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March 31

Ex is getting the house, need legal help in Denver, Colorado

My ex and I are trying to figure out how to transfer the house to her without me losing all of my equity. Unfortunately, she can't afford to just buy me out, and can't qualify for a new mortgage on the remaining loan balance if she's got a loan to me as well. I'm looking for recommendations on finding a lawyer to help vet a legal agreement, and any specific legal methods for making this happen. This is in Denver, Colorado. [more inside]
posted by hackwolf at 5:02 PM - 10 answers

Portland Oregon car squatter woes.

I live around 20th and Division and there is a mentally disturbed person living in their car. For about the last month I have woken up to them screaming crazy stuff. I actually thought they lived around us so I shrugged it off. [more inside]
posted by johnpowell at 2:16 AM - 20 answers

March 27

Verbiage to get FMLA approved when care needs are yet unknown

My mom has maybe a year to live after being diagnosed with cancer, and I want to spend more time with her than I have vacation. What do I say for the care I'm going to provide to get FMLA approved if she and her husband can physically care for herself most of her remaining time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 PM - 11 answers

March 26

Can I help to #shutdownthefuckbarrel in a small, personal way?

There was a recent thread on the green about what happens when people are arrested, And then I saw the 22 March 2015 episode of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight that discussed how people get screwed over with municipal fines. How can I help to Shut Down The Fuck Barrel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:43 PM - 18 answers

So, it turns out I've been married for the past two years. Help?

I found out today that the divorce I filed two years ago did not, in fact, go through. However, I've been filing my taxes as a single person during that period. What should I do? Are there other legal issues I may not be considering? Neither of us want and did not want alimony and we have no children, so that's not a concern. Thanks.
posted by Fister Roboto at 12:24 PM - 9 answers

Is this Russian alphabet made of people having sex in the public domain?

I'd like to edit, re-use, and release this sexy russian alphabet. What's the copyright status of the images, and scanned images? [more inside]
posted by ohgodwhy.me at 9:02 AM - 2 answers

March 25

Why am I not getting a raise?

Is there any legal precedent to fight raises for only incoming employees and not existing staff? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 4:06 PM - 20 answers

Do I own my late parents' house?

My father passed away in 2014 (in TX, if it matters). I am the only heir and my mother pre-deceased him. My father's estate includes the house he lived in. It was fully paid off. There was a court ruling (Dec '14) affirming that I am to inherit his property and that I am the executor of the estate. Do I now own the house? Or is it technically owned by the estate until the (non-mortgage) debts are all finalized? [more inside]
posted by emilisha at 3:29 PM - 11 answers

Why didn't the Election of 1824 result in a military junta?

In the election of 1824, Andrew Jackson won the plurality of electoral votes. But a "corrupt bargain" was struck in the House of Representatives to hand the Presidency to John Quincy Adams. Jackson was famous for his military leadership during the War of 1812, the Creek Indian War, and for the effective annexation of Florida from Spain to the US shortly thereafter. The number of cities and streets named in his honor is fairly significant. This was a military leader with clout. So why didn't he draw upon his military popularity in order to launch a military junta and assume his defensibly "rightful" place as President? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 11:47 AM - 13 answers

March 24

Can I shirk my duty?

I have to mail a large number of packages containing electronic devices, say printers, to a few dozen military sites overseas. If I am shipping to a foreign Air/Army Post Office (APO) or a Fleet Post Office (FPO) on a US Military Base, do I have to pay customs duties and taxes on those goods? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 9:43 AM - 9 answers

March 23

Is there a legal case here?

I have a friend in the Seattle, WA area who's trying to determine if she should consider filing a lawsuit against a jail/prison and, if so, where to start. Details below. [more inside]
posted by persephone's rant at 3:42 PM - 4 answers

What are the logistics of a naturalization ceremony?

My husband is scheduled to become a US citizen in a couple weeks at the Eastern District of New York, in downtown Brooklyn. It's a weekday and we've been told to appear by 8:30 am. I understand that it will probably last until noon. Have you been through this process, and can you help me figure out some logistics? [more inside]
posted by Liesl at 12:09 PM - 10 answers

March 22

Responsibilities of an unlicensed doctor

In the United States what are the responsibilities of a doctor who's in the US but is registered in another country (i.e. not licensed in the US)? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 8:15 PM - 10 answers

Is it illegal to tease real-estate buyers?

My neighborhood is in a crazed real-estate frenzy. Every other house is for sale. Every other house is being torn down and rebuilt. It is like a nonstop construction zone around here. Would it be illegal for me to put up a phony "For Sale" sign to tease the manic speculators? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 3:46 PM - 17 answers

Do Public Broadcasting Stations Keep ALL Public Comments

During fund drives, I'm always told the positive comments of listeners who support the mission of public broadcasting and the drives that pays for the public radio and TV stations to operate. But I recently heard a public radio volunteer say he thinks public TV gets up to 40% negative comments and public radio gets about 10% negative comments. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:18 PM - 3 answers

March 21

Missouri property inheritance question.

My mother and her sister each inherited 50% of their childhood home when their parents died. Both sisters are divorced, so there are no spouses. If either sister dies intestate, who inherits their half? Is it the surviving sister or the descendants (in this case children) of the departed sister? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 3:58 PM - 10 answers

Stolen passport application, definite security risk

I made a mistake and inadvertently threw away my completed passport application along with some junk mail. I realized my mistake the next morning, but when I went to the trash can, someone had already ripped through the bag and my papers were missing. I've started to go through the process of trying to mitigate potential damage, but what else should I do besides what I've already done? [more inside]
posted by awesomelyglorious at 5:45 AM - 9 answers

March 20

Question about filling out a legal form for L.A. Superior Court

I need to fill out L.A. Superior Court form EJ-130 in order to obtain a writ of execution for a judgment I have won. I have now been rejected twice because of one field they claim I didn't fill out correctly. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 6:51 PM - 7 answers

How are new streets added to the map?

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that I've had a midlife crisis and decided to dedicate my life to creating uninspired exurban developments . . . [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 6:51 PM - 6 answers

March 19

What happens if you're arrested when out, but you've left the oven on?

Just say you're down at the shops buying milk and bread and you do something to get arrested, or you get arrested for something you did years ago... either way, you're arrested. What happens if you need to deal with something important but you can't because you're gonna be locked up for the next little while? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece at 12:02 PM - 30 answers

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