Washington Questions & Answers

Q: What are the requirements to have my conviction appealed in Washington State?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 14, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
Most important is there is generally a 30 day time limit from the date of sentencing to file notice of appeal. The court should have given you a sheet with appeal instructions, but if they didn't then call the court and ask the clerk. Or of course call the attorney who represented you in the case, or another attorney who practices criminal law and appeals.

Q: Can I keep my car if I need to file for bankruptcy?

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Yes. If you reaffirm the debt.

Q: I just got married and my wife has been living here since 16. She entered with visitors visa. Any advice?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Ashley Negrette's answer
If you are a U.S. citizen you should contact an attorney for help. It is important that the attorney review your wife's immigration and criminal history before any documents are filed. The attorney should also explain the current risks of filing for someone who is undocumented.

Q: What forms do I need to fill out and what process do I need to go through to gain guardianship of my 10 year old son?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 7, 2018
Vincent J. Bernabei's answer
If this is your son, you need a custody order. If there is already a custody order in a custody or divorce decree, then you should file a petition to modify the custody order. Usually, that has to be done in the same court that entered the custody order. If there is no prior custody order, then you should file a petition to establish custody in the county court where the child has resided for the past six months.

Q: Can my employer fine me for not giving a 2 weeks' notice, and can they withhold my final paycheck for any reason?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Answered on Aug 2, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
If your employer's handbook required an employee to give two weeks notice or deduct 75 in lieu thereof then it need to be followed. Exit interview is your discretion that cannot withhold your final pay check. If it is not done you may sue your employer after the defined period of payment settlement.

Q: I have some questions about landlord/tenant laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Answered on Aug 2, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Ref your query : (1) LL cannot enter into the rented area or property without formal prior notice of at least 24 hrs.

(2) You must inform LL in writing about the rotten basement walls (with photos) and ask him to repair it immediately before it is multiplied.

Q: Do you have to answer police questions during a DUI stop?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Answered on Jul 30, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
"It is unlawful for any person while operating or in charge of any vehicle to refuse when requested by a police officer to give his or her name and address and the name and address of the owner of such vehicle, ... or to refuse upon demand of such police officer to produce his or her certificate of license registration of such vehicle, his or her insurance identification card, or his or her vehicle driver's license or to refuse to permit such officer to take any such license, card, or...

Q: My parents just willed me some land and mineral royalties in Louisiana. I want to leave 50% of the royalties to my wife.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Washington on
Answered on Jul 27, 2018
Brent Bowden's answer
You can draft a will without a lawyer, but it is important to follow the formalities required by Washington Law (I am assuming you live in WA). Merely having it notarized is not sufficient to create a will in Washington State.

RCW 11.12.020 contains the requirements for witnesses.


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Q: How does an insurance company settle claims when their insured are both parties of an MVA? How do they "sue" themselves?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Washington on
Answered on Jul 26, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
It's handled by different divisions within the company normally. Happens all the time, but I understand what you are saying; it looks like a clear conflict.

Then of course if her carrier pays some of her medical bills, it can require compensation from the other driver's insurer; yes, the same company.

If your friend isn't represented, she should talk to an attorney right away. Particularly in the one company scenario it is very easy for the injured person to get taken...

Q: I am international student. I paid money to roommates before i came back to my country, but they did not pay ityet

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 25, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
This isn’t a question. Perhaps you need to schedule a consult with a lawyer to help formulate a question.

Q: In what situations can I file for bankruptcy and still keep my home?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Washington on
Answered on Jul 20, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Depends on your income and equity in the property. Contact an experienced local bankruptcy attorney who can help to determine the right move.

Q: Is it illegal for my ex wife to use my social security on an automated server to gain VA payment history

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Washington on
Answered on Jul 19, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
talk to your divorce attorney. It's a violation of VA regs for her to do that if she did.

Q: I got into an accident when I was driving to meet a client for work. Will my employer have to pay for the medical bills

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Washington on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Usually your employer. If it was your fault why would the person you hit have to pay? If you are at fault it's you (or your employer) who pay. If it's the other person's fault, contact a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Assn for the county where it happened--they give free consults.

Q: I quit my NC Job & moved to WA late 2017; got a bonus from NC job in 2018. No work/resident in NC 2018. NC Tax on bonus?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Eric Steven Day's answer
The bonus that you received was in relation to work that was performed in NC, therefore, NC can tax you in relation to that income. If the income was produced or "earned" in that state's jurisdiction, that state has the right to tax that income. The other way that a state would be allowed to tax the income that you earned is if you were a resident of that state when you received it. In other words, if you worked in NYC and commuted from Connecticut to work there, you would be taxed by both...

Q: Is it possible to get an exception for a DUI license suspension to get to school?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Washington on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
Almost always, but will normally require an ignition interlock be installed in your car.

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Q: I entered into an agreement, where I transferred into my name all utilities, for a place to live? Am I a tenant?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Answered on Jul 12, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Agreement that you mentioned above has created a relationship of tenant with LL. LL has to abide by the terms of agreement and rules of tenancy that makes you eligible to be served a prior written and formally delivered notice to vacate LL property. Failing which you can file suit to obtain Restraining order so as to safeguard your rights.

Q: How do I go about hiring a lawyer about a case in France? Or maybe get some advice on what to do next

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and International Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 10, 2018
Richard Sternberg's answer
Many lawyers practicing International Trade law have contacts around the world and can research for qualified lawyers in foreign countries. Also, the U.S. Embassy in many countries maintains a list of local attorneys, though the reference may not constitute a referral. As far as I know, there is no Avvo.com covering French advocates.

Q: Should i pay NVC to continue to interview or change a lawyer?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 8, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Current lawyer has certain advantage over a new one as he would have background information and details and need not to prepare afresh apart from less expensive.

Q: Where in the I90 form do I disclose a conviction for reckless driving? Need to renew card

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Answered on Jul 8, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Better you follow the contents of form 190 than to craft your own. Restrict yourself only to those details which are not asked for, relevant or required therein.

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