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Were all civilians protected by the original Geneva Convention 1949?

BEFORE the First Protocol was added? In the original Geneva Convention of 1949, the definition of a 'Protected Person' seems limited in its application, depending on a civilian's nationality, if their country of origin maintains diplomatic relations with the country they are in, and a labyrinthine of other factors.
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 18, 2017 - 1 answer

Starbucks...sans coffee?

So now that cannabis is legal in several states in the US, is there a place anywhere in the continental US where one can find an Amsterdam-style coffeeshop - i.e. coffeeshops where one can buy and smoke cannabis? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jan 14, 2017 - 14 answers

UK citizen changing name abroad

I am a UK citizen living in Switzerland and I want to legally change my name. If I were resident in the UK, I could just make my own deed poll and have it signed by two witnesses. As I live abroad, it has to be notarised.* I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Jan 13, 2017 - 1 answer

Amend/update divorce decree.

You are not my divorce attorney, but perhaps you can 1. recommend one in the Houston, TX area and/or 2. tell me if my plan to request that the court change our existing divorce decree has a reasonable chance of success. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 2, 2017 - 8 answers

Implications of a lease that violates state law

YANML, but say I am under a lease that includes terms that violate state law. Specifically, my landlords state they will not deal with removal of ice or snow (they are required under Massachusetts law to do so). What are the implications here? Does this nullify my lease, or at least give me an enforceable case for wanting to break it?
posted by anonymous on Dec 31, 2016 - 8 answers

What happens if a trial witness remembers something important later?

What would happen if a trial witness (or other important participant) suddenly remembered something crucial after a trial had already finished? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Dec 28, 2016 - 7 answers

Part time law jobs in NYC

Wife will be transitioning from her intense attorney job to spend time writing for 6 months+. Financially we're good, but to keep being able to do all the things we love (travel, socialize with friends) some extra money would be nice so not to hit the "slush fund". Any thoughts on part time/flexible jobs that would utilize her skills? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Dec 23, 2016 - 2 answers

Maintaining a Private Road

A few years ago I bought a house that is in a small area where there are a few houses that all share a gravel road. The road comes off the main road across my property before it reaches the other houses that use the road. I have some questions about how maintaining the road should work. [more inside]
posted by Quonab on Dec 16, 2016 - 17 answers

How to win an HP Action in NYC Housing Court Against Slumlord?

I live in an NYC rent stabilized apartment and I filed an HP Action against my slumlord because he shut our water off without notice for a day. I am also claiming harassment and retaliation. He turned it back on after I contacted a tenant's rights organizer. Court is in a few days and I want to win a rent abatement. No legal aid places in NYC are doing HP actions (I exhausted all options). I am terrified. What do I say before a judge to get a rent abatement? [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 on Dec 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Who will rid us of this troublesome beast?

Why can Alex Jones make outlandish claims that provoke gullible people into illegal acts without breaking any laws himself? Why haven't he and his cohort been sued into oblivion?
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 6, 2016 - 16 answers

Environmental law jobs like in ClientEarth? (UK)

I think I might like to train as a lawyer (already got a degree, so it would be post-grad training). But only if I get to do things I care about. Like ClientEarth, Bindmans, or Leigh Day. Please advise? [more inside]
posted by tangerine_poppies on Dec 3, 2016 - 11 answers

Criminal law for the laygirl

I am searching for the best online writing (blogs and columns) regarding criminal law that it not geared towards professionals. I've always been a true crime aficionado, but lately, upon listening to season 2 of the podcast Breakdown (which I couldn't recommend enough), I realized I am in fact much more interested in the actual legal writing side of thing rather than the often too typical sensationalist generic writing that falls under the definition of "true crime" (does that make sense?). [more inside]
posted by denika on Nov 30, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me understand the Russell Amendment

I'm trying to understand which aspects of the language in the Russell Amendment to the National Defense Reauthorization Act make it so dangerous. I've read that it's too vague, I've read that it will give sweeping powers of discrimination. I don't doubt that this is true. However, it's written in bill-ese and I'm therefore having difficulty parsing exactly what the status quo is, and what will change. Given the recent problems with liberals and conservatives reading entirely different sets of news, I'd like to have a deeper understanding so that I can explain to conservatives in specific detail what the problems are, and why it's not true that it's no big deal. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Nov 16, 2016 - 1 answer

Can I ask people if they voted for Trump before hiring them?

Before hiring someone to do one-time tasks (by which I mean things like paying a plumber to fix something, or a painter, or whatever), can I ask them how they voted? [more inside]
posted by Another Sock Puppet on Nov 10, 2016 - 29 answers

Policy requiring employees speak only with gender neutral pronouns?

