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September 6

sex work on a tier 4 visa
YANML but: I am a student on a Tier 4 visa in the UK. I want to strip or engage in other forms of sex work while going to school. Does this violate the self-employment or professional entertainer work restrictions of the Tier 4? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM - 6 answers
helping some friends, slightly sketchy mortgage
Our friends want help to get a better mortgage rate, how risky for us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 AM - 17 answers

September 5

(I think) we're looking for a good estate lawyer near Inyo County, CA
My wife's estranged father just passed away. His wife had already passed away some time ago, so we're now at the point where we have to deal with what's left. We may need to hire some solid professional help. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by introp at 4:55 PM - 6 answers

California security deposit question
Our landlord was late returning our security deposit (past the 21 calendar day limit) and lost his right to withhold deductions. After we sent a demand via certified mail he sent a check for our deposit less some deductions. If we cash the check he sent, do we give up our right to pursue return of the full amount of the deposit? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain at 3:14 PM - 11 answers

September 4

Dead, possibly fictitious 'author' asserts his moral right?
According to my copy of The Art of War, "Sun Tzu asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work". Please help me understand what is intended by this statement in this instance. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 6:36 PM - 7 answers

Any defense against legal technicalities used to arrest or harrass?
In the moment of encounter with an authority who is making a legal claim that is a technicality or perhaps over-reaches of an intended law, is there any defense? Are you stuck until you get in front of a judge? [more inside]
posted by notatron at 1:00 PM - 15 answers

Trademark registration and potential conflict
I have a name that is similar to another registered trademark - different services but similar in terms of spelling. Is this likely to be rejected? [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse at 12:05 AM - 4 answers

September 3

(Abused) neighbor child is opening my mail.
The mother has previously apologized for her 13-year-old son opening my mail. I have previously reported her to Child Protective Services, after hearing her beating him through our shared apartment wall. Today my Amazon box was completely slit open. Do I call CPS again? police? landlord? Montgomery County, MD. [more inside]
posted by ecsh at 8:10 PM - 32 answers

What is a "tag & title shop" called in Florida?
In Pennsylvania, a non-governmental place one would go to help facilitate the private-party sale of an automobile/vehicle/boat where sales tax can be paid and collected, documents notarized, government forms submitted, license plates acquired and registrations completed is called a "Tag Shop", "Title Shop" or "Tag and Title Shop". What is it called in Florida? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 3:15 PM - 5 answers

September 2

How do I reclaim flood damage costs from a condo unit above me?
Last week a condo unit above mine had an accidental flood. The water damaged about nine units including mine. As a resident in Ontario, how do I reclaim my expenses for the damage he caused. [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea at 4:35 PM - 5 answers

Modern Day Cowboy Bounty Men
Hello, I am working on a photography project --hoping to profile a few modern day cowboy bounty men who operate in the West (preferably find people off the beaten path) and who have a strong "cowboy look". Thank you in advance for your help...
posted by mm-ut at 11:33 AM - 5 answers

September 1

Would it be smarter to let my driver's license lapse?
(Posting on behalf of a friend): I was convicted of a DUI in March 2014, and am trying to pick up the pieces. I need to pay for an SR-22 which is insurance on my license. If I do not pay for this insurance my license will lapse. The policy is less expensive if I also insure a vehicle but I will not need a car in the coming months and cannot afford the payments. I need help figuring out if it would be smarter to not pay for any insurance (letting my license lapse), to sell the car and use the profits to pay the SR-22, or to just keep the car (though I really do not want to). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 PM - 9 answers

August 30

Notable bipartisan politicians?
I'm looking for good examples of bipartisan politicians. Particularly, individuals (or a pair of leaders) known for consistently and effectively reaching across party lines throughout their career. Can be global, not just US, but they need to be well known to a global audience. (No cynical jokes please. Unless they're good, of course...)
posted by DIYer at 1:05 PM - 15 answers

How-to locate cited "Unreported Cases" (Canada)?
I am browsing cases in Canada, and noticed several cited "Unreported" cases. The "Unreported" have a year, last name and the general offense. No results when I try to search for them on canlii.org. The provincial court has told me they can't look it up without a first name. Can anyone advise on how I should proceed with my research?
posted by audio at 11:31 AM - 3 answers

August 29

I had a semi/car accident recently. Who would be at fault?
I'm in a tricky situation with a car accident. [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 at 7:16 PM - 17 answers

How liable am I for somebody else's crash?
This is hypothetical. I have allowed somebody to drive my car (in British Columbia, Canada) who I know does not have valid driver's license. She has a crash in which somebody else is badly hurt. She (the uninsured driver) does not have the money to pay the damages. How liable am I for these damages, and will my ICBC insurance cover them? If my insurance doesn't cover these damages and they are extreme, are all my assets endangered? (ie: worst case scenario, could I lose my home?)
posted by philip-random at 12:17 PM - 11 answers

August 28

History of the USA ..but in an interesting way
I am looking to read up on the history of USA and need book recommendations [more inside]
posted by jellyjam at 2:15 PM - 21 answers

Copyright Troll Legal Notice
FML Today I received a notice of "Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Image" regarding a 7 year old blog post on my tiny, personal, completely not-for-profit website that only about 5 people ever read (that I had incidentally purged just 2 months ago) from a probable copyright troll (Sanders Law, PLLC). It isn't even signed by an actual lawyer, it's signed by a paralegal. I know YANAL, but I have no idea what to do or who I can turn to. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 11:42 AM - 28 answers

August 26

Bogus Damage Charges from a Corporate Landlord DC Edition
Several roommates and I moved out of an apartment in DC this summer that is owned by a large corporate company (coughAvalonBaycough). We’d been in the apartment for almost four years. Before we moved out, staff from the building signed off on paperwork stating that there was no visible damage. A month later we get an incredibly bogus set of damage charges from the building for nearly $1,000. We already got our security deposit back, but they’re threatening to send us to collections over these new charges. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 7:08 PM - 8 answers

August 25

my move out date is after my lease expires. how bad is it?
I rented a new apartment with a lease starting on September 1st. My current apartment's lease ends 8/31. I foolishly thought moving out on 9/1 was standard practice. My landlord assures me it is not. Now what? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 6:50 PM - 51 answers

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