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Christopher Lee Thayer

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  • Totaled My Car... How do I get more $ for compensation?

    I recently had a car accident, not at fault, and my car is totaled. I have been given an offer from the insurance company, it's an OK Offer. Not terrible. What do i need to do to gain more money from for my car? Time? I was offered 6k for my car a...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Providing comparative vehicle sales is the best way, but sounds like you have looked. Check auto trader and craigs list if you have not done so already. If you have service history documents to show the car was well maintained, you can submit those as well. If you were injured at all, you would be entitled to your medical costs, lost income and your pain and suffering - which may help you buy a new car. If you were not injured, then you just have to provide the insurer with documentation showing that your vehicle was exceptional and should be valued at the high range.

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  • Can I tear a fence down on my property?

    We're building a backyard cottage and must built a new retaining wall. A new survey indicates a fence was thought to be the neighbor's is on our property. If we tear the fence down to build a new wall, can they still claim an adverse possession of...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Normally, to establish adverse possession, the fence would have had to be in that location for 10 or more years. Note that successive owners can "tack" on with prior owners to establish a 10 year term. If the fence has been there for 10 years, then there may be questions as to whether the fence was put in its location out of convenience and any discrepancy was "permissive". As neighbor disputes are expensive and often highly charged, I would suggest you try to just work it out by agreement with your neighbor first. If that fails, then you should consider hiring a real estate litigation attorney. Make sure to take pictures before you make any changes. I would advise against removing the fence - unless/until you get permission from your neighbor.

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  • How many days to return to court after filing a motion to vacate

    Was in rehab after suffering a strokes, and they filed a default judgment because I didn't appear

    Christopher’s Answer

    You can probably get the default vacated under the circumstances described. If this is in Superior Court, the applicable rule is CR 60. I would recommend you retain an attorney to help you with this, but if you cannot afford a lawyer, there are extensive resources available at the King County Law Library.

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  • Need to evaluate legal options. Idiot neighbor cut several trees on my property.

    An idiot neighbor cut several trees on my property to make his driveway more convenient. The property line is clearly marked. After that destroyed my landscaping strip because it was more convenient to him. Even looking at the property on Google m...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Washington has fairly strict laws in your favor relating to the destruction of trees, so you may well have various civil claims against your neighbor. I would note that neighbor disputes are often very bitter and very expensive. It sounds as if you are already not getting along, so I am not sure there is any "good will" to preserve. But, if possible, I would encourage you to try to meet with your neighbor and work things out. It may well be that is just not feasible. You may need to consult with a real estate litigation lawyer familiar with timber trespass claims.

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  • Gym's safety neglect caused me to slip and fall

    I slipped and fell in a gym sauna. It's a dry sauna but they put a rubber mat on the floor. It slid and caused me to roll my ankle. The medic came and rushed me to the hospital to check if anything was broken. Luckily it was diagnosed as a high an...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The gym should, at a minimum, have what is called a "medical pay" provision in their property insurance. This pays medical expenses for anyone hurt on their property - regardless of fault. Typically, this is only up to about $5K, but it is a start. To prove a claim for negligence, you will need to be able to prove that the condition was unsafe and also (to a degree) not obvious. If you have pictures of the condition taken at the time, or if the condition has not changed and is still the same, take pictures. You may be able to prove a negligence claim. Just because you don't have any broken bones doesn't mean an attorney might not take your case.

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  • What can I do if my exboyfriend has things I bought and he doesn't want to return them to me or pay me back its value?

    My exboyfriend and I went shopping some stuffs together, I pay for the stuffs, he took them to his home, I got the receipt. We broke up after that, I asked him to transfer me the money of those stuffs as the things are at his place, he doesn't wan...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Assuming it is less than $5,000 of merchandise, you can sue in Small Claims Court. I see you are in Seattle. King County has a great website that walks you through all the procedures. Check this out:

    http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/district-court/small-claims.aspx

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  • What can be done if my property has had fill dirt put on it by other people and causes me flooding of my back yard ?

    A house was developed above my property line then they built a rock wall and did a 2 to 1 slope witch extended across my property line as was staked and recorded . they stacked 2 logs against two of my trees and backfilled with dirt that entire ar...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You may have a couple of possible different civil claims against your neighbor. It sounds like they may be a trespass/nuisance claim. For the water, WA follows what is called the "common enemy" doctrine, which requires all landowners to "defend" themselves against surface water. Generally, that means no liability for surface water coming off your property onto a neighbor's property. But, there are exceptions, and you may still have a bases for a claim for damages. I would take pictures, making sure to show the location of your boundary and make an appointment to go see a real estate litigation lawyer.

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  • Are there any laws in WA state regarding raising commercial rent (ie: % limitations or notice requirements)?

    Our commercial lease agreement is up for renewal. Since our business was new, our landlords previously charged us a low rent, knowing that we were trying to just get off the ground as a business. Now that our business is doing better, the landlo...

    Christopher’s Answer

    For a commercial lease, this is likely enforceable, unless your municipality has some local regulations to control rent hikes.

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  • What can I do about get harassed at work. And my work doing nothing about it?

    A friend of mine moved in with me. She signed the lease. Then decided that she didn't want to live with me. She refuses to pay rent and is currently on the lease. She is harassing me at work. She also works at the place I work. Her and the friend ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You may wish to consider filing for an anti-harassment order. Once that is in place, you can provide a copy of the order to your employer - if they are not taking your concerns seriously. Here is the applicable statute:

    http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=10.14.080

    And here is a publication by the NW Justice Project, which may be of some guidance to you:

    http://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/files/C9D2EA3F-0350-D9AF-ACAE-BF37E9BC9FFA/attachments/39252811-B337-7BF2-E740-8CACA547CB17/8904en_antiharassment-packet.pdf

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  • I was hit by a car while riding my bike. Received a broken fibula among other injuries. Have witness. What are my options?

    I was hit by front end of drivers car. I have a witness that has verified what happened. While riding my bike I was hit by a motorist. The Driver of car moved forward after stopping when I was directly in front of their car. When Driver moved for...

    Christopher’s Answer

    In addition to the other advice given, I would have someone take pictures of you showing all your bruises and injuries. Have them take pictures while you are in the hospital. Take pictures of your bike, and save your bike if you can - if it was damaged. Get the care you need, and I expect you will want to retain an attorney to help you through this, as your injuries sound significant. The photos will come in hand later, when you are presenting your claim for damages. As noted by others, your medical costs should be covered by the driver's PIP coverage. You may have other applicable coverage options, including your own insurance.

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