Elizabeth Rankin Powell’s Answers

Elizabeth Rankin Powell

Tacoma Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

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  1. If an elderly parent wants to add their daughter/caregiver to the title of the house can they just call the county treasurer?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. James P. Frederick
    3. Joseph Michael Pankowski Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    Calling the tax person is not going to accomplish anything. Real property is conveyed by deed. There are plenty of good reasons *not* to add your name to the title of the property right now, but the person in the best position to advise your mother is your mother's lawyer. They may have a different take on this situation. Elizabeth Powell

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  2. I'm trying to figure out if I file my car accident (personal injury) lawsuit in Superior or District Court (at the Thurston

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Chong Hae Ye
    3. Jacob Brian Smith
    4. Peter N Munsing
    5. Andrew Eugene Cherin
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    Superior Court is a court of general jurisdiction. Superior Court can handle any lawsuit. District Court is a court of limited jurisdiction, and the most money you can ask for is $75K. If you go to Superior Court the filing fee is higher - $250 compared with $83 for District. In Superior Court if you are not asking for more than $50K, you are going to be ordered to mandatory arbitration. There is an entire separate set of rules for mandatory arbitration. In either court, either party can ask...

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  3. I have large medical bills I can not pay, going into collections. What should I do?

    Answered 28 days ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Ray C Brooks
    3. Richard D. Granvold
    4. Bruce Ward Bain
    5. Boris Petrenko
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    You are probably judgment proof, but in order to stop the harassing phone calls, please find and retain a local experienced and well-regarded bankruptcy attorney. It is less expensive than you think. The sooner you find one the faster you will feel better about this. Elizabeth Powell

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  4. What are the families rights, when a single family member dies and there are Squatters in there house?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Michael Thomas Smith
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    4. Charles Adam Shultz
    5. Nathan D Sukhia
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    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please locate and retain a nearby estate/probate attorney who can get the probate up and running, and get the persons in the house out of there. The Estate now owns the house, and it has to go through probate so that the title to the house can be formally transferred to the new owner (the heirs). It doesn't matter whether he left a will or not, this still has to happen, and the sooner your family gets started the sooner this will be over. If someone who...

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  5. What is the average cost range to appeal a probate case?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Kevin Hochhalter
    3. Maureen Ann Wickert
    4. Dave Hawkins
    4 lawyer answers

    My favorite quote from Dickens (Bleak House): "Death isn't the end. There is always litigation over the estate." You could arguably spend more money on the appellate process and get no further ahead and what you would get is a lot less money from the estate. Don't worry about what the other side threatens to do. Your lawyer is doing their job. The Judge who hears the motion may or may not change what the commissioner did. But in the long run, if you can settle the probate you will come out...

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  6. Until what date we can file for mandatory arbitration in personal injury claim?

    Answered 11 days ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Michael David Myers
    3. Sara Maleki
    4. Jacob Brian Smith
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
    5 lawyer answers

    In Pierce County, the Confirmation of Joinder Form has questions about whether or not the matter should be in mandatory arbitration. You can (and should) put the matter into mandatory arbitration if the claim is valued at less than $50K, and the Court is not terribly fussy about when that happens. But Mr. Smith is absolutely right - the defendant insurance company is banking on you representing yourself because chances are very good you will recover a fraction of what you would recover if you...

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  7. I'am the personnel representative of a estate. We do not have a Attorney right now.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Justin Eric Elder
    3. Celia R Reed
    3 lawyer answers

    You need an attorney, you know. Richard Wills has an excellent website at WashingtonProbateLitigation, and you could certainly call him. In WA, discovery demands are subject to CR45 and CR26. You have to be allowed 30 days to answer the questions, but unless you go to court and get a protective order, you are going to have to answer them. The fact that they came in the mail doesn't obviate your obligation to respond. If the response is demanded on some shortened timeline, that is incorrect....

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  8. What does "Motion and Order of Default and Default of Judgement" mean for me?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Latife Helen Neu
    3. Gordon Charles Webb
    4. Russell Louis Mikow
    5. Paula Brown Sinclair
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    You cannot be arrested and jailed for failing to pay a debt - at least not directly. If the creditor gets a judgment entered against you, they can, after that, ask you to show up in court so they can conduct supplemental proceedings, which means they ask you questions about where your assets are so they can get to your assets to satisfy the debt. If you failed to show up for supplemental proceedings, the Court can issue a bench warrant. When there is a bench warrant, *IF* you are stopped by the...

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  9. Are my minor children the legal heirs or next-of-kin following their father's death in Washington state?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Justin Eric Elder
    3. Douglas N Kiger
    3 lawyer answers

    I am so sorry for your loss and your children's loss. His mother has absolutely no right whatsoever to touch anything of his. I would strongly recommend that you consider getting an anti-harassment order on behalf of yourself and your children to make her stay away if she will not listen to reason. You could have a temporary order by noon tomorrow, presented correctly. It requires that you tell her to knock it off or you will get an order, not simply surprise her with the order. Your ex's...

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  10. My landlord entered without notice 24 hours before i stated in notice to vacate and is now charging me for items I planned to do

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Jacques Tushinsky-Fox
    2 lawyer answers

    It is not legal. I have two legal guides about taking your landlord to small claims. If you and your landlord agreed that you would be out on Sept 2 at 6, he had no right of entry before then and no right to exclude you. NONE. Return the doors. And be prepared to show that 1) no checklist and 2) no compliance with the other deposit rules. Your instincts are correct. But rather than writing demand letters, just let the Judge explain it to your landlord. I have two legal guides about taking your...

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