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April 27

LawyerFilter: USA-based agency with client in Canada - contract question

Agency is in USA, Client is in Canada. Agency has a signed contract for digital services with client, and a dispute has arisen. Contract states "It is a binding legal document under State of Wisconsin (USA) law." If Agency has to enforce provisions of the contract against Client, for example, payment schedule, how would one proceed? Would Agency have to hire a Canadian attorney? In other words, what are the cross-border considerations Agency has to keep in mind if in order to hold Client accountable for terms of the contract? [more inside]
posted by falcon42 at 9:14 PM - 7 answers

After walking away from America, how does one come back?

Okay, a friend of mine went off to teach English in China like 5 or 6 years ago. She was seriously suicidally depressed and decided she needed to change everything about her life. Everyone was shocked but supportive. She's remained alive because of this. But the way she left is causing her to think she can't come back and none of us know how to help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM - 19 answers

Can you find source of this story about the US IRD ?

I once heard a story about the US IRD which sounds a bit like an urban myth and I was wondering if anyone could tie it back to trust worthy source or demonstrate that it's untrue ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 4:44 AM - 4 answers

April 26

Developing real estate for dummies

I'm considering buying an empty lot in California to build my dream home. Whose professional advice do I need and when? [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi at 3:50 PM - 13 answers

April 25

Speeding/Disobeyed traffic control device ticket in NYS

I received a ticket in Westchester county, New York, a couple of weeks ago. The cop told me instead of a speeding ticket, he was writing it up as 'Disobeyed traffic control device'. I'm not sure whether to try to fight this or not. [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 8:39 AM - 11 answers

Dealing with anonymous harassment

Someone has been leaving harassing and creepy notes on random doors in the condo complex where my girlfriend and I live. These notes either claim to be from us or from management due to our repeated complaints about the recipient. Fortunately, our complex's management does not believe that we are behind the notes and the people who have received them seem to accept the fact that this is someone's idea of a sick joke. We have a good idea of who is behind this, but no proof. What should we do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 AM - 14 answers

April 24

Am I leaving myself open legally with this construction arrangement?

Neighbor and I share a common driveway. It is shaped like a Y, the common driveway, and then each leg of Y leads to each house. We need to redo all of it. I simply don't have the money right now. Neighbor is flush with cash and says that if I could cover *my* portion in front of my house, he'll pay for the rest of the driveway. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 2:24 PM - 13 answers

What to do when someone else's dog ate our coop stock certificate?

We applied for a mortgage refinance back in September (on a jumbo loan in NYC, so it wasn't easy to do). By December, we were approved for a loan, we submitted all our paperwork, the coop submitted their paperwork, and we were in line for closing - all we needed was the mortgage servicing company to produce the original coop stock certificate to hand over. It didn't happen. [more inside]
posted by my left sock at 3:58 AM - 10 answers

April 21

Can US custody cases petition financial records from non-US citizens?

The short of it is I gave a close friend a bunch of money to help him separate from his wife (he was the stay-at-home parent for years and had no funds of his own). Now they're in a very bitter custody battle. He's worried they may try to drag me in by petitioning (or whatever it's called) to see my bank statements - they may want to see if I gave him more than he disclosed. I didn't, but they're digging for anything they can find to use against him as he's asking for spousal support. I'm Canadian and all of my money and bank accounts are in Canada. Is this something they can do, or is this not possible because the funds and myself aren't in the US?
posted by anonymous at 11:39 PM - 11 answers

April 20

How best to argue about free speech on campus?

This is essentially a "do you find this persuasive, and if not, why?" [more inside]
posted by aspersioncast at 1:59 PM - 31 answers

UK snap election filter: what's the best use of my time?

I want more than anything for any or all of the more left-leaning parties edge out the Tories in the upcoming election, however unlikely it seems. Do you have a decent understanding of politics and campaigning in the UK? If so, can you advise me on what's the best thing to use my time on? [more inside]
posted by greenish at 8:57 AM - 6 answers

April 18

How do I use my DBA name as part of an S-Corp? Does it even matter?

