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William D. Edelblute

William Edelblute’s Answers

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  • Should I seek legal counsel?

    My ex mil and ex husband took out a loan when I was still married on the car I drive. During the divorce we discussed me refinancing in 6 months but my ex husband and I ended up leaving that out of the divorce journal. The divorce states I will ...

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    Your question is: "Can she make me do that?" The answer is no, generally speaking. She is not a party to the divorce. The decree does not require you to refinance.

    There is a twist, since you say your mother-in-law and ex husband "took out a loan" on the car. Is her name on the title, along with your husband? If so, she could try to claim a possessory interest in the car and take possession of it, but since the intent was for you to drive the car, you are the beneficial owner, and she would be wrong to do so, unless you default on the payments.

    If you fail to make the payments, your ex husband can take legal action against you for any collection action brought by the lender against him.

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  • Do I have a case, I was wrongfully asked to resigned in lieu of termination because my boyfriend is a patient of the clinic

    I work for a group of physicians. My boyfriend happens to be a patient of one of the doctors in the clinic but I don't directly work for Dr. A. I am responsible for patients of Dr. Z. Well one day after 6mos of being together we decided that o...

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    Because Washington's Law Against Discrimination, RCW Chap. 49.60 prevents discrimination on the basis of marital status, there is an issue here, because you say most of the employees spouses go to the clinic as patients. Yet, they have a problem with you dating a patient.

    However, you mention at the end that you "went to access my boyfriend's chart ..." Therefore, it needs to be clarified were you fired because you are dating a patient or for accessing the chart of a patient outside normal channels, because you say you don't work directly for that doctor.

    Therefore, the actual reason for the request for you to resign in lieu of termination needs to be pinpointed.

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  • 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

    Its about requesting vacation time. We have 50/50 custody and my ex is trying to schedule a vacation on my time. Our vacation section in the parenting plan is very vague and has no limits or amount of time or an amount of notice time period...

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    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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  • Do I need a Employment Lawyer for a wrongful firing?

    My manager left the acronym W.T.F. on 3 repair orders for me to correct. In the past it was a sticky note with the corrections needed. The first 2 repair orders were marked with about 1.5 inch W.T.F's, but the third was disturbing and done angrily...

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    Hostile work environment means more than someone acting in a hostile manner, it means due to your protected calls status, or because you exercised a legal right.
    Unfortunately, this does not describe wrongful termination.
    However, if you are denied unemployment, you should appeal.

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  • Do I need legal representation for having to leave the job under duress? On anti-depression meds from work-related stress

    Been with the company 2 years, first year goes great – my performance was fine on reviews. About a year later, things go downhill. I notice my manager was doing things unbecoming of what was standard – long lunches, coming in late, passing off h...

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    You could have potentially requested reasonable accommodation for your depression, as a disability, but apparently you did not, and it is unclear as to what reasonable accommodation the employer could have made. It may not hurt to ask for that at this time, which would require medical documentation. But it sounds like there are other issues with the workplace, that are not necessarily legal issues.

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  • My unemployment claim was denied as my employer claims that I was discharged due to tardiness.

    I live in the State of Washington. I worked for a company for 9 months. I was late sometimes due to illness I was written up in February for tardiness and 3 absences one of which absence was a PTO. The write up suppose to last for 90 days. I ...

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    For tardiness, it is misconduct under RCW 50.04.294(2)(b), if it is "(b) Repeated inexcusable tardiness following warnings by the employer;"
    For absences, the test is " (d) Repeated and inexcusable absences, including absences for which the employee was able to give advance notice and failed to do so;"
    If the employer cannot prove the facts fall in the above facts, it is not misconduct.
    You may want an attorney for the administrative appeal hearing. Because the hearings are by phone, the attorney does not have to be a local attorney.
    Since you say the prior write ups were to last only 90 days, you need to have the employee handbook or policy that says that as an exhibit at your hearing.

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  • I am on ssdi child support just put in an order for $1000/month for arrears how do i get this changed?

    it is a california order but child support in wa changes the amount when im employed or not

    William’s Answer

    Supplemental Security Disability Income is not counted in income at least in Washington, for computing child support. You should have been notified in advance of any intent to modify the amount. Look over any documentation your received for your right to an administrative appeal hearing on any change.
    You may need to contact an attorney, as there seems to be a good deal of confusion over why Washington would change an amount set by California, and why there would have been a change without prior notification and an opportunity for you to be heard on your countable income.

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  • What will happen to my boyfriend with his first criminal charge of domestic violence?

    My boyfriend I got into a fight and he damaged the air conditioning vent in my car. He was never taken into custody but wa issued a ticket for domestic violence due to propery damage. The part in my car is 20 dollars to fix and he was denied a cou...

    William’s Answer

    What will happen? That depends on the facts, in part. Did he make a statement admitting to this to the police?
    One possibility is an agreement to dismiss the charge after a period of time passes, sometimes offered to first time offenders, but not in every case. Anger management may be part of the conditions if such an arrangement is offered.
    There are a number of possibilities as to what might be worked out.

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  • Can I obtain sole custody of my child and keep my husband from seeing our child because of his girlfriend?

    My husband and I are going through a divorce, and cannot agree on parenting agreement. He has a girlfriend who has made it clear by emailing once making it clear that she doesn't like me. Nothing threatening, just hateful and directed only towar...

    William’s Answer

    You cannot simply keep the child from seeing your husband based on that. However, I believe it is relevant that his girlfriend sent you a hateful communication. It is not unusual for the parents to be ordered to not make disparaging remarks about the other to the child. I would be concerned if this person would make negative statements about you to the child, harming the child's interests.
    You may want to negotiate some terms in the Parenting Plan requiring the father to not allow others to make disparaging comments about you to the children. It would be hard to enforce such a provision but it might make his girlfriend cease such activity.
    At least making your feelings known during the negotiation process could put a stop to the behavior. Legally, a Court has no jurisdiction over her, unless you brought an anti-harassment action against her if she continues and it exceeds the bounds of free speech.

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  • How long does a party have to serve appeals paperwork to the respondent?

    I have a parenting plan in place that was finalized in June of this year. My ex filed an appeal, but to date has failed to serve me with various pieces of paperwork, beginning with the first initial paperwork June 23rd. How long does he have to se...

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    Usually you would not need to file a motion if he is not meeting deadlines, the Clerk of the Court of Appeals would send him letters warning him if he did not comply within another 10 days, then he could be sanctioned, and if it is bad enough eventually they would put in on a motion docket to show cause why it shouldn't be dismissed. The Clerk would copy you in on such warning letters about non-compliance.
    If you have not received anything from him or the Court since the appeal was filed, I would call the Clerk of the Court of Appeals to see what the status is. I could set forth the various deadlines, but if you have received nothing by now, he hasn't been meeting any deadlines, and the questions is why you have not heard from the Court.

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