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]
Do any nations use exile as a regular punishment? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
How can I find out if an apartment complex is licensed? [more inside]
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]
In which US states can somebody be arrested for an outstanding debt? [more inside]
Is there often public and legal backlash against authors who write confessional stories? How well do audiences typically receive confessional stories? [more inside]
[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]
How might I, as a layperson, get a bill/law introduced and passed in my state? [more inside]
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]
How can I get my career (and life) back? [more inside]
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]
Does the description of the trial in the book "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest" accurately reflect Swedish court procedure? [more inside]
Where can I find a readable, concise document outlining marriage laws in California? [more inside]
Inheritance law question: death of named party prior to death of estate's owner? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I'm throwing an advertised dinner party for which guests will pay a fixed price. How can I serve alcohol? [more inside]
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".
If I clear snow badly, can I be liable for someone else's injury? [more inside]
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]
Asking business question about setting up LLC and tax savings [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
My wife finds herself quite unexpectedly facing termination from her job and needs legal/employment advice quickly. Some details after the link. [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I get back into the law? Yes. Really. [more inside]
Do my sister and I have to use the lawyer specified in my dad's will to handle his estate? More inside... [more inside]
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?
When did the US Government (State/Federal) begin making laws, and or giving benefits to married couples? [more inside]
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]
When my website gets legal threats, should I post them on the site? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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?
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]
In court cases in the US, how are case names actually pronounced? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]