I have an S-Corp and filed for a DBA name that I intend to use. The DBA name does not include any mention of a corporation ("Inc"), and I'd like to show that the business is indeed incorporated. YANML, but is there a standard way to do that, like a blurb at the bottom of web pages saying "DBAName is a trade name of CorpName, Inc."? Or would that be pointless? [more inside]
posted by powpow at 3:59 PM - 5 answers

How do leftist anarchists engage with current politics?

Leftist anarchists of MetaFilter, your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. I've been a fairly conventional liberal for a long time, but the recent U.S. election has me rethinking that a little bit. I'm curious about socialist anarchism as an alternative. I know there are some MeFites who identify this way politically, so my question for you is: how do you engage with politics as it currently exists? [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard at 8:45 AM - 7 answers

Tell me how to make good decisions

The British PM has just called a general election, so it is now Decision Making Time for millions of British people. Please direct me to resources about: 1) How to ensure you are making a good decision / as rational a decision as possible 2) Information about cognitive biases and the kind of biases which might lead people to make Bad Decision in a vote like this Thank you! [more inside]
posted by matthew.alexander at 6:44 AM - 4 answers

April 16

Speeding in Seattle

I got issued a $234 fine for going 26 in a 20 mph zone near a school in Seattle. I was caught by a speed camera, not pulled over by an officer. Should I contest the ticket, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by thrungva at 6:58 PM - 8 answers

April 13

public participation rules for cities

The city council of our small city (7000) has recently assigned the deeply-distrusted-but-powerful city manager to come up with rules for public participation in city decisions. This request follows an annual meeting of the Virginia Municipal League (VML), at which newly elected officials go through an orientation process. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 5:34 PM - 7 answers

What could I do with my own company/shell company?

I've read various articles and news pieces about people who've started/bought a shell company and used it to do various things like own property without it being trackable back to them or buy things they couldn't otherwise buy. What could you do with your own shell company that you might not otherwise be able to do?
posted by Socinus at 4:03 PM - 13 answers

New Landlord Making me Re-Pay Pet Deposit I Already Paid to Old Landlord

I'm in Texas. My current landlord, who is pretty cool otherwise (but also: new to being a landlord), bought the house from my old landlord. I had an agreement in my old lease for a cat, and I paid a deposit for that as well as my rent, etc. Now my old lease is up. New landlord wants me to sign new lease, same rent, etc. but he wants his own pet deposit..because old landlord didn't include that in the sale? Or something. No idea how that stuff works. Anyway he says he didn't get it from them. In my opinion, new landlord should go to old landlord for that money--I already paid it! My new landlord just wants me to cough up for a cat that's already been here 1.5 years and done no damage. And when I protested told me he's already cutting me a deal on the rent. In other words, suddenly he wants to be hardass. What is a good approach here? I can just cough up but I resent the hell out of it and would probably make this the last year of our lease because fuck this guy. On the other hand, maybe I'm missing something here. Is this a thing I should just expect to happen?
posted by emjaybee at 11:47 AM - 18 answers

How to proceed with a drunk driving accident

YANML. But i need advice. I was hit by a drunk driver and I'm not sure how to proceed, legally. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 10:07 AM - 18 answers

Is there a legal reason why the DNC doesn't push local Dem campaigns?

Question is basically in the title. I know that Democrats around the country, especially in solid blue states, would love to make calls and donations for local candidates. I feel like with proper planning, that approach could have pushed the recent Kansas special election over the line for Jim Thompson. I'm on the DNC's mailing list and did not hear a peep about KS-04. Is the party just being stupid and obstinate in not promoting state-level elections or is there a legitimate, tax-based, legal reason they don't and can't do this? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 9:36 AM - 5 answers

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