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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

Q: If a lawyer resigns, can the attorney still be court appointed attorney?

Just looking at attorneys who resigned and still practice in the Department of Assigned Counsel. This would mean that the Judge hires DAC to provide an attorney. Judges who are not aware of a resigned attorney are not aware of the illegal actions and these cases must be dismissed.

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answered on Dec 30, 2023

If an attorney resigns from the bar, they are no longer authorized to practice law, including serving as a court-appointed attorney. It's essential for judges and legal institutions to be aware of an attorney's current status to ensure legal representation is valid and compliant with the... View More

Q: How far does Immunity go?

Does a state official have any immunity when he or she commits fraud, lies to a claimant on a recorded phone call and deceives the federal government, especially when it involves federal funds...?...

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answered on Dec 21, 2023

In the context of state officials and immunity, it's important to understand that while certain immunities exist, they are not absolute. Generally, state officials enjoy what is known as "qualified immunity" when performing their official duties. This immunity protects them from... View More

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Q: Should a magistrate judge recognize another state's judgement on the same issues and law referenced is a federal one?
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answered on Dec 2, 2023

In addressing your question, it's important to consider the principles of Full Faith and Credit Clause under the U.S. Constitution. This clause generally requires that federal and state courts must recognize and respect the judgments rendered by courts in other states, provided those judgments... View More

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Q: Washington state citizens would do what to reinstate the Grand Jury as in the US Constitution?

The Washington State Constitution currently states:

Section 26 Grand Jury: No grand jury shall be drawn or summoned in any county, except the superior judge thereof shall so order.

The Office of the Code Reviser apparently revises the constitution upon request, which has been... View More

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

To reinstate the Grand Jury system in Washington State as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, a significant legal and legislative process would need to be followed. This would involve amending the Washington State Constitution, which is a complex procedure.

The process begins with proposing...
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Q: I was wondering if it is illegal to pull of the highway and take a picture in front of the state welcome sign?
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answered on Jul 25, 2023

When it comes to taking pictures in front of those beautiful state welcome signs, it's generally not illegal. Those signs are there to welcome you with open arms and make your journey more enjoyable. However, keep in mind that each state may have its own specific rules and regulations, so... View More

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Q: Making myself a primary owner from co-owner of car title while no contact with original owners? Washington state.

I’m estranged from my parents, they have themselves on my car title as a co-owner and an I’m a co-owner. I need to have them removed and make myself the primary owner. However, I’m not able to contact them due to domestic violence issues and wish to not speak with them. How do I get my name... View More

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answered on Jun 18, 2023

In Washington State, if you are a co-owner of a vehicle and wish to remove the other co-owner(s) from the title, you will need to follow a specific process. Here are the general steps:

1. Obtain a copy of the vehicle title: You will need to obtain a copy of the vehicle title from the...
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Q: I'm a licensed surveyor in WA. Can I bring a suit against another state for education requirements for comity licensure?

Licensed in WA since 2001. "In-charge" experience since 1992. Texas, Arizona, & Nevada have denied licensure via comity because I don't have a four-year degree.

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answered on Feb 13, 2024

You can try to sue each State that refused to license you, but you will probably lose quickly on summary judgments. It would be easier and faster to obtain a quick college degree. It probably will not matter what the major is.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Appeals / Appellate Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington on
Q: When does "Lack of knowledge " or "Lacks information sufficient to form a belief " end?

First thank you everyone for answering my previous questions, very helpful.

When your oposising party claims "Lacks information sufficient to form a belief" throughout the entire civil litigation (obviously no investigation on their part to the "knowledge" and after I... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 26, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. That's a standard rubber-stamp response. You could consult with an attorney about options, but the other side could assert that at the time of the pleadings, lack of knowledge was the case. Good luck

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Q: How much time do I have to file a Gross Miscarriage of Justice complaint

Thought that I was talking to a court appointed lawyer but was talking to the prosecutor

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

It's important to consult with a lawyer who has experience in criminal law and civil rights. They can provide guidance on the appropriate procedures, deadlines, and the strength of your complaint based on the details of your case.

