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What's a good gift for a lawyer?

My lawyer did an awesome job for me on a case. He's late 30s/early 40s, male. Need ideas for a "thank you" gift. Catch: we live in Springfield, IL so lots of more "urban" upscale options are nil. [more inside]
posted by arniec on May 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Need an Employment Lawyer in LA

A friend needs an HR/Employment specialty lawyer in LA, preferably in the SGV, but no further west than downtown. Difficulty: Friend works at a law firm. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on May 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Do employment contracts mean anything in China?

The company behind my Chinese summer teaching job unilaterally terminated my contract after several months of using my name and record to advertise their program to students. I need help understanding the situation. [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss on Apr 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me prepare to talk to a real estate lawyer.

I will be seeking a consultation with a real estate lawyer to talk about an issue with my property line which is the side of my house. Unfortunately there is a negative gradient and a lot of water coming onto my property (and into my basement) from the adjoining property. I have an easement for "ingress & egress" on that property. The landowner there has not responded to my repeated requests to correct the negative gradient. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Apr 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Detective Says I'm A Witness, But Won't Say To What?

I know you are not my lawyer. I have a Kafkaesque situation invovling the cops. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2013 - 51 answers

How much should estate planning cost?

What would you expect to pay a lawyer for a suite of estate planning/healthcare documents that are more or less standard forms (i.e., no complicated trusts, just everything going to the other spouse)? I'm in Boston, but data points from comparably priced areas are welcome. Also, are there documents I'm forgetting in the list inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Any recommendations for a Cantonese speaking divorce lawyer in SF?

I am hoping that someone has a recommendation (or even a "stay away from") for a Cantonese-speaking divorce lawyer in the San Francisco area. [more inside]
posted by roquetuen on Mar 25, 2013 - 0 answers

Legal/accounting advice for filmmakers

I'll be shooting a feature film in L.A. later this year, and I need some advice about how to handle the business side. I'm hoping that somewhere there's some sort of low-budget service that provides help to people who are new to the process. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 21, 2013 - 4 answers

I rented a single-family house in MA. YANML, but I probably need one.

I rented a single-family house in MA with 2 roommates. We have 2 toddlers. This house isn't deleaded, and it needs to be, and landlady is very unhappy about the expense. We offered to vacate the lease, but my now crazy landlady wants to keep the security deposit I put down. Help? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Mar 6, 2013 - 20 answers

looking for recommendations for attorneys to create trusts in NH

Pretty much what it says - I'm looking for recommendations for a southern NH attorney to help create a trust for a relative.
posted by canine epigram on Mar 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Subletting dispute: what are my options?

I recently subleased a place in NYC for three months. I put down a $2000 deposit and paid $3200 for the first month. I’ve been there for two weeks. The lease specified that I’d pay for each remaining month on the first of the month. I've been told "you’ve lost your fucking money, get out". What next? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing on Feb 24, 2013 - 28 answers

Refinancing fees

The good faith estimate for my refinance included government recording charges $X, and title services/title insurance $Y. In the settlement statement, it turned out that the government recording charges were less than estimated, so the lawyer's office just increased the other fee so the total amount is still $(X+Y). Is this standard practice, or kind of a dick move? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth on Feb 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Can a lawyer help us get this nightmare transaction done with?

We paid $4000.00 for a service, and now we're having trouble getting what we wanted. It's been 3 months and we need a resolution to this nightmare! [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Feb 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Need an employments right lawyer STAT

A friend works overseas for a US-based defence contractor. He's been involved in a somewhat work-related incident in his country of work and his employer is, long story short, refusing to advise him, maybe even turning against him. Lots of details we don't want to put on the internet. Need to find a good attorney in the US that has specialization in working with employment rights, particularly in international situations for US based entities (not sure if the defence contractor part is relevant or not). If state matters, pick Texas.
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Lawyer's Sloppiness May Have Screwed Up My Case...Recourse?

The lawyer I hired to negotiate a settlement for injuries suffered in an auto accident sent a letter to the other driver's insurance company that contained the name of another client copied and pasted into my letter, plus an incorrect and inflated amount of damages (possibly from the other client's case). Has this sloppiness jeopardized my case? What can I do about it? Bonus question: After pointing out these errors, the lawyer will not return my calls. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Divorce and immigration attorney in Philadelphia area

I need recommendations for an attorney in the Philadelphia area, who can handle divorce and custody cases where one party (myself) is a non-US citizen, who is here on a marriage-based Green Card. The Card itself is about 2 years old.
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Seeking professional UK immigration advice while living in the US

How can I find a lawyer or similar professional with experience in applying for EEA Family Permits in the UK, while I am still living in the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Never loan money to friends / family / boyfriends.

