and... Read more »

Timur Akpinar answered on Jun 12, 2019

That isn't the way it works (in terms of footing a $20,000 to $100,000 price tag to "get in the door"). If a Washington med mal attorney determines that the grounds for a valid case exist, it is likely that the firm would move forward with the case on a contingency basis, which means that the firm... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Federal Crimes for Washington on

Q: How can I find a Lawyer to help my son, who is incarcerated, write his brief for appeal court?

My son need a Lawyer that will help him was appeal brief, so he can get an appeal. The family is will to give a fee for this service.

Stan Glisson answered on Jun 10, 2019

There are many lawyers around the state who specialize in appeals. I highly recommend Jeremy Morris, but full disclosure he is my law partner.

You should be able to find appellate lawyers with a quick search.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Washington on

Q: My brother and I own rental houses jointly in our home states, Washington and California. We've decided to split up.

I'll take the houses in my state and he'll take the one in his. I'll pay him the difference to equalize the values. Can we just sign quit claim deeds and are there any tax consequences? The houses have all been appraised and we agree on these terms.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 7, 2019

If either of you enters into this planned transaction without benefit any lawyer's advice, IMPO one or both of you will probably not like the result.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Collections for Washington on

Q: ray klein, Inc has a judgement against me for over 20000.00. its been since 2003? first ive heard. did a name search

haah thanks to a wonderful lawyer on here, I found out it was on me. Same name different person

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 6, 2019

Maybe it is because I am a lawyer, but I do not think it that unusual for a very large credit services corporation in business since 1970 to have "had 44 lawsuits in the last 10 years." But I certainly do find it unusual that you just found out about a judgment entered against you some 16 years... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on

Q: Hi im filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy

I also found a lawfirm that removes information from my credit, do those 2 things conflict if done at the same time?

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 5, 2019

Removing derogatory information in your credit report does NOT absolve you of the underlying debts that caused the information you want removed. Filing a Chapter 7 may result in getting rid of some or all the debts--but your credit report will then contain that information.

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2 Answers | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Washington on

Q: Tracking patent application after changing jobs


My employer had filed a patent in 2017, where I was one of the two inventors. I understand the ownership of IP is with company, but I want to find out how do i even track the patent application status. The application was filed in 2017 and I believe it would have been through private... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 31, 2019

It should have been published by now. Patent applications are generally published 18 months after submission of the application, but in some cases, the applicant can ask that the application not be published.

Because sometimes Google patents and other services are months behind, you need...
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2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law and Contracts for Washington on

Q: Hello, I was wondering if I can opt-out of an arbitration clause in a contract if there is no option to opt-out.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 29, 2019

No. If you are offered a contract that includes a term requiring arbitration in case of any disputes you can either agree to arbitrate disputes--and sign it--or disagree and not sign it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Washington on

Q: For family history I want to verify my father Roy K Runyon had a patent in the 1930's for an oil bath air cleaner AUTOS

The company original company was C.R.C. Air Cleaners, in Spokane Washington, where the first ones were produced for automobiles. There was another company that produced the first ones. Inventor was Roy Kendall Runyon, my father. First produced in Spokane Washington, 1930's. My father later sold the... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn answered on May 22, 2019

Take a look at

There may be other patents in this family but this should get you started. It is hard searching back that far as many of the tools focus on just the last few decades.

I hope this helps.

Kevin E...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Washington on

Q: Lawyer/Business owner lied to us when we sold a business, and is trying to con us. What should we do?

Spouse and I sold a business to a lawyer and his friend. They retained us as independent contractors, and told us we could re-integrate as owners, and, have profit sharing. Three years later, neither is true after we have brought it to his attention multiple times. Now he tell us to wait longer for... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 20, 2019

I am guessing that you and your spouse did not have a lawyer to advise you when selling your small business to a lawyer and his friend; am I right? If so, then take the money you saved by not hiring a lawyer when you should have, add several more thousands of dollars to it and then go hire a lawyer... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on

Q: Naturalization and public charge

I’ve been a lawful permanent resident since 2002. I’m planning to apply for naturalization in 2022. I’m concerned whether or not receiving MFTE housing assistance would affect my naturalization eligibility if the proposed immigration laws regarding public charge change under current... Read more »

Sheri A Benchetrit answered on May 20, 2019

There is generally no public charge bar to naturalization. And, housing benefits are specifically listed as not being categorized as evidence of public charge on the USCIS website ( That said, it is always a good idea to avoid receiving anything that may appear to public assistance for... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Washington on

Q: my mom is giving my nephew my stepdads house and its not in her name can she do that?

my dads name was the only name the house was in and my mom had to get an attorney to get the house, only the finance company will not put it in her name until its paid off. what happens to it when she dies does it go to her children. because she is trying to give it to my nephew they went down and... Read more »

Brent Bowden answered on May 19, 2019

If your mom did not have a will, you would have a right to it before your nephew.

However, while your mom is alive, she can do more or less whatever she wants with her property. Likewise, she can leave it to whoever she wants in her will. At that point, you would have no right.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Washington on

Q: Do you know anything about these pattends ? Where are the loop holes or?

Im looking to start my own company in trip hazard removal but it seems they have pattebded alot of things on it what exactly are there pattends for and what do they mean in other words what do i follow so i dont use any of there pattends

Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 11, 2019

There are no easy answers to your question. You need to hire a patent attorney to guide you through this.

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