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Multiple NSF charges for one payment

I am pissed that I got THREE non-sufficient fund charges from my bank for the same single payment that did not go through. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on May 21, 2014 - 7 answers

How much to charge a local theater company for my images?

A local theater company wants to use one of my images to promote a play they may be staging in 2015. Got a few questions for the Green. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Lawyer's fees for a week far away from home

What would be a realistic and reasonable bill to expect from a US attorney whom you asked to travel long haul (think China) to work with a client for a week? What about a UK solicitor travelling to Australia? Assume when they get there they will put in a 35 hour week. On the travel expenses front, would business class be typically expected when travelling long haul? I know there'll be a range, but would be interested to hear estimates for mid-size and large firms.
posted by pines on Nov 5, 2013 - 9 answers

How to charge for essay/general editing?

I have previous tutoring experience (as well as being an Ontario Certified Teacher). I'd like to get back into some tutoring/editing work on the side, but I'm not sure how to charge for what I'm hoping to do. I don't really have the time or the flexibility to offer one-on-one tutoring, so I was hoping to offer "editing online" types of services where someone would email me their work and I'd send it back in x amount of time with corrections, editing suggestions, etc. I've done this in the past for journalists, law students, etc. and it seemed to work well. Here's the problem: how do I set up a reasonable and attractive fee structure for this? [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

U.S. citizen moving to Canada needs bank account

What's the easiest, best, and cheapest way for a U.S. citizen moving to Toronto to get a Canadian bank account? Ideally before I arrive, if that is possible. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Aug 21, 2013 - 24 answers

It's not escrow, it's not a down payment, its a rip-off?

My wife's aging parents are moving into an apartment in a retirement community which also has assisted living on-site. They are paying $5,000 a month for the apartment they will be renting. They are also being charged a $350,000 fee that will be held by the organization until all the assisted living costs costs incurred are paid off. The money then reverts to the heirs.They even have a closing yet no property is changing hands. A lawyer has looked at this contract and it is apparently legal. Does anyone know what this $350,000 fee is called? Is it a common practice in assisted living facilities to make aging persons pay this much up front for care?
posted by Xurando on Jul 27, 2013 - 15 answers

Legal and Tax Ramifications of Paying Subcontractors

I've been doing a fair bit of freelance work, and it's to the point now that I have to sub out certain tasks that are outside my area of expertise. I don't want to make my clients cut multiple checks if I can avoid it–want them to just deal with me to keep it simple and neat. However, I do not want to be on the hook for income that is actually going to a sub. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on May 17, 2013 - 20 answers

That's no 401k, that's my mother-in-law!

How can I determine the hidden fees associated with my employee 401k through Prudential? [more inside]
posted by taltalim on May 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Disbelief with Amazon Fees.

I have so many used books to sell that I decided to start posting them on Amazon, and much to my amazement, they are selling like hotcakes. In the meantime, I'm having a hard time parsing the unbelievable "fees" Amazon is charging me. Is this for real? Am I doing something wrong? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on May 7, 2013 - 23 answers

How much should estate planning cost?

What would you expect to pay a lawyer for a suite of estate planning/healthcare documents that are more or less standard forms (i.e., no complicated trusts, just everything going to the other spouse)? I'm in Boston, but data points from comparably priced areas are welcome. Also, are there documents I'm forgetting in the list inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 28, 2013 - 9 answers

401k/Roth undisclosed "Forfeiture Fee" halves retirement rollover. Help!

I recently rolled over my old 401K and Roth accounts through an old employer and held by ADP. Throughout the process, I was told the only fee would be the $50 "account transfer fee". But when the checks arrived half of my money was missing! [more inside]
posted by iheijoushin on Mar 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Independent contractor - quandary re: asking for/demanding higher fee

I'm technically an independent contractor but essentially an employee without benefits for a small company. How do I renegotiate a higher fee when I've gone over hours on projects these past 6 months ? I am underpaid for the services I provide - my fault for not being more savvy at the start. [more inside]
posted by faraasha on Feb 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Paying a fee to get published in an illustration yearbook: worth it?

I am an illustrator and have been recently contacted by the magazine Uppercase, who offered me an opportunity to be part of the third edition of Work/Life, an annual book dedicated to the work of 100 international illustrators. While surely nicely curated and distributed, Uppercase Work/Life asks their applicants to pay a CDN $500 fee to have a two-page spread. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Have legal fees ever been awarded from a motion that was withdrawn?

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]
posted by doomtop on Feb 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Advice about a traffic violation, mandatory court appearance.

How much will this traffic violation cost me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2012 - 13 answers

I'm trying to sell a consultation without sounding sketchy

You have your own business (or like me, help manage one). You have an initial consult fee which is lower than your hourly rate but still a high number ($250). When you receive cold calls, how do you broach the number without clients freaking out. We do not to any free consultations. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl on Oct 29, 2012 - 20 answers

Appearance fee for me?

How much should the appearance fee be? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Oct 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Seeking your advice on donate-by-SMS services

What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Seeking Justice, Pro Se

YANYL: how do I ask for attorney's fees on a motion that was involuntarily withdrawn? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Oct 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Shine a light on NYC Real Estate Pitfalls

Tell me about your NYC apt hunting horror stories... [more inside]
posted by Hurst on Sep 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Borrower beware

Refinancing our home and caught our lender padding their fees with questionable stuff; what else should we be on the lookout for? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Sep 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Is this a normal offer for licensing a bit of music?

A big media company wants to license a recording of my old band to promote an online role-playing game. Can you help me disambiguate the terms of the offer, and tell me if the money sounds standard? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jul 31, 2012 - 11 answers

How much should I charge to speak at an event?

