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Elizabeth Rankin Powell

Tacoma Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Is there any way to sue my father for brainwashing me? Is it too late to charge him in court for the things he did to me?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Dave Hawkins
    3. Mark L. Alexander
    4. Sean Patrick Kuhlmeyer
    5. Thomas A. Mackin
    5 lawyer answers

    I respectfully disagree with the previous poster. There is caselaw that holds that if you only recently discovered that your issues are based on an abuser's actions when you were young, the statute is essentially tolled until you figure it out. The firm in Seattle that you want to discuss this with is Anne Bremners, and I am sorry but I am drawing a blank on their name right now. But if you look her up, you'll find it. They will not charge you to discuss your situation and see if they can...

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  2. I have the divorce papers. and im so confused. i need a checklist to go from so i know i am sending him all the proper papers.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    4. Michael John Gainer
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    If you contact your County's Bar Association, they may have a volunteer group who can provide you with some guidance. First off, you don't "send" the papers, they must be served. To commence a dissolution action, you need to file a Confidential Information Form with the Court (this does not go to the respondent) a State Health Department form, the Summons, and the Petition. Your local court may have additional forms that have to go with the process as well. You can serve a Proposed Parenting...

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  3. How can a person file a complaint against a commissioner for misconduct or other and where do I sent it to?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Michael John Gainer
    3 lawyer answers

    You do not have a complaint against the Judicial Officer, you have a complaint against the process server whose declaration/affidavit was erroneous. Please be very careful not to take legal advice from the clerks, they try really hard to help but you cannot rely on their authority in court. You can go to the law library they have a form you can use to request that the judgment be vacated on the basis that you were not served. There are a lot of rules governing such motions, and it isn't self-...

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  4. Can landlord force us to use their real estate agent?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Christopher Daniel Cutting
    3. Brandy Ann Peeples
    3 lawyer answers

    See RCW 59 18 230. Your landlord cannot force you to do anything that the RLTA does not specifically call out as an obligation of a tenant. Also, I have never heard of a realtor charging an up front fee for anything. Your landlord cannot make you pay for their realtor. Your landlord cannot make you do work for them unless you are going to have a separate employment ageement or you want to be a serf. Your landlord breached the agreement - it is their responsibility to fix the breach, it isn't...

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  5. How should I handle this?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Bradley G Barshis
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    4. Valerie Floyd Portner
    4 lawyer answers

    Tickets are almost never resolved based on what happened, they are resolved based on what the officer did, or did not do. Officers make errors on tickets that are consistently a basis for an attorney who regularly practices in infractions/traffic to get such tickets dismissed. Yes, it will cost you to hire an attorney to deal with your ticket, but it can be a lot cheaper than paying increased insurance premiums which can happen when you are found to have committed a moving violation. I'm...

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  6. Can my adult son's landlord seek $ from me for prop. damage he caused? No lease, nothing in writing. Eviction notice sent.

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. Neal Ernest Bonrud JR
    4. Robert J Adams Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    Unless you co-signed the lease, you are not responsible for your adult son's debts. Here, you say that there is no written agreement, and that you volunteered to pay some rent. That does not create an ongoing obligation for you to continue to pay rent, or for you to be liable for damage he allegedly did. Elizabeth Powell

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  7. Can an insurance company sue me for a renter's insurance claim?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Devon M. Thurtle Anderson
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    3. Christopher Daniel Cutting
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    Presuming that you have insurance on your property, you want to tender this claim to that company promptly. There is no situation wherein a tenant is responsible to maintain sewer lines. That is the landlord's responsibility. See RCW 59 18 060. If something that is the landlord's responsibility fails and the tenant's personal property is damaged, then the tenant's insurance company is going to look to the landlord's insurance company to be made whole. I know that many landlords get...

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  8. Legal guide for renting to a Washington State Medical Marijuana patient.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Chris Matthew Limberopoulos
    2. Vitaliy Kertchen
    3. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
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    And I'm just chiming in to add that WA provides immunity to landlords for issues directly related to the tenant's decisions. I am not promising you anything, I am just saying there are cases out there where tenant did something, third party sued tenant and landlord on the theory that the landlord was responsible as the owner of the property, and the WA courts consistently say that conduct under the control of the tenant is *not* attributable to the landlord. See Frobig v Gordon, which involved,...

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  9. Recovering loss from tenant after moves out

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Thomas Martin Morningstar
    4. Michael T Millar
    4 lawyer answers

    The damage deposit rules are at RCW 59 18 260, 270 and 280. But if you read 280 carefully, the last sentence says, "no matter what the landlord can recover from the tenant for damage done to the property". The problem with no deposit is that there is no walk-through checklist from the beginning of the tenancy detailing the condition of the property. So if you allege "tenant destroyed the carpet" and the tenant's response is "nuh-uh, they were like that all ready" then you are going to have to...

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  10. Husband buys property, from the community funds & Title/Trust to LLC and his family. Can I claim that property in divorce?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. David L. Carrier
    3. Matthew Erik Johnson
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    All property owned by spouses is before the Court for a just and equitable division. If you know the county and the parcel number you can get the address from the County's Assessor-Treasurer's website or office.

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