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Suddenly Widowed

My husband died recently. We were together for decades and have school-age children. His passing involved severe trauma, and we have social support and frequent therapy appointments to get us through the turmoil. Emotionally, we're holding up. My question is about getting our affairs in order. [more inside]
posted by Fichereader on Jun 16, 2012 - 29 answers

Is it illegal to make profit out of purchased government logos?

Is it illegal to make profit of products carrying a government logo? [more inside]
posted by delasoull on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

We want to politely ask our roommate to leave and are wondering about how to do this nicely while also avoiding any possible legal issues in California

We want to politely ask our roommate to leave and are wondering about how to do this politely while also avoiding any possible legal issues in California [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 10 answers

The frat boy won, like they always do

So, this was me. The company came apart, most of us either quit or were fired. I'm sans job, and freaking out; so, should I get an attorney and try to collect on my (still numb and painful) shoulder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2012 - 8 answers

How to begin paralegal-ing?

Paralegal career questions. [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Jun 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Movie theaters can show any movie they want.

I'm trying to find information on a half remembered law about movie theaters and the movies they're allowed to show. [more inside]
posted by zoo on Jun 3, 2012 - 1 answer

Common Law, Taxes and Immigration in Canada without SIN

My common-law partner and I are in the process of filing forms for her sponsorship of me to receive permanent resident status in Canada. She changed her marital status to common-law on her most recent tax forms (we have been living together since 2009). She is now being audited by Revenue Canada, since this reflects a change from her last tax return and how her GST/HST refunds are calculated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 - 3 answers

You are not my estate lawyer, finance lady, or tax guy. Can you help me find that person?

Grandma set up an uneven trust and we want to distribute it equally. Who do we talk to and what do we ask them? Questions about imbalanced inheritances, DIY redistribution of wealth, and taxes within... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Is she a slumlord landlady or am I just a delicate flower for needing a hotel room for a broken A/C in Phoenix?

Is my landlord liable to pay for the cost of a hotel and pet boarding when the air conditioner broke due to lack of maintenance in Phoenix, Arizona? The law seems incredibly unfair to tenants and I'm wondering if I'm misreading it. [more inside]
posted by thesocietyfor on May 30, 2012 - 15 answers

How does Irish inheritance work?

What can you tell me about Irish inheritance, wills and power of attorney and similar legal things? [more inside]
posted by plonkee on May 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Number of prosectors working in Oregon

How do I find out how many prosecutors are working in Oregon? [more inside]
posted by alteredcarbon on May 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Credit Union Law...

[US banking law filter] So my credit union 'forces' me to deposit checks, payable to me, into a savings deposit account (share deposit account), rather than my checking account. I'm not sure they should be doing this. Lots of gory details inside.... [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Do we lawyer up?

Do we need a lawyer to deal with a small probate estate case in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Volunteering in Tanzania?

Volunteering in Tanzania? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on May 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Legal Writing and Advocacy

Hi , I was wondering if any mefiers could help advise me on potentially choosing a certain module for my llb (undergraduate law) option. I was thinking of choosing the legal writing and advocacy option, but I am not sure. Has anyone any idea of what is usually expected in a module such as this? It strikes me as an option very similar that provided in American law schools. How are these usually assessed? The naive bone in me is entertaining the prospect of a slightly less harsh marking criteria compared to the substantive core modules I shall be studying as well; but I could be wrong. My course book mentions the break down of the module as follows: Legal Writing and Advocacy: - Reflective Learning Journal (40%) - Response to Consultation Document (30%) - Oral Presentation 1 - (15%) - Oral Presentation 2 - (15%) [more inside]
posted by thespiritroom on May 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me collect on a default judgement win.

How do I collect on a default judgement in MA without an attorney? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on May 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Post no bills?

Is it legal to advertise by taping posters to telephone poles, bus shelters, boarded up storefronts, etc? Do outfits like Poster Giant have some kind of special exception? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on May 14, 2012 - 7 answers

I got scammed??

Did I just get scammed on Ebay? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on May 14, 2012 - 39 answers

Should I go to law school?

Should I go to law school? I'm leaning towards no, but maybe you all can see something I can't. [more inside]
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em on May 8, 2012 - 36 answers

What should I do if I need to quit before the end of my notice period?

UK employment law/HR filter: quitting a job before the end of a notice period [more inside]
posted by wigsnatcher on May 7, 2012 - 5 answers

What is moped parking law?

I'm having issues with Moped parking in Michigan. Anyone have any experiences or know the laws here? [more inside]
posted by Forerunner343 on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Outsider Trading

Suppose I was in a position to financially damage a company. Assume that I have no involvement whatsoever with the target company. Would it be illegal/immoral to short their stock right before doing so? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow on May 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Do modern nations use exile as a punishment?

Do any nations use exile as a regular punishment? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 1, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I bring my sibling home?

What legal avenues exist for blocking a potentially negligent relative foster parent arrangement? New parents reside in Southeast Asia. Special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Wild paper chase? No, that sucks

Help me pick an amusing name for the not-so-amusing tendency of older lawyers to send their researchers on wide goose chases for half-remembered cases. [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Apr 30, 2012 - 22 answers

Plaintext New York and New York City Codes

I'm looking for plaintext or PDF searchable versions of the New York State and New York City Codes. I'm specifically looking for something within the Building Code, but I would also like to have basically every state and local law, rule, ordinance, regulation, recommendation, and suggestion in an actual searchable format. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I find a lawyer?

