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Landlord has made an offer. Before getting to the immediate issue, some details regarding daughter's back story in previous posts and a not-do-brief update are below. [more inside]
Asking for a friend. Friend needs an attorney in New Jersey who specializes in employment law. This is fairly urgent due to her employer's current actions. I have read the Metafilter wiki page Get a lawyer and we are both actively searching for attorneys in her area. I am specifically seeking personal recommendations from MeFites who have had good experiences with an attorney with this specialization. Northern NJ/nearish NYC is a plus.
An Etsy seller just messaged me, "I wrote a lower value on the package so you don't need to pay taxes at your country's customs. I hope this is Okay!" I am actually not super okay with this. As the buyer, what are my responsibilities (morally and legally)? Is there an easy way for me to pay the proper customs fees without getting the seller in huge trouble (they do have my home address)? How should I proceed? It was a ~$40 used clothing purchase, so nothing major. I haven't received the package yet.
How do I (a n00b) fight a collections agency holding debt I am not liable for? [more inside]
Is there a standard resource or set of resources that a lay person can use to identify past and current civil and criminal lawsuits in a comprehensive set of jurisdictions (including Federal District Courts, State courts, and not particularly concerned with tribunals and tax courts)? [more inside]
I was recently on a jury, and how the defense fought the charge left me with a lot of unanswered questions. I'm dying to learn more, not about that specific case, but about how valid the defense's arguments really were raising valid doubts and how much they were smoke screens trying to confuse and intellectually intimidate the jury. (The two feel very different in my mind, but I'm well aware I may just be being naive.) [more inside]
Wife works (just started) as a therapist 15 hours a week at a multidisciplinary center that provides mental health services. They have an unusual policy about compensation for their contractors. [more inside]
I received an invoice from a software supplier, for travel expenses for their guys to install an upgrade on a program here in our shop. This invoice includes sales tax (Texas) for those expenses. Is this correct? [more inside]
I studied political science in college and was able to keep up with new and important studies and papers. Now that I've been out of school for a while I'm looking to get back into reading the actual research being done right now in the realm of politics. What are some good resources (online or otherwise) for me to find out what's going on in the field? Bonus points if it has to do with political communication.
My one debit card and one out of four credit cards are continually subject to fraud charges no matter what I do. Why is this and what can I do to prevent it? [more inside]
The Portland Police Bureau released a report showing their use of force incidents have fallen. This, after an agreement between the DOJ and the PPB to reduce such incidents. Are there any national statistics that show departments keep down such incidents once they begin such a program? Conversely, are there statistics that show eventually, force incidents (violent take downs and shootings by police) eventually return to pre-reduction levels?
My bf is in the process of signing a contract for a home. We will both be living in it, but I was under the impression it would be all his. Now he's asking me for my ss#. [more inside]
I'd like to send a bottle of single malt from Germany to a friend in Montana as a gift. Has anyone done this before? What do I need to be aware of, in terms of customs, import tax / duties and federal and/or state alcohol laws? [more inside]
My wife has her green card. In the future she may consider becoming a US citizen. If anyone happens to know off hand if the immigration laws have changed to allow this? So far everything I have found online is cryptic. I'm not in a rush for an answer and may eventually see an immigration lawyer about it. Curious if anyone ran into this before.
I am gonna host a bicycle race on some pasture that I own. The first edition will only involve 6-12 persons, but if it is fun (it will be), I'd like to expand/make it a regular (monthly or quarterly event). Do I need a waiver form for participants to sign, do you think? Is this kind of form easy to generate/find? This is in Kansas. I have homeowners and farm insurance. YANML.
Hopefully a not super expensive one, who is trustworthy? Thanks in advance for your help!
What's the best way to go about finding a lawyer to help me write a will? I know I could/should be able to do this on my own, but I'd feel more comfortable having someone else be responsible for dotting all i's and crossing all t's. This is in Minneapolis. [more inside]
YANML. I have been asked to teach a couple classes to Homeschooler's, organized by another mom and taught at the local Community Center. I asked the woman organizing if the Recreation Center will cover liability if a kid gets hurt...trips and falls or whatever. [more inside]
I'm in a situation where someone would like to give my husband and I a sum of money for us to use and enjoy... as long as we remain married. In the event of a divorce, this person would like the money to revert back to my separate property. Is this possible without a postnuptial agreement? [more inside]
I was rear-ended on the highway last week while sitting in traffic. Neither myself nor the other driver was injured but there was damage to my car. The other driver and his insurer (State Farm) have accepted full responsibility without question, as I was stopped and he hit me. There was no police report. I haven't had to involve my insurance as I wasn't at fault (per myself, per the other driver and now also per his insurer). [more inside]