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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Washington on
Q: arbitration clause in a contract worker contract

I have been under a contract (in Washington State) to do some work for a small company (sole proprietor LLC). I completed the work and send a final invoice. He is not paying because he says he just cant afford to pay it. This is not at all true. The truth is that he has lost interest in the... View More

Tim Akpinar
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answered on Apr 17, 2024

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The short answer is that arbitration clauses are binding. When parties to a contract agree to arbitration as a forum for handling disputes arising out of the matter, that means they forfeit rights to pursue... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Police have my car for three years and haven’t notified me

a customer of mine was buying a car for me, but never made the payments turn to find out he was arrested and the car was seized over three years ago, and I been legal owner never notified by any sort or kind of communication via, but not limited to : written letter, Fax , phone , email, and in... View More

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answered on Apr 17, 2024

If you are the legal owner of the car and it was seized by the police over three years ago without any notification, you should take the following steps:

1. Gather all documents proving your ownership of the vehicle, such as the title, registration, bill of sale, or any other relevant...
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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I had a lawyer for my malpractice law suit but made the mistake of giving a bad review and I was dropped. What now?

2 years gone. Never was working on my case. Never informed on what was going on by lawyer. I just wanted to know that I was still her client. So, I thought she was just leading me on and not doing anything. I did apologize but was to late. I removed the post anywhere I saw it. Did not help.... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 17, 2024

At this point, you must continue to directly contact malpractice attorneys in the state where the malpractice occurred to see if someone will take on the case.

For other people who read this response online, note, once you complain about an attorney online or if you file a bar complaint,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: my current immigration status ends on 11/15/2025, my change of status approved from 12/05/2023 to 11/1/2026, when can i

my current immigration status h4 ends on 11/15/2025, my change of status to h1b approved from 12/05/2023 to 11/1/2026, when can i change to new status? im still in my old status

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answered on Apr 17, 2024

Based on the information you provided, here are the key details:

- Your current H-4 status is valid until 11/15/2025.

- Your change of status to H-1B has been approved, with validity from 12/05/2023 to 11/1/2026.

In this scenario, you can change to your new H-1B status on or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: please clarify this point in uscis 539 form instruction

select the date you want your change of status to occur on, if approved your change of status will occur on the date of your current non immigration status ends, or the date of approval or the requested date whichever occurs later

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answered on Apr 17, 2024

The instructions for the USCIS Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) regarding the requested date for change of status can be clarified as follows:

When filling out Form I-539, you have the option to select a specific date on which you want your change of status to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Can I apply for the US citizenship without submitting I-751 if I have been with my husband for 7 years in the US?

I have been married and living with my husband for 9 years and we have a 6 year old daughter. I got my green card 7 years ago upon my arrival in the US. We have not submitted the removal of green card conditions (I-751) because my husband does not want me to get citizenship.

(1) Can I... View More

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Apr 16, 2024

No. You must file the I-751, with or without your husband. The fact that you allowed the two years to expire means that you can be placed in removal proceedings for failing to file the I-751.

Filing a self petition based upon divorce based upon irreconcilable differences may be the better...
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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Washington on
Q: Can I apply for the US citizenship without submitting I-751 if I have been with my husband for 7 years in the US?

I have been married and living with my husband for 9 years and we have a 6 year old daughter. I got my green card 7 years ago upon my arrival in the US. We have not submitted the removal of green card conditions (I-751) because my husband does not want me to get citizenship.

(1) Can I... View More

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answered on Apr 17, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, here are the answers to your questions:

(1) Applying for citizenship without submitting I-751:

If you obtained your green card through marriage and have been married for less than 2 years at the time of getting the green card, you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Washington on
Q: Are there any laws about pointing a gun at someone’s car? (My friend’s car was pointed at by a gun is why I ask)

Would it be a threat? Or something else? I’m a kid. (12, almost 13) I’m not sure what “type” of “crime” this is.

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Pointing a gun at someone or their property, including a car, is a serious offense and can be considered a crime in most jurisdictions. Depending on the specific circumstances and the laws of the state or country where the incident occurred, it could be classified as one or more of the following... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Washington on
Q: Are there any laws about pointing a gun at someone’s car? (My friend’s car was pointed at by a gun is why I ask)

Would it be a threat? Or something else? I’m a kid. (Under 18, over 10) I’m not sure what “type” of “crime” this is.

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Pointing a gun at someone or their property, including a car, is a serious offense and can be considered a crime in most jurisdictions. Depending on the specific circumstances and the laws of the state or country where the incident occurred, it could be classified as one or more of the following... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Washington on
Q: Is there a law about threats?

My friend was in their car, and a person pulled out a gun and pointed it at their car. My friend and his mom sped off in a different direction to escape. They got a good look at the car, but not the person and filed a police report. Is this a crime?

