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William John Light

William John Light

Law Offices of Todd Rash
  • Personal Injury, Animal & Dog Law, Insurance Claims...
  • California
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I have been practicing law for 29 years. I will gather the facts and witnesses necessary to put your case in the best possible legal position. Lots of attorneys can file lawsuits and fight it out. We take pride in fighting intelligently. I have recovered millions and millions of dollars for people like you. I have met thousands of decent, honorable people who have been hurt due to negligence or intentional wrongdoing of others. You deserve a voice. We will speak for you. When we speak, insurance companies pay attention. Some of our biggest and most satisfying cases involved representing victims of dog bites, sexual molestation, product liability, dangerous roads and, of course, automobile collisions. We have a great deal of experience in virtually every kind of personal injury claim there is, including dental and medical malpractice, premises liability and employment disputes. I would like to discuss your case with you. Consultations are free.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Products Liability
  • Elder Law
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Civil Rights
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    1 hour free
  • Contingent Fees
    Fees are 33 1/3% to 40%, depending on when the case is resolved. Fees for minors are set by the Court.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Law Offices of Todd Rash
- Current
Personal Injury, Products Liability, Road Defect, Slip and Fall, Molestation, Employment Law, Professional Malpractice, Excessive Force. Have recovered Millions and Millions for victims.
Attorney
Black, Compean, Hall & Lenneman
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Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation.
Attorney
Clausen & Campbell
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Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith.
Education
Univ of North Dakota
Undergraduate Degree
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Law Degree
Awards
Dean Paul Wildman Scholarship
Southwestern University School of Law
Evidence Award
American Jurisprudence
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 141220
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- Current
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1073 Questions Answered

Q. Father died suspiciously 600 miles away and I had to hire a lawyer over the phone and I then told him of the things that
A: I don't know what a "suspicious death" has to do with "nefarious" disbursement from Probate. Those are two completely different issues. If you want to investigate the possibility of a wrongful death case, hire a PI attorney. If you want a Probate attorney, for some other reason, hire one of those. If you want to sue your Probate attorney for malpractice, hire a malpractice attorney. If you want to report your attorney to the State Bar for unethical behavior, do that. The State Bar regulators are not GED educated, so that is not an impediment. It's not really clear what you want or what your legal problem is.
Q. A car lender sues me after reposes my car. They want me to pay the defficiency pay. I need a lawyer . i dont need to pay
A: I don't know what your defense would be. Being unemployed doesn't relieve you from your debts. It sounds like bankruptcy might be an option. Get a consultation from a bankruptcy attorney about your possible rights.
Q. Can a utility company put ALL responsibility on homeowner in case of damage to a shallow buried gas line?
A: An Oklahoma case isn't going to help. However, it appears that SoCal Gas has regulations that a gas line should have 30" minimum cover for new installation on private property. https://www.ladbs.org/docs/default-source/publications/misc-publications/gasserviceguidebook.pdf?sfvrsn=4 ; See p. 26 &27. That may be for a main line. 18" appears to be the standard for service lines, although I couldn't find any statutes, regulations, or Gas Co. literature to make it a requirement. Regardless, notify your homeowner's insurance. It will defend and indemnify you for any covered damages for which you are liable, up to your policy limit. Your homeowner's insurance may dispute your liability and force the Gas Company to file a Small Claims action against you, or your insurer may pay the claim. Alternatively, you might be able to hire a plumber to do the repair yourself.
Q. My ex wife took my dog, she no longer a lives in my state. And I know the dog is at her friends house what can I do?
A: Alternatives: Ask for it back from the friend. Report it stolen. Sue the friend in Small Claims for the value of the dog or its return. If you sue, bring all evidence that the dog is yours, along with some kind of proof of value (receipts, offers for sale of similar dogs, etc.). Plaintiff's Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court; Form SC-100 (Lawsuit for monetary damages) Request for Court Order and Answer; Form SC-105 (Request for Return of Property, filed with SC-100) Order on Request for Court Order; Form SC-105A Proof of Service; Form SC-104 http://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm?filter=SC No guaranties that these are the appropriate forms or that a Small Claims Judge will rule in your favor. P.S. Evidence about who is the better owner, more sane, etc. are NOT evidence of ownership.
Q. A guy wants to borrow my cargo trailer to move some heavy furniture across the country. Am I taking any legal risk here
A: Yes, there is the potential of risk. Your trailer should be separately licensed and insured. He would be a permissive user of the trailer and, as such, would be insured under your policy for any liability arising out of the use of the trailer. His own insurance would insure him for liability arising out of use of his own vehicle, and his own insurance would probably be excess coverage above your own insurance for liability arising out of use of the trailer. Under CA law, your liability would be limited to ownership liability, which is $15k/person, $30k/accident for bodily injury, and $5k for property damage. Not sure what the ownership liability statutes are for states along the route to Wyoming. There is the potential for unlimited liability if the trailer is negligently maintained, and the negligent maintenance causes injury. Seems remote, but you would know the condition of the trailer better than anyone. Do not charge him for use of the trailer. Once you make it a business enterprise, your insurance coverage could be voided. If you have adequate insurance coverage, you should be protected.
Q. Who do I need to get a hold of? I live in California's poorest county. The town I live in has only 1 service station.
A: File a complaint: https://apps4.cdfa.ca.gov/AirWaterComplaint/
Q. My friends daughter was hit by an elderly woman as she was crossing the street. She died as a result of her injuries.
A: You can fire you attorney whenever you want. If you fire the attorney, he has a lien on the case for the reasonable value of his attorney fees to date. It will not increase the attorney fees. He just gets a portion of the fees that will be charged by the new attorney. This can make it harder to get new representation since the new attorney will not get the full contingency fee. Your friend doesn't need an attorney licensed in OR and CA, just an OR license. If she searches for Portland wrongful death attorney, she will find some. Or search Justia or Avvo or lawyer.com, etc.
Q. The other driver's insurance company is offering a settlement but it won't cover the cost of my injuries. What do I do?
A: Get a lawyer and sue, or sue the other driver in Small Claims court. Bring your medical billings (not just the co-pays, but the full billings from all providers), photos of the injuries and property damage, copy of the police report, estimates for repair and rental car. You can recover up to $10k. You can file separately for property damage and bodily injury if you need to increase the possible recovery.
Q. stepdad legally owns our puppy,moved out,didn’t take, doesnt care about and didn’t raise. how do i get “custody” of him
A: If he has abandoned the dog, you are free to take possession and license it as yours. I would send him a certified letter/email confirming that he has abandoned the dog and that it is yours now. Hang onto your copy in case of future disputes.
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