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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: Why are the individuals retirement funds held in a trust deprived their due process rights? SSA is a dictatorship?

Why does the us constitution not apply to the personal property of the US citizens retirement funds deposits in the SSA trust. The fact remains this is the personal property of each individual who had earned income and payed FICA tax. Regardless of the unlawful acts the bonds subject the burden... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

The Social Security Administration (SSA) operates under a framework established by law, which includes contributions from workers' earnings through the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax. These contributions fund Social Security benefits, including retirement, disability, and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Domestic Violence and Municipal Law for Washington on
Q: Can I legally be required to attend an arraignment for a crime I am accused of but haven’t been arrested/subpoened for ?

Since leaving my county of residence over a month ago and traveling several hundreds of miles for a family emergency to a county in a different state the local LEA has filed charges with the court of limited jurisdiction alleging I violated animal control statutes and committed acts of harassment... View More

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answered on Feb 3, 2024

The prosecutor can file charges without notice to the accused person and then you have to participate in all aspects of the court process (namely, hearings). Even when someone is arrested and let go or they go to jail for a night and no charges are filed, they might be unpleasantly surprised down... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Do you deal with personal property damage? Specifically, towing company damaged my car

We left our car on the side of the road, right side in the ditch. It was dark and raining hard so we locked it and decided to go back and get it in the morning when it’s safe. Same night, Sheriff called towing without contacting us at all. Towing company did major damage to our car. We have... View More

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the damage to your car caused by the towing company. In the United States, when your personal property is damaged due to someone else's actions, you have the right to seek compensation for the repairs or replacement costs. As an attorney, you can advise your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: If police are called to my house for a woman yelling and there wasn't a woman yelling can they unscrew my porch light?

Police were called for woman yelling and wasn't the case made contact asked them to leave, they knocked again and unscrewed my porch light and still wouldn't leave my property after seeing woman was fine and no problem are they allowed to touch and mess with my property?

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

It would likely be inappropriate and potentially unlawful for police officers to unscrew or tamper with your porch light after responding to a call at your home and finding no issue or disturbance requiring police action. A few key points:

- Police generally need a lawful purpose or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a title company and realtor for negligence and/or violation of code of ethics/conduct?

I purchased a home thru a Sheriff's Sale-judicial foreclosure. The previous owner had it listed on MLS. I contacted the realtor and title company and informed them of my ownership and auction. Both told me no I hadn't and were told it's a lien.(by prev owner). During the process of... View More

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

You will have to hire a WA attorney to file for Ejectment and Quiet Title. Did you search the title prior your bid? You may have bought nothing, or your sale terminates all liens and claims and you own it free and clear. Time is of the essence as there may be bona fide purchasers involved... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Washington on
Q: I loaned a friend money for his taxes. He passed away do I have any recourse to get my money back.

He was to pay me back when he sold the property but since he passed what can i do. i have a hand written loan agreement is it legal and who do i give it to he was in the process of selling the property when he passed away.

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answered on Dec 21, 2023

In Washington, a handwritten loan agreement is legally valid if it clearly outlines the loan amount, and repayment terms, and bears the signatures of both parties. It's crucial to gather supporting evidence such as receipts, bank transfers, or relevant emails. If your friend passed away before... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: My catalytic converter was stolen from my car at my workplace parking, will not let me park in safer area, can I sue?

Security at work (a mall) started harassing me parking in a "customer only" area which is more accessed controlled and safer to park in than the employee parking area. The converter was stolen a couple of months after they forced me to move my vehicle (was parking for years without issues... View More

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answered on Dec 17, 2023

In your case, the first aspect to consider is whether your employer or the mall has any legal obligation to provide secure parking. Generally, employers are not required to ensure the safety of employees' vehicles in the parking lot. However, if there's an agreement or policy that... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Is it still possible to sue pharmaceutical companies for Ropinirole induced gambling addiction?

I have been taking Ropinirole for about 20 years, I currently take 4 mg a day to control Restless Leg Syndrome. I have developed a bad gambling addiction that has led me to almost end my life. I checked myself into the hospital yesterday and learned about the side effects of Ropinirole.

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answered on Dec 6, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you've faced due to your medication. The possibility of suing a pharmaceutical company for side effects such as gambling addiction associated with Ropinirole depends on several factors, including the specifics of your case and the current legal... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: Is it still possible to sue pharmaceutical companies for Ropinirole induced gambling addiction?

