For pretty terrible (and irrelevant) reasons, I haven't filed my taxes in (I think) 5 years. Now I really really need to do them, but I don't know how to start and I get panicky just thinking about the insurmountable piles of paperwork, potential money owing, and even criminal charges. I'm in QC, Canada. If anyone else has dealt with late filing or voluntary disclosure in Quebec, please help! [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for a lawyer experienced with Oakland's just cause evictions. Our landlords are pursuing an owner move-in in our rent-controlled apartment, which we believe is most likely not in good faith. We would like to get legal advice on our options. [more inside]
Have you lived in NYC and used a real estate attorney that you loved? Can you please pass on his or her info? If not, do you know how I could find a great real estate attorney here? Not sure how specialized they get, but looking for someone experienced in Brooklyn small single and multi-family buildings. TIA
I am a Torontonian in the process of separating from my common-in-law wife. It's been mostly amicable. We've known for a while things weren't working and I finally made the decision late last year. I need to find a lawyer to possibly help with the separation details and also to help if we get to the point where custody becomes an issue. [more inside]
A friend needs a good lawyer. [more inside]
I am helping a family friend who was in a severe car accident. She is not a native English speaker and has zero experience with lawyers. I have worked with them plenty in a business setting, but never around personal injury. There is no question of fault and she has injuries that will impact her for life. Should we try to negotiate with the insurance company ourselves and save the 30% fee an attorney would take? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good criminal defense attorney in Atlanta who can help with a first degree forgery charge. I'm also looking for help to find an attorney online, as nobody involved lives in Georgia. [more inside]
Asking for a friend. Friend needs an attorney in New Jersey who specializes in employment law. This is fairly urgent due to her employer's current actions. I have read the Metafilter wiki page Get a lawyer and we are both actively searching for attorneys in her area. I am specifically seeking personal recommendations from MeFites who have had good experiences with an attorney with this specialization. Northern NJ/nearish NYC is a plus.
My mom has Parkinson's Disease, is 66, and is recovering from a broken hip. My sister and I are looking at assisted living facilities for when she gets out of rehab and are investing her money with either an elder care attorney or a financial planner. [more inside]
Hopefully a not super expensive one, who is trustworthy? Thanks in advance for your help!
What's the best way to go about finding a lawyer to help me write a will? I know I could/should be able to do this on my own, but I'd feel more comfortable having someone else be responsible for dotting all i's and crossing all t's. This is in Minneapolis. [more inside]
She's got a meeting scheduled with her husband and his lawyer, and she doesn't have a lawyer of her own yet. [more inside]
Getting divorced in Illinois. I still love my husband, but cannot remain married to him for many reasons, one of which being that I can no longer take care of him emotionally and financially without ruining my own life. My first instinct was to try to settle this using mediation or collaborative divorce (I don't even understand 100% what this is, honestly). Mostly because I feel enormously guilty for leaving, don't want to make it harder on him, and hope that we can still be a part of each other's lives. No kids, so custody isn't an issue. But there are some major financial issues, and some of the things he's said worry me. Sorry, this is kind of a long one. [more inside]
My lawyer is unwilling to email me an appeal they have written for me. They say I can review it in their office, but as policy they do not email 'work product' to clients. This is frustrating to me because I feel I can better understand the documents if I read them at home, rather than being put on the spot in a meeting. Is this normal? [more inside]
I need to find a medical malpractice lawyer in NYC. How do I find the best one? [more inside]
Boyfriend was hit by a car while bicycling. Tell us about getting a lawyer. [more inside]
My SO receives a (small) monthly check from a trust in which she is named (distant relative). We want to know how to proceed with understanding details of the trust; what kind of estate lawyer we need and about how much that might cost us. Details below the fold. [more inside]
I need to reach out to an employment lawyer regarding a recent discrimination-related incident at my workplace. I have the lawyer's contact information. What next? [more inside]
His dad passed away suddenly 2 weeks ago, it's been an extremely difficult time and he and his sisters just want to get through his financial things and move on. They feel uneasy about paying such high fees for a lawyer to probate it and are looking into doing it themselves, is this a smart move? [more inside]
A family acquaintance (he and my parents belong to the same hobby group but are not particularly close) is a lawyer who is negotiating down debt for me after an extremely expensive medical issue was not covered by insurance. He has been exceedingly generous with his time, and refuses any payment. But just saying 'hey thanks' and going on my way feels awful. [more inside]
I am getting divorced and I need a family law lawyer. I live in Vancouver, but it seems that I need to find a Toronto-area lawyer and I'm not sure how best to find one. Friend-of-a-friend recommendations and websites aren't making me feel less nervous. What should I do? [more inside]
How do I mitigate risk to myself in the future as a result of damage/losses/etc incurred by purchasers of the product in the event that something like this should occur? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
My friend is in Boston, works at a huge corporation, and after 10 years with them, wants to quit. Because of [reasons] I adviced her to get a lawyer but she has no idea what sort of lawyer or how to find one. Please help. [more inside]
My retired parents have been taken for a ride by a lawyer. Do they have any recourse? (Location: Ontario, Canada) [more inside]
My (US Citizen) husband recently indicated that he’d like me (a UK Citizen) to leave. Where do I start? [more inside]
I have a friend that is in NYC central bookings. Details are limited. All I know is this morning ~2AM my friend was in a car accident and arrested for DWI. I had a past DWI in my youth and know that a lawyer is very helpful and also that one needs to deny any wrong doing for the entire time. But I don't know how to get this kind of help to my friend. Basically just looking for the correct things to do in the early going. [more inside]
My ex and I are trying to figure out how to transfer the house to her without me losing all of my equity. Unfortunately, she can't afford to just buy me out, and can't qualify for a new mortgage on the remaining loan balance if she's got a loan to me as well. I'm looking for recommendations on finding a lawyer to help vet a legal agreement, and any specific legal methods for making this happen. This is in Denver, Colorado. [more inside]
I'm an American lawyer, now living in London. In the US, I know what it means to be a "public interest lawyer." But I'm having a hard time seeing how it translates in the UK. [more inside]
Are "bar passage" raises nominal in nature? [more inside]
I am an attorney working for a midsize firm in the US. I am fairly happy with my job, but have always wanted to work abroad (particularly in the UK). I have no clue how desireable (if at all) US licensed attorneys are abroad or how to go about finding job openings. I found several legal recruiters based in Europe online, but the sites are a bit sketchy. I know that there are various legal exchange programs, but they are generally in non-profit fields or send you to third world countries (which is admirable, but not what I am looking for). Any thoughts, resources or insights would be greatly appreciated.
