I received a subpoena for being a witness to an domestic assault. It is triggering tons of PTSD and child abuse issues and I was hoping someone could tell me what it is like in a courtroom to try to get over some of my fears. Or, tips for doing this without completely having a break down. Please help me calm my anxiety and not run far far away and end up getting a warrant issued because I don't appear! (actually not going to happen but my first instinct) [more inside]
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]
I would like to hear about the best book that will go over the momentous court cases of the Warren Supreme Court. It doesn't need to be basic. I would prefer one that goes over each case and puts it in social and/or political context. It doesn't necessarily have to have all the verbatim decisions (the published legal opinion) but could use parts of them to illustrate. I'd like all the cases mentioned in the Wikipedia entry, every thing from Brown vs. Board of Education to the Miranda case. Thank you!
Back in July we were doing a number of renovations on a house we just bought. A local company did both window and roof work, so we thought we'd kill two birds and hire them. Turns out that was a mistake. [more inside]
I know you are not my lawyer, etc. We have had a serious family death and I need to pack up everything to move across country in the next few days, for an undetermined amount of time (6 months, one year?), but I am supposed to show up here in small claims court in July. Need advice. [more inside]
So, I screwed up and didn't pay a medical bill basically forever. I ignored statements and phone calls and eventually I got a letter from a law firm saying they'd been authorized to start a lawsuit. I immediately went into the medical system's website and paid all outstanding balances. But it didn't stop there... [more inside]
When I moved to New York from Massachusetts and registered my car here, I was told at the DMV that my MA inspection sticker would be valid until it expired. Today I was pulled over by a cop and issued a citation for not having a NYS inspection sticker. He told me that I could go to court and tell the judge that I was misinformed and they’d probably waive the fine. [more inside]
I am looking for a copy of cartoon which appeared during the Clarance Thomas supreme court confirmation hearings It's 3 panels, with a man and a woman sitting at a bar You don't know what it's like to be sexually harassed... How would you like it if I pinched you, called you sweetie and slapped your ass? (or something pretty close) How much for all three?
I'm sorta wishing for Obama to step up and recess-appoint if possible. Is the Senate on 'recess' or not? Mother Jones says 'yes'. The Scalia mega-thread says 'no'. Any Hill-Watchers got the facts?
I'd like some guidance on how to handle this red light traffic cam ticket in Los Angeles. My court date is today. [more inside]
Is there an example layout-template of this, including the attached memo to support the motion (I'm assuming that the memo to support a motion is FIRAC, too)?
I live in Chicago and received a notice that I was on standby jury duty tomorrow and should call a number after 4:30 on the day before to find out if I needed to show up to the courthouse. When I call the number, though, it tells me that the info is not available and I should call after 4:30. It's 10:30 now. What do I do? How do I find if I need to show up?
Hello! A while back, I asked this question. The person who rear-ended me intends to appeal the court's decision. Will I need to go to court again? [more inside]
Someone rear-ended me about two months ago. The police officer gave her a ticket. I just got a court document in the mail informing me of a trial date and time; she is apparently contesting the ticket. Do I need to go to court? If so, what can I expect when there? [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 wish to understand the practical process of what happens in the wake of a court ruling such as yesterday's. [more inside]
Trying to get about $900 of missing wages paid. Should I go through small claims court or file a missing wages claim with California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement? [more inside]
Whenever someone appears in traffic court, my understanding is they typically have an opportunity to explain themselves (e.g. "so just why were you going 15 over the speed limit?"). What kind of explanations do traffic court judges look most favorably on? [more inside]
I'm embarking on a lawsuit, representing myself in NYC civil court. I filed a complaint with the court which I filled out on the spot. I was ignorant in not providing the proper details and exhibits. Ultimately, my question is - how do I serve an amended complaint? [more inside]
Small Claim - GC takes $, no contract happens, GC keeps $... Legal assistance please. [more inside]
We are involved in a court process which may take some time to complete. The stress is getting to me. How can I deal with this better? [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 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]
Why are "court fees" legal when you're not convicted of anything? If all charges against a person have been dismissed, or you've been found not guilty, why is a court still allowed to penalize you monetarily? [more inside]
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]
I want to be legally married to my partner in our home state. I can't figure out when that will probably be possible. [more inside]
I am a resident of Illinois. I received a routine speeding ticket in Illinois in early October. I am not eligible for supervision, so I am taking the pre-trial conference route to get supervision or amend. However, my court date is rapidly approaching and the ticket has not yet appeared in the court search and the county clerk's office doesn't know anything about it. I'm wondering whether the officer or the court system has failed to process this in a manner I can exploit to get the ticket dismissed, and how I might go about doing that. [more inside]
How to Stop Never Ending Summon to Constantly Cancelled Trial? [more inside]
My ex-wife has not paid her monthly fees on the land I sold her in 9 months now. Confounding details within... [more inside]
What's a good rate for a DWI attorney in the Greensboro, NC area? [more inside]
My ex-husband hates me. I mean, REALLY hates me. I left him 4 years ago after years of emotional and verbal abuse, and he still has not once looked me in the eye or spoken directly to me since then. We have a 10-year-old daughter together and the divorce agreement says we should split her medical costs (doctor visits and prescription meds) 50/50. I emailed him to ask him to pay his share ($30) from a recent appointment and he emailed back saying that because he had taken her to get her hair cut, he should not have to pay. He then sent me pictures (!) of some over-the-counter cough drops he'd purchased for our daughter and demanded that I reimburse him for them, saying that if I refused I would "set a dangerous and vitriolic (sic) precedent in our relationship." What should I do? [more inside]
I have an arbitration clause in my lease. Does this preclude me from using small claims court? [more inside]
Ok, so...long story short, I am really having a hard time making rent for reasons outside of my control. It's due in a week, and despite exhausting every venue I can think of I can't come up with that money. [more inside]
I would like to take Sephora.com to small claims court. Is this worth my time and do I even have a case? [more inside]
So I've been selected to participate in a major moot court at my law school (to be judged by a member of the Court of Appeal), but I'm totally clueless about oral arguments (I was selected on the basis of my written brief). Does anyone have any practical tips to share with a first-time mooter? I've been told to speak slowly and answer all questions directly, but are there any non-obvious things that I should be doing/aware of as well? What would be the best way to pivot questions back to the main theme of my case? Any help/advice welcome!
