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Student loan forgiveness for people who actually have been paying their debt down?

I feel like I've paid enough interest on my student loan. Do any student-loan forgiveness plans exist for middle-class people who actually pay their bills and are not in default? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Metaphorical question, but a serious one: Stuck at an intersection. How should I proceed when the light changes?

I'm in a bad pickle at this time, so I'm reaching out to the Green to help me decide which the best next step is moving forward. To keep it as simple as possible, I got in a car accident more than two years ago, using a major car rental company. I got an unexpected bill from the car rental company almost two years later (late December 2011) for a high amount (let's say over $30,000) that the other party apparently were given by the rental company due to their alleged injures. I had no insurance when I was in the accident. For many reasons, I felt the collection of the debt was unfair. I had temporary legal representation (a family friend), but he was unable to get the car rental company to forgo the collection, so he bowed out early January. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Oct 9, 2012 - 27 answers

How does this GPL licensing issue play out?

Are WordPress and Drupal themes, plugins, extensions, etc. legally obligated to be released under the GPL? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Law academia: tell me about it!

Law academia: tell me about entering it and what it's like when you're there! How similar is it to humanities academia? How difficult are the jobs to get, compared both to academia and to law firms? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I join the Free Syrian Army?

Can I join the Free Syrian Army? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Oct 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Am I too worried? Not worried enough?

For how long and in what unforeseen ways will the making of a fake ID continue to haunt me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Contract Attorney Jobs

What are the best websites for contract lawyers to find work? [more inside]
posted by 3mendo on Oct 1, 2012 - 2 answers

I badly regret this

What's not to hate about being a transactional lawyer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2012 - 10 answers

From pipets to patents

From lab tech to law office. Help me be awesome! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Am I infringing copyright by repurposing old goods?

I have some questions about crafting and copyright. If I make objects out of old boardgames and then sell them online, am I running afoul of any copyright or trademark laws? As a contrived example, let's say that I make a lamp out of a Monopoly game, using the actual game board and pieces. If I try to sell it on Etsy, would Hasbro have any kind of claim against me? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Heterosexual Civil Partnerships and UK Law

My girlfriend and I want to do that 'public display of commitment' thing, but we don't want to get married. Heterosexual Civil Partnerships are not yet available in the UK. Can we do it elsewhere with legal status? Or should we wait? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 20, 2012 - 31 answers

Am I needlessly irritated? Is this legal?

Sold my old house: is it legal for the new owners to change the locks and start working inside the house prior to closing? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Sep 19, 2012 - 42 answers

Occupy Muldoon's!

What kind of art project(s) could I create with old paperback edition of Muldoon's Handling a Criminal Case in New York (that I'm willing to take apart)? [more inside]
posted by 168 on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Legal requirements for firing someone from a retail job in Ontario...

I run a retail business in Toronto, Canada. It's an independently owned business--like a mom and pop store. I need to fire someone because he's incompetent and his presence actually makes more work for the other staff. I have emailed and texted with this staff member (who has worked with us for 13 months) regarding his considerable transgressions but we do not have "paperwork" or "forms" in the traditional sense. His work never improves. What exactly do I have to do to fire him without worrying about legal issues? Two weeks pay? Three? Does the firing need to be written in addition to verbal or is just verbal fine? What's the best way for me to cover my ass? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me find legal records management resources.

Please help me find legal records management resources. [more inside]
posted by rokabiri on Sep 7, 2012 - 3 answers

How can my daughter's boyfriend find out what his grandfather's will says. He is named in the inheritance.

How can my daughter's boyfriend find out what his grandfather's will says? He is named in the inheritance. [more inside]
posted by sybarite09 on Sep 4, 2012 - 6 answers

At a crossroads of many roads

Career change into law - tips? Or alternatively, suggestions for another career path. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Law clerk at small firm, partner lost his shit. Stay or go?

Lawyer filter. I'm a full time law clerk and part-time law student and need serious, objective advice regarding my boss and whether I should continue at the firm. [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino on Aug 31, 2012 - 22 answers

What qualifies as entrapment?

Could one argue entrapment successfully for illegal use of car pool lane if there is heavy traffic caused by ongoing traffic enforcement? [more inside]
posted by The Violet Cypher on Aug 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Do I also have the right to interview several lawyers?

Don't talk to the police is convincing and sound advice. Getting a lawyer to represent you so that the police don't trick you into a conviction is a great idea. However, when someone is unexpectedly taken into police custody, how they find a suitable attorney on the spot to defend them? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Myths about lawyers

What are some common myths about the lawyer-client relationship? What common expectations from clients are unethical if the lawyer were to perform them? For example, loaning money to a client against a future settlement.
posted by Ardiril on Aug 28, 2012 - 27 answers

Can I/should I get a "prescription cat?"

Getting a prescription cat... How to, should I, and can I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Fair price of old TV

Hi I am responsible for compensating a two year old TV bought for $900 then. (A guest in my party broke and no one is owning up...ex-landlord is behind me now) Similar model (brand new) is $600 now all included and being demanded 600, citing the higher price paid then. What is a fair price that I should pay? How do I make a convincing reply ? ....please help....
posted by daveg02 on Aug 27, 2012 - 19 answers

What are "vital minimum wages" in Ecuador?

What are "vital minimum wages" in Ecuador? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Can you help me find a copy of this court case?

