It depends on how comfortable you are with a residential purchase and sale. If you have purchased several properties, are intimately familiar with the "ins and outs" of a Form 17 disclosure, of the buyer's duty to investigate, of the seller's duty to disclose hidden defects unknown to the buyer, of which seller is aware, and that present a danger to health or property, and cannot be disclosed by careful reasonable inspection of the buyer--then I don't think you need a lawyer.
Your situation is not terribly uncommon, and after I lived in Israel and moved back to the States, I met many Israelis who experienced the same thing. You have the right to review your file in human resources with a representative from HR present. I'd be curious to hear more details about how long you had been at the job, the method of termination, whether there was an employee handbook, and other factors that led up to the termination.
It depends on the cause of the slide, and whether it was the result of a subjacent or lateral action. If the slide is construction related, you may contact me, as we regularly represent clients in such matters.
You will need to consult your loan documents, these will spell out the terms of any "default." There should be a section clearly labeled, "Late Payment," or "Term default," or "Liquidated Damages." Penalty clauses are illegal in Washington, liquidated damages clauses are not. The answer should be in your contract. If it's not in your contract, consult a lawyer with your documents in hand. If there is such a ridiculous fee in your contract, meet with the bank manager in person, and if that...
Compensation is the basic recovery in Washington, and unless provided for by statute, Washington does not allow for punitive damages. If you have not been fully compensated for the tree, you should contact a lawyer.
This issue was just looked at by the Court of Appeals: http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.showOpinion&filename=589750MAJ.
You may also find this old case that you may find helpful. Leo G. Gostina et al., Respondents, v. A. L. Ryland et al., July 1, 1921.
Just Google these cases.
There are several websites that you can pay for this service, such as www.realtytrac.com. I subscribe to that site. The county recorder's office is a good place to start. There are also groups, such as The Foreclosure Group, that teach everything you need to know. If you're just getting started, you need to find a mentor and go to Barnes and Nobles and get a book on foreclosures.
Mediation is generally a voluntarily procedure that is used before or during litigation. There is not really anything called a "formal" mediation--mediation is informal and non-binding. Everyone is there to give and take; if you don't like the result, you walk out and continue/start fighting in court. If you have started a lawsuit, you can get their documents via the discovery process and subpoena power. If you have not, then generally you cannot force a private party to turn over documents.
It depends on the terms of your lease and how miserable you are. What are your potential claims? Breach of the Lease, warranty of habitability, and covenant of quiet enjoyment. First, the lease should have an obligation to provide appropriate utilities and services (air). Second, the landlord generally must grant "quiet enjoyment" of the property (give you air). What will your landlord do? In my experience, nothing unless you put the boots to their head. Ask yourself whether their...