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Lisa Jill Dickinson

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  • Can an employer in Washington state refuse you time off to go to a scheduled DR. Appt.

    I asked for July 21st off for a Dr. Appointment and to also go pick up custom made work boots to help my feet which is who the said appt. is with my foot DR. My employer told me I would have to reschedule cause they would not give me to time off ...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Possibly. It depends on what their policy is on leave. Do you have to give a certain notice time and request time off? Did you ask what day you would be allowed to go if they will not allow you to go on the 21st? If they have a reason not to be able to let you go that day, you will have to look into other options - is unpaid leave an option with your employer? How are you allowed to take personal leave? It depends on the certain employer, circumstances and other facts.

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  • My uncle died with a lot of stock holdings. Can the estate be closed if they aren't sold?

    My uncle died in Washington State with a lot of stock holdings. My sister wants them sold. My other sister wants them kept. I think it is a good time to sell as the market is high. Does everyone have to agree to sell them? Can an estate...

    Lisa’s Answer

    It depends what the will says. It is likely that the Personal Representative has the right to distribute as he/she sees fit as well as the will allows it. If you disagree with a lot of the actions of the PR, or think they are doing something illegal, you should contract an attorney to consider a TEDRA (Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution) case.

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  • I need to know if the letter from ClearSpring loan services regarding a loan deficiency is legitimate and should I call them?

    I live in Washington. A house owned in Florida was foreclosed on on Feb 1, 2011. A short sale did not succeed. I have been getting calls from SRC collection which I have ignored. Today I got a letter from ClearSpring giving options to pay a de...

    Lisa’s Answer

    You probably need a Florida attorney to give advice on Florida deficiency laws. If the debt is valid, you can have a Washington attorney assist you with either repayment, or negotiation based on your current assets.

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  • Can i use a different name with client than my legal name on my Id's.

    I want to use an alias name while talking to a client rather than giving my legal name. I am not going to sign an papers with that name. I am only going to use it while talking to them, meetings etc. Are there any implications of that

    Lisa’s Answer

    It could be ok, as long as you are not using a fictitious name to deceive anyone. It depends on the type of business or specific factual situation. For instance, I know married women who use their maiden name for business, even though their legal name is their married one. People with difficult names to pronounce often prefer to use another name if in a sales position or something similar as well, so that clients are more comfortable communicating with that person. It depends on your specific profession and situation.

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  • If a current independent contractor threatens to leave and say that if he leaves I will lose clients over his dismissal?

    Is the above illegal. Is it also illegal for him to turn around and teach somewhere else and/or open his own facility and take my currents clients. Also, what is the law in Washington State in regards to dismissing a independent contractor?

    Lisa’s Answer

    You should contact an attorney to discuss your options. There is a possible tortious interference claim if he interferes with current contracts. Also, even without a non-compete/non-solicitation agreement, there are possible trade secret violations if you had proprietary information that he copied/stole.

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  • I am trying to set up a DIY LLC with some friends.

    Some friends and I want to set up a LLC and I can't find some critical information. My questions are 1. Do the terms "member" and "owner" mean the same thing? 2. Does each "member" (or "owner") have to make a cash contribution to be a part of th...

    Lisa’s Answer

    It sounds as if you need tax advice as well, which a lawyer should not generally give you unless also a licensed CPA or tax attorney. Also, "member" is an owner, however you may want to consider whether or not you want LLC managers. I would suggest hiring an attorney for at least a consult to discuss formation, as this will save you money down the road if it is set up properly.

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  • Why would a probate bond be needed when a will exists that says the executor can proceed without bond?

    My brother died in March 2013. I provided his will to my attorney in early May. I am to be the executor. The atty lost the paperwork until July, then told me he would contact me when the probate paperwork was ready to be signed. I never got a call...

    Lisa’s Answer

    This does not make sense. I suggest that you ask for your paperwork and advance of fees back, and go see another attorney. The probate should have been filed immediately, with notices going out long ago. Your attorney should have at least explained timelines and procedure to you.

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  • How do we know if an executor of a will is doing the right thing?

    My husband's grandfather passed away in the Seattle area and we live in Chicago. We had a copy of the will but now my husband's uncle says the will was changed a few months ago. Before, the will was split between my husband (daughter's only son) a...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I agree with the attorney below that it may just take representation to protect your interests. You need to balance representation against the cost of a will dispute (called TEDRA - Trust and Estates Dispute Resolution) in WA. The PR generally will have authority to distribute assets in his best judgment as long as it does not conflict with the terms of the will. I also agree that there may have been some undue influence - however those cases are very difficult to prove. I think you should consult with an attorney to weigh your options.

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  • Hello..i am having some issues with my partners and they bridge our contract.i want to sew them,please i do need advice from you

    its more of a bridge in contract of two companies..and now he the second company wants to plays a fast one.

    Lisa’s Answer

    You will need to consult with an attorney. Is it a formal partnership? LLC? Corp? Informal partnership? It depends on what the agreements say. I would anticipate most attorneys would take a moderate retainer to consult with you to discuss this, and it is best to have your documents ready for review prior to contacting an attorney, along with the names of your other partners and the companies so that the attorney can do a conflict check.

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  • I want to buy a business but current owners have a hard loan out on the property. How do I ensure they pay it off when I buy?

    A family member has a small restaurant they want to sell to my wife and I. They inherited the property but it came with debts that forced them to get a loan from a loan shark in order to keep the business. Now their estate wants the money in to s...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Consider an "asset purchase" only, if the assets of the business are not liened. An attorney should be able to do a UCC search to find out. Do not buy "the business" per se, just the assets (tangible and intangibles).

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