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December 24

Need a lawyer for employment contract review; how much should that cost?

I have been recruited for a senior level management position at a startup. Things are moving fast and I'm about to hire an attorney — but I'm unsure of the fees and how much I might end up paying. Can any MeFi attorneys weigh in and tell me what a normal cost range would be for this kind of work? [more inside]
posted by amoeba at 8:15 AM - 12 answers

December 22

Pensions for convicted elected officials?

Do congressmen who have been convicted of felonies still get a pension? [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 4:03 PM - 3 answers

December 21

Jurors liable if they find someone competent who later injures someone?

I am an attorney assisting with the representation of an elderly man in probate court in Michigan. Certain family members of this man are trying to have the State of Michigan declare the elderly man incompetent and to appoint a guardian in probate court. The attorney for these family members has hinted to the jury that the jurors themselves could be liable later if they find the elderly man competent and do not appoint a guardian, but then he subsequently goes out and injures someone somehow. [more inside]
posted by click at 2:13 PM - 4 answers

December 20

Need to sell a car, Title not available for 1-2 weeks (Oregon)

I'm selling a vehicle and for reasons I'm unable to answer have somehow misplaced the title... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 5:37 PM - 2 answers

December 19

US visa application times

I'm applying for an H1-b visa to enter the US. All my documents are ready. All I need to do now is go to the embassy in London: I have an appointment on Monday, which is the 22nd. The problem is this: I already have a flight booked back to the US on the 31st. Should I change my flight now, or wait? [more inside]
posted by HoraceH at 1:59 PM - 15 answers

The Salary is Great ($400k/yr), but What About the Benefits?

I highly doubt the President of the United States signs an employment agreement (Does s/he?), but is there any written documentation on the salary, benefits, expense accounts, etc for the job? [more inside]
posted by 724A at 11:38 AM - 8 answers

Can a London landlord enquire on a tenant's housing/DSS benefit status?

Asking for a friend: Landlord says "no DSS". Is it legal to withhold that you receive DSS and apply for housing benefit without the landlord finding out? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 2:54 AM - 7 answers

December 18

Traffic ticket Massachusetts

While driving in very remote small town I was cited for Failure to Stop. There are problems with the case, details here are not pertinent, I meant to contest in a hearing but forgot to send in the papers. Now MA wants to suspend permission to drive in the state unless I pay $380 to avoid the suspension. I barely have half that and rely on monthly social security. What can I do to find a solution to this problem? Before Dec. 31.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 2:13 PM - 4 answers

An Irish Real Estate question...

I've been looking at real estate in County Cavan, Ireland and have a question about the wording. I notice that the word "derelict" is used - does this have a specific meaning in Irish law as it relates to property, or are they using it in the common sense of neglected? There are a lot of properties that are described as derelict but look entirely livable with a few weeks labor. [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 11:21 AM - 4 answers

Walked into an glass door, thinking of filing a lawsuit.

I walked into a unmarked glass door outside a popular chain restaurant, and ended up with some injuries. I'm contemplating a lawsuit, but am not sure how to approach this and would appreciate advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo at 10:45 AM - 21 answers

December 16

Salvaging items from county-owned vacant land

While exploring the woods this past weekend, I spotted a unique item near the river. [more inside]
posted by foot at 9:03 AM - 11 answers

December 15

Why are "court fees" legal when you're not convicted of anything?

Why are "court fees" legal when you're not convicted of anything? If all charges against a person have been dismissed, or you've been found not guilty, why is a court still allowed to penalize you monetarily? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:54 PM - 10 answers

HIPAA/Medical Release for Emergency Situations?

In the event of an emergency, what can be done to ensure that doctors/hospital can share information with another unrelated adult? [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive at 7:35 AM - 16 answers

December 14

USPS mail volume data

Is it possible to get monthly or yearly data on the volume of incoming and outgoing mail from each US post office? [more inside]
posted by molla at 1:29 PM - 2 answers

December 13

What were the most prescient criticisms of "shock therapy" in Russia?

Which articles, written before and as "shock therapy" economic liberalization policies were being implemented in Russia, have best been borne out over time? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 6:45 AM - 3 answers

December 12

A website with breakdowns on votes of historic legislation?

I was looking for a website that provided information on the breakdown of votes for historic legislation in the United States Congress. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 4:39 PM - 2 answers

What research is there on the use of RCTs by the UK government?

A few years ago, Ben Goldacre and some people from the Cabinet Office published a paper, 'Test, Learn, Adapt: Developing Public Policy with Randomised Controlled Trials' calling for UK government departments to use more randomised controlled trials in the formulation and evaluation of UK public policy. Can anyone point me to research tracking RCT usage by the UK government both before and after the publication of the report? [more inside]
posted by knapah at 8:41 AM - 1 answers

December 11

American Police Disappearing Citizens?

Besides during the high profile civil rights period in the South, has there ever been any suspicions as to whether police in any of America's police forces "disappeared" anyone?
posted by CollectiveMind at 8:27 PM - 6 answers

YANML, LA City Parking Edition

As much as I like to support my local government, I prefer to do it through taxation or other more-or-less straightforward revenue-collection practices. Parking enforcement, to me, is a completely irrational form of revenue generation. So, on the basis of pure principle (and $73), I ask: if the city issues parking citations for vehicles parked on street cleaning routes, (presumably) because such parked vehicles cause the city injury (or whatever, you know, tangible bad thing) by impeding street cleaning, what is the method most likely to succeed of challenging a ticket issued after street cleaning has concluded, on the basis that the city suffered no injury? [more inside]
posted by univac at 11:46 AM - 17 answers

December 10

Sexual Assault? Was this man raped by a woman?

Roughly 20 years ago, I went to college in a rural state. An experience with someone in a position of perceived power left me scarred for life. Details within. Please be kind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM - 28 answers

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