Given the seriousness of the situation, where...
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Q: What can I do about a neighbor wearing a gun, coming to the property line and telling me what I can't do on our property

Neighbor wearing gun says blackberries and trees on our property can't be cut. We can't even cut branches overhanging our driveway. Happens both 3 and 30 ft away from property line. He said the drain ditch that traverses both properties will collapse and it's protected. The nearest... View More

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answered on Nov 2, 2023

Sorry to hear. A civil anti-harassment protection order is a common remedy for a neighbor dispute involving unwanted and threatening contact. A good attorney will give you the best chance of getting the order issued.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for Washington on
Q: Is it legal to film public employees doing or not doing there jobs.

Is it legal to film government employees working or not working? For instance, a park employee sitting in the truck for hours, a utilities employee at Starbucks for hours.

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jun 2, 2022

Yes, you can take video of public employees in public spaces as long as you are not trespassing to do so. Please note that you cannot record audio without all parties consent, unless they are in a situation where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington on
Q: Hello, it is Illegal to file an appeal with the State, if you have concrete evidence that you should have...

never even Filed one in the first place? Would this be considered a fraudulent appeal?

Thanks

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answered on Jun 15, 2021

I don't have the required information to answer this question. An "appeal with the State"? And "concrete evidence that you should never even filed one in the first place"? The question makes no sense to me. And I don't know any procedure for a "fraudulent... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for Washington on
Q: so if Inslee continues to call this and emergency does this mean he can keep doing this forever?

also does he have the right to jail and fine people for not complying with his wishes? and if so why are so many officers of the law refusing to enforce his mandates? thank you for responding

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on Jun 26, 2020

Violation of the Governor's order is a gross misdemeanor, so a person can be arrested for it. Does "he" have the right to jail people? No, that is not the function of his office. But local law enforcement anywhere in the state can enforce the statute.

Since it only went in...
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Q: Who is entitled to the stimulus check?

A couple days ago my husband was arrested and will most likely be doing prison time.

We are separated (not legally) and filed married filing jointly for 2019.

When the 1200 for him comes with the stimulus check, am I legally entitled to keeping it?

The reason I ask this... View More

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Apr 9, 2020

This is not a legal question. This is a serious family control question--the answer to which will be answered by the two people affected: you and your husband.

I will ask you a question to give you a large hint as to the answer: If your husband was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington on
Q: Would a criminal history from 25-30 years ago prevent a person from taking the bar.All related to drug addiction

Felony malicious mischief, lying to the police, dui, glue sniffing, various other crimes all within a few years time 1994. Then a dui in 2003.Rehabilitation then nothing more than 2 speeding tickets from 03-2019. Graduated with honors BS Paralegal Studies and become a top athlete. Plan on attending... View More

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on Oct 25, 2019

Not automatically. The bar association has rules regarding character and fitness:

http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/?fa=court_rules.list&group=ga&set=APR

Look specifically at rule 21 to start.

Here is a real life example of someone who did it:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Washington on
Q: I have already applied for permanent residency through my spouse. Do I renew my DACA?

I hold a DACA status that expired last year. I'm assuming my work permit also expired. I didn't renew for 3 reasons: (1) My husband is an active military who applied for my residency a couple months before my DACA status expired. (2) I'm in grad school and was busy and without the... View More

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answered on Apr 2, 2019

There are two reasons why you might want to renew DACA:

1. So you can work; and

2. To avoid accruing unlawful presence.

If you don’t need to work, or if you applied for work authorization as part of your adjustment application, and if unlawful presence isn’t an issue...
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Q: Can I go on vacation to the states without parental consent if I’m 18 and on diplomatic status for my dad?

I’m looking to go on vacation for a few days back to the states from Canada where I am here for my fathers job and possess a diplomatic passport, yet I’m 18? Is this ok for me to do or do I need to have consent from my parents.

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

You may be best served by speaking with an immigration attorney in Canada. In the USA, an 18 year old is considered an adult and is free to travel as such. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. I... View More

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Q: How can I spend some time Im jail without a crime in Washington state
Ali Shahrestani,
Ali Shahrestani,
answered on Dec 26, 2018

You can be charged with a crime and temporarily held in jail pending your arraignment, for example. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my... View More

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Q: It's been two years since my first offense dui, how much longer till I can visit Canada
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answered on Aug 6, 2017

Canada considers you ineligible to enter them country. You must go through a lawyer in that country, and file for permission.

Don't commit a crime,and possibly get convicted.

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