A roofer just sent me a "CALIFORNIA PRELIMINARY 20-DAY NOTICE", I don't think the job has been completed, also I never signed anything. [more inside]
posted by notnathan on Apr 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Corporate non-profits cheating the system--how??

There are companies that enjoy tax exemption as a 501c3 and yet actually make quite a substantial profit and operate chiefly according to a business/profit-making model. They don't seem to meet some of the key criteria of a non-profit. How do they do this and are there cases in which non-profits end up being forced to drop their non-profit status? If so, does this usually happen because of challenges from legislators, IRS, community members or who? If it helps, I'm thinking of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) which pulled 750million in profit last year and is involved in a public battle against Highmark BCBS over who enjoys the title of regional insurance monopolist. (Apparently they value profit over their professed healthcare mission.) Thanks for any information!
posted by sb3 on Apr 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Is this apartment licensed?

How can I find out if an apartment complex is licensed? [more inside]
posted by entropyiswinning on Apr 16, 2012 - 1 answer

We are musicians, and therefore broke - obviously we should sign any deal we get! Right? NO!!!

Recording an album, and trying to strike a deal with the sound engineer / producer so we don't go broke. Are we signing in to a good deal or a bad deal? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

In which US states can somebody be arrested for an outstanding debt?

In which US states can somebody be arrested for an outstanding debt? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Apr 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Just between me and a million of my closest friends

Is there often public and legal backlash against authors who write confessional stories? How well do audiences typically receive confessional stories? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Apr 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Muddling through bureaucratic bullshit.

[Oakland, CA law/ordinance filter] Please help me find full text of laws or ordinances regarding pet licensing in Oakland, California (Alameda County). And is what I'm doing REALLY illegal or is it bureaucratic nonsense? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

I swear I've seen Schoolhouse Rock.

How might I, as a layperson, get a bill/law introduced and passed in my state? [more inside]
posted by meggan on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

I Don't Need a Law to Be Safe!

I am trying to find the actual law which states that infants younger than one year old and under 20 pounds need to be in a rear-facing car seat in Minnesota. Not only can I not find the actual law, but I am getting conflicting information on .gov and .org websites. My research trail inside... [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me get me career (and life) back

How can I get my career (and life) back? [more inside]
posted by syanora on Apr 2, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm looking for career path suggestions for a family member. From debt adviser in the charity sector to ???

I'm looking for career path suggestions for a family member. From debt adviser in the charity sector to ??? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Did Stieg Larsson describe a Swedish trial accurately?

Does the description of the trial in the book "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest" accurately reflect Swedish court procedure? [more inside]
posted by HiroProtagonist on Mar 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Clearly written CA marriage law?

Where can I find a readable, concise document outlining marriage laws in California? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Mar 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Inheritance law question: death of named party prior to death of estate's owner?

Inheritance law question: death of named party prior to death of estate's owner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Forced out

YANAL, but... A young friend of mine got a job with a service company that does substantial business with his (then) current employer. His current employer found out and called the employer-to-be and told them that, if they go through with the hiring, they'll discontinue doing business with the employer-to-be. In short order, the employer-to-be rescinded the job offer and the current employer terminated him. [more inside]
posted by bz on Mar 14, 2012 - 17 answers

Dating after Divorce - Children Intros?

DivorceFilter Colorado: I have been told that there are guidelines for introducing children of a previous marriage to your a new romantic interest. [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Mar 11, 2012 - 11 answers

My lawyer confessed a crime to me!?

First, I know most of you are not a lawyer and none of you are my lawyer. I understand the basic protections and requirements surrounding attorney-client privilege. I have an ethical, and potentially legal, dilemma. While consulting with my attorney recently, my attorney admitted to having committed a crime. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 - 17 answers

How to serve alcohol at a semi-private event?

I'm throwing an advertised dinner party for which guests will pay a fixed price. How can I serve alcohol? [more inside]
posted by pieliza on Mar 5, 2012 - 13 answers

When did the Attorney General become a military title?

When did people start calling the Attorney General "General So-and-so". It's seems like it's both wrong and a fairly recent "innovation".
posted by empath on Mar 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Am I liable if someone slips on my snow clearing job?

If I clear snow badly, can I be liable for someone else's injury? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Feb 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Can downloads be traced to a computer using an open wireless network?

Let's say, hypothetically, I downloaded an old TV episode via a filesharing site or bittorrent. Could it be traced to me if I download it from a public access point? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Set up LLC now or later

Asking business question about setting up LLC and tax savings [more inside]
posted by akomom on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

JD + warmth and empathy equals?

Which areas of law practice might be attractive to a JD who wants to use her smarts plus a strong sense of empathy and a warm personality in her future work?
posted by Hellebore on Feb 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Gross sticky nasty gunk everywhere

I live in a pre-war (1920's?) Brooklyn apartment building. Recently, the ceiling in the kitchen collapsed due to a leak in the pipes above, spreading plaster, dust, and wet and dry gunk everywhere. Now the landlord has completed a shoddy-looking repair, again leaving everything in the kitchen covered in dust and powder and sticky gunk. Every. Single. Thing. Two questions: how do I find out if we are in danger of asbestos exposure? How do I proceed if we are?
posted by jennyjenny on Feb 24, 2012 - 7 answers

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