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August 13

Tier 4? More like Tears 4Ever.
YANM Immigration Lawyer, but I'm curious/anxious. I am a US citizen applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa. I am applying from the US but I lived in Germany and Holland (on student visas) from 2009 to 2012. How likely is it that the Home Office will want proof of those visas? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 3:19 PM - 2 answers
Binding arbitration
I have an arbitration clause in my lease. Does this preclude me from using small claims court? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 8:25 AM - 7 answers

August 11

Just a minor fender bender, that's all!
I backed into a car and there was no visible damage on either car so we didn't call the cops. But they are opening a claim with my insurance company. How screwed am I? [more inside]
posted by peachpie at 10:51 PM - 32 answers

Thought leaders in urban transportation?
I work for a large municipal multi-modal transportation agency in the Bay Area. I'm interested in starting an agency-wide speaker series focusing on thought-leaders and innovators within the transportation industry. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 6:15 PM - 14 answers

August 10

A town-owned tree fell on my car - town says they're not responsible
A large tree across the street fell on my car while I was sleeping and did a fair amount of damage. After getting two repair estimates as requested, the town's insurance company decided they have no responsibility as they didn't have prior knowledge of any problems with the tree. Is this the end of the story? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay at 6:46 PM - 11 answers

August 9

Best county to get married in courthouse in Georgia - waiting period
I was told that in Georgia I can get married in any county I want since I am a resident (fiance is Japanese and immigrating here on K visa). I was wondering which courthouse might have the lowest waiting period? We want to get married as soon as possible after she arrives here. I am in Atlanta area so closer is better. Any other advice is welcome as well.
posted by locussst at 12:06 PM - 10 answers

August 8

Brilliant non-political commentary on the Israel-Hamas conflict
We've all seen and read written and spoken rhetoric that supports one side of the conflict. Are there any brilliant articles or speeches that expresss an original viewpoint that take a higher-level view - maybe from the psychological, sociological, or even evolutionary science point of view? Articles that don't take sides, that try to explain rather than to shout?
posted by storybored at 9:14 AM - 6 answers

August 7

Need specific cites in the No Child Left Behind Act for school choice.
I am in need of a Title 1 school choice transfer to get my child out of a really terrible school into a pretty decent one. The administration is giving me the runaround, so I'd like to find the specific section of the law that discusses it so I can print it out and cite it. I won't have the time to scan through the entire law before my meeting with them. Please help! [more inside]
posted by corb at 8:36 AM - 12 answers

August 6

MD Health Exchange Woes
I've been applying for health care since November, but I'm still on my pre-ACA health care plan. People at the Maryland Health Connection tell me that my information has been sent to my provider three times, but my provider says they've never gotten anything. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Akhu at 2:00 PM - 6 answers

What is Gaza to the West Bank?
What is the modern political and cultural connection between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:01 PM - 11 answers

Walking away from a Canadian mortgage
I want to walk away from my home and mortgage because I purchased a tainted property. The fellow next door is a (locally) notorious ex-convict and sex offender. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 AM - 12 answers

August 5

For Richer, not Poorer: forcing Ex to refi or sell to pay money owed
Basically, he needs to pony up $23k a year ago and it doesn't look like he has any intention of doing so. [more inside]
posted by Mysterious Trousers at 8:59 PM - 7 answers

Top dog or top dogs?
I have long heard/read that the US has not one but two leaders -- of equal rank --- in any foreign capital, namely the ambassador and the CIA station chief. The NY Times seems to confirm this. Can you point me to other confirmation?
posted by LonnieK at 5:14 PM - 9 answers

LLC vs S-Corp in New York State
I'm forming a company around an app, with myself as the sole investor and shareholder -- and my lawyers (based in CA) have advised me to go with an S-Corp instead of an LLC to avoid paying an extra $2k for New York's ridiculous "publication requirements" for LLCs. What's the catch though? I mean if this works, why doesn't everyone do it?
posted by neat graffitist at 2:10 PM - 20 answers

August 3

Applying for US citizenship
My question is whether we need to hire an attorney to facilitate my husband's citizenship application. He has a coworker who used one himself and insists a lawyer is necessary because the stakes are so high. The coworkers situation is a bit different, though, since he had two DUIs on his record. My husband has a clean record, never arrested or charged with anything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 AM - 12 answers

August 2

Zoning, codes, and permits, oh my
I may have the opportunity to renovate my friend's detached garage into a little house/apartment for me. Location is Oakland, CA. I have a few specific questions now, but more importantly, I anticipate having many more and want to know how I can get answers without putting you guys back to work every week. Things are very much in a preliminary/investigating feasibility stage at this point. It's a little wordy; I'm trying to answer likely questions and also convey how tangly this all feels. [more inside]
posted by ktkt at 2:54 PM - 10 answers

July 30

Question about eviction and co-tenants versus sub-tenants.
I'm going through a breakup. My ex very suddenly served me a Notice To Quit today. I'm not sure what rights I have here. I'm also pretty destitute because of recent medical bills. Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by TheHappiestSadist at 6:29 PM - 25 answers

Is this a confidentiality breach?
I work in corrections. On facebook, on my page, I posted something that might have been a breach of confidentiality. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:16 PM - 18 answers

July 28

Is it legal to require a security deposit before running a credit check?
I'm looking to rent a new apartment in NYC. For our 3 previous NYC apartments, we’ve filled out an application and paid an application fee and then once our application was approved, paid security deposit / first month’s rent at lease signing. The management company for the apartment that we are looking to rent is requesting the following: we fill out an application, pay an application fee and give them a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. If our credit is approved, then the security deposit is non-refundable and we basically have to sign a lease. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by bzn at 9:09 AM - 6 answers

One Mistake Changes Everything?
I'm trying to get to the bottom of something that happened over the weekend -- to nutshell, was cuffed and placed in a holding cell and charged with an OWI. Never been in trouble before. Looking for a lawyer, but seem to either be told that they have fees that I could never afford to pay, or that they can get me into a diversion program which I'm pretty sure is offered to first time offenders anyway. Help? Details behind cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM - 22 answers

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