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Steve C Franklin

Tacoma Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

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  1. Active Duty with Orders to change duty station, landlord requires payment for 1 month rent while we are not going to be there?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Steve C Franklin
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    4. Amanda Salcido
    4 lawyer answers

    If you have not done so already seek legal assistance at the JAG office on base. This will cost you nothing as it is a benefit you have for your service. You will likely have Service member Relief Act protections as well as residential landlord tenant requirements related to the security deposit. These issues are comm

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  2. WA State. Husband and wife die together in an auto accident. Does the insurance payout fall under RCW 4.20.010?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Drew D Dalton
    2. Jacob Brian Smith
    3. Christopher Michael Davis
    4. Steve C Franklin
    5. Christopher B. Rounds
    5 lawyer answers

    This question touches on the complexity related to claims that may be brought when someone is killed due to the fault of another party. There are claims that may be brought on behalf of the deceased (survivorship claims) as well as claims that may be brought by certain beneficiaries (wrongful death claims). A personal injury attorney experienced with wrongful death claims will be able to identify all potential claimants as well as all potential sources of recovery. Care must also be taken in...

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  3. Military law, divorce from military servicemen, procedure for seeking full custody of child WA state

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Steve C Franklin
    1 lawyer answer

    Hello. With regard to custody disputes in Washington State the court will always look to determine "the best interest of the child", therefore any determination will require a review of a broad spectrum of facts. If you and your husband can agree on a custody arrangement the court would likely not interfere with it unless there were a problem. Your husbands deployment status will definitely be a factor in the custody determination and because of it a court very will decide to make you the...

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  4. What can i do?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steve C Franklin
    1 lawyer answer

    You are most likely barred from any legal action under something referred to as the Feres Doctrine. Even if you were not you would still have a very difficult case as you would have to prove that the Marine Corps actions caused your damages. If clear policy was violated you should report it and reduce the likelihood that it could happen again. You can do this through the IG office, Congress, or running a formal complaint up throught the COC. Keep in mind this is general advice based on...

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  5. I have a third party lawsuit going that seems to be a good case is there a way to figure out what is the max we can sue for

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Jason Garrett Epstein
    3. Steve C Franklin
    4. Michael S Altman
    5. Rebecca Marie Larson
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    There is no jurisdictional dollar limit on what you can sue for in Superior Court. Although in District Court you are limited to $75,000.00 total. There are also options such as arbitration for cases involving less than $50,000.00. I would recommend a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. You need to understand what the full scope of damages are, as well as other issues in your case. Another important factor that needs to be evaluated is collection. Is there insurance...

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  6. Not at fault car accident in 2012, was active duty military and have had severe issues ever since. Need some prospective info.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Steven L Shaw
    2. Steve C Franklin
    3. Jimmy C Chong
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Drew Norman Early
    5 lawyer answers

    It sounds like you have counsel. If you do not I would highly recommend you consult with an attorney. There are certainly issues related to your damages claims but there may be other intertwined issues such as impacts upon your military career that should be considered and addressed. Thanks for your service.

  7. Lawyer didn't pay medical lien when case settled

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Matthew C Albrecht
    3. Steve C Franklin
    4. Bryce Patrick McPartland
    5. Joseph Jonathan Brophy
    5 lawyer answers

    There are many different possibilities here and the analysis starts with the medical lien itself. If this is a statutory medical lien that was in force at the time of settlement there is also a potential violation by the third party insurance company. With regard to a possible "violation" on behalf plaintiff's attorney that will depend on the factual circumstances. Did the attorney sign a letter of protection? Was the attorney aware of the lien? There are different variables in play...

  8. What should be reasonable Settlement offer ?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Steve C Franklin
    3. Lance M Hester
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
    4 lawyer answers

    There are several additional factors and variables that need to be considered. Valuing cases is not an exact science and varies widely depending on your circumstances. Most reputable personal injury attorneys offer free consultations where they can discuss your case and possible options more concisely. I would recommend you schedule an appointment and become fully apprised of your options and rights.

  9. Is 2000,settlment reasonable for a car acc. for kids?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steve C Franklin
    2. Max Jeffrey Meyers
    3. Justin P. Walsh
    4. James L. Bargar
    4 lawyer answers

    Contact a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. Most reputable attorneys will not count your offer against the fee that they ultimately charge. For the most part having an attorney will substantially increase your recovery and even the playing field when it comes to negotiations. From a quick review of your facts the offer seems incredibly low also your case does not seem suited for small claims. I practice in Washington and if you are in my area I would be available to speak...

  10. Hello, My daughter was involved in an auto accident last week. She has been found at fault - her car was totalled.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Joshua Daniel Hale
    2. Kevin Paul Smith
    3. Peter Robert Stone
    4. Steve C Franklin
    4 lawyer answers

    It is very likely that you have received a standard letter advising you of the extent of your coverage. You should feel free to contact the insurance adjuster on this claim and address your concerns. It may alleviate some of your fears to get an idea of what type of financial damages are involved. Because it is so soon after the accident this information may be somewhat incomplete. Providing you with excellent advice would require more facts. In general however, it is unlikely that a...

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