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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 - 33 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

What should I ask the lawyer for

My parents have had some recent health issues and I've asked them to meet with an estate planning attorney. What should I specifically ask them to discuss with this attorney? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Courtroom Drama With Yes/No Questions

Courtroom dramas on TV often depict an expert witness giving complex testimony about possibilities and likelihoods, only to be shot down by a lawyer insisting that they answer only yes or no, thereby giving a false impression of their testimony. Does this happen in real life? [more inside]
posted by Emma May Smith on Apr 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Help me find a Business/Bankruptcy lawyer in MD

I am in the middle of a divorce, and there are shared businesses owned jointly that I need help with. I'm looking for a lawyer in Maryland who works with small businesses (valued under 200K), can do bankruptcy and can provide guidance about personal debt guarantees. [more inside]
posted by skydog13 on Mar 23, 2016 - 1 answer

Is it legal to reveal the identity of child victims of sexual abuse?

I was horrified to read an article today on Buzzfeed about a 'heroic' Australian victim who raised several thousand dollars for a home for child victims of sexual abuse in Kenya. So far, so good. Except that the article included photographs of many of the young girls themselves. Those pictures are now on the internet forever. [more inside]
posted by matthew.alexander on Mar 23, 2016 - 11 answers

Contractor without Mandatory Binding Arbitration?

Is it even possible to find a contractor that will do home repairs without having a mandatory binding arbitration clause in the contract?
posted by slavlin on Mar 17, 2016 - 3 answers

How would you respond to this email

This is not a claims call, but a how are you doing call – as your agent my job is to look after you. I am not getting involved on the claims side of it. I would assume you provided your lawyers info to claims? I don’t have access to that system. I just saw the claim, and was concerned about how you are. It is what we do which is take care of people. If you think this is something you shouldn’t share, then I understand, because I have also been hurt in a accident in the past and know what it is like. My accident ended up paying for my graduate degree. If it was a serious accident, then we should talk about the other protections that you should have in place, such as disability and life insurance. You can’t rely on your employer to take care of you. How do you respond to this email? [more inside]
posted by bigbadbehr on Mar 10, 2016 - 20 answers

Book Recommendations on the History of the Philosophy of Law

I'm looking for a good book on the History of Legal Philosophy, or History of Jurisprudence that covers everything from Greece (Solon), Rome (12-Tables to Justinian Law), Germanic Law, English Common Law, and maybe a bit on 20th Century Legal Though, Legal Postivism, H.A. Hart, etc. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Mar 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Can I sell an easement on my property?

My property's title has an easement onto my neighbor's property for a right of way through the neighbor's property to my property. I don't need this easement to get into my property, although I do occasionally use it. My neighbor's property has been purchased by developers and they would like to buy back the easement (pay me to extinguish the easement) in order to develop across the easement. This seems straight-forward, but selling a portion of my property would seem to violate my mortgage agreement. Would it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Enlighten me on HID / Xenon Headlights in California

Are HID / Xenon headlights legal in california and if so what are the restrictions? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Mar 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Who pays to fix the drywall?

I live in a townhouse (condo) in VA that sits partially on top of someone else's condo. Our disposal leaked without our knowledge and caused some drywall damage to the downstairs condo. We replaced the disposal as soon as we were made aware of the leak. The condo association says that the two of us owners need to work it out between us. I has assumed I should pay for this, but googling makes it seem like legally I'm only supposed to pay if I was negligent which makes me think that maybe I shouldn't. It's not a very large repair so it's probably not worth getting insurance or lawyers involved, but it's not like I have extra money to be handing out just to be nice. So am I supposed to pay legally? And if not, should I do it anyway? And if I'm not going to do it, what's a good way to word a response to my neighbor?
posted by callmejay on Mar 4, 2016 - 14 answers

Exceptions to gender equality in marriage

In the Western world today, what differences or disparities (if any) still exist between the genders in terms of legal rights, responsibilities, and protections broadly related to marriage? [more inside]
posted by Gerald Bostock on Feb 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Why are U.S. homeowners responsible for sidewalks, but not roads?

Is there a historical/systematic reason that homeowners in cities are responsible for the upkeep of the sidewalks, but not the public roads outside their homes? [more inside]
posted by nicodine on Feb 17, 2016 - 35 answers

Methadone law in Calfornia

I have a very specific question about the legality of prescribing methadone in a specific context in the State of California. Regular old googling isn't resolving this. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 1, 2016 - 9 answers

How much disbelief am I suspending?