A new transgender supervisor wants to implement a policy that requires employees to use gender neutral pronouns at all times... Is this sort of thing allowed? Where is the legal basis for this? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Nov 9, 2016 - 21 answers

Help Me Understand if the New Federal Overtime Wage Law Applies to Me

I am employed by a travel company as a tour manager. I am considered by the company to be a "full time employee" which means I get guaranteed 26 weeks of work, 2 weeks paid vacation and health insurance . On Monday we have a mandatory conference call with the head of HR and I would like to be prepared to ask the right questions. More detail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2016 - 4 answers

Need to find a lawyer about a sublet and renter's insurance situation

I need help finding a lawyer. I have a complicated sublet situation, and I have questions about renter's insurance and personal liability. What kind of lawyer should I seek out? Do you have anybody whom you can recommend? I'm in San Francisco, CA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2016 - 5 answers

What must I do with misdirected mail?

In the US, what is my specific legal duty when I receive postal (USPS) mail that was not intended for me? Ethics are another question; I'm just curious about the legal requirements. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Sep 23, 2016 - 10 answers

In What Scenarios Are Pregnancy Test Mandatory?

Is anyone familiar with practices/policies/laws/cases surrounding mandating a pregnancy test either in the medical environment or in other cases? I am interested in anecdotes, personal opinions, as well as pointers to articles or other resources. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Sep 21, 2016 - 49 answers

Erasing myself from the narrative

I need a divorce from what's left of my family. I just can't figure out how to do it. The ending is the part I always thought would be easiest, but it turns out to be worse than the waiting part was. [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Sep 21, 2016 - 22 answers

'Zones' in science and weird fiction

Looking for examples of science/weird fictions that deal with 'zones': intermediate or parallel realms - often forbidden - beyond the normal sphere of law or reason. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 21, 2016 - 44 answers

Thanks for the tip?

I started a new part time job a little over three weeks ago, while I go back to school (yay!). I'm in Massachusetts. It's minimum wage but customers can leave tips. Think Chipotle, Moe's, Subway, etc. I was told that everyone was paid tips once a month based on the hours they worked. Today's paycheck is the tipped one. I wasn't paid any. Is that legal? [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel on Sep 9, 2016 - 9 answers

I'm looking for quotes about how society creates laws.

Both humorous and philosophical.. there's the classic "Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made", but I'm more interested in quotes that are about human's relationship with the law and insights into the complicated process of lawmaking. I'd love to hear some of your favorite quotes. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Aug 16, 2016 - 10 answers

slam dunk corruption

What US campaign finance reform proposals are out there being discussed besides "Repeal Citizens United"? Specifically are there any that try to account for parity among multiple candidates rather than merely capping their resources? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Free online US law education without a degree?

There are a wealth of resources for online education. Can anyone point me to resources for free online US law courses, or even good plans for studying law? I would also be interested in history courses that cover law and the (primarily US) courts. I am not interested in pursuing an actual law degree.
posted by OmieWise on Jul 26, 2016 - 14 answers

Personal recommendations for real estate attorneys in the Philippines?

Involved in a real estate dispute where the previous owner resold the property after our purchase. Need legal help retrieving the title. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2016 - 1 answer

Medicare requirements on sale of a house

I am negotiating to buy the former home of a person who has recently gone into assisted living on a permanent basis. The price is set at the tax-assessed value, which apparently is what Medicare requires for such a sale. Is this a hard and fast rule (no use trying to negotiate) or would negotiating a lower price (say, in anticipation of repairs on this old home) be possible?
posted by mmiddle on Jun 28, 2016 - 9 answers

I am really angry at the guy who hit me with his car. What should I do?

A few weeks ago, I was hit by a car while riding my bike. I know I need to contact a lawyer, and one is calling me tomorrow for intake, but really what I need help dealing with is my anger. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jun 23, 2016 - 25 answers

Landlord Problems

We gave the rental company 30 days notice, its now 2 days from the latest possible turn-in date for the keys without incurring a penalty. Here is the problem. My building manager, didn't show up for my first scheduled walk through or even return my calls asking for an explanation and a reschedule. I emailed and called and left (multiple) messages to the actual company, they have not deigned to respond. [more inside]
posted by deadwater on Jun 22, 2016 - 6 answers

SCOTUS Men v. SCOTUS Women

Is Utah v. Strieff the first Supreme Court case in which all the women voted one way, and all the men voted the other? (Not counting unanimous decisions before 1981, of course.)
posted by themanwho on Jun 21, 2016 - 3 answers

Attorney ethics question

Dear lawyers: I have an ethics question. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 14, 2016 - 10 answers

I want to start a reviews site. How to protect myself from lawsuits?

I'm wanting to start a reviews site where people can report unethical members X_PROFESSION. Clearly, members of X_PROFESSION will not be happy to see themselves reviewed on my site. What is my legal risk in running this site? How can I protect myself from lawsuits? [more inside]
posted by when it rains it snows on Jun 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Camp Hero State Park After Dark?

