My father has just sent me this specific text - "I'd like to do some income tax avoidance, completely above the board, by having you sign over a check to me from my year end family trust account funds. I've had my brother's son **** do this is the past, no big deal just a matter of having someone in the family sign a check made out to them over to me." [more inside] posted by assasinatdbeauty at 9:41 AM - 37 answers
Do any of you have experience with changing your name for non-marriage/divorce reasons. As far as I understand, it involves filling out a form, getting your fingerprints taken and requesting a hearing with a judge. It's the hearing that concerns me. On what basis might a name change be denied? What helps your case? Florida here, if that's an issue.
I know, I know. Talk to a lawyer. I plan to do so but it's also important to just hear "I never thought of that" real experiences from everyday, non-attorney people. Thanks. posted by caveatz at 9:13 AM - 15 answers
My fiancée and I want to get married at sea on a cruise. Unfortunately, we can't find a cruise line that sails from our nearby ports that offers a wedding package that works for us (all the lines we checked require that everything be done by the book on their schedule with their vows, music, food, etc.). Has anyone ever staged a "stealth wedding" at sea where you bring your own officiant, gather a small number of family and friends together at an agreed-upon time in a quiet corner of the ship, and carry out a short impromptu ceremony? Will the cruise line have a problem with this? Would there be a penalty if we were caught? More importantly, would a marriage license from our state be valid if signed at sea in international waters? If not, what if we handled the paperwork in port? It's just a germ of an idea right now and at this point we really want to know if this is all possible and legal. Any advice for us? posted by Servo5678 at 5:43 AM - 12 answers
I've had a home-owners policy with the same insurance company since purchasing my house in 2002. Last week, I had a message on my answering machine from a man identifying himself as an auditor with a 2nd party surveying firm. He said he was calling at the request of my insurance company to set up a date/time for a survey of my house. [more inside] posted by klarck at 8:23 AM - 24 answers
Was just watching a UK mystery-crime show when one of the cops recited the right-to-silence statement, which includes the phrase You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. This seems backwards to the law in the States where nothing you say to the police is useful for your defense. I'm curious about the legal circumstances under which answering police questions would benefit the accused. [more inside] posted by Deathalicious at 6:35 PM - 17 answers
I was married a few years ago and subsequently changed my name. My DL says my married name. We are preparing for international travel early next year, and I'm wondering if I need to pay the $110 to get a new passport or if we can just put my maiden name on the plane ticket. I'm a US citizen... [more inside] posted by ancient star at 1:53 PM - 12 answers
I am looking for examples of states or localities (in the US) where school tax payments are separate (either separate bills, or line items) from property tax bills. This is the case in NY State where the school tax bill is a separate bill. If anyone knows a comprehensive source on which states do and don't do this, that would be great. Otherwise your anecdotes as property tax payers in specific states will be helpful, even better if you know where this is explained on a state government website.
I am trying to figure out where people know (as in NY) exactly how much money they are contributing to the local school system (or think they are, since they are also contributing to federal and other forms of school support). posted by cushie at 2:34 PM - 21 answers
A relative passed away this Summer who was the executor of an estate that was "finalized" 20 years ago. Now there are new assets found from the estate. Is the relative's surviving spouse the new executor? [more inside] posted by Slothrop at 1:30 PM - 8 answers
I have many unusual ideas of unique approaches to complex problems which relate to my line of work. Writing a patent seems like a good way to get them on paper and an interesting way to boost my competitive profile. I do not have the legal know-how or resources to finance legal action, nor do I plan/care/want to. Aside from helping me outline my idea in precision and detail, what other "hidden" advantages are there to patent application? posted by mateuslee at 3:30 AM - 8 answers
I am writing a novel (and hoping to publish it under a pseudonym), and I was hoping Metafilter's legal experts could provide some guidance: can you sue a dead person for slander and/or libel? [more inside] posted by anonymous at 8:45 AM - 10 answers
Wondering is there anywhere online where people seriously discuss about USA as a nation, as a home?
I am not talking about tourism or which town to move to and such but the actual things and problems that we should all work on together and improve.
Not sure if I am worried too much, I do feel that there is a need to get the voice out now because the politicians are losing it, and so are the citizens.
If there is a good one, please share with me, thanks! posted by lanhan at 11:02 PM - 6 answers
Would a standard solicitor be the best person to advise? A specialist of some sort? A tax accountant? How to avoid unnecessary fees for work on this that the family can do--for instance, they are already tracking down all the banks with investments. [more inside] posted by Anwan at 5:44 PM - 5 answers
Asking for a friend. She has decided to divorce her husband after 21 years of marriage. Her lawyer has said that, although he makes six figures annually, because he is retirement age and has many debts, she is not entitled to very much. Apparently she can't get any alimony nor money from the retirement account, and she doesn't have rights to the house. They are in Massachusetts. [more inside] posted by stinker at 12:32 AM - 7 answers