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March 4

Finding out if a Life Insurance policy exists?

How do I find out if a Life Insurance policy exists? My Dad passed away last week after a short illness, and I'm in Milwaukee taking care of his affairs, cleaning out his apartment, etc. It was so sudden that we never got a chance to discuss specifics like if he had a will (he doesn't), etc. This is in the State of Wisconsin, city/county of Milwaukee. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 10:09 PM - 3 answers

March 3

What's the best way to protect myself from identity theft?

An person with a history of ID theft may have gotten ahold of some of my identity information. I want to do all that I can to stop them from stealing my identity. [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher at 10:41 AM - 6 answers

Helping a colleague on a path to permanent residency

How can I help my very qualified colleague get through the US immigration maze? [more inside]
posted by Jorus at 3:53 AM - 7 answers

March 2

How do i drive legally in ohio

I moved from PA to OH a while ago but my car still has a PA plate. I'm still paying off my car which means I dont have the title. What is the easiest process to get an OH plate? Thank you!
posted by lijiaxiaoniu at 6:05 PM - 3 answers

Need reliable, affordable enrolled tax agent

Two years ago I filed an application with the IRS for the overseas assets amnesty program (silly me; it hadn't occurred to me that buying a condo was an asset--duh) and I'm still grinding through the process two years later. The accountant I've been using has basically gone MIA on my ass. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 1:37 PM - 2 answers

How to file taxes when there is part-year-resident overlap with wages?

Most of the part-year stuff on Turbotax seems to assume a clean break - that you lived in one state, worked there, then moved and established a residence in a new state. But we moved, established a residence in a new state, and then while there, still had work income from the first state. How the hell do we show this on tax returns? [more inside]
posted by corb at 10:28 AM - 11 answers

March 1

I just want to wash my dishes

My dishwasher in my apartment has a lower rack that is not made for my dishwasher, and this causes the dishwasher to not run correctly half of the time. I feel like my landlord is supposed to supply appliances that work correctly and not jury rig something together than kind of sort of works. Can I do anything besides wash my dishes twice or by hand? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare at 1:42 PM - 11 answers

February 28

State of Indiana - Tenant Rights/ Rental Laws on sudden increases?

Apartment complex gave me 3 days notice of either immediate lease renewal with rent increase or a fee for staying month to month. Obviously, details behind cut. Yes yes, I know, you are not my lawyer. [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 2:59 PM - 3 answers

February 26

I ain't passed the bar and I don't know shit.

What rules and regulations in the US apply to choosing which judges/venues get to cover certain cases? [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles at 7:02 PM - 8 answers

Permits, Inspections, Oh My, Oh My.

I installed a hot water heater, and I don't want to screw up the paperwork.. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:22 PM - 9 answers

February 24

How long has the organization "Raising Women's Voices" been around?

I can't find this info.
posted by atinna at 10:27 PM - 2 answers

Collectible items damaged in international shipping. Liability?

My fiance sold and shipped some very expensive, heavy, one-of-a-kind electronics to an online friend overseas. They were damaged during international shipping. The purchase price was over a thousand dollars and the items are literally irreplaceable. Who is legally liable here? What are the ethics? We *cannot* afford to reimburse this expense. [more inside]
posted by Rach3l at 4:34 PM - 17 answers

February 22

Libel on Facebook and Twitter - what can we do?

My partner's daughter's ex has posted false accusations on Facebook about him and they are being discussed on Twitter. YANOL but does anyone have any advice? The Police are involved but not doing much, Facebook have ruled it doesn't break their guidelines, and we've been told it would be too expensive to sue for defamation (this is in the UK). My partner is massively distressed and we don't know what to do and I don't know how to support him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM - 10 answers

February 19

Russia invades the Baltic States - then what?

Looking for incisive, detailed and realistic analysis of what may happen if Russia invades the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and/or Lithuania. While this is suggested as a possibility, I can't find quality analysis of what happens - or is likely to happen - in this scenario. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 1:14 PM - 4 answers

February 18

Flu shot injury- file a claim?

I have burstitis from a flu shot I got in fall 2014. Is it worth it to file a claim with the National Vaccine Injury Trust Fund? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 9:24 AM - 6 answers

Notice - Landlord to tenant on a periodic tenancy (England)

Am I correct in thinking that our landlord is required to give us 2 months' notice if they want us to leave the flat we are renting under a (now) periodic tenancy? I'm in London. [more inside]
posted by knapah at 4:59 AM - 10 answers

February 17

How strict are residency requirements for getting a divorce in NY?

I am about to start a divorce process. I was in NY for couple of year and got my marriage certificate from NYC clerk. As part of separation I moved to NJ last October. Now, as I start the divorce process, I am wondering how strict are the courts about residency requirement. [more inside]
posted by questionsquestions at 4:02 PM - 12 answers

Mail from USA to Canada

My son moved to Vancouver Canada last spring. We live in NJ, USA. I have tried several times to send cards and they never arrive. We have double checked that the address is right. They had enough postage. Cards I have sent to friends in the Toronto area have arrived, but weeks later. Anyone else have this issue and what could be causing it? I just asked my son to send me a postcard to see if this problem goes both ways.
posted by mermayd at 5:31 AM - 21 answers

February 16

Case studies of FBI foreign investigations? Nonfiction only.

I'm looking for case studies, meaty articles, well-researched (or first-person!) true crime books, etc. about foreign investigations conducted by the FBI, or about foreign investigations in which the FBI provides substantial assistance. I am especially interested in the procedural side of conducting these investigations, both on paper and in reality. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:26 AM - 2 answers

Illegal filming/photo in theater, whose rights?

I can't find a clear answer to this: Someone is illegally taking photos or recording in a movie theater (or live theater), which I think is against copyright law. This is also on private property, and there are noted rules against that. But I think it's also illegal to confiscate the camera and delete the photos/video... [more inside]
posted by Ky at 8:13 AM - 10 answers

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