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Lawsuits Against Specialty and General Contractors: Insurance and Bond Issues in Construction Defect Claims

One of the areas I see the most in my consumer protection practice involves claims having to do with botched or abandoned jobs by contractors.  These jobs range from small remodel or repair projects to full-scale renovation and remodeling of an entire house.  Unfortunately, even when consumers do their due diligence and check references, licenses, bonds and insurance information, shady contractors can still look legitimate and get jobs with fast talk and low bids.

So, you got taken for a ride by a contractor.  He has taken most of the money for the job, but left the work mostly unfinished – and what he has completed looks terrible and might even be dangerous.  Maybe he has damaged your house or other personal property.  Maybe you have even suffered personal injuries as a result of the contractor’s work.  What do you do now? Continue Reading →

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Consumer Protection Law, Business Law, Estate Planning and Criminal Defense in The New Year

McNeice Wheeler Green, PLLC is nearing the end of its first year in business.  After many years practicing in a large-firm setting in both Florida and Washington, Alan opened his office in Spokane and began his own practice in 2010.  During that first year, Alan was able to assist clients with a variety of consumer protection issues, business planning issues, estate planning needs and even criminal defense – and he looks forward to continuing to protect his clients’ rights and interests in the New Year.

During 2010, Alan helped clients reach reasonable and satisfactory resolutions to several different problems that fall under the heading of “Consumer Protection.”   These issues ranged from problems with unlicensed and incompetent contractors to problems with debt collection to problems with auto repair facilities to problems with insurance companies.  Each different case is governed by different Washington, and maybe Federal laws, regulations and rules; as well as the precedent set by both recent case law and long standing common law.  Often times, a simple letter setting forth the details of the law and how the law applies to the given situation is enough to show a wrongdoer the light, and prompt a quick and reasonable resolution.  A demand letter written by a competent and knowledgeable attorney is often a simple and cost effective way to resolve almost any problem.  Sometimes a party is not willing to be reasonable, and whether they are an individual or a huge insurance company McNeice Wheeler Green, PLLC will represent clients in litigation to make sure your rights are protected. Continue Reading →

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Happy Holidays

McNeice Wheeler Green, PLLC wishes everyone a very happy and safe holiday, and a healthy and prosperous new year!!!   Be safe out there, everyone, and come see us in 2011. 

Very Best Wishes,

Alan

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Attorney Alan Green Wins DOL Hearing on Drivers License Suspension

McNeice Wheeler Green, PLLC recently prevailed on behalf of a client in a contested hearing against the Washington Department of Licensing and succeeded in protecting that client’s drivers license from being suspended.

If you are pulled over for a DUI in the state of Washington, there are actually two separate matters that you will have to deal with. Obviously, there are the criminal proceedings you will have to face to determine if you are guilty of driving while under the influence. There is also a second proceeding, however, that people sometimes forget about – the DOL hearing. If you refuse to provide a breath sample to the police, or if you do provide a breath sample and it exceeds the legal limit of .08, then the DOL automatically suspends your drivers license for 90 days, regardless of whether you are convicted of DUI or not.

It is very difficult to prevail in the DOL hearing. Only approximately 20% of DOL hearings are won by the defendant. That is why it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you at the hearing. At the recent DOL hearing won by Alan Green, he successfully presented an argument regarding technical probable cause issues and certain deficiencies in the evidence presented by the DOL. This argument resulted in a favorable ruling by the DOL hearing officer, and no administrative suspension had to be endured by his client.

Regardless of the actual criminal case, do not forget to focus on the DOL hearing. Different issues apply, and you may be able to prevail, even if the facts are not necessarily in your favor. Contact McNeice Wheeler Green, PLLC to ensure that your rights are protected.

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Washington Consumer Protection Act

In Washington, the law provides a measure of protection to consumers against unethical providers of goods and services through RCW Chapter 19.86 (review the consumer law here). The Consumer Protection Act, as codified, provides for a private cause of action by setting forth consumer rights with regards to transactions having to do with credit cards, debt collection, mortgages and loans, car sales, and the sale of products. Consumers with complaints against businesses and service providers cannot always get relief by seeking help from the Attorney General’s office. The Attorney General (read more about the Washington AG) does engage in a “plaintiff practice” against offending businesses that swindle or cheat consumers in an effort to stop unfair and deceptive acts and practices by businesses in Washington. But the AG’s office cannot help every resident of Spokane who is taken advantage of. Every consumer who has been treated unfairly needs an advocate. McNeice Wheeler Green, PLLC wants to be your advocate.

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