Olivia Setsuko Willis’s Answers

Olivia Setsuko Willis

Spokane Environmental / Natural Resources Lawyer.

Contributor Level 4
  1. I'm thinking about going into animal law, or environmental law. Can you give me any tips/advice? Is this a good idea?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith G Langer
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. James T. Weiner
    4. Olivia Setsuko Willis
    5. Dave Bahr
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    I became and Animal Attorney and Environmental Law Attorney after many years being an Environmental Scientist. However, right now I do not encourage anyone to go into law in any field as it is very expensive, there are not a lot of jobs available right now and the economy is still struggling. Right now I am licensed in a different state than where I live, so my main job is still as a scientist while I have a side business doing animal law, environmental law and some immigration law virtually....

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  2. My neighbor was dog sitting her daughters dog. he came under my fence into my yard, a fight ensued who is responsible?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    2. Olivia Setsuko Willis
    3. Keith G Langer
    3 lawyer answers

    The most important thing when you go into small claims court is to be organized. Have all your receipts, papers, notes, etc. with you and organized for the judge to easily sift through. Also, if you have any communications between you and your neighbor in writing, that would be helpful as well.

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  3. A friend gave me 12 of his snakes because when he moved he couldn't keep them all in his new apartment I have now had them

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Keith G Langer
    2. Olivia Setsuko Willis
    3. E.P. Hackenberg
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleague. I am licensed in WA, but practice virtually. However, I do have a referral if you do need to go to court.

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  4. How do I resolve an issue with a neighbor regarding our dogs?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Dave Hawkins
    2. Olivia Setsuko Willis
    3. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    4. Keith G Langer
    4 lawyer answers

    It seems like perhaps we are missing some information on why your dog was declared "potentially dangerous" for something that appears so minor in the situation you have described. I am licensed in WA, but practice virtually. If you are looking for an attorney to assist you in court, I can give you a referral.

  5. Do i have any legal rights over the dog after we broke up considering the dog lived with me 6 months after we split

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    2. Olivia Setsuko Willis
    2 lawyer answers

    So it sounds like the issue is just regarding 1 dog since he, according to you, gifted the dog to you. As for the other one, it sounds like it is technically still his dog since you only agreed to care for him until he got "back on his feet." However, I would request reasonable fees including medical, etc. that you spend in caring for the dog all this time. If he cannot pay you, then I agree with my colleague in that you should ask him if he would give you the dog and make sure this is in...

  6. I had to flee because my ex, leaving my pets behind. Now we are both charged with animal cruelty. Do I have a chance of fighting

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    2. Olivia Setsuko Willis
    3. Elizabeth Lorraine Elliott
    3 lawyer answers

    You definitely should find an attorney to represent you as this is more complex than can be answered online. The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has a listing of legal resources that may be available to you, including Pro Bono or low-cost services. http://www.nhcadsv.org/legal_resources.cfm.

  7. Can I be charged with my dog attacking someone if there were no injuries.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    2. Olivia Setsuko Willis
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleague. Also, assuming you are just fighting the citation, this is generally an administrative process and you would just request a date to present your argument to the municipality that issued the citation. The information should be on your citation on how to proceed. I don't know all the details by your question alone, but I would demonstrate to the municipality that I was doing all I could to prevent any alleged attacks (fence secured if you were not home, etc.) and also...

  8. Animal control issues with an obvious drug dealer.In our county we do not have animal control and our law enforcement is small

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor
    2. Keith G Langer
    3. Olivia Setsuko Willis
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the above in speaking with your nearest lawyer that is familiar with TX law regarding shooting the dogs on your property. http://www.texasbar.com/am/template.cfm?section=home. In addition to looking at your state bar, you may want to also speak with your nearest Humane Society/SPCA even if outside of your county since you do not have animal control. Many deal very much with "dangerous dog" issues and may be able to provide tips on your available resources. There may be cruelty...