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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

Are certain implications of religious freedom at odds with the principle of equality before the law for everyone?

Recently I entered a discussion about the following scenario: If a college student at a state university says they can't take a test on Friday, because of their religious beliefs, should their professor be required to honor that and reschedule the test for that student? I am talking about some sort of a formal requirement, as opposed to the professor being an accommodating sport. Read below for details. [more inside]
posted by josefk on Feb 23, 2012 - 31 answers

Employment law advice in a hurry

My wife finds herself quite unexpectedly facing termination from her job and needs legal/employment advice quickly. Some details after the link. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 - 9 answers

What can I do if my public defender isn't fairly representing me?

I'm the defendant in a legal case and am being represented by a public defender. I feel I am not being represented fairly. My hearing is next week. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Do I need a patent lawyer?

I have an idea for a fun project I'd like to fund via Kickstarter, but I need to do some due diligence first. My idea involves a variation on an existing product. How do I learn if there are patents involved and who I need to talk to to license them if needed? Is this a job for a patent lawyer? [more inside]
posted by o2b on Feb 17, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I get back into the law? Yes. Really.

How do I get back into the law? Yes. Really. [more inside]
posted by Hellebore on Feb 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Do we have to use an attorney specified in a will?

Do my sister and I have to use the lawyer specified in my dad's will to handle his estate? More inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 - 8 answers

You are not my lawyer -- and maybe he shouldn't be either.

Legal ethics filter: I work in the computer lab at a public library in the midwest. A patron comes in semi-regularly and shows me his Florida State Bar ID as proof of identity. He is almost always doing work with legal documents, and often has clients with him. The Florida State Bar says that he has been a member for about six months, but he's ineligible to practice law in the state of Florida. Am I under any obligation to contact the Florida State Bar (or some other regulatory association), since I'm not in Florida?
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 - 29 answers

When did the US begin making laws about marriage?

When did the US Government (State/Federal) begin making laws, and or giving benefits to married couples? [more inside]
posted by SteveFlamingo on Feb 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Lease Termination/Medical Question

If I sign an agreement of early lease termination, am I barred from being able to seek further legal action against the landlord for medical issues my 20-month old daughter might encounter as a result of our living there? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 on Feb 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Should I post Cease and Desists to my website?

When my website gets legal threats, should I post them on the site? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 31, 2012 - 5 answers

This 'Being a Lawyer' Thing

Are you counsel at a legal aid office? Or maybe you're an assistant district attorney? Practicing lawyers in general, but especially those outside of biglaw practice, I'd like for you to tell me about your career, or your day-to-day, etc. [more inside]
posted by demagogue on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm pretty sure the Bluth family is a terrible role model here

I'm inheriting $100,000. My parents are inheriting a lot more (around $1mil, but we're not sure the exact amount). Please give us advice. We're in the US (New Mexico). [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock on Jan 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Psychologist Conflict of Interest?

Is continuing to see a psychologist that was initially hired by my employer to assess my fitness for work an ethical issue if I am no longer employed with that organization? [more inside]
posted by ariyadhana on Jan 28, 2012 - 4 answers

What's with the prevalence of filmed-off-TV YouTube videos?

Why is it that, when content providers go on DMCA takedown-sprees on YouTube, versions of the content that were visibly filmed off of a TV or other monitor often remain? Is this some kind of loophole, or do content providers choose not to go after low quality copies of copyrighted content?
posted by speedgraphic on Jan 27, 2012 - 3 answers

How should I report misuse of the Great Seal?

I received some junk mail designed to look like a tax form, and featuring the Great Seal of the United States, which is a crime. How should I report this, to best ensure the guilty are punished?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Medical bill debt, death and probate

News and debt filter: Can somebody tell me why it was necessary to have a fundraiser to pay US medical bills for a deceased person? In the USA, if you die with debts greater than the total sum of your assets, your estate is generally liquidated in probate, right? Medical debt collectors can't go after your family for debts they didn't incur... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 23, 2012 - 11 answers

How to pronounce court cases?

