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Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the State of Washington, NOT Washington, DC. For questions pertaining to Washington DC use the "district-of-columbia" tag.

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Can I get in trouble for unknowingly receiving and selling stolen property?

UNITED STATES: WASHINGTON STATE: PIERCE COUNTY: TACOMA CITY My friend gifted me a bunch of useless crap, and I'm trying to sell garbage on offer up now. Can people get in trouble for unknowingly ...
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I was offered a job, but the contract concerns me

I have been offered a job, but while looking over the contract I found a paragraph that concerns me. I don't want to lose the right to any software that I write or develop outside of the company that ...
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Are any permits required for an unofficial learning pod of homeschooled children?

A relative of mine lives in Washington and would like to start a "learning pod" for their children which would work as follows: One parent contracts a teacher to work for them full time All ...
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Protection against late signature on a lease

Let's say Aaron (property owner) and Bob (prospective tenant) are considering entering into a lease. They reach preliminary agreement verbally, and so Aaron drafts a lease agreement, signs it, and ...
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*Buecking* holding finds that cooling-off days for decrees of transitory legal separation do not count for in rem decrees of divorce

The Buecking holding unambiguously finds that cooling off days for transitory decrees of legal separation do not count for cooling off days in rem decrees of divorce. The Dissolution Act of 1973 ...
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Why might a landlord spend so much time at the house they're renting? How do I resolve this?

Just moved into a new place... renting a single room with three other guys each renting their own rooms. Ive been here a month; they've been here for significantly longer. The landlord spends far too ...
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Implications of lots of non-permitted work in a house purchase/sale [closed]

Looking at houses, we have found one that has been completely redone (footings to rafters in many places) but without permits for the most part. The original house was from 1908, it was redone and ...
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Quitclaim reversal in Washington state. Statue of limitations? Options? Legal recourse?

My question involves real estate located in the State of: Washington My home, has been hostilely taken over. It appears after my home was legally purchased and transferred into my name, that a ...
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Does one have legal right to access possessions "land locked" in a co-tenant's room?

Alice has possessions in a storage closet that requires traversing roommate Bob's bedroom to access. There was a preexisting oral agreement granting Alice reasonable easement. Bob eventually decides ...
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Can a Condominium Association Incorporate Without All Owners?

If after purchasing a property in a Condominium Association, and it is discovered that the corporation was administratively "dissolved" years ago, can that association refile Articles of Incorporation ...
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Do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? [duplicate]

If stopped by a police officer, do drivers have a right to remain in their vehicle? I’m unable to find any specific RCW regulation for Washington state. I feel that a person, not the subject of ...
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Is a conversation "private" (in a two-party state) if it is at your desk at work with a co-worker?

In the context of an in-person conversation in the State of Washington (a two-party state), an online reference states: Whether a conversation or other communications is "private" depends on a ...
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Legal restrictions on LLC names for worker cooperatives in WA state

Myself and several friends are planning on starting a for profit worker-owned cooperative business that will provide landscaping services in Washington state. Washington is one of a few states in the ...
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Power of attorney: Does it require notarization?

Not sure whether my status affects the question I have or not... I am a Russian citizen living in the US as a non-resident alien. I want to let my fiancée represent my interests and will absolutely ...
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Overcoming a presumption of guilt

Give the legal adage "innocent until proven guilty", would a requirement by the state to overcome a presumption of guilt only by signing, under penalty of perjury, a "declaration of non-...
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Can I have a vehicle towed that’s parked in the fire lane by my apartment?

The issue is as the question states. I rent an apartment with far too few spots for the amount of people in my building. This is remedied by there being excess spots in front of other apartment ...
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Using an Apartment's Recycling Bin

An individual drives into an apartment complex, of which they do not reside, and adds an item to the recycling bin. This occurance is hypothetically during COVID-19, during Washington's "Stay Home, ...
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Can a realtor take marketing photos of the interior of a rental for selling the property?

Can a property manager allow a realtor to come into your place to take photos of the interior - including your furniture and personal items - to publish these online to sell the property?
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Excessive late fees

At the beginning of August, I mistyped my rent payment, and left 30$ unpaid. Today I discovered that my leasing office has charged me a 50$ initial late fee, and 10$ daily late fees, now totaling over ...
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state of Washington early term fee

I am POA for my father who recently moved to Long Term Care after being to sick to take care of himself in state of Washington which require me to cancel all his apartment obligations and move him to ...
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Is volunteer work subject to the same labor laws as paid work?

Is volunteer work subject to the same labor laws (only 3 hours during school days + Minor Release form for students, for example) as paid work? More specific question: can a minor work unlimited hours ...
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Storage unit restricted access and forced a move before contract termination

I leased a storage unit in Washington State, USA. The contract states that I needed to give notice to vacate before the 20th of the month and that I need to vacate before 5:00 pm on the last day of ...
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Right to show photographs without permission in a church setting

It seems there is a right to publicly share photographs of people taken without their permission, if the photographs are taken in public places. Would that right apply to a church setting? Or would ...
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Can my gym charge me monthly dues even though it shut down due to the coronavirus epidemic?

My local gym shut its doors on March 16th due to a government decree requiring all non essential services to be closed until further notice. Today (March 18th) I was surprised to find out that the gym ...
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How do you pass a DUI test if you're just clumsy?

I never drink or do drugs, but I have tried the "heel-to-toe straight line" test and the "raise your foot for 30 seconds" test, and I find both of them to be difficult or impossible. I have seen ...
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Are standard apartment leases' hold harmless clauses legally enforceable?

