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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Business Law for Washington on
Q: How can I ask the court to stop a real estate deal that my business partner is doing from happening?

My business partner and I were to buy a real estate property in seattle. we have a detailed contract between us. However, he has formed a team with 3 other people and is now buying that property. I would like to send a letter to the bank, my partner and the seller that my partner is violating the... Read more »

Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera
Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera answered on Jun 17, 2020

You need to speak with a local attorney that can analyze your situation and provide you with legal advice. When you meet with an attorney, you would need to have with you all documents executed between you and your partner. Did you form a partnership? a limited liability company? a joint venture?... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Business Law and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: call a company and they are in a 2 party state and you tell them you do not want the call to be recorded, and they deny

if you call a company and they are in a 2 party state and you tell them you do not want the call to be recorded, and they say then we cannot continue with the call . is this legal? and what are we supposed to do next? we have a account business with them. if something comes up and its urgent or... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 10, 2020

Rather than just give you a short curt answer with no explanation, let's try to reason this situation out, OK?

In case you have not noticed, nearly every business on planet earth is recording every conversation had with every customer, about everything talked about, every day, all...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Washington on
Q: Can a company pursue whoever they want to reimburse them for relocation allowance?

I’m leaving my current company who relocated me to Seattle. Like many of my coworkers we signed a contract for relocation money. Some people have quit or been terminated and haven’t been pursued for the money but they are coming after me. Can the company pick and choose who they go after?

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Dec 13, 2019

Generally speaking, yes they can. You may want to consider reaching out to an employment law attorney in your state for a consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: Please read below

The petitioner was a secondary insured for Respondent. Petitioner totaled his car and submitted a claim to Safeco, he died 10 days later of a heart attack, not related to the accident. Safeco wrote the insurance check out to Respondent and Petitioner. I asked the insurance to write the check in my... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

Looks like you have to open an estate. If the decedent died because of his injuries there is a claim and you would want to speak with a member of the State of Washington Assn for Justice in the county where it happened--they give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Personal Injury and Products Liability for Washington on
Q: Express Editorial of the Washington Post the week June 12, 2019, DNC and Bernie Sander how I can find court opinion?

Washington Post/Editorial Express in the Week of June

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 3, 2019

I suggest you see if a law librarian at one of DC's law libraries can help you. There isn't enough information there to figure out if it is a case that is being reported or what.

you may have in mind the following which isn't a suit by Sanders but by a group of supporters:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Probate, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: My Fathers wife promised me and my Father, that she'd give his kids half of the money from the sale of the house.

I cared for my Father for the past 14yrs until he passed. Spent 85% of my time with a my father making sure he took his meds and insulin and also took him to almost all his doctor appointments and surgeries. We pretty much did everything together. I have witnesses to her making these statements... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 10, 2019

You might have grounds for suing your step mother for breach of contract. It sounds like there was an agreement and it was supported by consideration. The fact that there are witnesses to her promise is very helpful. Seek out a contract litigation attorney in your area.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Washington on
Q: Do I have to pay lawyer fees beyond the retainer fee we agreed upon? I clearly stateted that I did not want to pay more.

We agreed on $3000 for up to 4 evictions. He ended up doing just one, but now wants $8000 more.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 1, 2019

Don't know about Washington state law but in Florida--and in every other state I am aware of--unless the written representation agreement says that the retainer fee is to be applied to the hourly rate charges--the retainer fee is not connected with the terms regarding hourly rates. In other... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Washington on
Q: Do I have to pay lawyer fees beyond the retainer fee we agreed upon? I clearly stateted that I did not want to pay more.

We agreed on $3000 for up to 4 evictions. He ended up doing just one, but now wants $8000 more.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 1, 2019

Don't know about Washington state law but in Florida--and in every other state I am aware of--unless the written representation agreement says that the retainer fee is to be applied to the hourly rate charges--the retainer fee is not connected with the terms regarding hourly rates. In other... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Consumer Law for Washington on
Q: Hi- I purchased a used car out of state. I signed a contract and paid in full, but have not taken delivery of the car.

I became aware of the fact that I cannot register this car in my state due to emission laws. I have repeatedly asked the dealer if it would pass in my state and received vague answers. I want to unwind the deal. Again, the dealer still has the car:(

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 15, 2019

You are wasting your breath asking the dealer if the used car complies with Washington laws because the dealer is in a different state. Try asking the authorities in Washington.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Washington on
Q: I bought a puppy from a breeder who said would replace it if it didn't turn out to be show quality. It's now been 3

Years and she keeps telling me the next time she has a litter she will give me one . Now she decided to import two new puppies and no longer has the one I sent back to her to replace. I spent about $2000. And I don't have a puppy or money. The deal was to replace the puppy . Always excuses... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 25, 2019

If you ever want to get a new puppy you will probably have to sue the breeder for breach of contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Washington on
Q: I have hired a construction company. Company has lack of communication which leads us to asking what are our options?

