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William D. Edelblute

Kennewick Employment / Labor Attorney.

Contributor Level 11
  1. I leased a building for 4 years and just found out that the business right behind me is using my water. Never disclosed to me.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William D. Edelblute
    1 lawyer answer

    You probably have an equitable claim for the other owner's share of the water bill, probably going back only three years. You should contact the water utility right away to stop this problem going forward. An attorney could start out with a demand letter to the other business owner asking for payment and arranging for his own meter.

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  2. Can I be fired because I didn't come in on a day off?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William D. Edelblute
    2. Julie Anne Oberbillig
    2 lawyer answers

    Whether this is "misconduct" for the purposes of denying unemployment compensation may depend on whether there were any clear rules about your schedule in terms of being asked to come in on your day off. Ask for a copy of any employee handbook if you don't already have one. Some specify how many "no shows" will result in termination, even though the employer can let you go for any reason, it could help show you thought you weren't breaking a rule. Even if you are an "at will" employee with...

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  3. As nurse aide I have been accused of misconduct, which I deny, have been fired and denied compensation.Do I need a lawyer?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William D. Edelblute
    2. Julie Anne Oberbillig
    3. Brandy Ann Peeples
    3 lawyer answers

    FIrst, you definitely need to appeal the denial of the unemployment compensation, within the deadline stated in your notice of denial of benefits. The burden will be on the employer to prove misconduct. Misconduct is the intentional violation of a clear, known rule. You deny any such rule. The hearing will be held before an administrative law judge, usually by phone. The chances of winning an appeal of a denial due to "misconduct" are usually good. My clients have prevailed in probably...

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  4. What are the statues of limitations for defamation in the state of Washington?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. William D. Edelblute
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2 lawyer answers

    To answer the question posed in the title of your question, the statute of limitations in the State of Washington for a defamation action is two years, a year shorter than for many other types of tort claims. However, the tort of "malicious prosecution" may apply to facts like these, and the staute of limitations for that action is three years. To maintain an action for malicious prosecution, the plaintiff must allege and prove (1) that the prosecution claimed to have been malicious was...

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  5. My daughter turned 18 August 11, 2013. Her father filed for post-secondary support August 9, 2013

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. William D. Edelblute
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Joshua A Pops
    4. Scott T Ashby
    4 lawyer answers

    When does (did) she graduate from high school. If she has, then it is too late for him to file for post-secondary support.

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  6. Attorney told my boss I broke the rules or laws

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William D. Edelblute
    2. Saphronia R Young
    3. John Robert Bonin
    3 lawyer answers

    You should submit a written request to the board requesting a copy of all policies and/or the employee handbook. Ask to review your "personnel file" as well, any employee has a right by statute to inspect their personnel file. There should at least be a record of your discipline and a reference to the policy allegedly violated. Ask for written clarification of whether you are an "at will" employee, or whether your are a "tenured" public employee, who can only be disciplined "for cause."...

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  7. My friend has a no contact order from the state of WA, he cannot contact me. On the copy the middle name is wrong. is that bad?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Sean P Cecil
    2. William D. Edelblute
    3. Bruce Clement
    4. Patrick Owen Earl
    4 lawyer answers

    If there is some error or leeway in your not being the subject of a no contact order, then it is up to his attorney to change that through the Court. Same with the name being incorrect.

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  8. Aside from refinancing or selling, how can my name be removed from a mortgage if it wasnt in the divorce decree?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. William D. Edelblute
    2. Bruce Clement
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    3 lawyer answers

    You cannot enforce terms that are not in the decree. It may be possible to make a motion to the court to amend the decree, if there is clear evidence you two agreed to that, but it was left out of the decree by accident. Even if a decree requires him to refinance, it does not guarantee a lender will give him credit. Usually, when the parties properly address this in the decree it will require that the loan be refinanced within a certain time period, and if not, then it will be sold....

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  9. Im being held in contempt, how am i supposed to know what forms to fill out before my court date? I dont agree with the contempt

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Jay W. Neff
    2. William D. Edelblute
    3. Aaron Scott Hill
    4. David Alexander Browde
    4 lawyer answers

    The basic form you need to use is a "Declaration" form, to make your written response under penalty of perjury. It is available on the State Court administrator's website. Usually the parenting plan form has a specific section for vacations, how they are planned, and how much notice to give.

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  10. Where can I find a definative list of items that need to be replaced in a rental after long term tenants move?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Shawn B Alexander
    2. William D. Edelblute
    2 lawyer answers

    First, look at your lease to see what the deposit specifically covers. Then the landlord will have to give you a statement within 14 days of any charges intended to be taken out. I wouldn't worry unless you caused some unusually damage, beyond the usual wear and tear.

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