I happened to be looking through a new apartment lease and saw the following clause: HOLD HARMLESS FOR GUESTS. To the fullest extend permitted by law, Residents agree to defend, protect, indemnify, ...
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Is there a standard end of lease time in Washington?

I live in Seattle, and my lease is up soon, however it doesn't specify what time of day we have to be out of the unit, as my previous leases have. I reviewed the RCW and local law, but could find no ...
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Traffic Violation Question

If a police officer stops someone for a traffic violation and they don't have a driver's license and no identification at all, what is the charge?
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Can minors own a company (eg. LLC)?

I was wonder whether minors (under 18) can own a company (eg. an LLC). In particular, I am concerned about Washington state (although solutions involving registering in a state outside of the one I ...
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In Washington State, is a petition void or nul if there's no judge's signature for 476 days after filing with clerk's stamp?

Is there a "lazy judge rule" for civil procedure in WA state? In Indiana: Failure to Rule on a Motion and Delay of Judgments Under T.R. 53.2, if a judge takes a cause tried to the court ...
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In Washington state, can a Home Owners Association allow home owners to keep pets, but not renters?

My friend lives in an apartment building in Washington where the bylaws allow home owners to keep dogs and cats, but states that renters are not allowed to keep any pets. Is this legal according to ...
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Married couple moving from a common law state to a community property state: California and Washington approach this differently?

If a married couple moves from a common law state to a community property state, do the properties they acquired after marriage (other than some prescribed exceptions) become their community property? ...
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My apartment complex's hot tub has been broken for multiple months now. I wouldn't have lived here if not for the hot tub

Over the summer (about 4-5 months ago), the hot tub in my apartment complex broke. I contacted the complex owners, and they said it would take a couple of weeks to fix. I've contacted them multiple ...
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Does an insurance agent have a "Duty of Care"?

An insurance agent recommended a property insurance policy to a client in Washington State that later turned out to be grossly inadequate (coverage limits too small), and significantly outside of ...
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is an 11 year order for protection legal

it appears as if an order for protection has been altered but I need to be educated on whether or not it is possible for an Order for Protection to be effective for 11 years when the defendant has a ...
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Can I record myself cooking on camera, in the kitchen community space of the house that I rent a room at, and not be in violation of 9.73.030?

I rent a room with a few other housemates, and I was wondering if I can record myself in the kitchen cooking and not be in violation of 9.73.030. I understand that Washington State is a two party ...
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in washington state can a divorce case last 32 months [closed]

, i purchased divorce packet and met with someone from legal aid 2 weekends in a row where she asked the questions and i answered..she filled my answers in the blanks..she filed paperwork after i saw ...
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If a lease provision says that a tenant has to accept revisions, how extensive can the revisions be?

This is in the state of Washington. The lease states that after the expiration, the lease will automatically renew for successive terms of one month each the resident agrees to execute all revised ...
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Mother living with felonious ex-convicts; precedent for removal of children

A mother decides to move into a house owned and occupied by people with a criminal background including felony convictions for drugs and violent crimes. What precedent is there in law to have the ...
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Penalties for speeding on private roads

In Washington State, a private road is just that: a road on private property, as opposed to a road on a public right-of way. Sometimes these roads have speed-limit signs. Does ignoring one of these ...
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Asking for a payment to release funds

A while back, a friend of mine did a dumb: she gave her savings to some guy in return for a vague contract to invest it for high returns. This wasn't an Internet/email thing; she knew this guy in ...
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Friend wants to put me on his insurance, how can this bite me in the ass if we get into an accident?

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON STATE, PIERCE COUNTY, TACOMA CITY I have a house mate who is disabled due to a stroke and cannot drive his car. He suggested to me that I can drive his car and in return i ...
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Removeing critical parts considered safe storage of a gun? "RCW 9.41.360: Unsafe storage of a firearm."

I wish to store my AR-15 with the BCG (bolt carrier group) removed, rather than use a lock. I prefer this because it's easy to do, easy to undo, and more aesthetically pleasing than the cable lock I ...
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traffic stop, do you have to give id if no crime was commited?

If you are involved in a traffic stop where the officer can not provide you with a crime you have committed or a ordinance you have broken is the officer allowed (legally) to ask/demand your id? ...
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Is making napalm illegal in Washington state?

Is making it illegal in WA? Can I make it but not use it? Is there a special place/location where it must be used? These are all questions that have baffled me for a while now.
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Landlord charging fee for pets we don't have

We are moving out of an apartment in Cheney Washington and our landlord is charging us a fee for having pets, but we have never had a pet of any kind in the apartment. Is that legal?
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Renting a property for more than one year

I read the following sentence on a website regarding rental properties in Washington: In Washington State, if your lease is longer than 1 year a Legal Description of the property is required along ...
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What does it mean to structure a tax law as an excise tax in Washington state?

I read on https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/lawsuit-against-washingtons-new-capital-gains-tax-can-move-forward-judge-rules/ Democratic lawmakers have said they structured the new law ...
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Automatic Lease Renewal Laws in Washington State

Washington state has the following law regarding the automatic renewal of a rental agreement (link here) (1) Unless otherwise agreed rental agreements shall be for a term of one year. Any rental ...
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Can I form an LLC without a primary office physical address, preferably in Washington or Delaware? [closed]

Can I form an LLC without a primary office physical address, preferably in Washington or Delaware? I am a "digit nomad": I am a US citizen but have no long-term physical address anywhere in ...
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