In court cases in the US, how are case names actually pronounced? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 22, 2012 - 16 answers

How am I supposed to repay a scholarship based on financial need?

How do I solve this? My kid can't go on a school trip that I never paid for; now they're saying I owe the school $3,000. One of my kids is a senior in high school and is active in a select chorus. The chorus director arranged a $3,000 trip to Europe for April break. I wasn't too excited about this trip and initially said no. Because my kids qualify for free lunch, the school said they would arrange a scholarship for her to attend, and based on peer pressure, I reluctantly agreed. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jan 18, 2012 - 146 answers

I mixed business and friendship, and live to regret it.

I rented an apartment owned by a friend (big mistake). She hasn't maintained the apartment and now I'm unsure how I should handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Lawyer in which country?

For an Australian citizen thinking of moving to the United States, is it better to see an immigration lawyer in Australia, or one in the US, for consultation? This assumes that one is currently in Australia, but travels occasionally to the US. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Not for profit structure with a for profit wing?

A friend of a friend is a painter in New York state involved in a project aimed at building parks aimed at improving communication between refugees and citizens. I have been asked how he might be able to organize an entity as a not-for-profit with a profit wing to encourage both private and public contributors. Anyone know of any standard ways of doing this? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Jan 14, 2012 - 11 answers

How to provide trial support and logistics

Any tips or other help on managing support and logistics for a civil trial, for someone with a lack of experience and skill in this area? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by dredge on Jan 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Need the money, don't want to be fired.

Should my company be allowed to dock me, as a salaried employee, for the 4 hours I took off today? How should I broach this subject? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jan 11, 2012 - 26 answers

Looking for web resource for Canadian court statistics.

How can I locate sources for statistics on the outcomes of Canadian criminal court cases, that include such data as type of defence counsel (ie Legal Aid, from large firm, high profile, new in field, or preferably cost of counsel), amount of time before trial, income/profession of defendant, sentence given, and sentence actually carried out? Does such data even exist? I'm only asking out of curiosity, not for any professional or education project.
posted by rupeh on Jan 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Gun ownership rules for a permanent resident in California

Does a permanent resident (green card holder) living in California have the legal right to own a gun? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on Jan 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Can I Drive It Home... With One Misaligned Headlight?

Am I legally allowed to drive my collision damaged, but drivable car in MA? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jan 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Justice of the peace in elementary school?

I just found out my 8 year old stepson has to talk to a justice of the peace about an incident that took place about a month ago. I am uncertain what his rights are in this situation. The incident was that coins rolled onto the floor. My stepson and another child ran after it. My stepson pushed the other kid so he could get to it first, and the kid bruised his eye. They were and are still friends. My stepson was suspended for three days. My question is: does he have to talk to the justice of the peace and can I or his mother be present? This is in Michigan.
posted by jkafka on Jan 5, 2012 - 21 answers

No working shower for a week+ in new apartment. Am I entitled to rent reduction?

New apartment has no working shower for 7+ days. Leasing office manager is being iffy about rent reduction. What are my rights in California? [more inside]
posted by elif on Jan 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Proceed with a magistrate vs. a district judge?

Pros and cons of consenting to disposition of a case by a magistrate judge vs. sticking with U.S. District Judge. [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm going to allow this.

Looking for movies with accurate depictions of legal proceedings. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Dec 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Why don't I quit while we're still speaking?

Seeking advice on striking out under my own shingle as a lawyer -- if you've been here, please help. [more inside]
posted by motsque on Dec 10, 2011 - 18 answers

How should I protect my precious ideas?

How should I handle a potential contractual situation where I want to protect my own previous ideas and work? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer on Dec 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Annual review advice?