I have burstitis from a flu shot I got in fall 2014. Is it worth it to file a claim with the National Vaccine Injury Trust Fund? [more inside]
The title says it all really—I need a recommendation for a criminal defense attorney for someone who may be charged with domestic violence and/or rape in New York City.
Took our Subaru to the transmission shop recommended by the local Subaru mechanic. That was in October. It's still there, and we are at the end of our rope. [more inside]
I find myself in need of a (small business?) lawyer, in the Portland, Ore. area. [more inside]
Because we are in New York state, when we close on our refi, we are going to have to sign all of our paperwork in person. As I understand it, New York law requires this. We had our own lawyer present when we closed on the purchase of this house. Should we have one when we close on the refinance? If so, Why? If it matters, we are in Nassau county, and we are refinancing with the original bank who has owned our mortgage since we purchased the home.
I've never hired a lawyer before, but from what I understand, the best way to find one is through word of mouth; I'm hoping I can get suggestions from MeFites who happen to live in the area. My parent is living on the west side, close to Westlake. We're willing to drive to the east side if the lawyer comes highly recommended. [more inside]
Should I move to a bigger city to find a job even if I don't line one up and even if I have no savings? [more inside]
My wife and I are actively looking to buy a house in Kingston, Ontario and have been working with a real estate agent that we're quite happy with. What would the advantage of having a real estate lawyer in the mix be? We're considering modestly priced single-family homes, possibly with an added apartment, and not sure what value we'd get by adding about $1,000 in legal fees to the proceedings. [more inside]
My ex hasn't seen our kids in years. He has called about three times total in 2014. He did miss birthdays and Christmas though. Youngest son doesn't know who his dad is. Oldest son wants nothing to do with dad. Ex owes over 10k child support. He recently started paying child support again. He has expressed interest in having the kids over the summer. I worry because when we did live in the same state ex would regularly beg for me to take the kids back early so he could watch football. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good mediator or lawyer in Maryland who would be able to mediate a separation agreement for my in-laws. Ideally, they are near Gaithersburg/Rockville and have some familiarity with Chinese language/culture. [more inside]
I'm doing a mortgage assumption for a co-op in NYC. It was co-owned and the other owner was bought out, with their name now being taken off the mortgage and the co-op stock certificate. I'm paying for a lawyer for the bank. Do I need a lawyer for myself, too? It seems straightforward to me but I wanted to be sure there's nothing I need a lawyer to do for me that the bank lawyer won't take care of.
I walked into a unmarked glass door outside a popular chain restaurant, and ended up with some injuries. I'm contemplating a lawsuit, but am not sure how to approach this and would appreciate advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
Does anyone know personally a trustworthy solicitor in Ealing or Brentford areas? I have asked around and so far had no success. It is just for a standard Will, but there are a few complications and intricacies, so need someone very clever and very honest but reasonably priced-will pay the going amount of course. Impossible?
Hi, I am looking for some information and advice about getting a divorce in NYC. I am hoping for a no-contest mutual agreement divorce but there is a chance that it might be contested if my spouse starts having second thoughts. Both of us are from India and are here on work visa, with she being on my dependent work visa. Due to time, job and corruption considerations, going to India and getting a divorce there would be problematic. [more inside]
A friend in Victoria is trying to extricate herself from an emotionally abusive relationship. She has been living with this man for ten years and they own a house jointly. [more inside]
A family member is a physical therapist assistant in Virginia. They just completed a one or two-year massage therapy course at a local college (I forget the details). They want to know if the course meets their continuing education requirements. [more inside]
How to Stop Never Ending Summon to Constantly Cancelled Trial? [more inside]
I am looking for a good divorce lawyer around the Kennewick, Pasco, Richland area. I need a lawyer who is willing to deal with the respondent living out of state (Louisiana). I don't know many people here since I've only been here two years and tend to be very private about my personal matters. Any good recommendations?
My ex-wife has not paid her monthly fees on the land I sold her in 9 months now. Confounding details within... [more inside]
What's a good rate for a DWI attorney in the Greensboro, NC area? [more inside]