Is getting a fishing permit the only way to be allowed into Camp Hero State Park after sundown? And if so, are there any other spots nearby that'd be just as good for astrophotography? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jun 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Registering a Service / Emotional Support Dog - where to even begin?

I have recently been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and depression stemming from PTSD. I've been taking psychiatrist-prescribed medication as well as regularly seeing a talk therapist in addition to the doctor prescribing the medication. My doctor has noted the prevalence of my dog in my pursuit of a healthy daily lifestyle and offered to write a letter to help get my dog certified as a service / support animal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Is open carry of firearms legal in Minneapolis parks?

I witnessed this recently and am wondering what response, if any, was warranted? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jun 1, 2016 - 12 answers

I would not have this problem at an ASHRAE convention!

How long does my Landlord have to fix the central AC. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs on May 26, 2016 - 11 answers

YANM Employment Lawyer, 3 parter

So, I got royally screwed over. State: California. After a tenuous start with a new employer, it was clear my boss wasn't going to work with me to ensure my success on the team, so I started looking around. Found a new job, great fit, great company. Applied, interviewed, and was given an offer. Signed the offer, resigned (verbally) from the current job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Will a certificate in health care compliance make me marketable?

I have a law license but have never practiced. I work in public health but want to go back to the private sector. It occurs to me that health care compliance would make some sense based on my background, and there is a program at one of the law schools in town where I could get a certificate in it. This would take a year and cost $10k. Is this a smart move or would I be getting suckered into paying for a gimmick credential?
posted by lakeroon on May 12, 2016 - 2 answers

Need a divorce lawyer in Toronto and have no idea where to start

I'm separating from my common-in-law partner and need to find a divorce/separation lawyer who can help me get a separation agreement crafted and signed. I have only ever used a lawyer twice - when I bought & sold my house, and when I wrote my will. I have no idea where to look or what I should be looking for. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Need real estate / family law attorney in Seattle, short timeframe

We (spouse and I) are buying a house with the help of a family member "A". The three of us will be on the title/deed. Except that family member is married (to "B") and Washington is a community property state. Does B *have* to be part of the transaction? Do we need a real estate or family law attorney? Recommendations for same in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on May 11, 2016 - 3 answers

How does anyone start a business? (UK edition)

I'm interested in starting my own business. I have a simple digital product I'd like to try selling online, with the expectation that it will sell very little but will give me a low cost, low risk way to learn a bit more about running a business. Looking in to it though, it seems almost impossible to figure out how to go about this without falling foul of any laws or regulations. How does anyone start a business in the UK? [more inside]
posted by jonrob on May 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Any experts on property law in Victorian England lurking around here?

Dear Victorianists of MeFi: I'm looking for an answer to a specific question about property law in Victorian England. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on May 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Statutes regarding restroom use

As a matter of curiosity, I reviewed the statutes in my state and learned that there is none that require that only men use men's restrooms and that only women use those marked for women. As far as I can tell, this is strictly a matter of custom. Did any of the states - before the current brouhaha began - impose this requirement as a matter of enacted law? [more inside]
posted by megatherium on May 8, 2016 - 2 answers

What is this object from the early 20th century?

This object has been in my repository for a very long time, and no one knows what it is. It supposedly came in with the papers of an interesting politician/lawyer who served as governor of Tennessee in the early 20th century. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Apr 29, 2016 - 10 answers

The landlord of my vacation rental just flaked on me. What can I do?

Earlier this year, I arranged to rent a beach house for a week in Rehoboth Beach, DE this summer. Yesterday, the owner contacted me to inform me that he was cancelling my reservation because he found a tenant who wanted to rent the house for the whole summer. At this point, my vacation is pretty much ruined, as I'm unlikely to find a comparable rental at a similar price this late in the year. What recourse (if any) do I have with the owners? Did they break any laws by doing this? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Apr 28, 2016 - 22 answers

How do I go about expert witnessing?

Assuming I've got the expertise and credentials nailed down, how should I hang out my shingle as an expert witness? Basic google searches find a lot of directory services with mostly what look like low bars to entry, are these reasonably legitimate, are there some known to have good reputations? [more inside]
posted by Across the pale parabola of joy on Apr 21, 2016 - 4 answers

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 on Apr 18, 2016 - 11 answers

Side-by-side?

What should I know about purchasing a duplex home in a 2-unit building? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 18, 2016 - 11 answers

Where are the thoughtful debates related to transgender rights happening

Can you point me to thoughtful discussions related to transgender rights and locker room/bathroom access? The stuff I see in my social media streams are crazy extremes that talk about child molestation on one end or bigotry on the other end. I'm interested in more thoughtful discussions of these issues. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 14, 2016 - 34 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 on Apr 11, 2016 - 13 answers

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