Matthew Erik Johnson’s Answers

Matthew Erik Johnson

Seattle Business Attorney.

Contributor Level 17
  1. BANKRUPTCY + LIBEL: in a chapter 7 petition granted discharge in all other aspects, what speed bumps might be otherwise anticip

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Shaye Larkin
    2. Richard D. Granvold
    3. Matthew Erik Johnson
    4. Brian Christopher Fetzko
    5. Raymond L. Hopson Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    As the others mention; so long as you included the creditors in your bankruptcy filing and received your discharge, the duty to repay the debt was abolished upon the trustee's grant.

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  2. Can I re-establish a corporation I established in WA but change the name and business activity?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Lucas Seth Michels
    2. Matthew Erik Johnson
    3. John Robert Eltringham
    3 lawyer answers

    You can reopen an old business entity. Particular forms are required. After that, you can either change the name through the online amendment form. If it was a limited purpose entity, you can change this as well through the amendment form.

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  3. What action do I take to remove a seller from a property who refuses to leave after closing?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Matthew Erik Johnson
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    3 lawyer answers

    What type of property? The laws are different depending on what types of property, whether personal or real estate, and whether residential or commercial. Assuming this is a real estate property, the safest way for you would be to get a court order. You don't want to do something by accident which would give the squatters some right to sue you. Call a real estate attorney and go through them.

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  4. What is the best way to divide two estates equally between two children to please the state.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Erik Johnson
    2. Michael Thomas Smith
    3. Chandra Melissa Lewnau
    4. Michael Leo Potter
    4 lawyer answers

    If there was no Will, then intestate succession will apply; period. If there was a Will, then the property needs to be distributed in accordance with the Will. After that, the recipients can gift to each other whatever they want. If no Will, both estates need to be divided 50:50. They can do it the easy way, by liquidating everything and dividing the money. Or they can do it the hard way, value assets and try to split up property relatively evenly. IF they want to keep the house, either...

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  5. Is there legal protection for my financial assets in the case my future spouse has extended needs of medical care or is sued?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John S. Palmer
    2. Matthew Erik Johnson
    3. Steven J. Fromm
    4. James P. Frederick
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes, but you have to prepare early. In addition, there are always drawbacks to positioning assets for certain types of protection, many of those being that you lose control over the asset the more protection you give the asset. As mentioned, prenuptual agreements are very good for this purpose - as is the strategic use of revocable trust to make SURE your assets are not co-mingled. In addition, you may want to look into early gifting to your children - either through trusts or other means...

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  6. In Washington State, does an Affidavit of Small Estate have to be filed with the Court?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Kevin Terry Steinacker
    2. Matthew Erik Johnson
    3. Leslie R Bottimore
    4. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    Washington state does not require probate proceedings regardless of the estate amount. Probate in Washington is entirely discretionary

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  7. I'm a renter owners filed bankruptcy the property is one of the items, the bankruptcy finalizes on the 20th, can they evict us

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Minh T. Tran
    2. John Anton Sterbick
    3. Matthew Erik Johnson
    4. Dorothy G Bunce
    4 lawyer answers

    A few things. No, they cannot evict you in 4 days. They are required to file for an eviction and provide you with 30 days notice of the eviction for non-payment. If you did pay, then not only can you not get evicted, but you might be able to counterclaim for fraud. Not only that, but it is a retaliatory eviction, which is illegal in WA state. Don't go anywhere. Second, the trustee was possibly anticipating that the bank would foreclose on the property, or the possibility that the...

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  8. We are living partners, man and woman What forms should we need for will and trust?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Keith G Langer
    2. Scott D Rosenberg
    3. Matthew Erik Johnson
    4. E. Alexandra Golden
    5. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
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    6 lawyer answers

    As the others mention, whether you are married or not does not matter unless you are incredibly wealthy (for tax saving purposes). Thus a visit to a local attorney who is well respected can get you everything you might need, including a deed transfer, to accomplish exactly what you want. More importantly, an estate planning attorney will lay out the benefits AND drawbacks of what you are doing, so that you are completely informed of what will happen once a deed transfer occurs, or a trust/...

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  9. I am unemployed and have zero funds . how can i retain a lawyer for my case

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Erik Robert Hartstrom
    2. Erika L Yuen
    3. Susan Kathryn Ashabraner
    4. Matthew Erik Johnson
    5. Jonathan Stuart Frank
    5 lawyer answers

    You need to both challenge the removal judicially and possibly sue the sister for unlawful detainer for attempting to sell the home without any right to it. Unfortunately, this takes money for an attorney. your options are to (1) try to do it yourself; or (2) call around and find an attorney to do this work pro se (meaning free). So you'll have to put in a lot of work to call around and find someone to help you

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  10. Problems at bank with pod beneficiary form.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. James P. Frederick
    2. Matthew Erik Johnson
    3. Truman John Costello Jr.
    4. Michael Leo Potter
    4 lawyer answers

    Agree with Mr. Frederick. You should definitely get a power of attorney signed fairly quickly, and put pressure on the bank. However, if she went in in-person and already signed everything, in effect they have already agreed. Only now are they "changing their minds". As a last resort, this could be grounds for a civil suit.

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