This was me We broke up and he's stopped paying. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 on Jan 18, 2013 - 22 answers

Family lawyer in Winnipeg

Can you recommend a good divorce lawyer in Winnipeg (MB), Canada? Or, if you can't, can you tell me how I can find one? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Jan 18, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I shop long distance for a Colorado based lawyer?

I've got a potential, medical malpractice law suit regarding a now deceased sibling who lived in Breckenridge, CO, but need to find a solid lawyer from where I reside in Portland, OR. Any suggestions?
posted by tangyraspberry on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for a family law attorney in Austin, TX

Looking for a family law attorney in Austin, TX. Got any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by marble on Jan 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Traffic Attorney in Arlington, VA?

Good traffic attorney in Arlington, Va / Fairfax county? [more inside]
posted by missjenny on Jan 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Should we sue the hospitals?

My father contracted MRSA during a long stay in hospital. Is it worth investigating legal action against the hospital(s)? [more inside]
posted by Diag on Dec 29, 2012 - 22 answers

Need a lawyer recommendation in DC.

Looking for a recommendation for a construction dispute lawyer and/or mediator for a property owner in Washington D.C.
posted by tinamonster on Dec 8, 2012 - 1 answer

How do I write a good moral character reference for my friend?

My about-to-be-a-lawyer friend has asked me to complete an affidavit as to her "good moral character." She is a great person and I'm sure she will be a great lawyer, but I'm not sure what exactly to write or how to phrase it. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Nov 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Yes, I know I need a lawyer

My niece is incarcerated in Lancaster County PA, and I'm trying to get her help from NY. Can you help with lawyer recommendations, or PA programs, or any knowledge of the PA criminal system? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Confusing landlord situation

From a friend: I received a letter stating that my landlord has not paid the outstanding expenses due for the apartment and that I am now required by law to stop paying him for rent and send my rent directly to this debt collector. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Oct 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Can employer restrict my use of portfolio samples?

I'm a graphic designer, employed full-time with a marketing agency. Yesterday my boss said I have to take down examples of work I've done while at the agency. In trying to determine if I can legally show these samples, searching the web is providing conflicting info. Things worth mentioning (a) My portfolio specifies that the work was done on behalf of my employer (b) I never signed anything restricting the use of these images and (c) The images are of works that have appeared in public (stores, events, etc). Is there something "official" I can refer to that shows where the rights to these images lie, especially as they apply to a personal portfolio?
posted by AONeal79 on Oct 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Recommendations for patent attorney?

Asking the hivemind for recommendations for a patent lawyer. Friend (lives in Chicago but willing to consider lawyers from any jurisdiction) has questions about patentability of his idea and potentially needs a patent attorney to help him with the prior art search and nonprovisional patent. Please post your recommendations in the comments or send me MeFi mail. Thanks!
posted by snafu on Oct 10, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I leave my firm and take my favorite clients?

Lawyers making a move to a new firm, how do you handle approaching clients about coming with you? I'm especially interested in details from attorneys who have done this and clients who have gone with an attorney making a move, especially in the last three years. [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus on Oct 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I practice without pay?

I've discovered through some digging that I can not pay (but still hold) practice insurance at my new bar and still practice as a lawyer if I'm not doing it for profit. WHO on earth would want to practice and not get paid? Maybe me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 3 answers

NC personal injury lawyer?

Can anyone recommend a good personal injury lawyer in North Carolina? I am trying to find someone who will not be working for the insurance company and it is proving to be a difficult task. Thanks!
posted by manaaka on Sep 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Estate-filter: How to cash a check made out to a long-inactive non-probate estate?

Misterben, my husband, is the sole beneficiary of the estate of his late grandmother, who died over twelve years ago. Last month, it came to light that his grandmother had a life insurance policy, and the insurer sent a check to Misterben's cousin D (his grandmother's niece, and the executor of the estate). Cousin D was unable to cash the check because it was made out in the name of the grandmother's estate. Neither the cousin nor Mr B have a copy of the will to prove that D is in fact the executor, since it was so long ago. The estate was too small to have gone into probate court, and neither Mr B nor cousin D remember the name of the lawyer who handled it. What can Mr B and/or his cousin do that would enable them to get the check cashed? The estate was in Florida, D lives in South Carolina, and Mr B lives in Washington state. There are no personal issues between Mr B and his cousin, and the cousin is happy to pass along the money once she can cash the check. It is a not huge but not insignificant amount, so he does not want to let it go.
posted by matildaben on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Accountant/Lawyer/Financial Adviser-Filter?

