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John Robert Bonin

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  • My tenants are now squatting in my rental.

    I gave my tenant's notice on November 25 2014 that I would not be renewing their yearly lease. My tenant’s yearly lease ended on December 31 2014 at midnight. They are still here and are Section 8 tenants. I told them I’d talk to Section 8 about ...

    John’s Answer

    Every answer given you is correct. I particularly appreciate the warning on trying to do an eviction without an attorney - especially if you have never done one before. Having said that, your question does ask if there are "forms" available and I am aware that most Superior Courts actually provide packets of materials for a moderate fee. Accordingly, if you want to experience the reasons why you should hire a lawyer first hand you can go purchase one of those packets. Would I do it? No! If I were you I'd invest what will probably be about $1200 to $1500 to properly remove these tenants by putting the process in the hands of someone who does it for a living.

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  • Do I have a Legal Case?

    I was employed as a Financial counselor, at a local hospital from 2012 to June of this year. In May, while I was on vacation, a co-worker signed into a patients Wahealthplanfinder account and changed the income to force an immediate qualificat...

    John’s Answer

    Get to an attorney as soon as possible. You have multiple issues here and it simply would not be appropriate to even try to discuss them all in this setting. It is likely you will want to hire an attorney hourly to help you with administrative law issues including your privileges and unemployment. It is also likely that you will need to hire an attorney hourly to help you file a few targeted complaints to government regulatory authorities (Federal and State - and if it is the entity I suspect it may be -- several complaints). If you are union you also need to contact and possibly file a grievance with your union. Your comment about what another employee did while you were on vacation should be pretty easy to establish -- you should have some form of evidence you were on vacation. The question I have is whether that is really what happened. As a financial counselor you are probably aware of all the various forms of regulations out there. Get to a lawyer as soon as you can...and good luck.

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  • Has doctor/patient confidentiality been violated do I have case worth pursuing.

    I went to a clinic and spoke with a doctor about prescribing me Welbutrin as I had read online about the drug being tested by doctors at UCLA for helping with methamphetiNE addicts cravings while in recovery....this doctor wasn't familiar with tr...

    John’s Answer

    If you believe your rights have been violated you could file a complaint with the federal Department of Health and you can look up the process to do so on-line. However, the prior answers to this question are materially correct, except that violation of HPPA may have other fines/issues of accountability associated with it -- if it actually happened. Understanding that Grays Harbor is a small community and that perhaps the remainder of your question (not contained here) pertains to other people finding out about it, the question would be how they found out. Example: if the pharmacist tech told others or something. To stop the problem you can communicate with both the doctor and the pharmacist...they will likely address it. If you think you have been harmed you should consult with an attorney and be prepared to identify how you have been harmed.

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  • I am going to write here one more time pleading for help from an attorney. I know its hard to win a motion to vacate. I need pro

    bono or payments. I have solid grounds. I know attorneys would love to have the win of a motion to vacate in their profile. It would help you get more clients in the future. You would be on the side of justice. You would put an evil ex in their pl...

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    This posting belongs in family law. I am adding that to your list so you might get some answers. I do not practice family law, but do think I can give information that, if you don't have already, you should have gotten: There is a family law facilitator that you should be able to contact through Thurston County Superior Court. This person should be able to help you prepare the proper materials and may even have a few referral attorneys for you. In addition, if you are indigent Northwest Justice Project might be able to help you - or in this case your child. Remember, in matters related to children the Court's primary focus is always going to be the best interest of the child. Good luck.

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  • Can a tenant legally grow up to 15 medical marijuana plants in Washington State if they posses a medical marijuana card?

    This is a private rental residence. Will landlord be liable if tenant exceeds the prescribed grow amount. Could landlord be prosecuted for tenant's activity.

    John’s Answer

    From your question it sounds like you know in advance that your tenant intends to engage in growing marijuana. Time to go see a lawyer...whether they are in the house or your thinking about it...it does not matter...see a lawyer. But if you are thinking about it...how much have you thought about it? As for your question....If there is an issue you will likely find it by having a local attorney analyze the forfeiture statutes...if you don't want to spend the money on a lawyer...call your local building and planning office AND your local prosecutor's office AND the police and ask good questions of them.

    Our new laws have created many interesting situations. In this situation you should bring your lease to a lawyer for an analysis and a comparison with city and county regulations in your area. Things to think about: is the tenant violating city or county code? what about building code (did they make modifications without permits)? Are they engaged in a commercial enterprise? Does your lease discuss use of the property exclusively as a residence? Have you inspected the premises? If you have cause to evict and do evict what kinds of stigma will be associated with the property? First suggestion: update your lease to make it clear that tenants agree to abide by all laws (including Federal).