It's annual review season! Looking for some guidance on getting through, with a few parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on Dec 5, 2011 - 5 answers

can gain access to what my father left behind?

some years back my father was re-married before his death. my father did not have a will in place and i am his only child. after his death the women he married ended contact with me sharing none of my fathers belongings etc. at the time i felt wronged, and as a young man i could not afford legal representation. many years (over ten) have gone by, and i have mostly moved on with my life trying not to think of these events, but there still is a bit of anger inside. as his only child and living blood relation is there any way legally that i can gain access to as much as old photographs, clothing, or whatever small momentos that remain in her custody?
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 10 answers

What books should I read that will appeal to my interests and look impressive on an honours political science application?

I am applying for my school’s undergraduate honours political science program next semester. The application requires a description of specific interests in and outside of the field, including readings. What should I read that will appeal to my interests and impress the admissions folk? [more inside]
posted by Kingsk on Dec 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Arrest him DS Jones!

What is the statute of limitations for a juvenile assaulting another juvenile in England. I'm in the US., laid up for a few days and have been watching "Midsommer Murders" on DVD. This would answer a plot point I have. This is a VERY dangerous town to live in, every show 2 to 3 people die. Don't go there! Thanks
posted by Pecantree on Dec 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I file a restraining order against my ex?

Considering a restraining order against an ex, but I have a lot of questions about the logistics and just generally whether it's going to make the situation better or worse. For example, I don't think he knows where I live- so how would it even work? Many more questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 - 23 answers

Does a learner's permit allow the accompanying passenger to be impaired?

When a learner's permit requires the presence of a fully licensed driver as a passenger, is that requirement satisfied even if that passenger is too impaired to drive? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Nov 19, 2011 - 15 answers

Guilty even after proven innocent.

How can I prepare for an upcoming hearing for which we don't have a lawyer and where I'm desperately hoping for dropped charges or an acquittal. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Nov 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Camping citation woes.

If a park ranger gives you a citation for violating the terms of a permit, is "Other rangers told me it's ok when I got the permit" a valid defense? Also, what are my obligations when no court date is specified on the citation? [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi on Nov 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Know any immigration lawyers in Kansai?

Can any of our Japan-based MeFites recommend an immigration lawyer in the Kansai area? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Nov 13, 2011 - 1 answer

What happens if the whole board resigns?

Asking for a friend: What happens to a charity (in Canada) if the entire board resigns on mass? Who is legally responsible for the organization until replacements are found? Does the CRA revoke their charitable license? [more inside]
posted by scrute on Nov 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Publishing a 50 page summary of a textbook?

Does producing and publishing a free "Cliffnotes" type document sound legal? [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Nov 10, 2011 - 9 answers

How exactly do you become officially married legally?

What is the difference between getting a marriage license and getting married? I mean, do you have to have a ceremony to be married? If so, why do you need a license to do it? Can you just get a license and call it good? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Nov 9, 2011 - 23 answers

Filing a dangerous dog complaint: what will happen next?

[UK law filter] Today I filed a dangerous dog complaint with my council. What should I expect to happen next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year.

Do I have to allow my landlord to show the apartment to prospective buyers? My lease does not end until middle of next year. Its a nuisance and very disruptive. What are the rules around this? I am obviously the tenant and the landlord is trying to sell the apartment. Do I have a choice?
posted by r2d2 on Nov 4, 2011 - 19 answers

Now Jimmy Hoffa was buried or something? Was that it?

What is the best one stop book for the history of the American labor and union movement? Extra bonus points for a legal perspective. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Nov 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Tell me about regulatory enforcement careers

I'm curious about careers in financial-sector regulation. What kind of advanced education would help me get work with the U.S. Department of Justice, the FDIC, the SEC, or a state regulator? Is it better to focus on states (which ones?) or the federal government for this kind of stuff? Do some universities graduate more people into this kind of work than others? What kind of dues paying is required before the work gets interesting? What should I consider as I weigh either pursuing legal or finance training? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 3, 2011 - 14 answers

How marketable is an LLM, really?

How marketable is an LLM, really? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Nov 1, 2011 - 6 answers

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