I found a link to an old court case involving a relative of mine. Google Books won't show me the whole thing - can anyone find it elsewhere or suggest how I can get a copy? I don't have access to legal databases. This is the link, and my relative referred to is Erno Scheiner.
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Family Ties

Relative robbed our grandma who has Alzheimer's... took $10,000 worth of gold belonging to me. Not the first time. What to do? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Aug 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Seeking information on how to fight/delay eviction in Washington State, King County

I'm seeking information on how to fight/delay eviction in Washington State, King County. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 14, 2012 - 24 answers

Help settle a theoretical traffic debate

Sometimes a driver of one car will "wave on" a driver of another car. Could the waving driver be held liable for a resulting accident? [more inside]
posted by azathoth on Aug 14, 2012 - 23 answers

How to go about getting fired?

Recently got fired, how do I go about with the situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I find good a lawyer if I've never used one before?

How can I find a good lawyer if I've never used one before? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Aug 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Know a lawyer in Mumbai?

Family law in Mumbai? Wondering if anyone has recommendations for lawyers practicing in Mumbai/Bombay... An older (60s) Indian couple I know appears to be heading for divorce, and I am trying to help the woman as best I can. Unfortunately, there are a number of complicating factors, and I do not personally know any lawyers in Mumbai, so I thought I would ask here. I realize it's a long shot, but it's worth a try... [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Aug 12, 2012 - 4 answers

How to become a civil liberties crusader

Public interest law transition-filter: I am a lawyer in a private-sector transactional practice. I would like to be a public interest lawyer doing litigation or policy in national security, civil liberties, surveillance or drug liberalization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Proper protocol after auto accident claims request?

(CA) Driver who hit me is uninsured and I've begun the claims process with my ins. co. Should I give uninsured driver a head's up? [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino on Aug 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Family Lawltimore

Can you recommend a family lawyer in Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by kroshka on Aug 5, 2012 - 1 answer

From Lawyer to Grad Student?

Can you tell me about legal anthropology? Am I foolish to leave a secure career to pursue it? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Jul 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Co-Founder Insists On Employment Contract

There are three of us who are starting a business next year and one of my future co-founders is insisting that everyone signs an employment contract stipulating that we stay at the company for at least three years. Contract violations haven't been discussed yet - the contract hasn't been written yet - but a hefty fine is likely. Is this type of contract common between co-founders? What other risks should I be aware of before/if signing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 24 answers

Uninformed phone call recording by business.

Can a company record phone calls without notifying callers/customers? Are there any New York State or Federal laws prohibiting or regulating this? We've searched but can't find anything real specific. [more inside]
posted by mrflibble on Jul 23, 2012 - 3 answers

How are crimes involving civilians dealt with on US overseas military bases?

How are crimes involving civilians dealt with on US overseas military bases? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Jul 21, 2012 - 5 answers

I'll take a jar of peanuts and a 45 automatic. I brought my own bag.

Can one really walk into a gun store in some states and just buy a gun? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jul 20, 2012 - 17 answers

We appreciate you enough to give you a discount!

Work Filter: My boss and I want to find a way to let our clients know we have provided to them a discount on our account covering letter to them without sounding like "a douche bag" or slimy. What wording do you use on your letters to convey this? [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl on Jul 18, 2012 - 11 answers

How does one prepare for martial law?

So... A friend of mine's predicting martial law here in the UK by Christmas. As a thought experiment, how does somebody in the western world prepare for martial law? Are there any examples of western countries where this has occurred in recent times? What happened? What advice is there?
posted by humblepigeon on Jul 15, 2012 - 19 answers

How to deal with a crappy neighbor

Neighbor problem. My neighbor lets unleashed dogs run around. [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie on Jul 12, 2012 - 56 answers

Attorney client privilege in the movies

What are some scenes or plot points in movies relating to attorney client privilege? [more inside]
posted by dredge on Jul 10, 2012 - 20 answers

Kicked Out of Her Own Apartment

Does an ex-wife in Oklahoma have the right to evict my friend from her boyfriend's house on the weekends when his kids visit? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Jul 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Selling Real Estate, and Not Buying Again Immediately

My house sold earlier this month. I am not buying a new house right away, but... maybe? How long can I wait? How will this affect taxes? And if I could buy property, should I in order to avoid penalties (if there are any)? You are not my lawyer or my accountant, but way more details with a little bit of drama after the jump. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jun 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Where does "on the wrong side of square law" come from?

Where does this phrase come from? "On the wrong side of square law" is a science aphorism for a situation in which efforts must be increased at an exponential rate to achieve only modest returns. Does it have a specific origin or source?
posted by Jackson on Jun 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Patent Question

Rational design of drugs - patentable? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Jun 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I submit to a former employers demand to sign legal papers?

My former employer is asking for my signature on a document to assign patent rights to them as co-inventor for a patent I worked on while employed by them. They are not interested in compensating me for my time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Renter's remorse.

I just signed something a few hours ago to rent a room, and already, I'm regretting it. Is there any kind of "buyer's remorse" grace period in the state of California? I haven't given them the first month's rent or security deposit, yet. [more inside]
posted by Redfield on Jun 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I risk smoking weed in France?

Should I risk smoking weed in (Nantes) France while on exchange from Canada? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Jun 23, 2012 - 19 answers

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