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April 21

Any way to resolve a ticket (inspection sticker) before court date?

When I moved to New York from Massachusetts and registered my car here, I was told at the DMV that my MA inspection sticker would be valid until it expired. Today I was pulled over by a cop and issued a citation for not having a NYS inspection sticker. He told me that I could go to court and tell the judge that I was misinformed and they’d probably waive the fine. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa at 9:57 AM - 7 answers

April 20

NY Presidential Primary results

Can anyone explain why several NY neighborhoods that went strongly for Zephyr Teachout in the NY gubernatorial race then went strongly for Clinton in the presidential primary? I'm looking at Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side and Park Slope in particular. I thought Teachout was running on a campaign finance reform platform.
posted by mike_bling at 12:05 PM - 11 answers

April 19

I need to get 3rd flatmate on the lease, owner will only put dwn 2 ppl

Hi there! I know you are not my lawyer- but. Myself and another person are going to be renting a two bedroom two bath flat. I met some other tenants in the building and they are renting the den as a bedroom, and a real estate agent even mentioned this option to me. The owner only wants two people on the lease, he doesn't want to feel like he is renting a "group" apartment. A friend said her Dad (an atty) helped her draw up a side contract on the side when she was in a similar situation. However, since I am not the owner of the property what rights would I have? I can't sublease the den to the third roommate because I do not own it. Any thoughts? The third roommate is willing to provide us with her ss#. thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS at 4:38 PM - 19 answers

Intellectual property of public lectures

Who owns the rights to a publicly delivered lecture? I came across this issue today at work and the case at hand was resolved to everyones satisfaction, but it is a question I have pondered for a while without a more general, good answer (so far I managed with individual arrangements but this may not be the best approach). [more inside]
posted by 15L06 at 10:35 AM - 5 answers

Quotation about Catholicism in Ireland

Can anyone give me a source for a quotation about knowing what the Roman Catholic Church was like by looking to Ireland? [more inside]
posted by Logophiliac at 3:29 AM - 2 answers

April 18

Accidentally shorted wages.

I've suspected that there have been errors on my paycheck for a while due to a new book keeper, and I confirmed this on my last paycheck where they shorted me nearly half of my hours. I want to ask them to pull and audit the last 6 (if not 12) months of my paychecks, especially the ones since the new book keeper took over and started using their new internal Quickbooks system. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 7:56 PM - 11 answers

Hollywood accounting

I've been reading about Hollywood accounting. If the numbers are made up, what good are the accounts? Why doesn't the government mind?
posted by gorcha at 1:01 PM - 8 answers

Finding an article about voting restrictions in New York

I'm trying to find a recent article/blog post that argued that the reason New York has relatively restrictive policies for voting is because the state votes reliably Democratic and there isn't a need to expand voting access. Did anyone see this? Within the last two weeks. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 9:36 AM - 3 answers

April 17

Homeless in Portland - help with resources?

I'm looking for resources and help to get myself out of the woods and into a home sooner - any ideas, Mefites? More details under the line [more inside]
posted by thebotanyofsouls at 11:02 PM - 6 answers

Car was stolen. No comprehensive. Now what?

My car was stolen (from a major suburb in the Boston area). Wondering about next steps. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious at 12:45 PM - 11 answers

April 16

How to gain access to deceased spouse safety deposit box?

Hello, all. My grandfather passed away a few months ago and he has some bank accounts and safety deposit boxes for which my grandmother has no access. [more inside]
posted by tellUwut at 7:05 PM - 13 answers

April 14

Legal precautions for running a website with user-submitted content

So, you create a small website, say a Wordpress/Wordpress-style community blog, and give some friends/aquaintances the right to post (images, text, links). User Joe Jackass decides to post something illegal. What are the legal ramifications for you? [more inside]
posted by hypercomplexsimplicity at 7:25 PM - 5 answers

April 13

Family member in serious legal trouble. Should I lawyer up?

An immediate family member has been arrested and charged with a felony. I want to protect myself and my spouse and avoid involving ourselves in the situation to the greatest extent possible. Unfortunately, there is a complicating factor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:52 PM - 23 answers

We like your funding, but you can't talk to our lawyers

YANML. Non-Profit Organization A is preparing to fund a research project at German Public Learning Institution B. In the course of drafting the contract that governs this funding, B will not allow the lawyers at A to talk directly with the lawyers at B. Rather, B maintains that their attorneys are only consulted on decisions that B otherwise makes through a management department. The process has been pleasant and this is not borne out of conflict. Is this barrier to direct legal discussion a common arrangement for German/European public learning institutions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:51 PM - 7 answers

Are all qualifying life events created equal?

My understanding was that a "qualifying life event" - new job for you or spouse, you or spouse divorce/die, you or spouse give birth to or adopt a child - opened a free open enrollment period for you, spouse, and child, wherein you could do things such as decline insurance from one spouse's plan and both enroll on the other plan, and generally make whatever health insurance changes you wanted to. My HR rep told me that this is not always the case for birth/adoption of a child specifically - more inside. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie at 12:06 PM - 10 answers

April 12

Getting money from a startup that folded - possible or pipe dream?

I drove for Sidecar briefly last year but never cashed out my earnings into my bank account. I just heard they closed. What are my options for getting my money? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 11:41 AM - 4 answers

Community Organization—Not 501c3—and the IRS

I am part of an organization run entirely by volunteers, with income from several sources. We've never filed taxes, but the question has come up of whether we need to. I'd appreciate advice from the experienced. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 10:01 AM - 15 answers

April 11

Way too many OPT-ions

Please help me figure out if I can make post-degree Optional Practical Training work for me as a freelancer working for companies all over the world. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 7:29 PM - 1 answers

Going for a Paralegal interview with no legal certification.

I have an interview coming up for the role of a Paralegal and would need your advice on how to prepare for it! I have zero paralegal background/qualifications. [more inside]
posted by eustaciavye87 at 1:24 PM - 13 answers

Tax question - I messed up, but how do I pay this?

I goofed on my taxes and want to make it right, expert help appreciated. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 12:57 PM - 6 answers

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