Washington Questions & Answers

Q: My military husband will be deployed soon and wants to file I 130 for my teen daughter before he leaves

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Kyndra Mulder's answer
Yes. He can file the I-130 even though he is not in the USA. His deployment is temporary. As long as he has a permanent residence in the Usa he can use that address on the petition. He should include on the final page a note that he is on active duty and temporarily deployed outside the USA.

Q: I may be sued for damages resulting from a car accident. Is there a way to protect my family and safeguard our assets?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Answered on Feb 7, 2019
Peter Munsing's answer
Report it to your insurance company. Before they pay anyone they will require a release so you should be protected. In many states the jointly held property is protected.

Q: Hey I bought a car jointly with my girlfriend. We have since broke up and she’s about to claim bankruptcy. What options?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Feb 3, 2019
Timothy Denison's answer
Unless there is equity in the car, it won’t matter. Even then, she can protectabout $3,560 in equity. If you keep paying for it, you should be able to keep it.

Q: Can I go on vacation to the states without parental consent if I’m 18 and on diplomatic status for my dad?

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You may be best served by speaking with an immigration attorney in Canada. In the USA, an 18 year old is considered an adult and is free to travel as such. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice;...

Q: Can I sue for rat and carpenter ant infestation of a trailer I paid to store on someone's property?

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
These sound like natural hazards caused by your own neglect of your property and possibly any openings/ leaks in your trailer rather than any fault of the property owner, unless he specifically agreed to maintain the cleanliness of the inside of your trailer. His text re: the condition of your trailer does not sound like any sort of contractual agreement that he was caring for the condition of the inside of the trailer, nor any sort of guarantee about its condition and status. More details are...

Q: My Bfs ex wife filed for a review of child support for their 14 yr old son. We are expecting a child in 10 weeks.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
If she's filing for a modification of child custody and support, the dad can file responsive pleadings which would address his perspectives and financial status. The court makes a decision based on the facts and law, including the financial ability of both parties to financially support the child. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials,...

Q: Can you get a dwls 3rd degree while on a motorcycle in Washington state

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Why was your license suspended? Why did you not know about it? Have you kept your address up to date with the DMV? Have you paid all necessary license and registration fees on time? Did the state contact you or try to do so re: your suspended license? And why were you driving without a permit? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials,...

Q: How long does the prosecution have to bring the accusinal to trial? The charges were filed and Ive chosen a jury tri

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You might want to hire a private criminal defense attorney to deal with this if your PD is dragging his/ her feet. Have you waived your constitutional right to a speedy trial? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice...

Q: Hello ,my 5 yr old son and. I rent room .while we were gone my landlord went through window and went through the room.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Why did he do that? You can report that to the police as possible breaking and entering, and you may have a case for breach of contract to sue the landlord for damages. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in...

Q: I need a lawyer for a divorse ... it is a basic divorce he owns nothing nore do I and he keeps his debt I keep mine

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You can contact a divorce attorney for a consultation, and you can also seek self-help resources at your local law library and on the WA courts website. Were you legally married? If you're seeking a divorce, you'd need to file the necessary papers in court and have them served on your husband. The entire divorce process can be cumbersome. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself....

Q: How do I go about looking into a idea I have that's related to bail bonds and something I want to possibly invent safely

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Copyright and Products Liability for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Local law libraries provide ample self-help resources re: Intellectual Property and Business law. Typically a Non Disclosure Agreement is a great tool to help prevent disclosure of confidential information re: your ideas. You might need to ultimately file for a copyright, trademark, and/or patent, depending on the parameters of your idea. A clearly defined and written business plan is also a good starting tool. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The...

Q: Mom makes more money than dad, she does not want to disclose financials. Can they negotiate legal child support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
As part of a child custody process in court, both parties need to disclose their financial information in court filings. See: https://www.courts.wa.gov/forms/?fa=forms.contribute&formID=13. You might be able to negotiate a resolution to expedite the court proceedings as well. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors,...

Q: Can one parent refuse the other parent from taking vacation with children if not 14 consecutive days?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
An attorney should review the language of your custody order and parenting plan to properly advise you. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business &...

Q: Are GOV vehicles registered to a tribe required to have insurance if driven off the reservation?

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Native American Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Peter Munsing's answer
Generally both. Tribal law governs on tribal land. Take the vehicle outside the rez or national boundary, then the state law applies. However tribe should have some type of umbrella policy.

Q: can i own a firearm if i have stayed out of trouble from 3/7/2006 with a vucsa : possession w/intent to manufacture

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
Jennifer Melissa Azure's answer
You cannot possess a firearm unless you have had that right restored by a court of law. However, if you have no other history, based upon those charges and the length of time, you may very well be eligible to restore your rights pursuant to RCW 9.41.047 Restoration of possession rights. Best of luck to you!

Q: I believe at mediation the mediator told me I could not discuss anything to family, friends etc after leaving. I believe

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Washington on
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
Kelli Y Allen's answer
Discuss this with an attorney in your state and review what you signed. The general rules of mediation are that anything said (offer to compromise, behavior, etc.) cannot be used against the other party in court, and that the mediator cannot be called to testify about what was said during mediation.

Q: I was involved in a liquor board sting. I was not given a ticket, citation, summons, any sort of notification to appear

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 17, 2019
Stan Glisson's answer
Unfortunately this is not uncommon. Investigators send their report to the local prosecutor, who may take weeks or months to file a charge. The court sends a summons to whatever address they can find for you, and that is often an out of date address; could be the one you had the last time you got a speeding ticket for example.

You don't get the summons, so you don't appear at the first court date and they issue a warrant.

You should definitely get in contact with a lawyer who...

Q: What documents will i need to take to the court house to start the divorce process

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Washington on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Have you researched the process at your local law library and online via the WA state court's website? Those are great places to start when representing yourself in a divorce and seeking forms and guidance. Have you considered limited scope representation as a more affordable way to hire a lawyer when you're on a tight budget? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read...

Q: My brother and I live with our father (adult aged). I came home to find that he took my furniture and sold it. Legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You may be able to sue for damages for the conversion of personal property, trespass, and breach of any tenancy agreement. Moving out may be worth considering. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY,...

Q: How do I get power of attorney back after signing it to my mom

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Washington on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
Have a lawyer review the Power of Attorney document you signed to determine how to properly rescind that POA. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law:...

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