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Robert M Lorey

Portland Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

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  1. I have some secret audio recordings where in my wife is threatening me to falsely implicate me of domestic violence.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert M Lorey
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
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    Your creation of the "secret audio recordings" was almost certainly illegal and therefore inadmissible in Court for any reason (other than _against_ you in your criminal trial). The Revised Code of Washington makes the recording of a private conversation illegal unless all parties to the conversation consent to the recording. See RCW Sec. 9.73.030. Even if the recording was open and obvious, which it does not sound like is the case, your soon-to-be ex can withdraw her consent at a later...

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  2. What is my legal address if I am homeless?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert M Lorey
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    It depends on what your license and citizenship status is right now. If you have both a valid license to surrender to the DMV and a valid social security number you do not need to provide a physical address to the DMV. They will process your license, charge you the licensing fee, produce your license and hold it for you to pick it up at the same location which you got it made. There is paperwortk to make a formal declaration that you are homeless, but under the Division of Licensing...

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  3. I have a violent felony and can't get a gun. What can I legally own that will protect me form intruders and crazy people?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert M Lorey
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2 lawyer answers

    I concur with Mr. Brinkmeier. Your odds of having an encounter with an intruder or a crazy person are far lower than the odds of getting in trouble with carrying _any_ weapon, firearm or otherwise. If you have such an encounter the best policy is to call the police for assistance. Also, depending on the jurisdiction and precise nature of your conviction, it is possible that you are prohibited from possession of _any_ deadly weapon. See RCW § 9.41.800. Given that you are already a...

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  4. My neighbor has put up a sign that says, recording devices for possible nuisance litigation in place. Is this legal.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert M Lorey
    2. Rixon Charles Rafter III
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    It is very hard to give a definitive answer to your question, given the relative lack of detail provided. All cases are fact-specific and anything remotely dealing with privacy or the First Amendment are doubly so. The short answer is "probably yes." Rude as fµ*k, but probably legal. The relevant statutory authority is provided by Revised Washington Code § 9.73.030. Washington is what is known as an "all party" consent state. That is, everyone has to consent to a recording of a...

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  5. I was in a car accident last week. they said I ran a red light, and she drove into my drivers side door. What do I do?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Robert M Lorey
    3. George Costas Andriotis
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    You are in a "bad facts" scenario with not a lot of upside unfortunately. I suppose that you already know that driving without insurance is a violation in Washington. My first advice is to immediately get at least a minimum limits insurance policy. This will not cover you for the past accident, but will provide you coverage and a legal defense for future accidents. You may not be able to "afford" an insurance policy, but the costs of driving uninsured -- costs both civil and criminal -- are...

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  6. Ins. denied claim as fraud made by a man who said I had hit his car. Man sued me in small claims. ins refusing to assist

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. William John Carlson
    2. Robert M Lorey
    3. David A. Kulisch
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    Something doesn't sound right about the facts which you present. Assuming that your policy was in force on the date of the accident, you are due (at least) coverage for your financial liability and a defense of claims made against you. Whether the opposing party's claim is valid is irrelevant to a determination of your rights under your own policy. I have several suggestions for you in the immediate future, but it sounds like you will almost certainly need to retain an attorney to help you....

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  7. Can I take other driver (who I believe caused the accident) to small claims court?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey Ira Schwimmer
    2. Samuel Aaron Coffey
    3. Steven Mark Sweat
    4. Todd A Taylor
    5. Keith Douglas Vance
    6. ···
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    It sounds like the insurance companies are going to arbitration over the property damages. This process will be done with paper filings alone, and will largely take place "over your head" without your direct participation. This arbitration process is simply the insurance companies fighting over their payment obligations to each other. Again, you will probably not be directly involved in that process. There are several things you can do to protect your interests in the arbitration process....

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  8. Sublet rental car and had an accident. Who is liable. Florida?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. George Ray Reynolds II
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Robert M Lorey
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Lars A. Lundeen
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    I am not admitted in Florida, so I can only offer the most general advice... There are three separate areas of law which might be operative here. First, under tort law, the person causing the damage to the vehicle (no matter who owned or leased it), should be responsible for the damage. Second, under contract law the firm to whom you leased the vehicle may have assumed responsibility for the condition of the vehicle. Third, your own firm's insurance coverage may still be operative for the...

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  9. Can i get a settlement because a car hit me while i was riding my bike down the right side of market street?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Louis Solomon
    2. Michael Scott Mednick
    3. Harold Semanoff
    4. Jonathan David Marx
    5. Robert M Lorey
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    I concur with Mr. Solomon -- you should at least consult with a local attorney who is well-versed in personal injury and insurance coverage. Many attorneys offer a free or low-cost initial consultation, and even an initial consultation might give you sufficient information on how to proceed. In answer to your actual query, yes you could get a settlement. However, without the assistance of an attorney your settlement will be much smaller than it could be with an attorney. You would be...

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  10. Cathedral City Police impounded my car after an accident by person without permission to drive. car was auctioned. Can i sue PD

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Manuel Alzamora Juarez
    2. Robert M Lorey
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Richard Andrew Harting
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    If you had insurance on the vehicle, that might provide you with some help. Otherwise, it seems that you are pretty much out of luck. If you had comprehensive coverage or UM-PD you might be able to recover some of the value of the vehicle. The insurance company will be extremely reluctant to pay you anything at all; delay in reporting the accident, they cannot examine the vehicle, the vehicle has either been repaired or scrapped by now, etc., etc. If you have insurance on the vehicle,...

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