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January 28

Is it legal to only accept pre-authorized or second-party payments?

Are there any laws or regulations in Alberta, Canada, that would supersede a county-imposed pre-authorized-only payment scheme? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 7:14 PM - 0 answers

Is it legal for a college to "lead us all in prayer" before a meeting?

I attended an adjunct faculty meeting at a public two-year college in Texas. Before the meeting, the campus vice president asked an instructor to lead us all in prayer. So we prayed. I was under the impression that public colleges weren't permitted anything more than a "moment of silence." Or does that apply only to elementary and secondary schools?
posted by jackypaper at 11:35 AM - 7 answers

Should I try to handle these two legal cases at once?

Should I try to deal with these two difficult and scary legal situations at the same time? I have been in an abusive marriage for years and am thinking about divorce as things are getting worse, but also, a few months ago I got raped by a person I knew and trusted. [more inside]
posted by Anya17 at 5:13 AM - 16 answers

January 27

On Being Framed

In the recent thread on the Silk Road, the Dread Pirate Roberts, and Ross Ulbricht, a big part of the story was Ulbricht's claim that he was framed by Mark Karpeles. How often is "I was framed" used as a defence, and how often does it succeed? [more inside]
posted by fatbird at 12:31 PM - 5 answers

How to sell our Ontario-registered never-imported American car

How can we sell, in the U.S., a car from the U.S. with Canadian plates that was never permanently imported into Canada, but that has Canadian plates? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 12:13 PM - 10 answers

Do we need a lawyer when we close on our mortgage refinance?

Because we are in New York state, when we close on our refi, we are going to have to sign all of our paperwork in person. As I understand it, New York law requires this. We had our own lawyer present when we closed on the purchase of this house. Should we have one when we close on the refinance? If so, Why? If it matters, we are in Nassau county, and we are refinancing with the original bank who has owned our mortgage since we purchased the home.
posted by waterisfinite at 9:48 AM - 7 answers

When do I give away my illegal sublet? UK Housing Filter.

I'm currently living in an illegal housing assn. sublet (UK), and I'm moving soon. When do I tell the authorities about it? I want to do it because it just seems wrong for it to be occupied by people who don't necessarily need it when there's a queue of folk who do. But I want to cover my back. But I don't want to screw over the next lot of tenants. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 AM - 4 answers

January 26

Selling without title transfer.

I am selling my car without a title transfer. Need quick advice on how to best protect myself. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 4:51 PM - 7 answers

How to get copy of living trust

My mother-in-law's husband died last year, and she has nominated me to be the administrator of his estate. I have a copy of his living trust, but it is missing the trust related documents, transfer documents, etc. The trust was prepared in 1987. I tried to contact the attorney for the trustor, but it looks like he has either died or retired. Is there a way for me to obtain the missing documents? I live in California.
posted by ottomatik at 3:19 PM - 5 answers

Website/e-book about sovereign default

I'm looking for a book or website I read a few years ago about sovereign default and how it's actually a GOOD thing. The author pointed out several examples in history where countries had defaulted on their debt and emerged more-or-less okay (if I recall correctly there were examples dating back to antiquity). Does anyone have any idea what this was?
posted by miltthetank at 12:28 PM - 3 answers

What does a China Air Post postal packet look like?

Need to fill out a request with the USPS to find a missing package and need a description, but I have no idea what a "China Air Post Postal Packet" looks like and my friend isn't really sure either. [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 6:59 AM - 3 answers

January 23

Road rage Peterbilt style.

Do long haul truckers bump small cars when angry? I’ve heard of intimidation with brights at night and tailgating to keep cars out of the fast lane, but is this kind of threat a thing? Also, why didn’t the officer taking my report want to hear the entire story? They wrote it up as a hit & run but were disinterested in details and road rage. I think this guy is dangerous and the deductible for repairs is $500. Do I have recourse beyond the police to get me covered and make sure the driver is at least investigated? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 10:14 AM - 15 answers

January 22

Lawyers to help draft legal will in Cleveland, OH area.

I've never hired a lawyer before, but from what I understand, the best way to find one is through word of mouth; I'm hoping I can get suggestions from MeFites who happen to live in the area. My parent is living on the west side, close to Westlake. We're willing to drive to the east side if the lawyer comes highly recommended. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 5:20 AM - 4 answers

January 21

The friend of my customer's neighbor's car is my something-or-other

What options does a landlord likely have when a tenant's guest/friend is slashing the neighbors' tires and threatening them and has a criminal record? Assume standard lease in Illinois and that the guest definitely did it but the police won't make an arrest yet. The tenant has done nothing wrong.
posted by michaelh at 6:29 PM - 12 answers

January 20

Legal consequences for renter having guests sleep in basement?

Do the legal consequences of guests sleeping in a basement without an egress window fall on the landlord, or the renter? Who has an incentive to report this activity? [more inside]
posted by Noumenon at 5:44 PM - 9 answers

Question about Ontario driving records

I would like to buy a used car, drive it all summer (commuting to a short-term job), then sell it. I'm a newish driver, first car, first time getting auto insurance. Recently I got a major traffic ticket, for which I've already requested a trial. It's likely I'll be done with the car before the trial date arrives. How will this pending ticket affect my insurance? Also, I don't know if my infraction is potentially worth demerit points- how would I find that out? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:14 PM - 3 answers

January 19

Can you have two health insurance companies & plans?

Hi MeFi, So a bit of a weird situation here. I was laid off in 2013 and at the end of that year I applied for Obamacare. It took FOREVER to get the application going since the website was awful so long story short, it's early 2014 and I get a job with full benefits. I completely forget about the application for Obamacare and it's now January 2015 and I received a letter from CeltiCare Health saying 'hi, here's your coverage card. you are now insured with celticare...' So now, technically, I have two coverages? One from my employer and through Celticare? How does this work? Should I call Celticare and let them know I already have insurance? What benefits are there to having two? Legal or not? Thanks for your help!
posted by bostonhill at 2:30 PM - 12 answers

Expert real estate advisor needed in Atlanta area. Rec me?

I need an expert real estate advisor to help me figure out how to deal with my horrible mortgage. Is this person a real estate lawyer or someone else? And do you have a recommendation for a great real estate lawyer/other expert who practices in the Atlanta, GA area? [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 1:48 PM - 1 answers

January 18

Discrimination based on family status

If someone comments on a family member and denies you something based on that, is that likely to be discrimination on the basis of family status? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 1:51 PM - 17 answers

is it illegal to say the case is over before your day at court?

What are the legal ramifications (if any) of publicly misrepresenting the outcome of a lawsuit before it has reached a formal resolution? [more inside]
posted by Vrai at 12:24 PM - 9 answers

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