Due to paranoia about and hatred of my spouse of nearly 20 years, my elderly parents have informed me they have set up their estate as a bloodline trust. 50% to me (I'm an only child) and 25% to each of my children once they hit a certain age (I assume 30 or 35). Fine. I'm happy that my kids are being taken care of even if it's years down the road. My question concerns my research into this type of trust. [more inside]
I am getting divorced and I need a family law lawyer. I live in Vancouver, but it seems that I need to find a Toronto-area lawyer and I'm not sure how best to find one. Friend-of-a-friend recommendations and websites aren't making me feel less nervous. What should I do? [more inside]
Me and my partner are both of the same gender (male, if you really want to know), and we've been together on and off since late 2002. So that's...12 3/4 years? Something like that. Anyway, after everything we've been through, I'd be surprised if I ended up committing to anyone else, and although my personal marriage philosophy mirrors Joni Mitchell's ("we don't need no piece of paper from the city hall/keeping us tied and true, no!") the truth is that if I couldn't be by his side when he's on his death bed in the hospital, or if I got kicked out of my house by his brother or his nieces and nephews after he dies, I would absolutely lose my mind, and might actually end up hurting someone. [more inside]
Again, writing a story (well, stories) which takes place in a law office. I'd like to request something more specific … for interesting, funny, absurd court cases or clients can you tell me about. [more inside]
I'm writing a story in which some of the characters are employed at a law firm. I'm looking for realistic conflicts in such an office that would involve senior partners, junior partners, associates, paralegals, and staff. Not life and death struggles like a John Grisham novel, but more day-to-day things.
Other than law, do you know of a career field that affords both: (1) opportunities for public speaking, and (2) up-or-down, win-or-lose competition? Thank you for donating your time to a worthy effort--helping to boost me out of my deeply unhappy career. [more inside]
I have the only known master copy of an unreleased song by a very famous recording artist. What do I do with it? [more inside]
Huge economic forces ("disruptive technology" perhaps skirting state-by-state regs, venture capitalists, for-profit and failing law schools) are pushing massive changes for the practice of law in the United States, such as an end to state-by-state Bar admissions (national bar exam, reciprocal bar admissions), non-lawyer ownership of law firms (Wal-Mart law, or whatever), "limited representation" (implications too long to discuss). Who are the philosophical or even business thought-leaders urging lawyers and Bar organizations to oppose these changes? [more inside]
How do I mitigate risk to myself in the future as a result of damage/losses/etc incurred by purchasers of the product in the event that something like this should occur? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I wish to understand the practical process of what happens in the wake of a court ruling such as yesterday's. [more inside]
Are there any laws -- federal or state -- which require business emails to be archived for a certain period of time? We are a privately-held Illinois LLC and are not regulated by the FDA, FINRA, or any of the usual suspects. [more inside]
I'm currently working at an Australian government department, but I don't see my long term future in the job I'm in, and I am not convinced that another job in the same, or even a different department, would suit me any better. So, what are some good uses for the following set of skills / experience? [more inside]
I’m starting to panic about going to law school. I have no idea what else I would do. If you’re a lawyer who regrets going to law school, what do you wish you had done instead? What other careers would be a good fit for someone with a background in law, but no JD? [more inside]
What are the regulations, laws, or norms regarding showing images of actual (non-fictional) corpses on TV in the United States (or more specifically California)? [more inside]
My soon to be brother in law will be moving in with my partner and me for 3 months, and for a number of reasons, I am feeling very anxious about this. Looking to hear from others that might have had to deal with living with (difficult) family members, and anything proactive that we could do beforehand to make this living situation bearable. [more inside]
I’m trying to determine if it’s worth it to plan a career change from engineering to patent law, with a lengthy, difficult, expensive stop through law school first. Have you done this? Do you have special insight? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: how to respond to a civil summons without a lawyer? [more inside]
My friend is looking to change careers and hopefully move into the nonprofit world. Is a career change possible at her age? What should she be doing? What types of positions should she be looking for? She's in her 50s and has a legal background. She can practice law and formerly worked in legal publishing, but she hasn't worked in law for decades. She's spent the last decade or so as an analyst at a financial company.