Last night I was watching the Arrow, an admittedly ridiculous show that requires some suspension of disbelief, but this episode showed some legal procedures I didn't understand was possible. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jan 27, 2016 - 15 answers

Coevolutionary Quartely Essay on the legal costs of unborn children?

Does anyone recall an article in either the CoEvo or Whole Earth Quarterly where the writer showed that by making a gestating fetus a legal entity, mothers (and lawyers) could sue the companies making the products that cause birth defects, cancer, etc.? Which issue, who wrote the essay and is it easily accessible somewhere? Thanks.
posted by Mesaverdian on Jan 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Can I distribute scans of an out-of-print journal?

A few years ago I submitted to and was published in a quarterly journal of essays. The journal is still published, but has since changed its focus and the issue I was published in is out of print and no longer for sale. A foreign student found my name on the contributors list and emailed me to ask if I could send him scans of the issue to aid his research for an essay he's writing. I want to help him, but what are the legal and ethical implications of doing so? [more inside]
posted by rensar on Jan 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Recommend a Book on Law, Religion and Rule in Ancient Society?

I'm looking for a somewhat academic book on the inter-relations in ancient societies between the functions (or functionaries) of religion, law, and the "state" (or rule). Particularly something covering Sumer (and Cuneiform Law) and delving into Judaic Law and Christian law would be good. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jan 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Can my employer not reimburse me for work expenses if I'm late?

My employer is trying to screw me out of money I spent on a personal credit card for work expenses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 8 answers

I think I need to leave my JD off my resume to get a job. Please help.

I've seen a lot of similar questions, but they don't quite get at my particular issue. I got a JD in 2010 and an MS in Social Policy in 2012. If I only had the MS, I'd be able to find work. The JD is holding me back. The most common feedback I get is "you're a flight risk" or "we can't afford you." I get it, but it's not true, and I can't convince them otherwise. [more inside]
posted by timory on Dec 18, 2015 - 32 answers

Turning fanfiction into an original work

If one decided to publish a work of fanfiction as an original work, what sort of protections would be necessary? I'm thinking of publishing a fanfiction work by changing names and places associated with the source material to original names, but are those the only protections I should be taking? [more inside]
posted by Roentgen on Dec 16, 2015 - 9 answers

YANML but should I get one? Condo Nightmare edition

Up until now I've been blissfully ignorant of the workings of homeowner's insurance and condominium law. Now I have no ceiling and I need some help from someone more knowledgeable than me. [more inside]
posted by Brain Sturgeon on Dec 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Misdemeanor sexual battery

My son has been accused of misdemeanor sexual battery, California Penal Code 243.4e. He talked to a detective, but has not yet been charged. What now? You are not his lawyer and cannot give legal advice... but maybe you can give some insight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2015 - 19 answers

cost of producing a continuing ed program?

I'm on a committee that is being asked for a grant of $10,000 to produce a 3-hour continuing education program for lawyers. The venue is free of charge, and the speakers will be members of the bar association sponsoring it, so I assume they are not charging either. The bar will not charge admission; they will make the program streamable from their website. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Nov 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Ethical And Religious Doctrines Agreement -Catholic Health Care Provider

As part of some merger among hospitals, my wife, a primary care physician, is now being asked to sign an agreement to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services as a condition for her continued employment. The directives conflict with her own conscience and medical judgement. Is this legal? Does she have any recourse, if she chooses not to sign? [more inside]
posted by newdaddy on Nov 16, 2015 - 12 answers

Pennsylvania Omnibus Pre-Trial Motion to Suppress Statement and Evidence

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)?
posted by Grease on Nov 15, 2015 - 0 answers

Should I pay a pardon service to handle my Canadian record suspension?

Decades ago, I got into some trouble with the law in Canada. I now have a record that shows a single summary conviction and a suspended sentence. This has not mattered until recently, when I was unable to pass a criminal background check. Should I apply for record suspension myself and eschew a "pardon" service (as suggested by the Parole Board of Canada, who warn of fraudulent services) or pay to have someone else take care of _some_ of the headache? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2015 - 3 answers

How should a lay person go about doing legal case history research?

Is there a standard resource or set of resources that a lay person can use to identify past and current civil and criminal lawsuits in a comprehensive set of jurisdictions (including Federal District Courts, State courts, and not particularly concerned with tribunals and tax courts)? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Nov 2, 2015 - 6 answers

is this employment situation legal?