I have been taking Ropinirole for about 20 years, I currently take 4 mg a day to control Restless Leg Syndrome. I have developed a bad gambling addiction that has led me to almost end my life. I checked myself into the hospital yesterday and learned about the side effects of Ropinirole.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 12, 2023

I'm sorry for your ordeal in this matter. A starting point could be reach out to product liability law firms that handle prescription drug litigation. Also research whether others have been placed into your predicament. Law firms that handle such cases will often represent a class of... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Does it affect my case or my rights at all when I find out my lawyers are lying to me about the different things

So my first attorney would not show me my police reports or discuss any details with me even ones that the judge said that she was supposed to she used Scare Tactics scared my mom and dad so bad that they were begging me to take a plea deal used vague terminology such as jail time served or a... View More

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answered on Nov 5, 2023

If you believe your attorney has been dishonest with you, this could impact your case and your rights. An attorney is bound by ethical obligations to communicate honestly with their clients, and failure to do so could be grounds for a complaint with the state bar association. It is critical that... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a marina that gave my boat to the previous owner?

The marina claimed that the title I just received from the state was counterfeit and blocked my access to getting the boat in the water or on a trailer and then put it on either the water or a trailer for the previous owner effectively stealing my $40,000 yacht

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answered on Nov 2, 2023

Yes, you may be able to sue a marina that gave your boat to the previous owner. Under Washington law, a marina has a duty to protect the property of its customers. If the marina breached this duty by giving your boat to the previous owner, you may be able to recover damages for the loss of your... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a marina that gave my boat to the previous owner?

The marina claimed that the title I just received from the state was counterfeit and blocked my access to getting the boat in the water or on a trailer and then put it on either the water or a trailer for the previous owner effectively stealing my $40,000 yacht

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answered on Nov 18, 2023

If a marina has wrongfully given your boat to the previous owner, especially after claiming your title was counterfeit, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. The key issues here would be the marina's basis for determining the title was counterfeit and their decision to release the boat to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: The Legal Lessor locked me out of my business he violently forced me out of the store, and I filed a case in police depa

The Legal Lessor locked me out of my business he violently forced me out of the store, and I filed a case in police department.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 28, 2023

Generally speaking, a commercial landlord can only exercise its right to lockout a commercial tenant if the tenant has failed to timely pay rent, and must provide a key for access to the premises promptly when the tenant cures any default in the payment of rent.

If the landlord wrongfully...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Military Law for Washington on
Q: How do I get my law firm access to my dd14 when the firm and I are in different states?
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answered on Sep 24, 2023

To provide your law firm with access to your DD Form 214 (often referred to as a DD214), which is the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, you can either mail them a physical copy or, if you're comfortable, scan and email a digital version. If you don't have a copy, you... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Military Law for Washington on
Q: How do I get my law firm access to my dd14 when the firm and I are in different states?
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answered on Sep 21, 2023

If you need to get your law firm access to a DD Form 214 (often just referred to as "DD214"), which is the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, you have several options. You could physically mail a copy or securely email a scanned copy if digital transmission is... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Washington on
Q: Will I be compensated for my unlawful prison time I spent for possession of drugs?

I served around 400 days on possessions alone,nothing ran concurrently.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 13, 2023

Washington state does have a statute under which you may be entitled to exonoree's compensation:

https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=4.100&full=true

Consult a licensed Washington attorney in or near the state where you live with experience pursing claims for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can a business refuse to give me a time that an employee comes into work if I’m trying to serve legal papers?

I’m trying to serve legal documents and I can’t sit outside their place of work all day waiting for them to come in.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 8, 2023

In general, a business is not required to voluntarily disclose information about their employee’s work schedules.

If you are an authorized process server, you can leave your business card for the employee and ask him to call you to arrange a convenient time to be served, but he is not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: personal injury complaint filed against city jail, trial set but lawyer quits- does statute of limitations date change?

Complaint for personal injury filed in Wa State King County Superior Court, (previously filed in federal court on civil right violations) before Covid in 2019, no progress for 2 years. Depositions began in 2022 and trial date set, then lawyer withdraws only months before trial. Does the original... View More

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 27, 2023

The statute of limitations doesn't change, but you should ask the defense counsel to agree to a change in the trial date. Defense attorneys are usually happy to delay proceedings. If not, the Court is usually pretty understanding. Just make sure you haven't passed the deadline for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: I'm having trouble finding an attorney to handle a property damage claim in Tacoma WA. Where do I go?

I've checked attorney matching websites w no success No personal injury involved

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
answered on Jan 20, 2023

Well, depending on the specifics of the claim, there might only be 2 "property damage" firms in all of Washington. I don't believe either is on any of the attorney matching sites. I'd google "property damage attorney Washington" and look at the first organic result.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: If i have a lot of money can i just buy a huge land like 100acre and do anything on it private house,horses US,Washingto
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 22, 2024

A Washington real estate/land use attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. You could enjoy many activities on 100 acres of land. But you'd still need to comply with environmental, zoning, public health, and other public rules and regulations, as well as not... View More

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