I see a lot of answers to AskMetafilter questions with some variation of I AM NOT YOUR LAWYER or I AM NOT YOUR DOCTOR, especially when Americans reply. This seems so obvious to me that at first I thought it a bit childish. Then, it got me thinking. Can someone be sued for providing or appearing to provide legal or medical advice on the Internet? Is that what the disclaimer is intended for?
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]
I want to make a music video for my band, and invite people to send us their own home video of a certain kind of public event for us to include. Are there any legal issues here? Please explain them to me like I'm a clueless idiot because, when it comes to film licencing, I am. [more inside]
Good people of MeFi, please tell me anything you can about defending against a plaintiff and animal control after having your dog bite someone. Anecdotes? Love to hear 'em. Attorney recommendations? Love those even more. Getting homeowners insurance affordably after settling a dog bite suit? I'll listen to and consider anything and everything. California and Los Angeles a plus.
The charity I volunteer with want me to set up a photography competition with a prize or prizes to be determined. Anyone can submit an unlimited number of entries (within reason) and the winner(s) will be decided by judges appointed by us. We'll display the photos on our website. What kind of legal warning do I need to provide on the competition entry page to safeguard us? Can I use some kind of standard template? [more inside]
What to do when an employer stiffs you on a paycheck, then offers to pay in stallments? Details inside.
After two months of dodging me, my former employer is agreeing to pay me my last $1000 paycheck "in installments." Should I accept, or continue on to court? [more inside]
Is the 5-year(!) non-compete clause I signed valid? [more inside]
Does gifting a download coupon from an LP sleeve to someone else constitute copyright violation? [more inside]
Will my fan site violate trademark law? [more inside]
Legal Curiosity Filter: I have a legal question, but I don't need legal advice. I have a friend who is being sued. She is clearly innocent and the allegations against her is a lie. Her lawsuit is actually kind of a joke in our circle of friends because what is alleged is so blatantly false and easily disproved. And yet the lawsuit has been going on for two years now! How long can a lawsuit be dragged out in court when the accusing party is clearly dragging their feet and trying to force some kind of settlement? [more inside]
IANALFilter: What legal rights does having an invoice grant a buyer? [more inside]
What's the right way to offer to purchase a short sale home in Arizona? [more inside]
YANAL filter: Quick question about United States trademark law and fair use of logos on a website. [more inside]
My marriage of ~10yrs is on the ropes. My wife is suing for divorce, and (among other less important things) wants full custody of our beautiful youngsters (ages >4 and <10). There's more inside, but here are my specific questions: 1) I have reason to believe she is having an affair. Does her alleged adultery, if proven, give me any leverage with regards to custody? 2) What other ethical ways are there to ensure I at least get joint physical and legal custodianship? [more inside]
Got a speeding ticket that may cost me my license. But wait! Happened in State A, I live in State B, and my license is from State C, where I used to live. And there are small errors on the ticket. Is there hope? [more inside]
Is there any sound legal reason why people use IANAL after posting an opinion about a legal matter? Supposing there is, is IANAL enough? If someone was led to believe YANAL but YKWYWTA (you know what you were talking about), could you still be sued for negligent misstatement if someone followed your opinion to their detriment? Shouldn't the disclaimer be stronger? [more inside]
If a bunch of kids decided to have a snowball fight on my lawn, near my drive way and if one of them gets hurt. Can they blame me? It's my lawn, but surely it's not my snow. I shovel my drive way but I do not encourage kids to come and have fights.
IANAL, so I need your help. At what point does a small activity group with some money in the bank need to worry about attracting IRS attention? [more inside]
FreeLegalAdviceFilter: What's the difference between a "contract" and a "letter agreement"? [more inside]