Can a lawyer represent you in a harassment protection order if you live out of state?

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Can a lawyer represent you in a harassment protection order if you live out of state?

My ex-husband put a harassment
protection order against me to stop me
from finding out information and the
amount of Equity of our house. The
protection orders he couldn’t play
states that he can still talk to me but
I not allowed to talk to him or the loan
officer or the title company about our
home. He also set a court date 5 days
after the protection order Court to
compel me to sign my rights over for the
equity in the house. I live out of state
and I’m trying to find out if I hired a
lawyer could they go to court in my
place so I don’t have to come to
Washington.

Asked on May 6, 2018 under Family Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, if there are any factual issues, you will have to be present, too. A lawyer cannot testify as to the facts of the situation (though he or she can argue the law or legal issues) for the simple reason that the attorney has no personal (1st hand) knowledge of the facts. For anything that would require your knowledge, you have to be there to testify.


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