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July 31

CA Property Assessment

Our home was assessed for more than 100K over the purchase price. It's been 5 years. What can I do, if anything? [more inside]
posted by tealcake at 8:10 AM - 18 answers

July 30

Contractor Abandonment in Wisconsin?

I know YANML, but might someone know if there's a statute in Wisconsin law that defines the time period by which someone might declare abandonment by their contractor? [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 1:36 PM - 1 answers

July 29

How much financial influence can be exerted from the grave?

Due to paranoia about and hatred of my spouse of nearly 20 years, my elderly parents have informed me they have set up their estate as a bloodline trust. 50% to me (I'm an only child) and 25% to each of my children once they hit a certain age (I assume 30 or 35). Fine. I'm happy that my kids are being taken care of even if it's years down the road. My question concerns my research into this type of trust. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 7:21 AM - 14 answers

July 28

Lost my iPhone 4s in Manhattan

My iPhone 4s was lost in Manhattan today, and has been traced to a very different neighborhood. I went there with a friend and it's in an area with lots of cars and apartments, so finding it's exact location is not as easy as if it were in a house that had a big yard. Or any yard. What else can I do to potentially get my phone back? [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 7:49 PM - 12 answers

Shady Paid Parking Lot and Tow Truck Practices

What's my father's best course of action here? His believes his truck was improperly towed from a parking lot. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 1:34 PM - 16 answers

July 27

Why aren't gun stores held liable?

This may sound simplistic, but how do gun stores and/or manufacturers avoid liability when there's a mass shooting? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 1:04 PM - 8 answers

July 25

Non-profit Reading Materials

I'm interested in starting a political non-profit organization. Can anyone recommend some reading material for me? I'm most interested in best practices for structuring the organization, tips on administering meetings, etc. I think most of that information can be broad enough for all non-profits, but I would love any materials that talk specifically about political ones too.
posted by ZackTM at 3:43 PM - 11 answers

July 24

What, exactly, is this court notice? (Location Filter: Maryland)

Someone rear-ended me about two months ago. The police officer gave her a ticket. I just got a court document in the mail informing me of a trial date and time; she is apparently contesting the ticket. Do I need to go to court? If so, what can I expect when there? [more inside]
posted by tckma at 12:27 PM - 24 answers

July 23

A jury summons mess.

I was away for a bit, on vacation. During that time, a federal jury summons came in the mail (with no postmark date). I got it today, when I got my big pile of mail that arrived while I was gone. It wants me to report on Monday, July 27th. Monday, July 27th is my first day in a new role/new department at work and I cannot miss it. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 5:54 PM - 26 answers

July 22

Are physical signature cards required for safe deposit box access?

While accessing my safe deposit box at Bank of America, I discovered my branch has eliminated their paper signature card system. This concerns me, aren't banks required to maintain physical signature cards for safe deposit box access? [more inside]
posted by jamaro at 12:55 PM - 10 answers

July 21

Did I mess up my security clearance by confirming other citizenship?

I didn't know I was a citizen of another country, as well as of the US, at the time I got a position of public trust clearance. I now know that I am, and I know because I asked the other country and they said "yep, sure are." Did I screw up my clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 PM - 14 answers

Does the Oregon Lemon Law cover motorcycles?

I purchased a 2014 Genuine Stella Automatic last fall, and it has been in and out of the shop ever since. I'm trying to figure out if I have any recourse for getting a refund or a replacement. [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o at 2:07 PM - 6 answers

July 20

How can I find legal advice on the other side of the continent?

I am getting divorced and I need a family law lawyer. I live in Vancouver, but it seems that I need to find a Toronto-area lawyer and I'm not sure how best to find one. Friend-of-a-friend recommendations and websites aren't making me feel less nervous. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:07 PM - 3 answers

What are the actual legal benefits of getting married?

Me and my partner are both of the same gender (male, if you really want to know), and we've been together on and off since late 2002. So that's...12 3/4 years? Something like that. Anyway, after everything we've been through, I'd be surprised if I ended up committing to anyone else, and although my personal marriage philosophy mirrors Joni Mitchell's ("we don't need no piece of paper from the city hall/keeping us tied and true, no!") the truth is that if I couldn't be by his side when he's on his death bed in the hospital, or if I got kicked out of my house by his brother or his nieces and nephews after he dies, I would absolutely lose my mind, and might actually end up hurting someone. [more inside]
posted by sam_harms at 8:16 AM - 21 answers

July 18

Interesting stories of court cases

Again, writing a story (well, stories) which takes place in a law office. I'd like to request something more specific … for interesting, funny, absurd court cases or clients can you tell me about. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 6:49 PM - 5 answers

Help me guide someone through fair use in scholarship

Help me guide someone through fair use in scholarship. Or not, as appropriate.

I work in academic technology support. We were recently contacted by a faculty member asking for help downloading videos from YouTube so that they can host them on our institution's private video streaming service. Our first instinct is to push back, shut them down and maybe start monitoring and deleting because of the possibility of copyright infringement. But, since my understanding of fair use in academia is fuzzy (possibly because the intersection of fair use and scholarship is so fuzzy) I thought I should see if there's anyone here who has handled a similar situation and can provide guidance, copyright education resources, sample policies and/or advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM - 14 answers

We're being flood controlled out of our home. What should we expect?

A few weeks ago our neighbors knocked on our door and surprised us with the news that the city we just moved to has instituted a flood control plan that will take our new house out of the 100 year flood plain (where it is now) and put it into the flood zone. And! the city will, in all likelihood, condemn not just our home and property but the entire neighborhood. [more inside]
posted by MildredMakenpace at 11:04 AM - 17 answers

July 17

How is the money in an armored car organized?

Because of this article I'm wondering how the money inside an armored car works. [more inside]
posted by kate blank at 9:07 AM - 2 answers

Why is the Civil Aeronautics Industry so special?

A piece on NPR this morning about the Iran sanctions being removed noted that most US companies nevertheless will NOT be allowed to do business in Iran. Notable exception is the civil aeronautics industry ... Boeing is going to be allowed to sell some umpty-bajillion dollars worth of aircraft stuff to/in Iran. Why would that one industry get to be exempt from the rules? Is this as simple as "Boeing has the best lobbyists" or is there something more going on here that I don't understand? Just curious ...
posted by mccxxiii at 6:56 AM - 3 answers

July 16

Greencard - Change in citizenship (non-US)

I am a greencard holder. When I applied for my greencard I was a citizen of an EU country. It seems that I am not not a citizen of this country anymore, but am still a citizen of another country (non-EU) in West Europe. What happens if I want to leave/re-enter the USA using my greencard with a passport I have not used to enter/leave the US before. Does anyone have a good contact to get a solid answer about this? Or - even more basic - what happens when I try to leave the US with a passport I have not used to enter it?
posted by nostrada at 11:06 AM - 7 answers

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