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May 26

Dealing with post-tenancy dramas

So I find myself in a bit of an awkward position with a former friend regarding a tenancy I arranged for them and having to consider what options to take. [more inside]
posted by panboi at 4:00 AM - 11 answers

May 23

Quote by email, no written contract, work not yet done. Can I cancel?

I'm in Texas. I'm having some repairs/renovations done to my home and yard in preparation for selling it. I accepted a quote for a landscaping job by email. We set a date for the job next month. They said they'd send a contract for me to sign and that they required a deposit. I have not received the contract. I'd like to cancel the job. Can I? YANML. [more inside]
posted by Boxenmacher at 2:44 PM - 4 answers

May 22

How does it work if you don't have a water meter?

Article in the Washington Post today says that Sacramento is just now installing water meters for its homes and businesses. How is that possible? Without a meter, how would they know how much your bill should be? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 6:44 AM - 17 answers

May 20

How to hire a private detective / investigator?

I need to hire a private a PI to do a criminal investigation and background check. I have no experience with this and don't know how. [more inside]
posted by ksaklingon at 10:59 PM - 9 answers

I don't understand economics of Amtrak and USPS. How do we value them?

Aren't they both congressionally mandated? How did this come about? They are not private, Congress sets the rules (like Saturday mail delivery) Isn't this like standing on someone's feet and asking why don't you run faster? Where is the line between a private business operating for profit; and a government /public service that may benefit society? Is that benefit a 'profit'?
posted by ebesan at 12:36 PM - 8 answers

May 19

Document translation Services for the Green Card process.

Does anybody on the green know of an individual or company that can translate documents from Spanish to English for green card immigration purposes. The form states that "a full English translation that the translator has certified is correct, and by the translators certification that they are comptent to translate foreign language into English" is needed. Nothing specific on what certification.
posted by Coffee Bean at 1:24 PM - 7 answers

May 18

Finding if a trial happened in Mass.

A thing happened in my neighborhood and the police arrested a person as a result. My neighbors have spotted the arrestee on the streets and are assuming he's been paroled. But I can't find out what actually happened. [more inside]
posted by mkb at 10:49 AM - 5 answers

Wanted: laws that support citizen science data collection

Apparently a new law passed in Wyoming last week. Called The Data Trespass Bill, the bill seems to be a ban on citizen science in the state.I'm looking for examples of any laws that specifically support or encourage citizen science data collection. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by tidecat at 9:00 AM - 7 answers

May 17

Bringing an out of state car to New York

In a month or so, I will be buying a used car from a relative in a far away state to bring to New York state (not city). What do I need to do to be in compliance with the law, regarding insurance and registration? I already have a NY state license.
posted by ocherdraco at 3:02 PM - 5 answers

How do I find a non-scamming person/company who does SEO?

I have a small law practice. I would like to hire someone to help me with my Search Engine Optimization. I did so once, and it became apparent rather quickly that there was some sort of scam going on. I wound up feeling that I had been ripped off (among other things, that company would not cancel my account and kept billing me long after I gave them notice of my intent to cancel). [more inside]
posted by flarbuse at 11:45 AM - 6 answers

May 14

Take A (4800 mile) Hike

My (US Citizen) husband recently indicated that he’d like me (a UK Citizen) to leave. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM - 21 answers

Closing my LLC -- is my liability limited?

I'm closing my LLC. Am I still on the hook for recurring expenses that were set up for the now-defunct company? Example: the LLC had a contract with an alarm company for monitoring, and there are still several years left on the contract. Does my closed LLC have to keep paying the alarm company? I'm in Washington state, if that matters. I know y'all ain't my law-talking persons, but just in principle, is this a liability that is limited?
posted by mpark at 8:55 AM - 2 answers

Can a will, or similar document, supersede a deed? Please help.

YANML. Home was willed to three siblings, two daughters and a son. One daughter relinquished her share, leaving two siblings to own the home. Remaining daughter, in order to avoid paying taxes and insurance on property, had the home's deed changed into the brother's name ONLY. Can anyone, other than deed holder, make claim to the house. More inside. [more inside]
posted by widowsson295 at 2:07 AM - 13 answers

May 13

Can I throw away my pennies?

In the United States, it is illegal for me to throw my pennies into public trash cans?
posted by mrgrimm at 4:30 PM - 20 answers

Received an termination/eviction notice. Now what?

I'm still waiting for tenant lawyers to get back to me, but I don't know what to do. We've been given 2 weeks to vacate the premises and it was a complete shock. [more inside]
posted by manderin at 11:12 AM - 14 answers

May 12

Getting a replacement title for a mobile home in North Carolina.

I'm not sure how many people will have had experience with this, but... as the title says, I need a replacement title for a mobile home I own in North Carolina so that I can transfer it to another person. I am aware that the DMV can facilitate the transfer between the two of us in person; however, the buyer's schedule prohibits this. More details below. [more inside]
posted by nohaybanda at 4:36 PM - 2 answers

Should I pay for original work while damage fixed?

A licensed, insured and bonded contractor (asphalt) performed some work at my home, but due to sloppy work, sprayed tar droplets all over my home, garage door and walkway. I don't think he can fix problem on his own. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 7:03 AM - 3 answers

May 11

Small Claim - GC takes $, no contract happens, GC keeps $...

Small Claim - GC takes $, no contract happens, GC keeps $... Legal assistance please. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 1:38 PM - 13 answers

Health Insurance for 2+ months

I just found out today that since I am going to part time status at the end of this month, my health insurance will not be continuing through the end of the summer. 3 states and stop-gap health insurance snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 11:43 AM - 8 answers

May 10

Political info with less wide-eyed panic, please

Since the UK elections last week, I've realized that I only really know the surface of British politics. It seems like a worthwhile thing to get deeper into, but recent events have rendered non-party sources rather...breathless, and official sources never actually talk about what they do or plan on doing directly. So, I turn to you all - where can I read good, in-depth information on the agenda of the major UK political parties?
posted by Punkey at 6:22 AM - 3 answers

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