Wife works (just started) as a therapist 15 hours a week at a multidisciplinary center that provides mental health services. They have an unusual policy about compensation for their contractors. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Oct 29, 2015 - 17 answers

Seeking info & resources on data privacy/confidentiality in UK hiring

We've recently started using an online application system at the company I work for and we're trying to set things up fairly so that some hired employees (e.g., in an admin, management, or HR role) can review unsuccessful candidates' and new applicants' files. Are there any protections we should put in place (legally or otherwise) so that new hires or other employees in these privileged roles cannot see the notes on their own applications, the applications and notes of their hiring competition, or applications and notes of fellow new hires? General advice welcome as well, e.g., if there are any potential use cases or other reasons as to why or why not this would be a good idea. We have the ability to fully customise the online application system as we wish. This is in the UK.
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2015 - 1 answer

Need a great Probate/ Estate lawyer in Manhattan or Bronx ?

Hopefully a not super expensive one, who is trustworthy? Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by TenaciousB on Oct 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Car accident with neighbor: what do I do in this complicated situation?

Last month I hit a neighbor's parked car. Since then, I've let the insurance company handle it, but the neighbor has reached out to me several times, and I'm not sure how to respond. Details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2015 - 23 answers

Recommendations for post-divorce mortgage communication?

I need a legally-enforceable, semi "public" method for my abusive ex to communicate to me evidence of his compliance with his legal responsibilities. We are in dispute over previously shared property but I have insisted on no contact and do not wish to enable my ex to contact me over any issue but the property. I don't want him to have my email address or that of an alias/other account in case he uses that address to send abuse, threats, or any other kind of unnecessary and unwanted correspondence. [more inside]
posted by LetticeLeaf on Oct 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Can one of my brothers force me to sell house we inherited from Mom?

When my mom passed about 6 1/2 years ago, the only thing left was the house we grew up in. She died right before the crash when the value was lowest, and while there was no rush, it took about three years before I tried to do anything with it. [more inside]
posted by TenaciousB on Sep 29, 2015 - 21 answers

Brother & Sister-in-law becoming distant from family.

I have a younger half-brother who got married 2-3 years ago with a woman that he met at work. The two of them got married in court, and I had no idea that this even took place up until someone told me about it. It was either a family relative or someone else who told me. The two of them are introverted people who kept to themselves. The sister-in-law is a quiet person who was fully accepted by our family. The two of them eventually bought a house, and had a child at the beginning of this year. Everyone was excited about the new munchkin especially our parents. However, it was brought to my attention that the two couple have been very distant for the following reasons. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2015 - 52 answers

Overtime pay on hourly status

Does my former employer owe me for overtime pay? I frequently worked more than 40 hours a week for one employer, but he claimed that some hours were from one pocket for one service, and a different pocket for a different service. [more inside]
posted by yesster on Sep 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Contesting a will

My mother recently died. I acted as her live-in carer, to varying degrees, over the last 11 years (mainly the last few years). Do I have a reasonable case upon which to contest the will's equal apportionment of the estate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2015 - 24 answers

Where to find lawyers for our fellowship?

You are a criminal defense lawyer in the English- or French-speaking world looking for fellowship opportunities abroad. Is there a specific website or mailing list where you'd be likely to look? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Sep 14, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I find the best medical malpractice lawyer in NYC?

I need to find a medical malpractice lawyer in NYC. How do I find the best one? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Aug 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Will I need to go to court again?

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]
posted by tckma on Aug 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Returning equipment to Apria for refund

My doctor prescribed a CPAP earlier this year, and my insurance at the time covered a rental for three months, at which the unit would be "mine". The three months ended in May, and I happened to change jobs at that time. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Help my friend not get screwed over by lawyer in recovering bank account

This is a follow up to this question. After My friend did more digging it turns out he was a victim of identity fraud and his bank account was emptied by the culprit making max ATM withdraws everyday over a period of two months. HSBC is not helpful in recovering the funds. Can you please help recommend a lawyer who would be useful in pursuing these stolen funds? Thanks
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Aug 20, 2015 - 1 answer

Why are websites all of a sudden asking permission to set cookies?

Recently I am noticing websites that I have visited for years just now throwing up a pop-up asking for my acceptance of their cookie. Is there some change in the law or something else going on? Why now and why so many websites? These are not new sites and I have not recently cleaned out my cookies etc. It makes me curious.
posted by caddis on Aug 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Does my live movie riffing show have to pay for film rights?

I ran (and hopefully will run again) a live movie riffing show along the lines of a Mystery Science Theater 3000. The first time I did it, we did a film from the public domain, but I know it would be a lot more popular were we to have a better class of film. I know you're not my lawyer and this is not legal advice, but is this something that could be considered a transformative work and I could sidestep licensing the films? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 14, 2015 - 4 answers

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