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]
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]
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]
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?
Looking for a family law attorney in Austin, TX. Got any recommendations? [more inside]
Good traffic attorney in Arlington, Va / Fairfax county? [more inside]
My father contracted MRSA during a long stay in hospital. Is it worth investigating legal action against the hospital(s)? [more inside]
Looking for a recommendation for a construction dispute lawyer and/or mediator for a property owner in Washington D.C.
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]
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]
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]
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?
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!
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]
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]
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!
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.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Anybody have any recommendations for a lawyer in or near Alexandria, Virginia? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can you recommend a family lawyer in Baltimore? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Recommendations for a good traffic lawyer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
My wife and I just moved into our first house this month. Hooray! The people building a house next door say we have to move our fence [and tear down a shed-like thing attached to the garage]. Boo! What do I do? [more inside]
I (mostly) won my FOIA case, pro se. They're going to appeal the decision. Ruh-roh.... [more inside]
Why is the Sandusky trial moving so quickly? In my area the high profile cases seem to take months, if not years, to come to trial, and then the trials themselves take weeks or months. Sandusky's trial started last week and I believe the judge told the jury that they will likely have the case on Thursday. Explain? [more inside]
Can we get the previous owner to pay up for termite treatment? Two years later? Details inside. [more inside]
I've got a special-snowflake immigrations issue that leads me to believe I no longer know enough to handle the problem. I need to meet with an immigrations lawyer/consultant. But how do I choose? (Location filter: Montreal) [more inside]
How do I go about sending a letter requesting an out-of-court settlement to someone I can potentially sue?
At the advice of counsel, I need to send a letter to a party I thought about suing suggesting we settle a personal injury case out of court. The lawyer is out of the picture for now, otherwise it'll cost me money. So... how do I do that? [more inside]
What happens when you surrender on a drug trafficking warrant? (Canadian version) [more inside]
What is my best option when my girlfriend who had a stroke less than a month ago was abruptly terminated by her company? [more inside]
How can I determine the best way to find a lawyer to work on a consumer liability case that is not the stereotypical ambulance chaser, slip and fall guy? All I want is what is fair. I am in the Detroit (Northern) suburbs.
Please help me find an empathic Vancouver, BC area family lawyer. [more inside]
Another driver ran a red light and hit my car, leaving me with minor but permanent injuries. Their insurance company accepts liability and wants to settle, but their offer is about 20% lower than what I'm willing to accept. I've handled everything myself to this point (and have compiled 700+ pages of well-organized documentation), but the insurance company won't budge and it seems I'll need an attorney to negotiate the last 20%. What's the most reasonable fee arrangement for handling a nearly-resolved claim? [more inside]