I recently found myself in the middle class with none of the financial acumen needed to handle money on this scale. To be specific, my most complicated financial transaction to date has been handing someone two hundred dollars in cash and riding off on his bike. I'd like to talk to someone knowledgeable about money about my financial goals and be told my options for achieving those goals. Do you know such a person in New York City or the nearby suburbs? The two specific goals I have in mind right now are saving for retirement and paying off a bunch of debts. A possible complication is that all of the debt is in my parents' name, so it might be nontrivial to structure the repayment so that, from a tax perspective, it doesn't look like I've just started giving my parents lots of money every year. Also, it would be better, though not strictly necessary, if this person could speak Chinese to my parents.
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I sue my landlord?

Lease break legal-filter. Former landlord's making ridiculous security deposit deductions and backing out on a written agreement to refund pro-rated rent after asking me to move out early for a new tenant. Is this worth going to court about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Tell me why I should or should not incorporate in Ontario, Canada

I'm a web developer in Toronto who is currently operating as a sole proprietor. A prospective new client would really like to hire me for a major new project, but they can only deal with incorporated companies and cannot hire a sole prop. I'm looking for advice on incorporating from a) people in Canada and especially Ontario, but also from b) anyone who has any relevant advice about the experience of becoming an Inc., even if you are not Canadian. Yes, I will be engaging an accountant or lawyer for specific advice if I do decide to move forward, so I'm not worried that some specific advice may not be appropriate for my jurisdiction: I'm just trying to get a broad picture of what it's like (and some recommendations for lawyers/accountants). [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Aug 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Do I also have the right to interview several lawyers?

Don't talk to the police is convincing and sound advice. Getting a lawyer to represent you so that the police don't trick you into a conviction is a great idea. However, when someone is unexpectedly taken into police custody, how they find a suitable attorney on the spot to defend them? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 28, 2012 - 22 answers

ask.lawyerfilter?

I am currently involved with a criminal case. I have a lawyer, but would like a resource for multiple opinions on some questions I have related to the case. Is there a forum frequented by lawyerly types? A paid website where I can poll a panel of lawyers? Any offline resources? Thanks you.
posted by The Dutchman on Aug 28, 2012 - 14 answers

When my husband files for divorce, what is my next step?

YANAL, but I need some direction. I think my husband is going to ask for a divorce, and I am clueless as to the next steps. He significantly outearns me... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Need to update a will

Anybody have any recommendations for a lawyer in or near Alexandria, Virginia? [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Aug 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Know a lawyer in Mumbai?

Family law in Mumbai? Wondering if anyone has recommendations for lawyers practicing in Mumbai/Bombay... An older (60s) Indian couple I know appears to be heading for divorce, and I am trying to help the woman as best I can. Unfortunately, there are a number of complicating factors, and I do not personally know any lawyers in Mumbai, so I thought I would ask here. I realize it's a long shot, but it's worth a try... [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Aug 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Should a lawyer sign an NDA for a job interview?

I'm a lawyer at a large firm. I represent a lot of tech startups and as a general practice, lawyers at my firm don't sign NDAs to avoid potential problems and conflicts of interest. I'm interviewing for an in-house counsel position and they are insisting I sign an NDA. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Family Lawltimore

Can you recommend a family lawyer in Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by kroshka on Aug 5, 2012 - 1 answer

What can happen in a divorce like this?

My friend's and his ex are divorcing. The ex is being financially irresponsible, which could be influencing the outcome of the settlement. The lawyer has suddenly dropped of the face of the earth. What can my friend do to find out what's going on? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine on Jul 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Should I lawyer up before my arraignment?

I’ve been charged with misdemeanor drug possession (11377) in California after accidentally going through airport security with .7 grams of meth on my person. My arraignment is next week; what can I expect and/or how should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Recommend lawyer in Rochester NY for non-profit organization?

Can anyone recommend a lawyer in Rochester NY who can set-up a not-for-profit corporation for the "maker space" / community workshop we're starting? We'd like to find someone who's affordable, trustworthy and personable. And we'd like to get some personal recommendations instead of just a list of names from the bar association.
posted by 14580 on Jul 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a traffic lawyer in Minneapolis.

Recommendations for a good traffic lawyer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 - 0 answers

Lawyer now or lawyer later?

Virginia-tenant-filter: I moved out, they sent me a big bill with a short deadline. Dispute damages first, lawyer later? Or lawyer now for the dispute? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jul 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Need a copyright infringement defense attorney

Received a notice that my contact information was subpoenaed from my ISP, since my IP was associated with copyright infringement (torrenting). Obviously, I need a lawyer, even though I haven't been sued (yet). Resources online mostly point to lawyers in NY, CA, and FL. I'm not in any of those places. What's the best way to find a lawyer who can represent me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 - 14 answers

How to score a better deal on a cease & desist

LegalFilter: My patent attorney charges more than I can afford to write a cease & desist. should I shop around for a better deal (and how)? [more inside]
posted by secretsecret on Jun 26, 2012 - 8 answers

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