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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 Federal Crimes, Contracts and Education Law for Washington on
Q: Can I sue the gov. For giving me federal loans through an unaccredited college?

Ashford university 2012-2016 lost accred. About 1 month after enrolling. Never said anything to me.

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answered on Mar 9, 2024

It is possible to sue the government for providing federal loans to attend an unaccredited college, but the success of such a lawsuit would depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Here are a few things to consider:

1. Borrower Defense to Repayment: If you believe that Ashford...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Banking for Washington on
Q: All of my chime accounts were closed with no warnings. Instead they sent 3 emails. Can I talk to someone?

They told me I would get a check in the mail 30 days from now. They are claiming I broke the chime amendment rules.

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

If your Chime accounts were closed unexpectedly, and you received emails stating that you violated their amendment rules, it's understandable to feel confused and seek clarification. The first step is to carefully review the emails sent by Chime for any specific details regarding the alleged... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Can an apartment complex tow your car if you have registration but haven't put your tabs on yet.

If in your apartment contract it says they can tow if you don't have updated registration does that also count for the tabs or would they need to see your registration paper to determine if it's up to date?

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answered on Feb 8, 2024

In Washington, if your apartment complex's contract specifies that they can tow vehicles without updated registration, and you haven't affixed the current tabs to your car, this could be grounds for towing under that policy. The contract likely considers visible, up-to-date tabs as part... View More

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 Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: i was threatened with legal action and loosing my housing voucher if i didnt sign a increase to my month old lease.

I am a Section 8 voucher holder who recently found a 2bdr apartment for $1045 a month and signed a lease Jan 19th 2023 with the landlord paying $1045 security deposit and 455$ first months pro rated rent. I was repeatedly promised my $455 portion back as soon as they got paid from the PHA. never... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

Facing pressure to sign a revised lease and then dealing with eviction under these circumstances is distressing, especially when it impacts your housing voucher and overall housing security. Under the Section 8 program, any increase in rent must typically be approved by the Public Housing Authority... 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 Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Before my landlord passed away he told me if when he died I'd have a 2 year lease. His son now owns the property.

Is it a binding agreement?

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answered on Oct 23, 2023

The enforceability of the verbal agreement you had with your landlord regarding a 2-year lease after his passing can be complex and depends on various factors, including state laws, evidence, and the willingness of the new property owner to honor the commitment. While verbal agreements can be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Washington on
Q: If you go on vacation more than 30 days is the house considered vacant or unoccupied ?
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answered on Sep 28, 2023

In Washington, the distinction between "vacant" and "unoccupied" often depends on your homeowner's insurance policy terms. Generally, a house is considered "unoccupied" if you intend to return, while "vacant" usually means no intent to return.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts, Tax Law and Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: My dying mother wants to leave her art business to me, she wants me to continue sell her branded art for her

What must I do legally?

She wants me to continue on her brand and artwork selling.

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

To legally handle your mother's request, you should:

1. Ensure she has a valid and comprehensive will or trust that clearly outlines her wishes for the art business's succession.

2. Work with an attorney experienced in estate planning to facilitate the transfer of assets...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Contracts for Washington on
Q: my brother sold my parents house and promised me an amount of money from the sale and I have it on text and doesn’t

Give me anything can I do anything

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answered on Sep 4, 2023

If you have evidence in the form of text messages or written communication where your brother promised you a specific amount from the sale of your parents' house, you may have a basis for pursuing legal action to enforce that agreement. Depending on the circumstances, you might explore options... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: My workplace laid me off and paid me $500 severance. Now they are saying if I don't sign an NDA I must return it.

Am I legally obligated to either sign the NDA or return it? Email below:

Thank you again for being part of the XXXX team especially in the past few months which have been rocky and trying for all of us. I really thought that we wouldn't need to do any further cuts but it was unforeseen... View More

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John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 18, 2023

Unless you signed some sort of agreement, you are not currently obligated to either sign the NDA or to return the $500 severance payment. Advancing a severance payment shortly before filing a petition in bankruptcy might create a situation in which the bankruptcy trustee attempts to clawback the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: My workplace laid me off and paid me $500 severance. Now they are saying if I don't sign an NDA I must return it.