For a long time, I have been under the impression that it was the law in (most? all?) countries that a foreign visitor must carry one's passport on or about one's person at all times while in the country. Recently, someone challenged this view, and I am having trouble finding definitive answers on the Internet, and am hoping you all can help nail this down. (I do realize that the letter of the law and actual common practice often differ, but for the purpose of this question, I am interested in the actual law, not in common practice.)
Apparently a new law passed in Wyoming last week. Called The Data Trespass Bill, the bill seems to be a ban on citizen science in the state.I'm looking for examples of any laws that specifically support or encourage citizen science data collection. Thanks! [more inside]
I have a chronic pain condition and have failed all standard treatments. Today, my doctor closed the door and straight out recommended that I seek out marijuana. I live in a state where it's not legal and have no clue how to find marijuana. Help? [more inside]
Ridiculous Canadian Law Question For Fictional RPG Scenario: The year is 1998, the province Quebec. A loyal tycoon is manufacturing high powered weaponry and travels around with a multi-man security detail armed to the teeth. How illegal is this and what would be the best way to disarm him through legal means? [more inside]
I was homeless for part of the year last year. I'm filing late (with deferral, sorry I didn't bring this up on Askmefi when it would be more pertinent) because I just now got all the proper info together. Is there anything I should know about filing US taxes for a year in which I was occasionally homeless and/or unemployed?
I started volunteering for a group that advocates for a revenue neutral carbon tax. Their main strategies for trying to achieve this goal are: 1) develop relationships with members of congress ("we're betting the ranch on relationships" is one of their unofficial slogans) 2) write letters to the editor and 3) get lots of people to write letters to their congressmen. Is this an effective approach? If not what else could we be doing? Thanks everybody and happy Earth Day! [more inside]
I've agreed to be a character witness for a friend who has been accused of a crime. I feel that I can honestly attest to the good character of the friend but I am nervous about what exactly this is going to entail. What will the experience be like? What sort of questions will I be asked? Are there any general dos and don'ts when acting in this role? [more inside]
My ex and I are trying to figure out how to transfer the house to her without me losing all of my equity. Unfortunately, she can't afford to just buy me out, and can't qualify for a new mortgage on the remaining loan balance if she's got a loan to me as well. I'm looking for recommendations on finding a lawyer to help vet a legal agreement, and any specific legal methods for making this happen. This is in Denver, Colorado. [more inside]
I have a friend in the Seattle, WA area who's trying to determine if she should consider filing a lawsuit against a jail/prison and, if so, where to start. Details below. [more inside]
The cafe below my flat play music so loud it vibrates our furniture, when I ask them to turn it down they're angry and hostile and it just goes straight back up the next day. I'm getting no help from the manager and my husband hates it but will not complain. What are my next steps? How best would you deal with this? [more inside]
I am an attorney working for a midsize firm in the US. I am fairly happy with my job, but have always wanted to work abroad (particularly in the UK). I have no clue how desireable (if at all) US licensed attorneys are abroad or how to go about finding job openings. I found several legal recruiters based in Europe online, but the sites are a bit sketchy. I know that there are various legal exchange programs, but they are generally in non-profit fields or send you to third world countries (which is admirable, but not what I am looking for). Any thoughts, resources or insights would be greatly appreciated.
I need to fill out L.A. Superior Court form EJ-130 in order to obtain a writ of execution for a judgment I have won. I have now been rejected twice because of one field they claim I didn't fill out correctly. [more inside]
I'm looking to diversify the podcasts I listen to on my commute - right now it's mainly media-related and comedy shows, with only Dan Carlin and the Bugle talking about real-world concerns. My job involves reading a tracking a lot of ongoing litigation (but I am not a lawyer) and I've gotten to really enjoy looking at those issues, so I'd like to add something about interesting current or historical court cases to my rotation. But I've had a hard time finding something that goes as far into the weeds as I'd like -- Dahlia Lithwick's Amicus, for instance, covers topics I'm interested in but doesn't tell me much that I didn't already know, while the Legal Talk Network has lots of deep-dive podcasts but they're all aimed at practicing lawyers. Is there a program out there that hits that sweet spot?
