I live in an NYC rent stabilized apartment and I filed an HP Action against my slumlord because he shut our water off without notice for a day. I am also claiming harassment and retaliation. He turned it back on after I contacted a tenant's rights organizer. Court is in a few days and I want to win a rent abatement. No legal aid places in NYC are doing HP actions (I exhausted all options). I am terrified. What do I say before a judge to get a rent abatement? [more inside]
In the US, what is my specific legal duty when I receive postal (USPS) mail that was not intended for me? Ethics are another question; I'm just curious about the legal requirements. [more inside]
Both humorous and philosophical.. there's the classic "Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made", but I'm more interested in quotes that are about human's relationship with the law and insights into the complicated process of lawmaking. I'd love to hear some of your favorite quotes. [more inside]
Dear lawyers: I have an ethics question. [more inside]
So, I got royally screwed over. State: California. After a tenuous start with a new employer, it was clear my boss wasn't going to work with me to ensure my success on the team, so I started looking around. Found a new job, great fit, great company. Applied, interviewed, and was given an offer. Signed the offer, resigned (verbally) from the current job. [more inside]
I'm separating from my common-in-law partner and need to find a divorce/separation lawyer who can help me get a separation agreement crafted and signed. I have only ever used a lawyer twice - when I bought & sold my house, and when I wrote my will. I have no idea where to look or what I should be looking for. Help! [more inside]
Earlier this year, I arranged to rent a beach house for a week in Rehoboth Beach, DE this summer. Yesterday, the owner contacted me to inform me that he was cancelling my reservation because he found a tenant who wanted to rent the house for the whole summer. At this point, my vacation is pretty much ruined, as I'm unlikely to find a comparable rental at a similar price this late in the year. What recourse (if any) do I have with the owners? Did they break any laws by doing this? [more inside]
My parents have had some recent health issues and I've asked them to meet with an estate planning attorney. What should I specifically ask them to discuss with this attorney? [more inside]
My property's title has an easement onto my neighbor's property for a right of way through the neighbor's property to my property. I don't need this easement to get into my property, although I do occasionally use it. My neighbor's property has been purchased by developers and they would like to buy back the easement (pay me to extinguish the easement) in order to develop across the easement. This seems straight-forward, but selling a portion of my property would seem to violate my mortgage agreement. Would it? [more inside]
Are HID / Xenon headlights legal in california and if so what are the restrictions? [more inside]
I have a very specific question about the legality of prescribing methadone in a specific context in the State of California. Regular old googling isn't resolving this. [more inside]
Up until now I've been blissfully ignorant of the workings of homeowner's insurance and condominium law. Now I have no ceiling and I need some help from someone more knowledgeable than me. [more inside]
As part of some merger among hospitals, my wife, a primary care physician, is now being asked to sign an agreement to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services as a condition for her continued employment. The directives conflict with her own conscience and medical judgement. Is this legal? Does she have any recourse, if she chooses not to sign? [more inside]
Last month I hit a neighbor's parked car. Since then, I've let the insurance company handle it, but the neighbor has reached out to me several times, and I'm not sure how to respond. Details under the cut. [more inside]
My doctor prescribed a CPAP earlier this year, and my insurance at the time covered a rental for three months, at which the unit would be "mine". The three months ended in May, and I happened to change jobs at that time. [more inside]
I ran (and hopefully will run again) a live movie riffing show along the lines of a Mystery Science Theater 3000. The first time I did it, we did a film from the public domain, but I know it would be a lot more popular were we to have a better class of film. I know you're not my lawyer and this is not legal advice, but is this something that could be considered a transformative work and I could sidestep licensing the films? [more inside]
The cable in my building is out. At least one of my neighbors is affected by this, and my cable is also out; however, I don't use mine so I don't care. The cable people want to come cut a hole in my wall. This will be very loud, require multiple visits, and take at least 45 minutes. I am seriously ill and for various reasons this will be catastrophically disruptive for me. I said no. Do they have the legal right to force this on me? I wonder, also, if the landlord has to give permission - they want to cut a totally gratuitous hole in a place that can be clearly seen.