    Final thoughts: what do you need to grow pot indoors? I don't personally KNOW...but I hear you need lots of power, lots of moisture and lots of humidity....so -- what is that going to do to your house? Another thing to think about -- so the tenant moves out and your looking to sell or rent again after you have cleaned up...what kinds of things might you end up having to disclose in your seller disclosures?

    If you are a landlord...WHY would you do this? If you are a tenant...what kind of a horrible tenant you must be to even THINK of putting someone else's investment at risk just because you like to grow....buy a greenhouse or a storage shed or something!

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  • I need a lawyer! I am trying to file a suit against my company for wrongful termination due to a disability and retaliation.

    I was recently terminated after being with my company for 8 years. I transferred from a store in NC to a store in SC 6 months ago. To my surprise only the person who had me transferred in and a handful of associates were the only ones nice to me. ...

    John’s Answer

    You need a lawyer in your state! You may want to look up the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (google works to get to them) and read up on matters. There are a series of documents you can fill out and an on-line question and answer system. In addition, if you call the nearest EEOC office they typically have a list of attorneys who practice this area of law in your area...in fact, if you walk in to their nearest office you may find that list available for you to pick up. I'm sorry you are going through all this and wish you the best of luck. Take action promptly...do not delay. If you are "union" you may also need to read your union contract and talk to your shop steward promptly as well.

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  • If my manager literally states that "we need a woman on our team" is that grounds for discrimination?

    It was during a lunch where at least two other employees were present. Admittedly the manager is a woman and has been noticeably critical of my work and has been micro-managing for a couple months. However this comment is unrelated and I found i...

    John’s Answer

    The basic answer that this alone does not constitute a claim is correct. What you should be doing is documenting everything in a timeline form from the date your concerns began forward and seeking face to face advice with an attorney. As you develop your time line consider the issue of whether you are a protected class member under RCW 49.60 (google it). When you have finished your timeline see if anything jumps out at you as possibly being issues within those protections. Take what you find to a lawyer.

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  • Will I face any problem from my employer?

    I am working as a software developer on contract for Starbucks through a small consulting company. The offer letter which I signed while joining in this consulting company has a rule that I should not join the client company I am assigned with(In ...

    John’s Answer

    your post concerns me. this is a public website. If you can "edit" this to be less descriptive (company names) I strongly recommend it.
    Prior answer discussing the issue of non-competes and contract analysis is correct. see a lawyer. There are more than a few in the Bellevue area.

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  • I need to know because every law office I call say its not the type of law they pratice so I need someone to tell me for sure

    I was arrested for id thieft and forgery they dropped the forgery but I went to jail for id theift useing my own id and signing my own name it was a bank error the bank wrote a letter stating it was a teller mistake but I still had went to jail ne...

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    The following names were obtained by going to www.wsba.org....going to lawyer directory...typing in the city....and typing in the "area of practice" as civil rights. If you try this yourself you will also get hyperlinks to their telephone numbers. The attorney you speak with should have some experience in common law negligence as well. Frankly, if the bank is asking you how much you want to resolve this matter you may want to lead with that statement when you get the attorney on the phone. I do believe you should use an attorney to help you value this matter when talking to the bank.

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  • Seriously ill one week, came back to work, they terminated me. Worked 8 years. Clean record, no absences, rarely sick before.

    Reasons given for termination: (1) I didn't call in sick one morning (cloudy thinking from fever and renal failure, but canceled 2 patients on my schedule), (2) shouldn't have deleted patients from schedule after I canceled them, (3) Didn't call ...

    John’s Answer

    There is not enough information in this to properly respond. Wrongful discharge cases are very fact intense matters and you need to meet with a lawyer face to face with all your facts to get a fair opinion. It looks like at least 17 months have gone by since this happened. The law sets out deadlines for filing of claims known as the "statute of limitations." Essentially you must bring a claim, if at all, by that time or your case will no longer be actionable. In addition, if the facts and the remedy you are looking for require some type of administrative filing before you can seek that remedy you will have earlier deadlines to meet. You make a strong assertion of opinion on argument that the true motive for your termination was based on longevity of employment and pay scale. It looks like you are in the medical profession/skill set...ever have a patient come to you who has self diagnosed one problem but it turns out to be another? If you feel you have something worthy to pursue you need to get to an attorney and get to an attorney right away. Good luck.

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