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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

Do I need an appellate lawyer or a FOIA lawyer?

I (mostly) won my FOIA case, pro se. They're going to appeal the decision. Ruh-roh.... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Jun 19, 2012 - 9 answers

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

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