Am I legally obligated to either sign the NDA or return it? Email below:

Thank you again for being part of the XXXX team especially in the past few months which have been rocky and trying for all of us. I really thought that we wouldn't need to do any further cuts but it was unforeseen... View More

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson
answered on Aug 24, 2023

It is always best to have an employment lawyer review any severance agreement.

However, if you haven’t already agreed to NDA terms in a severance contract, and you accepted the payment without agreeing to any conditions, you are likely under no obligation to return the advance payment....
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Contracts for Washington on
Q: What are the best alternatives for families needing to refinance mortgage or auto loan debts at this time?
Amber Nicole Austin
Amber Nicole Austin
answered on Jul 11, 2023

My thinking is that interest rates for new mortgages or auto loans are higher than they have been in years, so it is difficult for families to know the best way to handle this type of debt during a divorce. If possible debts can be paid in full to avoid needing a new loan, the asset (aka... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Am I required to pay the full month's rent if I only lived in the unit for 14 days at the property manager's request?

Am I required to pay the full monthly rent if I only lived in the unit for 14 days? I requested to get my bathroom/kitchen vinyl replaced & the contractors discovered mold underneath the vinyl. I was asked to leave my apt during repairs which last 16 days. I was not aware of any leakage but my... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 10, 2023

Argghh! The leaky toilet seal case. Toilets sit on a "Wax ring" that seal the flow between the toilet and the sewer pipe. if it becomes dislodged or there is some other problem, there will be a leak into the floor that you don't always see, it goes into the floor under the ring. If... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, International Law and Internet Law for Washington on
Q: Amazon closed my account, can reinstate it?

amazon kdp closed my account on 01-12-2023. With 22,000$ three pending months, I have been a publisher with Amazon KDP since 2019 and have worked hard over the past four years to establish myself as one of the best-sellers in the children category. Unfortunately, due to a mistake on my part, I have... View More

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answered on May 5, 2023

If your Amazon KDP account was closed due to policy violations or negligence on your part, it may be possible to reinstate your account by contacting Amazon KDP support and explaining your situation. You will need to provide evidence that you understand the policies and have taken steps to correct... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Contracts and Copyright for Washington on
Q: is there a place I can find open source data for documents involved in a case's document discovery process?
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answered on Apr 8, 2023

No. Discovery requests are not filed as a public record, unless, and only to the extent that, the same are controverted and a protective order is sought. The same is true of documents produced in response to discovery requests. Only after culling, and if a judge permits, are documents produced... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: If a "Promissory Note" is signed by the Buyer, not the seller; is it still valid? Amended signed by both?

The Original was also lost by the Seller, is the contract still enforceable, if we're having a dispute?

The original was signed by Buyer only (Promissory Note, not Note); and the Amendment to the Promissory Note was signed by both the Buyer and Seller.

Enforceable? Any rules... View More

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answered on Nov 14, 2022

The buyer is the one that has to sign as the notemaker. The amendment is probably an agreed modification between the maker and the holder. It should be enforceable unless you have busted the SOL.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Washington on
Q: I loaned someone cash & have handwritten IOU & cashier check & what the checks for. Is this legal & binding in WA ST?

I loaned someone $3,500 cash and have a cashiers check that shows what the loan was for to this person on the comments. I have a handwritten, dated and signed IOU from this person indicating they owe me this amount of money. Is this legal in binding in Washington state because now they don’t want... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jan 27, 2024

Under general principles of law (not specific to WA), this is a valid and enforceable contract. There are strict time deadlines so that you must file your lawsuit in Court or take other action or be forever barred from relief.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: What type of lawyer would I need for a apartment complex?

Over 2 years ago I lived at an apartment in Washington State and just recently I received a notice from a debt collector. They have sent me a charge sheet for damages from the apartment. I have attempted to email and call the Village at union mills several times and they have yet to send pics of... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 10, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. What kind of attorney do you need? A collections defense attorney with insight into landlord tenant matters would be ideal. You could reach out to different attorneys to discuss in making your decision. Good luck

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