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March 26

Special needs care management / legal advocate in Vancouver, WA?

How do we find someone to help my mother manage the financial, legal, and day-to-day needs of her younger sister (my aunt) with special needs now that my grandparents are gone? [more inside]
posted by lantius at 11:47 PM - 0 answers

March 24

How does insurance decide whats part of an accident?

Basic idea, how do insurance companies decide what DR visit are part of an accident and what aren't? I got into a cycling accident almost 2 years ago and I'm in the final process of wrapping everything up, hence the question about insurance, specifically medical. This is regarding the lien they place, which I need to settle before I formally move on and get my damn money. [more inside]
posted by bigbadbehr at 11:02 PM - 5 answers

Ideas for a virtual phone bank for progressive politics?

I've had an idea percolating for while about a "virtual phone bank" that would help progressive candidates get their message out. Is there anyone out there that can help? [more inside]
posted by ivanthenotsoterrible at 2:59 PM - 7 answers

March 23

A list of the Articles on Russian Connections to #45 and his Campaign?

Has anyone kept a list or know where there is an online list of the major articles on the Russian connections to #45, his campaign, campaign personnel, nominee's and family? Anything on potential Treasonous activities, too. [more inside]
posted by W Grant at 5:51 PM - 8 answers

Protesting Paul Ryan in style

Paul Ryan will be headlining two fundraisers in the next two days: tomorrow evening in downtown Chicago and Saturday evening in Racine. Mr. DrGail and I will be demonstrating at both of these, but could use some help coming up with pithy signs we can carry. Topics could include the ACHA or really anything else. Ideas?
posted by DrGail at 6:16 AM - 15 answers

March 21

Could 401K money "talk"?

Could private individuals express their pleasure/displeasure with the state of the world by moving the money inside their 401Ks/IRAs in or out of stock investments, and actually have any impact on stock prices? [more inside]
posted by madmethods at 8:54 AM - 12 answers

March 17

Can the US President order a wiretap?

In a March 16, 2017 article in the Washington Times, Andrew Napolitano made the claim... "Obama was the president and as such enjoyed authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to order surveillance on any person in America, without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant." Does the FISA law grant the President this power?
posted by grahahw at 5:55 AM - 7 answers

March 14

How do stay-at-home parents hire divorce lawyers?

A friend and his wife are divorcing. He has been a stay-at-home father since their daughter was born eight years ago. Since he moved out of the house, she has diverted her paycheck into a a separate bank account he can't access and he doesn't have personal funds for a lawyer. This must happen all the time - how do stay-at-home parents hire lawyers? Is there some kind of divorce equivalency to contingency? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:52 PM - 11 answers

When Banks Are Sloppy with Information Security

A friend's bank prints customers' full social security numbers on pretty much everything, including mailed paper statements. She has tried multiple times to contact the bank and get them to stop doing this and they refuse. Are there any rules or laws about this or trade groups she could report the bank to? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 6:28 AM - 5 answers

March 13

How do I contact California SDI?

I am approved for SDI. I got better. Now SDI isn't paying me for part of the time and doesn't give a reason. How can I talk to a person about this? [more inside]
posted by Pacrand at 7:38 PM - 2 answers

Is there a need to formally resign my appointment as successor trustee?

YANML. I am the successor trustee of a living trust. The current trustee/beneficiary is extremely difficult to deal with and is getting worse, and now I want out in a big way, even though I don't actually have to do anything until the current trustee dies or is incapacitated. [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 4:56 PM - 6 answers

Can a GenX progressive be OK with joining AARP?

I've been mostly ignoring the solicitations to join AARP because I had always assumed that they were kind of politically conservative. But recently I have been hearing that they are doing a good job fighting the Republican health care plan. Can folks tell me more about AARP's policy positions, both those that would be considered good and those that would be considered bad from the position of someone who is on the left (more Bernie/Warren/Jayapal than Hillary, but I voted for Hillary). Could I live with myself if I joined?
posted by matildaben at 2:51 PM - 12 answers

March 12

Selling a house held by a trust

Father-in-law wants to sell his house. He cannot currently locate the deed. That shouldn't be too big a problem. What is a problem is that the house is held by a trust. FIL is the executor of the said trust. However, he doesn't have any of those documents either. And the law firm that set up the trust no longer exists. Where does he go from here? This is in California. [more inside]
posted by ericales at 2:46 PM - 11 answers

March 10

Most expensive Healthcare leads to most prosperous Hospitals? Insurers?

So I'm following the US Healthcare debate a bit (from Germany) and what I am wondering is where all the money the US is pouring into it is going. It would seem that *somebody* has to get extremely rich under this system. This works under the assumption that the actual cost for treatments, doctors/ nurses salaries, drugs, equipment is roughly the same in industrialized societies. I think this can be a very complicated question, but are there any statistics about which Healthcare entities, in comparison to other countries are "fatter"? [more inside]
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 7:58 AM - 30 answers

March 9

I have an IRS lien. Do I have any options?

I have a lien for $3457. Tax periods '06, '13, '14. Date of assessment, respectively -'08, '14, '15. Last day for refiling, '18, '24, 25. Prepared and signed- April '16. It has been just over 10 years since the '06 tax period. Is there a 10 year end of time period'? I have an installment agreement in place, including a few other years (the lien amount is included) Do I have any options? Recently married, but we were told spouse will not be responsible. Can we file jointly w/ this liability? Will this affect his return?
posted by ebesan at 12:04 PM - 18 answers

Finding a sexual harrassment lawyer

I was sexually harassed at work, I reported it and the investigation decided that I was right. I've been offered a sort of severance package. I feel like I should find an attorney/lawyer to look the contract over, but I have no idea how to do that or what to do once I find one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:49 AM - 23 answers

March 8

Utility won't pay for damage to car...

Tool fell from street light onto the roof of our car, responsible utility won't pay for damages. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 5:58 AM - 12 answers

March 7

jury duty badges

After my jury duty (in Massachusetts), I handed over my badge to the officer since he asked for it back, and so I gave it to him, but then I just realized that I wrote something important in the back of it and I need that info back. Do the courts just trash these badges or do they file them somewhere in the same place as your jury duty notice? [more inside]
posted by pieceofcake at 5:30 PM - 5 answers

Do I pay for expired plates on a rental?

Months ago, I rented a car and drove it for two days. I received two tickets: one for parking during street cleaning (my bad) and one for expired plate stickers, which I didn't see during the initial walkaround. Am I on the hook for the charge for expired plates? [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 6:45 AM - 18 answers

Witnessing sexual harrasment at a restaurant

My friend and I have witnessed a pattern of sexual harassment at a local restaurant and want to know what we can do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:33 AM - 14 answers

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