I've been asked to speak at an event in a major American city in front of one or two hundred people. How much should I ask for my speaker's fee? Is this an accurate guide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Staying within airline luggage size limits?

The size limit on checked luggage is 62 inches (height+width+depth) for most airlines . Do I need to be concerned about being close to that, assuming the weight is okay and it is not overstuffed? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Jul 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Are there online communities that charge one time fee?

Need the knowledge of the collective hive: Trying to find another example of an online community that charges a single one-time joining fee for new users, like MetaFilter does. (We know that MetaFilter is unique in so many ways, is this yet another?) [more inside]
posted by achpea on Apr 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice?

Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Cost of an attorney to be an independent contractor

Calling all attorneys and law firms: how much does contract legal work cost? [more inside]
posted by angab on Jan 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Burned once more by my online shopping habit

I bought some clothes online from a store based in the UK, shipped to the US. Is this surprise customs/duty/shipping charge normal? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Dec 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Gots ta pay da bills yo

How do I pay bills in the U.S. from an overseas account (Japan) without spending a lot (er, any, preferably) in wire transfer fees? [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Nov 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Which of these two flight options will allow me the most luggage?

Which of these two (complicated) flight options will A) give me the biggest baggage allowance, and B) cost the least for excess bags? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Sep 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Reasons for high inflation in college fees

Can you suggest any thoughtful analyses of why the costs of college tuition in the US consistently exceed inflation by a large margin? [more inside]
posted by Fiery Jack on Sep 16, 2011 - 23 answers

Hints, tricks, or hacks for moonlighting, freelancing, or consulting work?

Hints, tricks, or hacks for moonlighting, freelancing, or consulting especially in regards to setting up a LLC and setting fees? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Sep 11, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I reduce my banking fees?

How can I pay less for a checking account and ATM access? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Aug 8, 2011 - 22 answers

A few house shopping questions

Given two identical townhouses, one with no basement, the other with a finished basement, what would be the difference in value? Also, who benefits from the savings related to doing a transaction without a broker? Buyer, seller or both? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Apr 29, 2011 - 11 answers

What do I have to negotiate with registrar registry operators?

To become a domain registrar, ICANN here says: "Once you return the signed RAA and pay your accreditation fee, ICANN will notify the applicable registries of your accreditation and add you to the list of registrars at http://www.icann.org/registrars/accredited-list.html and http://www.internic.net/regist.html. You should work out the contract, financial, and technical details with the registry operators." Who are these "registry operators" if not ICANN, what do they want and what will I have to pay them?
posted by michaelh on Apr 12, 2011 - 7 answers

My website, how much do I charge to maintain?

My (soon to be) former employer wants me to maintain their website (that I built during my time there) as an outside contractor. How much should I charge them? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

****ing body corporates, how do they work?

Australian home owners: please explain to me about body corporates. How much power do they have? And why do the fees vary so hugely? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 4, 2011 - 8 answers

I want a divorce, he's got no problem with the divorce, so show me the money.

My husband has agreed that we should be divorced and has agreed in e-mail several times over several months to pay the court/filing and paralegal fees for this NY non-contested divorce with no kids or property. But he lives out of the country (I live in the US, he lives in Brazil), and I can't seem to actually get him to get me the money. I'm looking for help with strategies to get the funds (around $700 in total). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 - 14 answers

How do I deal with my Lawyer in this situation?

My lawyer is holding a garnishment her office managed to get from ex h's bank. She is requiring me to sign the garnishment completely over to her for her to go toward her fees...but the ex is supposed to be responsible for her fees. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2010 - 29 answers

Reporting Merchants who Charge Fees for Cedit Cards

How/where do you report merchants (and even city/county/government agencies) that are charging a “fee” for using credit cards as a form of payment? [more inside]
posted by lutzla23 on Aug 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Fees for rolling over 401k funds?

Should Nationwide have charged me a fee to roll over my 401K to my new employer's plan? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Checked baggage fees on domestic flights for International travelers?

Do International travelers have to pay checked baggage fees for domestic flights within the United States? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Apr 23, 2010 - 10 answers

But I just paid all my money owing

Can I negotiate down a late payment penalty on my Canadian taxes? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Apr 3, 2010 - 3 answers

If a rental car gets scratched and a driver never sees it, did it really get scratched?

A car rental agency in Hawaii wants $400 for damage we have no proof we actually did. [more inside]
posted by medea42 on Mar 26, 2010 - 18 answers

Suggestions for how can I get DeviantART to give me my profits?

Suggestions for how can I get DeviantART to give me my profits? [more inside]
posted by Outis on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Library fees?

List of universities and colleges that charge library fees? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Feb 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Tae Kwon Dough

So the not so little lester offspring (he’s 17) is in tae kwon do. He got his black belt last year. Are they being unreasonable with the promotion fees? [more inside]
posted by lester's sock puppet on Jan 4, 2010 - 22 answers

Best online broker for newbie investor w/ modest funds?

I'm trying to choose an online broker. Fees vs. site functionality and features are my main concern. (1) What is the best online broker for someone who has between 5 to 10K to invest? (2) Is there any advantage to paying higher per-trade or per-contract fees for use of a site that has better features, or can all of the common features be found elsewhere easily? (3) Which discount broker has the best site functionality? [more inside]
posted by mintyfresh on Nov 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I negotiate rental agency tenant-changeover fees?

I live in London in a flat of three, and someone wants to move out. We have someone else ready to move in. The lettings agency wish to charge £150 for swapping a person over, and £100 for admin fees. Can we dispute this, for a more reasonable fee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 6 answers

fees plees?

what other fees will i be paying for shopping internationally? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Oct 27, 2009 - 9 answers

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