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Alana Kimberly Bullis

Dupont Insurance Law Lawyer.

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  1. I purchased a used vehicle from a small dealer and was not told about prior accident history, what can I do?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    2. Santo V. Artusa Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    If you can get a collision repair expert to opine that the vehicle is unsafe as a normal means of transportation in its current condition, then you can revoke acceptance of the vehicle, even if it is a year later. In Washington, used car dealers state that the vehicles are sold "as is" and do not come with an implied warranty of merchantability. If the vehicle cannot be used for the purpose for which it was purchased (safe transportation), then there is Washington law that provides a remedy...

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  2. I was rear ended and 3rd party insurance wont make me whole again, only replace bumper, small claims question ~HELP~

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    3 lawyer answers

    This type of practice happens frequently by the insurance company. Unfortunately, a preliminary estimate is just that -- an estimate. Usually, there will be underlying damage and the repair costs could go up substantially. A small claims court will only award you for the damages that you can prove and if your vehicle is not completely repaired when you bring your claim, you could end up not being made "whole."

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  3. How do I ask the judge to defer my ticket?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    2 lawyer answers

    The judge will already have your driving record and if you have not had a deferred prosecution before or had one before but are now eligible for another one due to the passage of time, then the judge will most likely offer you the opportunity for a deferred prosecution. Just be aware that there are certain conditions that the Court will impose upon you, such as no other offenses within the next year and you will have to pay the costs of the ticket. If you are in compliance with these...

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  4. Is it illegal to record a phone conversation without notifying the person you're talking to?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    2. Chintan Vijay Panchal
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3 lawyer answers

    In Washington, it is unlawful to record a phone conversation without the consent of the other party.

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  5. Can I get out of this new car purchase?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    3. Lars A. Lundeen
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
    4 lawyer answers

    It would be worth your time and money to see a local consumer or contract attorney as soon as possible so that the attorney can review the document that you signed. Also, if the $1500 down payment on your credit card has already been processed, make sure that you take the receipt with you when you see the attorney. You should do this as soon as possible.

  6. We bought a used truck and found out the sales prize was higher than the BlueBook recommendation, can we cancel the deal?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    3. David Hamlin Madden
    3 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, you are bound by the terms of the contract and if you paid more than the Blue Book value, then that is not an excuse to void the contract. It is always recommended to do your homework regarding the fair market value of the vehicle before you sign on the dotted line.

  7. Is an engagement ring community property in WA State?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    2. John J. Sullivan
    3. Michael Douglas Shafer
    3 lawyer answers

    Generally an engagement ring is a gift in contemplation of marriage. If the marriage does not take place, the ring belongs to the gifter (fiance) and should be returned if the marriage does not take place. After the marriage takes place, then the ring becomes a gift; belongs to the wife; and is therefore, the separate property of the wife. With this in mind, the wife should make her wishes clear in her will as to who will inherit the ring upon her death.

  8. I was rear ended and 3rd party insurance wont make me whole again, only replace bumper, small claims question ~HELP~

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    3 lawyer answers

    This type of practice happens frequently by the insurance company. Unfortunately, a preliminary estimate is just that -- an estimate. Usually, there will be underlying damage and the repair costs could go up substantially. A small claims court will only award you for the damages that you can prove and if your vehicle is not completely repaired when you bring your claim, you could end up not being made "whole."

  9. My car was rear ended by a guy picking up a cigar from the floor. Do I have to let his insurance total my car?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Lance David Sharp
    4 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, the insurance company can elect to repair the vehicle or to replace it (which means to "total" it). In Washington, the insurance company must give you a report called an ACV report (Actual Cash Value). This report is to show you how the insurance company established how it came up with the fair market value of your vehicle. You may want to check online to see if you agree with the insurance company's valuation because those values tend to be at the lower end of the market....

  10. I bought a truck from a local dealer less than 3 weeks later I find that it will cost me 4,000.00 just to make it run.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Alana Kimberly Bullis
    1 lawyer answer

    If the vehicle was used, purchased from a car dealer, and you have a collision repair expert (someone who repairs vehicles) inspect the vehicle and will state that the vehicle is unsafe as a normal means of transportation, then you may be able to revoke acceptance of the vehicle under the Uniform Commercial Code. A used car dealer cannot disclaim a warranty of merchantibility even if the vehicle is sold "as is."