Elizabeth Rankin Powell’s Answers

Elizabeth Rankin Powell

Tacoma Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

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  1. Do i need a will if all my assets are given to my only child before I leave the planet

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel Orville Kellogg
    2. Jennifer L King
    3. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    4. Matthew Erik Johnson
    5. Peter Jay Visser
    5 lawyer answers

    Whether or not you need a will depends on whether you own real property while you are here, or not. Leaving a properly executed will for your only child may seem like it is a lot of work, but it isn't and it puts your heir in a better position. For example, if your estate needs to be probated and there is no will, then your heir will probably have to post a bond and get court approval to sell anything titled in your name. The decision to hand over everything before you are gone can create tax...

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  2. My roommate tried to kill me and got a dv charge

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Patrick Owen Earl
    3. Jay Bodzin
    4. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    4 lawyer answers

    The DV charge probably triggered a no-contact order from the Court. If she hasn't been arraigned yet, you might want to speak to the DV victim's advocate about whether or not the Court will issue a no-contact order. If the criminal court doesn't, go get a DV order from the civil court, it has the same effect. The RLTA contains provisions to deal with what happens when a tenant is a victim of DV (it is DV because you were living in the same household, under the same roof sharing the kitchen and...

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  3. Filing at the king county clerks.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    4. Thomas Martin Morningstar
    4 lawyer answers

    You can certainly go in person and ask. In King County, if you filed something without a signature or a date, you may very well get a copy back in the mail along with a "faulty document fee" invoice, requiring you to pay the clerk for the trouble of dealing with your document. That is how King County rolls. Your best bet is to go in person to the clerk's office, and ask. Elizabeth Powell

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  4. How do I evict a roommate who is also on the lease?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    1 lawyer answer

    Are you the landlord? If you are the owner of the property or the "head tenant" then you can do a 3-day pay or vacate notice to start the unlawful detainer process. If you are roommates with this person and all of you pay rent to a landlord, then the decision to evict your roommate is up to your landlord, not you. If she's on the lease and not paying her share, you can sue her for that, but her right of possession can only be terminated by the landlord. I can't tell from your facts whether...

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  5. I am the Executrix of my step-father's will (he is currently in palliative care). His daughter has asked what will happen to

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Scott Kemble Wilson
    3. Eric Jerome Gold
    3 lawyer answers

    Does your step-father have a DPOA that designates an attorney in fact? If yes, that person needs to be in charge of the decisions regarding your step-father's needs at this time. Your position as PR does not commence until after your step-father passes away. No one has the right to "take over" property that belongs to a person who is not yet deceased. There is no probate yet, so any authority you will have in the future is not yours now. The first obligation of the PR is to notify the...

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  6. Can I evict a tenant for refusing to move out on an agreed move out date without a signed rental agreement?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Samuel Michael Meyler
    3. Ryan J. Weatherstone
    4. Shawn B Alexander
    5. Thomas Martin Morningstar
    5 lawyer answers

    It is a month to month tenancy and you have to commence an eviction with the correct predicate notice. There is still time to give a 20-day notice. When you are out of state, you need to have an in-state agent. Your fiance (or another person) can do this with your permission. The critical thing to take away is that this is not self-help law; you need to locate and hire a local landlord-tenant attorney and follow their directions to the letter. Don Allen comes to mind because he's in Burien....

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  7. 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 2 years 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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  8. 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 3 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Peggy M. Raddatz
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    4. Michael John Gainer
    4 lawyer answers

    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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  9. Can an apartment lease protect the landlord from liability for ALL damage and loss to tenant property?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Matthew Robert Kaminski
    3. Steven Warren Smollens
    4. Seth Gabriel Kagan
    4 lawyer answers

    Promise you that it is not possible to disclaim liability for negligence or intentional conduct (negligence is a lot easier to prove) by contract. Lord knows they try. They'll tell you that you agreed they are not responsible for your personal property, because they hope you will believe them, but it is hogwash. If your stuff was damaged because the roof fell in, I PROMISE you that your landlord is liable for your stuff getting squashed, or wet, or damaged. But rather than taking legal advice...

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  10. I am married and have credit cards in my name alone. Who is responsible for any debt remaining on them when I die?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Shelley Ann Elder
    3. Ryan R McNeice
    3 lawyer answers

    First I am sorry to hear of your health issues. If you have not yet set up an estate plan, there are good local estate attorneys, some of whom will make house or hospital calls. There are three documents that will make things a lot easier for your wife: A Durable Power of Attorney, a Health Care Directive, and a Will. If you write the will now, you will greatly simplify what your wife has to attend to when you are gone. It is a great kindness to do this. When you are gone, the debt you...

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