Susan Lee Beecher’s Answers

Susan Lee Beecher

Kent Family Law Attorney.

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  1. At what age can a teenage child choose what parent, or grandparent, to live with?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
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    The age at which the child can make this decision in Washington State is 18. The grandparents should seek the help of an attorney. There is no information given here about the mother and about why the daughter has been living with the grandparents all along, but depending on the facts of the case, the grandparents may be able to establish that third party custody is in the best interests of the child. There is a very high bar for this, because the rights of parents to raise their children are...

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  2. Is non compete agreement enforceable after adding a new business to the company and sined NCA before creating a new business?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    2. Douglas Scott Reiser
    2 lawyer answers

    Courts do not like to see people forced into unemployment because of overly restrictive non-competes. Your non-compete may be unenforceable it if is overbroad, and also depending on the conditions under which you signed it. No attorney can give you a clear idea of your rights, though, without seeing the contract and asking you some additional questions. If the contract is likely unenforceable, an attorney can also advise you how to take steps that might help discourage legal action by the other...

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  3. We sold our pizza business and landlord doesnot want to return our last rent. Please advise.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
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    Whether you are entitled to your deposit depends on how your lease reads. Also, if you sold your business to someone else who will be operating at the same location, did your landlord allow you to assign your lease? If so, did the landlord collect a deposit from the new owner? If not, it makes more sense to leave the deposit there for the new owner, and include this as an asset that is part of the sale (so the new owner gives you $800 now, and then gets the deposit back from the landlord when...

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  4. One month before HS graduation, we were served with post-secondary modification papers but...?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. John Groseclose
    2. Susan Lee Beecher
    2 lawyer answers

    You should definitely respond in order to avoid the other party obtaining a default ruling. The other attorney's advice is good, and I will only add to it by remarking that you should keep a close eye on the case schedule. If you did not get a case schedule (the other party was supposed to give you one, but it sounds like they skipped a few things, and they may have also skipped the case schedule), go to the RJC, to the clerk's office on the second floor, and find out how to get one. If...

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  5. Although my husband and I are divorcing we want him to adopt my 16 year old, what do I do?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    In order for your son to be adopted by the step-father, bio-dad has to agree to relinquish his rights. If he agrees to that, it can probably be done. Otherwise, this will likely be impossible. (There is a long process for extinguishing parental rights when the parent does not agree, the state takes great pains to try to preserve the relationship, and if it is possible at all, it will likely not be accomplished until after your son is 18.) The good news is that once your son is 18, he can be...

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  6. Is a non comp enforcable after being employed for 6 years?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Douglas Scott Reiser
    2. Susan Lee Beecher
    2 lawyer answers

    I would argue that lowering your pay just so they can increase it back to previous levels if you sign a non-compete is questionable consideration, and the non-compete may not be valid. Also, if you instead resign, you should qualify for unemployment, since they have reduced your pay by more than 25%. I would need more details, but I strongly question the legality of asking you to pay back compensation paid three and four years ago. Unless there are some unusual contractual factors involved,...

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  7. A friend at work was called in by her supervisor and was told that her position would be changing into a new department

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
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    I am assuming this is a private employer (as opposed to, for example, a state agency). I am also assuming there is no union. (If there is a union, she should talk to her union rep.) Particularly since there is no cut in pay, your friend really only has two choices; take the new position and get comfortable with it or take the new position and send out her resume. (In this economic climate, resigning is not a good idea; in fact it seldom is.) Employers do have the right to manage their...

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  8. Could I win a appeal case if the employer doesn't send me my work history when requested.

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    It's hard to know from your question whether you have an attorney now or plan to get one once you have the paperwork. If you have an attorney, I assume you have informed your attorney of your attempts to get your work record, and I'm sure he or she will know how ro proceed. If you do not have an attorney, I suggest you immediately (today!!!) submit as an exhibit your request letter and the return receipt. You are past the deadline for submitting exhibits, but the OAH will sometimes let these...

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  9. My husband waited 10 weeks to recieve unemployment and when he filed for "backpay" he was denied.

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
    1 lawyer answer

    That depends on what sort of work he was looking for. If he was applying for positions for which he was clearly not qualified, then the denial was appropriate, but if he was qualified for the positions, arguably he should have received the unemployment compensation. Windows for appeal of these decisions are very short, so if he wants to appeal that decision, he would act quickly.

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  10. Are supervisors allowed to swear and threaten contracted agents?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Susan Lee Beecher
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    There is no law against supervisors being jerks. They can swear and be abusive. What they cannot do is swear and be abusive for an illegal reason. If the supervisor was flirting with your husband, and because he was unresponsive is now swearing at him and threatening his job, he (not you, though) may have a sexual harassment complaint. I would also want to know more about your job before I would agree with the employer's characterization of you as contractors. (You may be being paid as...

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