If you were to be on a grand jury, hearing non-violent felonies, what questions should be asked of the witnesses? [more inside]
None of this is legal advice. Got it. I'm trying to determine whether legal advice is even worth pursuing. Our house was damaged by a water leakage incident which the homeowner's insurance agreed to fully cover to the tune of about 60K. We were not living in the house at the time, which was actually up for sale. More excitement below the fold! [more inside]
I made it through law school without taking crim pro, I only crammed what I needed of crim pro for the bar exam, and my practice has nothing to do with criminal law. So, esteemed colleagues at the bar, can you tell me how jurisdictional lines affect police procedure at the state/local level? [more inside]
I want to make a revocable trust... [more inside]
Are there resources available to help me help my city build a trans*-friendly high school? (bathrooms, locker rooms, etc) [more inside]
Since the Doctrine of Ultra Vires depends on administrative law which is derived from a Legislature, can a legislature administer itself? If a Constitution Convention is ever triggered under Article V, would the Doctrine of Ultra Vires apply and prevent the convention from introducing drastic new changes to the Constitution rather than addressing a specific proposed amendment?
So a while back I was going to enlist in the National Guard, and when I was going through the enlistment process, the recruiter told me to lie about my drug use because it would cause problems for me down the road. His exact words were, "if there's no record of it, they have no way of finding out." So I lied and said I have never used drugs. [more inside]
So an evangelical, proselytizing group called The Good News Club has set up shop at my son's public elementary school and is commandeering a classroom to, and I quote, "sing songs, learn a bible lesson & memory verse, play bible lesson review games & have fun!" I am livid and want them gone, but it's clear that it's more complicated than that. Do you have any experience with this group? What is a realistic positive outcome and how can I help achieve it?
Let's say I was driving a rental car and getting pulled over. Let's say the police found something that wasn't supposed to be there. Rental cars are being driven by lots of people. Would I be held liable? Is it my responsibility to i.e. search below rear seats to make sure nothing was left? [more inside]
How to Stop Never Ending Summon to Constantly Cancelled Trial? [more inside]
I work in a dental office, where staff are also patients. One of my co-workers has become pregnant, not planned and not particularly a joyous occurrence at the moment. She doesn't want to have this generally known as she is acclimating herself to her new future reality. Our boss dentist cannot keep her mouth shut. Is telling patients that her assistant is pregnant, without the express approval of that assistant, a violation of her HIPAA rights? [more inside]
Before Ellis Island there was Castle Garden. Before Castle Garden ...? [more inside]
My friend in Utah has never had a conker. I want to send her one. It's a seed, but not a foodstuff. Is that cool with US customs/USPS?
My mother died in July. My Uncle, her brother, wants to sell the house they co-owned. I lived with my mother in the house and I am still living there now. He is like a stranger to me. I don't know him very well and he's a slimeball. I am not comfortable with him staying there. As the resident, what are my rights? [more inside]
How does my genetic father go about legally acknowledging me as his daughter? Right now, legally, my birth certificate has my father listed as 'Undeclared'. You are not my lawyer, but can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
How many municipalities (city, town, township, parish, borough) are there in each state in the U.S.? [more inside]
I need to get a feel for the experiences of an immigration attorney ... [more inside]
I just landed a really exciting position as a policy analyst/lobbyist for a non-profit which does work I believe in. I want to hit the ground running. What do I need to know? (Difficulty level: I have never worked in policy/lobbying before.) [more inside]
I am looking for a good divorce lawyer around the Kennewick, Pasco, Richland area. I need a lawyer who is willing to deal with the respondent living out of state (Louisiana). I don't know many people here since I've only been here two years and tend to be very private about my personal matters. Any good recommendations?
My cousin was married for years to an infamous criminal and all-around bad guy--let's call him John. John is infamous only to people in and scholars of his particular professional sector; the world at large isn't aware of him. John is no longer living. ~20 years ago, a local reporter wrote a book about him, which of course included his wife, my cousin. The book made a brief stir but was quickly forgotten, my cousin has moved on, and life continues ... except I've recently heard rumors that someone may have optioned the book for a movie. So now what? [more inside]