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March 17

Landlord demands early renewal of lease. What should I do?

The lease on my house begins in August. The property management company has issued repeated emails last month -- and then last week a demand in writing -- that I renew the lease immediately (mid-March). Can they do this, or is it a bluff? The problem is that rental properties in this area come on the market May - July, so if they coerce a signature out of me now, I can't effectively search for other housing. [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 11:39 AM - 20 answers

Legal question about porn production, consent, and contract law

This is a purely theoretical legal question: What legally happens when a porn production contract is made but one of the participants changes their mind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM - 13 answers

Precedents for cutting a school program to make schools equal?

School system is trying to demonstrate equality of education across schools to comply with a longstanding federal court order. One way they are trying to achieve this is by taking away programs that are only offered at one school. Looking for other examples where this type of decision has been made, and perhaps, overturned. [more inside]
posted by tracer at 7:59 AM - 7 answers

I have this Italian friend

My friend has started a small business in Italy and I am the US representative/minority owner. We have not yet begun production of our product. Can anyone tell me about filing US taxes with him as an foreign majority owner? [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 7:04 AM - 2 answers

March 13

Why no health insurance tax credit if bought direct from Kaiser?

Can someone explain the rationale for requiring health insurance to be purchased through a "marketplace" in order to qualify for a tax credit. [more inside]
posted by Pembquist at 10:42 PM - 6 answers

Is Marine Le Pen well spoken?

How does far-right French leader Marine Le Pen sound to native French speakers? [more inside]
posted by derbs at 3:24 PM - 4 answers

March 12

Has anyone challenged "by the bed" student apartments as unfair housing?

My old student neighborhood in southern California has several new luxury apartment buildings marketed toward students, which rent apartments with "by the bed" leases instead of normal per-apartment-unit leases. This setup is intended for single students, and it seems complicated, impractical, and overly expensive to rent if you're a couple and/or have children. Familial status is a protected class under the US Fair Housing Act. Has anyone challenged housing providers who do this? What could happen if somebody challenged them? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade at 5:35 PM - 12 answers

Political Careers

When is it too late to start a career in politics? [more inside]
posted by irish01 at 5:29 PM - 17 answers

Not an apartment!

The US Postal service has an address standardization/correction service that many companies use. When we put our condo address in as 123A Main Street, it changes it to "123 MAIN ST APT A". Since we don't live in an apartment, is there any way to change that with the USPS so it would be "123 MAIN ST UNIT A" or "123A MAIN ST"?
posted by smackfu at 7:48 AM - 14 answers

March 11

Can I "loan" my car out for 5 months, and be legally covered?

My situation: I bought a car to replace my stolen scooter about a year ago, and just got my scooter back. Til the end of summer, I imagine I'll be riding the scoot exclusively. In lieu of selling my car and purchasing another in a few months- which I'd have to do in 8-month-rainy-season Seattle- I'd like to figure out a way to let someone use/insure/park it til then, and be legally assured that I would get the car back in the same condition I left it. More inside. [more inside]
posted by t(h)om(as) at 7:41 PM - 11 answers

open source voter management software

Is there any open source voter management software out there? I had heard of something called Advokit, but its website seems to be down. Stuff that small campaigns can use to keep track of voter management between campaigns and during them, and generate door knock up sheets and leaflet runs. I am in the UK and asking for a friend.
posted by Mistress at 2:11 PM - 1 answers

March 10

Contractor said county might baloon my renovation to 4x cost!

I'm looking at buying a house that is too small, but has an upstairs attic room that I thought could be renovated--adding a long shed dormer along the back and extending the wall to a 3' knee. Whether or not I can make the changes at a reasonable cost will determine whether I want to buy the house. I talked to a contractor and he said costs depend on the county. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 8:44 PM - 15 answers

Namefilter? Not quite, nameCHANGEfilter (and gender too).

Dual nationality edition. And stateless until 4 years old. I'm trans. In which country do I have to change my legal name and gender? What? You want MORE snowflake details? Ok, ok, some more after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Promethea at 11:54 AM - 12 answers

Miss Spiteful and Pipeworks brewing in Chicago, how can I ship them?

I moved to the Bay Area a year ago and have no complaints about the weather thus far. On the other hand I really miss the Chicago breweries that aren't available in stores out here. I'd love to get my hands on some of their new releases, particularly their stouts and porters. Anyone know if it's legal and possible to ship beer to CA for personal consumption and how to go about it?
posted by Carillon at 11:12 AM - 3 answers

Trying to get copies of W-2s, can I find online with IRS? account

My mom needs to prove to the State that her taxes were filed in 2011. Maybe she could pull her Federal taxes from the IRS online? Would that include scan copies of her w-2s? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS at 10:48 AM - 4 answers

March 8

What makes Colorado cost-prohibitive for pro-work-from-home employers?

I recently went through three rounds of interviews for a promising 100% work-from-home remote job. After a long week or waiting to hear back, I was told that I've been removed from the running due to my home state's tax laws. I'm not sure where to begin fact-checking this, but this is the sort of fact I find irresistible to check, especially given the context. The employer is located in Boston, MA. [more inside]
posted by aydeejones at 5:51 PM - 4 answers

March 5

Lost/stolen safe deposit box; now what?

Mom went to Citibank this morning to collect some items from her safe deposit box. Today, she opened it (with the employee's assistance, per the bank protocol), and they both discovered that the box itself was gone. We spoke at length with the branch manager, but they're refusing to give us any written affidavit or anything that we'd need to file an actual police report. Does anyone else have any info for situations like this? (Beyond lawyering up, which I'm ready to do!) [more inside]
posted by raihan_ at 12:09 PM - 23 answers

March 4

Finding out if a Life Insurance policy exists?

How do I find out if a Life Insurance policy exists? My Dad passed away last week after a short illness, and I'm in Milwaukee taking care of his affairs, cleaning out his apartment, etc. It was so sudden that we never got a chance to discuss specifics like if he had a will (he doesn't), etc. This is in the State of Wisconsin, city/county of Milwaukee. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 10:09 PM - 5 answers

March 3

What's the best way to protect myself from identity theft?

An person with a history of ID theft may have gotten ahold of some of my identity information. I want to do all that I can to stop them from stealing my identity. [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher at 10:41 AM - 6 answers

Helping a colleague on a path to permanent residency

How can I help my very qualified colleague get through the US immigration maze? [more inside]
posted by Jorus at 3:53 AM - 8 answers

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