I need to send some legal documents (a wage garnishment assignment from a spousal support court judgement) to the appropriate department at AirBnB. The garnishment is for one of their employees, my ex-husband. I am having trouble locating the appropriate contact at AirBnB. Does anyone have an email address or direct phone number for either the legal department or Accounts Payable? [more inside]
I hired a marine contractor in Rhode Island to build a pair of centerboards for my boat ($12k). They were delivered 3 months late and didn't fit. I was very clear about the dimensions, yet the builder's designer altered the shape without consulting me. They've admitted fault in emails and in person, apologized, yet won't make the situation better. They offered a refund if I pay shipping charges to/from, customs and excise, and any damages. I don't feel I should pay $2k out of pocket and end up with nothing. What do I do to get justice? Report them to the Better Business Bureau? Hire a lawyer? Go to court or arbitration? Say mean things about them and buy a voodoo doll? Am I entitled to damages beyond the $12k? Any advice welcome.
Not being a lawyer -- but being deeply interested in capture and corruption of government officials -- I'm very curious about possible knock-on effects of the recent ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC. In particular, the majority opinion states, a few times, that Congress can only target quid pro quo corruption. My question is, essentially, how broadly applicable is the ruling going to be? Is the context limited to campaign finance, or was Roberts really saying that there's no pressing government interest in going after non-quid-pro-quo corruption in any form or any context? [more inside]
I'd like to know which cases are in court, when, and where. [more inside]
Is it possible to get an earlier court date for a traffic issue by showing up on a given day and hoping someone cancels? Calling? Other recourse? In particular, Los Angeles Metropolitan Court? [more inside]
I have just finished Atoinia Fraser s biography on Marie Antoinette, and she talks in the beginning about the inter-relation of the French court with other European courts, esp. Holland and Austria, but also to a lesser extent England. She then talks about when Louis and Marie fled, they didn't seek aid in those courts, and none of those courts intervened explicitly or implicitly in rescuing the queen or her children. What's up with that?
This is a follow up to this question. I sued my landlord in small claims court (NJ) because I never received my security deposit (after breaking the lease 1.25 months early, but someone else moved in 1 week after I moved out). He did not show up to court on the court date, so I won by default. I now have to contact him within 7 days to ask for the money. What should that letter look like? How do I actually get money from him? [more inside]
I got a ticket for "disobeying traffic control device" for $138 and 2 points on my license. I've only ever had parking tickets in the past so I don't know if I'm supposed to fight this or what? [more inside]
I took my dog to the vet clinic for what I thought was a simple spay but she almost died because of maltreatment and negligence. We ended up taking her to emergency and spent almost four thousand dollars. The doctor has refused to take responsibility for her actions. We have decided to sue her and will have our day in court next week. However we need an "expert" witness someone with a medical background that has a lot of experience with dogs to come or our case will not be heard. Hive could you help us find such an individual in NYC? We are willing to pay. [more inside]
I have been asked to provide a testimonial of character to be used in a restraining order case. What sort of things are looked for in these? And are they even taken seriously, or should I consider personally appearing instead or appearing through skype? [more inside]
Does anyone know the Latin (?) phrase for when a judge authors both an opinion AND a special companion opinion (concurrence or dissent)?
Help us decide if girlfriend and I should press trespassing charges against girlfriend's father, and how to do it. [more inside]
My bipolar father will go on crazy consumer debt fueled sprees of spending / gambling. What can we do on a severely limited budget to ensure he doesn't end up homeless or otherwise in major trouble? [more inside]
Building off of the landlord theme from today...I posted about this 5 0r so months ago. We assembled our paperwork, took advantage of some pro bono consultations, and then filed in small claims. But they were unable to serve her and last week I discovered that she's libeled us on the website www.terriblerenters.com. We're seeking an experienced counsel, but in the meantime need help thinking this through. [more inside]
I am looking for some memorandum of law wherein attorney fees were awarded in a subsequent motion for costs that were incurred in a previous motion that was (involuntarily) withdrawn. Has this ever happened? [more inside]