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January 27

Having my disabled mother move in

I live in North Carolina and my mother receives disablity and Medicare. I want her to move in with us. She is afraid she will lose her benefits if she does not pay us rent. How can we make this work? [more inside]
posted by nohaybanda at 5:00 PM - 7 answers

How much disbelief am I suspending?

Last night I was watching the Arrow, an admittedly ridiculous show that requires some suspension of disbelief, but this episode showed some legal procedures I didn't understand was possible. [more inside]
posted by monologish at 8:28 AM - 15 answers

What does it mean to "accept a resignation"?

I was under the impression that a resignation does not have to be accepted, but very often after a minister resigns, the prime minister (or equivalent) is said to "accept their resignation". What does this mean?
posted by gorcha at 7:38 AM - 19 answers

YANAL: Patent application extended missing parts denied

A year ago I filed a provisional patent application. Before the 12 months expired I chose to take advantage of the Extended Missing Parts pilot program to extend the deadline to submit the full application by another year. I thought I followed the Extended Missing Parts guidelines. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 7:12 AM - 7 answers

January 26

Can I ship alcohol and/or cheese from Canada to Bulgaria without hassle?

A friend would like to send me some things from Canada, and I want to check up on the legality and potential hassles of doing so. Any input would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 5:27 PM - 8 answers

3D Printed Games Workshop Figures and the Law

I've been having fun designing and 3D printing figures for use in Games Workshop's board game Blood Bowl and I'm thinking of uploading my figures to Thingiverse. Do I have to worry about GW coming after me? Blood Bowl is out of print, but GW is famously litigious. [more inside]
posted by Prunesquallor at 2:23 PM - 8 answers

Third party guardianship for elderly

An elderly person refused to make a will or get his affairs in order in any way (he was asked multiple times and given many opportunities). He now has dementia and can no longer make decisions. He has no spouse or children. His heirs are his nieces and nephews, who do not get along, do not trust each other, and do not agree on what is best for him. What are the pros and cons of a third-party, court-appointed guardian? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 9:25 AM - 10 answers

January 25

Sorry I had to shoot your dog

Do pets have a legal right to self-defense, and if so, can pet owners legally apply that right on behalf of their pets? [Trigger alert: extended explanation describes a hypothetical violent dog attack on another dog.] [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 8:45 AM - 5 answers

January 24

Divorce lawyer in Toronto?

A couple of lawyers have given me opposing opinions and I'm feeling stuck. This community has given me a lot of great advice in the past, so...if anyone can recommend a reliable/knowledgeable divorce lawyer in the Toronto area (hopefully west of Yonge and hopefully less that $400/hr.) I'll be very grateful. I'm watching my Memail.
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:05 PM - 2 answers

Why hasn't a mayor become the president of the US?

I'm sure this is a question Michael Bloomberg has a few answers to! The Atlantic has a good video explainer from the mouths of mayors, but there must be more to it.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 11:30 AM - 11 answers

Heritage foundation

I'm interested in learning as much as possible about the Heritage Foundation, especially its involvement in the Reagan administration. Are there any books or articles you could point me towards? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 9:58 AM - 4 answers

January 21

Coevolutionary Quartely Essay on the legal costs of unborn children?

Does anyone recall an article in either the CoEvo or Whole Earth Quarterly where the writer showed that by making a gestating fetus a legal entity, mothers (and lawyers) could sue the companies making the products that cause birth defects, cancer, etc.? Which issue, who wrote the essay and is it easily accessible somewhere? Thanks.
posted by Mesaverdian at 1:44 PM - 2 answers

My Dad Really, Really Hates Jimmy Carter.

My father swears that at some point during the Carter Administration, President Carter instituted a national wage freeze, such that no employer, public or private, was permitted to give any employee a raise, supposedly to put the brakes on inflation. He further claims that this had happened to him in whatever year it was, causing family hardship. He was working in construction for a private company at that time. What, if anything, is he actually remembering? [more inside]
posted by Spathe Cadet at 10:57 AM - 9 answers

January 20

Ex-pat friend asked if she could use my US mailing address

She's an American citizen who has lived in Germany for many years and plans to stay permanently. Due to a life change, she asked if she can use my mailing address for her paperwork. I trust her but want to make sure it's OK from a legal/financial CYA standpoint. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 AM - 13 answers

January 19

How likely am I to be given an exemption to the ACA penalty?

I did not have health insurance for the last 8 months of last year. How likely am I to be granted an exemption to the penalty I'd normally face when it comes time to file my taxes? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 11:42 AM - 6 answers

January 17

Looking for a criminal record website.

I would like to research a criminal record for a friend. I was planning on going to one of those websites. Are they all scammy or is ok to do so? [more inside]
posted by ReluctantViking at 11:45 AM - 5 answers

BookFilter: History of the GOP and Dems

Seeking: a relatively unbiased book (or two, or three) on the history of the Republican and Democratic parties. [more inside]
posted by rebooter at 10:34 AM - 9 answers

January 14

Like Powerball, but less fun

Is there a way we can calculate our chances of getting into a given school in the Boston Public Schools lottery? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 11:12 AM - 5 answers

We didn't start the seven-day week cycle

Why is today Thursday, rather than tomorrow or yesterday? I'm not asking why we have a seven day week; I'm asking whether we know how this specific cycle of seven days got started off. And, has it ever been interrupted?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:19 AM - 7 answers

January 13

Canadian Semi-Amicable Divorce

My friend ("J") lives in Toronto. She was recently surprised by her husband ("R") moving out and filing for divorce. She has need of guidance/support from knowledgeable people. Level of difficulty: she hasn't had a FT job in around 13 years, and their two middle-school age kids have autism (one low-mid functioning.) [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 2:34 PM - 16 answers

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