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]
We've been renting out our house (which we own) as an AirBnB apartment, and for more than a year things have been going really well. Recently, however, a break-in prompted AirBnB to cancel a long-term booking, stiffing us on the last month's rent with no notice. [more inside]
What rules and regulations in the US apply to choosing which judges/venues get to cover certain cases? [more inside]
I'm thinking about going to law school... but there are special circumstances: public school and evening program. And federal civil service... [more inside]
My fiancee is planning to move to Chicago at some point later this year--if all goes well with our engagement, of course ;). She has a GDL (law conversion) degree (in addition to non-law undergrad and postgrad degrees) from the UK and is looking for advice, first and foremost, on the "lay of the land" and things to keep in mind in transferring environments. [more inside]
in 2014, I went from one job to another, and part of that transition was negotiating a contract with my new employer. As part of the negotiation, I hired a lawyer to help me with the contract terms, which ended up costing me a decent chunk of money. My question: Can I deduct this money from my taxes? is it a job expense? I am thinking the answer is no, but I would love to be able to deduct that money.
I'm a federal employee working in California. I just had an anxiety attack at work. I think I need space to regroup mentally and emotionally. What options are open to me? [more inside]
Are there any laws or regulations in Alberta, Canada, that would supersede a county-imposed pre-authorized-only payment scheme? [more inside]
Do long haul truckers bump small cars when angry? I’ve heard of intimidation with brights at night and tailgating to keep cars out of the fast lane, but is this kind of threat a thing? Also, why didn’t the officer taking my report want to hear the entire story? They wrote it up as a hit & run but were disinterested in details and road rage. I think this guy is dangerous and the deductible for repairs is $500. Do I have recourse beyond the police to get me covered and make sure the driver is at least investigated? [more inside]
What options does a landlord likely have when a tenant's guest/friend is slashing the neighbors' tires and threatening them and has a criminal record? Assume standard lease in Illinois and that the guest definitely did it but the police won't make an arrest yet. The tenant has done nothing wrong.
I am a first year law student in Seattle. I am looking for a summer internship/job. I want to work on civil rights issues and technology issues, and I'm pretty sure the future will involve a lot of overlap between the two (issues like this, for example). [more inside]
I'm an American watching right now (well, paused it to ask this question) the most recent episode of Broadchurch. I've been a bit confused about Charlotte Rampling's character, but because I read a bit about the barrister/solicitor distinction, I assumed that the idea was that she's an ace barrister and would be the one representing the prosecution in court. [more inside]
My ex hasn't seen our kids in years. He has called about three times total in 2014. He did miss birthdays and Christmas though. Youngest son doesn't know who his dad is. Oldest son wants nothing to do with dad. Ex owes over 10k child support. He recently started paying child support again. He has expressed interest in having the kids over the summer. I worry because when we did live in the same state ex would regularly beg for me to take the kids back early so he could watch football. [more inside]
What are the specific arguments from the perspective of mainstream or traditional Islamic jurisprudence that forbid or sanction terrorist attacks? [more inside]
I'm doing a mortgage assumption for a co-op in NYC. It was co-owned and the other owner was bought out, with their name now being taken off the mortgage and the co-op stock certificate. I'm paying for a lawyer for the bank. Do I need a lawyer for myself, too? It seems straightforward to me but I wanted to be sure there's nothing I need a lawyer to do for me that the bank lawyer won't take care of.
I am an attorney assisting with the representation of an elderly man in probate court in Michigan. Certain family members of this man are trying to have the State of Michigan declare the elderly man incompetent and to appoint a guardian in probate court. The attorney for these family members has hinted to the jury that the jurors themselves could be liable later if they find the elderly man competent and do not appoint a guardian, but then he subsequently goes out and injures someone somehow. [more inside]
Does anyone know personally a trustworthy solicitor in Ealing or Brentford areas? I have asked around and so far had no success. It is just for a standard Will, but there are a few complications and intricacies, so need someone very clever and very honest but reasonably priced-will pay the going amount of course. Impossible?
My son and I helped this guy earlier this year. Ask Mefi was a big help. And now he got in another car accident and is in America undocumented and is afraid he'll get deported. Details inside [more inside]
For a couple chapters of a book I'm writing, I could choose to adapt short stories that I already released under a Creative Commons license. Even with the adapted chapters, the book would be 95% new material. What are the implications of mixing the new material with the CC material? [more inside]