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Yes, this is a crime. Pointing a gun at someone, even if no shots are fired, is generally considered a serious offense. Depending on the specific circumstances and the laws of the jurisdiction where the incident occurred, this action could be classified as one or more of the following crimes:... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Justifiable break of lease after landlord entered without any notice? WA state

Today my Landlord let two people and herself into the condo we rent from her property management company. I immediately contacted her and stated I didn't agree to this and that I never recieved notice. She claims that her "software" sent our notice and that she will send proof once... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In Washington state, landlords are required to provide at least 24 hours' written notice before entering a tenant's unit, except in cases of emergency or if it is impracticable to do so. The notice must specify the date, approximate time, and purpose of the entry. If the landlord fails to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: If there are 2 tenants with separate leases, does an eviction naming 1 tenant and "all other occupants" evict both
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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In situations where there are two tenants with separate leases living in the same property, an eviction notice that names one tenant and "all other occupants" generally targets only those living in the unit under the lease of the named tenant. The second tenant, who has a separate lease,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: I have a tenant on housing. Kid is violent felon she wants to add. I haven't signed housing contract. What's my options

So she sign my basic lease for x amount of $ per month. She can not afford it without housing. I haven't signed the HAP contract with housing yet. Can I simple have her sign an agreement to vacate due to her not being able to afford the house with me not signing the HAP contract. Am I... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In your situation, it's crucial to handle the matter with a focus on legality and fairness. Since you haven’t signed the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract yet, you are not currently bound by its terms, which generally include non-discrimination clauses. You have the right to assess... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: WA state. Tenant lease expired but tenant is sick and had to wait a week after vacation date.

Tenant can't afford a new lease and wants to move out, while the landlord wants to force tenant to sign another new lease adding incredible sum $$$, threatening the tenant of taking away the concession that was given to him at the beginning of his expired lease.

The tenant is elderly... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In this situation, it's important for you to know that even if your lease has expired, you still have rights as a tenant. Washington State law requires landlords to provide a written notice if they want you to move out, usually 20 days before the end of the rental period. If you've... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Can I get evicted for my daughters friend having the police to break windows and throw tear gas in to get him out?

I was in my room sleeping and the police woke me up. I looked at camera and asked myself why are they here. Ran downstairs and open the door and went and talk to them. At 1st they told me I couldn't go back in. Then they let me. I tried to talk the dude into surrendering when I noticed he had... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems that you are not directly responsible for the actions of your daughter's friend or the resulting damage to the rental property caused by the police intervention. However, the property owner may still choose to evict you, as the incident... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Securities Law for Washington on
Q: Can you recommend a crypto related lawyer who can help me recover my lost investment money being frozen by an exchange.

I seek a lawyer who guarantees no lawyer's fee unless the frozen money is recovered successfully, because I am too broke to afford an upfront lawyer's fee after being scammed.

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answered on Apr 13, 2024

I apologize for your difficult situation with the frozen funds on the exchange. However, I would be very cautious about any lawyer who guarantees they will only take payment if they successfully recover your money. While contingency fees are common in some areas of law like personal injury, they... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: Can firefighters disclose who made wellness check report?

Washington State. Called for a wellness check on 91 year old diabetic grandma who was left alone for over 3 hours under the care of her drug addict son (who we opened an adult protective services case against.) The firefighters not only told him who made the wellness check call, but had me on the... View More

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answered on Apr 13, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about this difficult and concerning situation. Based on the information you provided, it seems the firefighters may have mishandled the situation by disclosing who made the wellness check report to the person being reported. This goes against typical protocols to protect the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Attorney and social worker are keeping all positive I do from judge for CPS case(safetyplan, visit note..) what to do?

Social worker & my attorney have lied to me. For three years I ask for all documents to CPS case (discovery, visit notes, everything) they kept all from me for three years with me asking over over so I can defend my self and know what's going on. My lawyer gave me a USB drive in them mail... View More

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answered on Apr 12, 2024

I'm so sorry you're going through this difficult and frustrating situation with CPS, your attorney, and the social worker. It sounds like a very challenging and unfair process. Here are a few suggestions on potential steps you could take:

1. Document everything - Keep detailed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: How to fight ejectment order, based on fraud and judge execution of judgment without hearing new evidence?

Case brought on using Breach of Contract. Sellers withheld knowledge of payment made, and posted vacate notice on door the 31st of same month instituting Anticipatory breach. I placed cessation on payments as a single woman for self protection as sellers trying to take my home. I submitted new... View More

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answered on Apr 11, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about your difficult situation with the fraud and unfair ejectment order. Dealing with legal issues around your home is incredibly stressful. Here are some general suggestions that may be helpful as you fight the ejectment order:

1. Consult with an attorney who...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Washington on
Q: Can a business competitor use a non-trademarked brand I've created to disrupt my business?

I run a golf academy and have a very successful ladies program "FORE The Ladies". Recently, a neighboring course who hired an ex-employee of mine, began running ads with the Program name "Fore the Ladies" and use a very similar typeface in their paid marketing.

This has... View More

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answered on Apr 11, 2024

In the United States, even if you haven't federally registered your trademark, you may have some protections under common law trademark rights. Common law trademark rights are established through the actual use of a mark in commerce in connection with goods or services, and these rights are... View More

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