Ryan Vancil Esq’s Answers

Ryan Vancil Esq

Bainbridge Island Land Use / Zoning Attorney.

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  1. Do you think it really matters what type of attorney a person retains in a personal injury situation?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Robert Max Klein
    2. Constantine D. Buzunis
    3. Paul J Molinaro
    4. Steven Mark Sweat
    5. David B Pittman
    6. ···
    21 lawyer answers

    Yes, it absolutely matters. In fact, if you can make sure your personal injury attorney has some experience in head trauma. This is highly complex litigation, and you need the best help you can get. The days of the general practitioner attorney are dead - you need a specialist.

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  2. Can I sue the builder for building a retaining wall in my backyard ?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Ryan Vancil Esq
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Vincent J. Gallo
    4. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    4 lawyer answers

    You may need to clarify your question - you say that your home is under construction so it sounds like you are asking if you can sue your builder for putting a retaining wall on your property allong the property. I don't see how or why, based on what you have said in your note you would sue your builder for this. If you meant that construction is also proceeding on the neighboring lot, and the neighboring builder is building is on your property, then yes you can sue to have the wall removed...

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  3. I bouught a house on owner contrackt 13 years ago it is paid off as of now

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Ryan Vancil Esq
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Michael T Millar
    4. Cheryl Rivera Smith
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    Please contact an attorney to get representation right away. If you are being taken advantage of, you need good legal representation. It can be intimidating to hire an attorney if you have not before, but the cost of not contacting an attorney could be much higher. If you are low-income or disabled you may qualify for some legal assistance - try the Northwest Justice Project (206.464.1519 ), Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, and/or Seattle Housing Authority for...

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  4. I bought 10 acres in a forest area. Can I make a out house the old fashioned way?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Timothy V. Kassouni
    2. Ryan Vancil Esq
    3. Shawn B Alexander
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    Unfortunately in most areas of Washington a pit toilet is not permitted for residential use - only in wilderness camping areas. To know your exact rights I suggest contacting the Pierce County Health District concerning their regulations. If you plan to go ahead and do this regardless of the health regulations, then you need to be cautious about sharing too much specific information about the property location with the County when you contact them.

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  5. Is it illegal to prohibit the use of bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. in an apartment courtyard?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    2. Ryan Vancil Esq
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    3 lawyer answers

    Generally a courtyard area like what you are discussing is owned as a common area as part of the apartment complex. The apartment owner/landlord (if they are rentals) or the home owner's association (if they are privatly owned apartments) can adopt rules that control the use of common areas including restricting certain uses if they want to so long as such rules do not contravene local zoning codes or constitutionally protected rights.

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  6. My husband & I purchased a house for our daughter.Now we want to sell it.How much are we required to give her?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ryan Vancil Esq
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2 lawyer answers

    Did you agree to something in writing? If not then there may not be any "requirement" about what you will have to pay. Instead the question might be whether all of you entered an oral agreement to buy the house together, or is she has simply been paying rent to live in a house you purchased. Since you took out a loan together it seems pretty clear that you entered an oral agreement to buy the house together. However, without an agreement it is still hard to say what a court would actually...

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  7. Is my fence line grandfathered in?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. Ryan Vancil Esq
    3. Jack Richard Lebowitz
    3 lawyer answers

    As the other commenters have suggested, your fence may be grandfathered under a theory of adverse possession. If you or the developer has a survey (ask for a copy) you should have it reviewed by an attorney along with any other relevant documents such as the title to your property, or title report. Part of the analysis will be how many years the fence has been in place (7-10 years is commonly needed to demonstrate adverse possession).

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  8. Do I need to file an easement or is written (and acknowledged) permission to use enough for a driveway on my property?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Ryan Vancil Esq
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Jack Richard Lebowitz
    4. Timothy V. Kassouni
    4 lawyer answers

    An easement is the best legal protection you can have against your neighbor (existing or future), claiming that part of your property as theirs. I suggest hiring an attorney to draft the easement as there are a number of things to consider even in the most simple of circumstances. If you decide you need additional assistance from a Washington attorney with experience in this area please feel free to contact me at 206-842-7811.

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  9. Renting out my house per hour/night - what licensing do I need ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Brandy Ann Peeples
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    3. Ryan Vancil Esq
    4. Dotty Elaine Lemieux
    5. Daniel M. Lauber
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    Contact the Renton planning department at 425.430.6575 or 425.430.7294 and ask if your business proposal will meet local zoning code. Renton will require you to get a local business license, and in most jurisdictions businesses must comply with local zoning requirements before they can get a license. Also consider: (1) forming an LLC to own the property, (2) state business and employee licenses, (3) forming an entity to manage the property (LLC, non-profit) and/or will this be a private...

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  10. Real estate help!! Bought a house 3 yrs ago n found out I'm on septic. I am paying sewer monthly.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ryan Vancil Esq
    2. Robert P Dickson
    2 lawyer answers

    1. Retain an attorney with experience in both real-estate contracts. Your primary problem is the amount of time that has passed both with regard to the City inspection and the purchase of the home. You may have recourse against both/either/neither the City and/or the seller. The City seems like a long-shot because of the amount of time that has passed. The seller may be a better chance for you provided you can demonstrate that this was an issue that you could not have discovered by...

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