Company would tell us they’re coming, but doesn’t show up and doesn’t inform us why they didn’t show. I would call, text and email but doesn’t response till a day or so.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 19, 2019

Since this takes place in Washington, an attorney licensed there would really be the one to meaningfully advise you as to all available options. But your question remains open for four weeks, so as a general matter in any jurisdiction, options could include seeking a new contractor, reaching an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Collections for Washington on
Q: ray klein, Inc has a judgement against me for over 20000.00. its been since 2003? first ive heard. did a name search

haah thanks to a wonderful lawyer on here, I found out it was on me. Same name different person

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 6, 2019

Maybe it is because I am a lawyer, but I do not think it that unusual for a very large credit services corporation in business since 1970 to have "had 44 lawsuits in the last 10 years." But I certainly do find it unusual that you just found out about a judgment entered against you some 16... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law and Contracts for Washington on
Q: Hello, I was wondering if I can opt-out of an arbitration clause in a contract if there is no option to opt-out.
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 29, 2019

No. If you are offered a contract that includes a term requiring arbitration in case of any disputes you can either agree to arbitrate disputes--and sign it--or disagree and not sign it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Washington on
Q: Lawyer/Business owner lied to us when we sold a business, and is trying to con us. What should we do?

Spouse and I sold a business to a lawyer and his friend. They retained us as independent contractors, and told us we could re-integrate as owners, and, have profit sharing. Three years later, neither is true after we have brought it to his attention multiple times. Now he tell us to wait longer for... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 20, 2019

I am guessing that you and your spouse did not have a lawyer to advise you when selling your small business to a lawyer and his friend; am I right? If so, then take the money you saved by not hiring a lawyer when you should have, add several more thousands of dollars to it and then go hire a lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Moving out after our lease is up.

Hello,

Our 6-month lease ends May 31st, we notified our landlord, on May 2nd, that we would be out by the 31st (end of lease).

He claimes that we did not give him enough time to find a new tenant so we have to stay and pay for the month of June.

Is this correct?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 6, 2019

Your written lease controls the answer to your question. If the written lease you signed says you have to give the landlord a longer notice than the customary 30 days, then whatever the lease says answers this question.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Washington on
Q: Can I sue for rat and carpenter ant infestation of a trailer I paid to store on someone's property?

I stored my trailer at a place after responding to a craigslist post offering his property for storage. After 3 years, he randomly text me and asked me to move it by the end of the week. I ended up having my sister tow it for me because I was out of town. When I got home and looked at it, you could... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2019

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... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Copyright and Products Liability for Washington on
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

I have a idea that would be something you can pay into with a bailbonds company and want to look in to making this idea work if its possible and so how would I do that without getting my idea stolen but I don't have much money and don't really have any to put into this project I think its... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2019

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,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Domestic Violence, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: My ex fiance and I signed a year lease in October he got worse with angry issues & verbal/emotional abuse. I need off.

What can I do to get off lease without penalties?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Dec 24, 2018

While you may be held liable for your duties under the lease, if you leave the home to protect yourself from actual domestic violence, and if your ex doesn't pay the lease in full and on time, your landlord might pursue both of you in court for breach of contract and any owed monies (or your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: We purchased a 57 acre farm solely for farm use. Neighbor across the street states she has an easement.

Seller provided a notarized statement regarding the entire property being farm use only. No documentation anywhere to be found prior to sale of property regarding any easements. Deed received after occupancy of home states there is indeed an easement. The date is also signed by the seller stating... Read more »

Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden answered on Apr 17, 2018

Usually easements and other issues like that are discovered and disclosed as part of the title search and title insurance process. Did you get title insurance? If you did, and if the title insurance missed the easement for some reason, they may compensate you. Your insurance company may also try to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Copyright and Internet Law for Washington on
Q: I bought some sticker logos legally on line. If I apply these logos to hats, can I then sell the logoed hats on ebay?
Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on Sep 2, 2017

Do you intend to apply the actual logo stickers that you bought? In copyright, there is the First Sale Doctrine that provides that if a person buys an object having copyright protected material, the buyer can do what they want with the object. For example for a book, you could give it away or... Read more »

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