I'm a lawyer in Ontario, and I'm considering a career change, but I'm trying to find a realistic career option that both works with my skillset and which satisfies at least some of what I want from work at this point. [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]
I wish to understand the practical process of what happens in the wake of a court ruling such as yesterday's. [more inside]
I’m trying to determine if it’s worth it to plan a career change from engineering to patent law, with a lengthy, difficult, expensive stop through law school first. Have you done this? Do you have special insight? [more inside]
I have a chronic pain condition and have failed all standard treatments. Today, my doctor closed the door and straight out recommended that I seek out marijuana. I live in a state where it's not legal and have no clue how to find marijuana. Help? [more inside]
I need to fill out L.A. Superior Court form EJ-130 in order to obtain a writ of execution for a judgment I have won. I have now been rejected twice because of one field they claim I didn't fill out correctly. [more inside]
What rules and regulations in the US apply to choosing which judges/venues get to cover certain cases? [more inside]
What options does a landlord likely have when a tenant's guest/friend is slashing the neighbors' tires and threatening them and has a criminal record? Assume standard lease in Illinois and that the guest definitely did it but the police won't make an arrest yet. The tenant has done nothing wrong.
I am a first year law student in Seattle. I am looking for a summer internship/job. I want to work on civil rights issues and technology issues, and I'm pretty sure the future will involve a lot of overlap between the two (issues like this, for example). [more inside]
Attorneys, law students, anyone: what is the best legal opinion you've ever read? I am fascinated by legal rhetoric and I want to read the best-written, best-argued, opinions (majority or dissenting) you can come up with. Amicus briefs will also be accepted. And the case doesn't need to be historical or momentous, nor does it need to be a Supreme Court case, but cool of it is.
I've had an idea for a product review site and am trying to discern whether product photographs can be legally reproduced on the website, from where fair-use photographs should be obtained and how, if at all, they should be attributed. [more inside]
A friend (no, really!) will officially be divorced next Monday, and will then own 50% of a residential property in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The property has one house (that's basically a teardown), currently occupied by their ex (with no intention of selling), and one barn. The rest is undeveloped property. The property is in a great school district (Central Bucks). Is there ANY way they can sell my 50% stake in the property. They're wiling to sell at a discount and talk to developers, banks, private investors, whatever.
46, lawyer, musician. I have been fallow for an extended time and am coming out of a bankruptcy and divorce. I have a couple years experience as a criminal defense lawyer (from 4-5 yrs ago) but haven't really done much since. I don't want to continue in criminal law. I find jobs that are intriguing but my resume is spotty at best. So how do I write an effective cover letter and create a resume that doesn't reflect my lazy attitude toward work these last few years? [more inside]
My ex-wife has not paid her monthly fees on the land I sold her in 9 months now. Confounding details within... [more inside]
I have an arbitration clause in my lease. Does this preclude me from using small claims court? [more inside]
I recently applied for and am now actively being considered for a legal assistant/senior case technician position with the federal government (Social Security Administration). The job description sounds a lot like what I used to do as a paralegal (reviewing records, analyzing cases, making recommendations for further action, contacting medical providers), but I'm worried that what I've actually applied for is a secretarial position (e.g., making travel arrangements, maintaining calendars, hanging out a copy machine a lot, collating and binding copies). [more inside]
I work in corrections. On facebook, on my page, I posted something that might have been a breach of confidentiality. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
Lawyers: how do you decline helping out your friends? [more inside]
I'm looking for a well-written, balanced book on corporate personhood for research. Actually, could use two or three if possible, and links to good, extensive and well-researched non-political articles on the web would be helpful as well. [more inside]
My car failed its MOT yesterday and, as a result of my bad time management, the tax disc has expired today. I can't tax it without it being covered by a valid MOT certificate, but I need to get it to a garage for repairs so that it can pass the MOT. Is it legal for me to drive it to the mechanic? [more inside]
I currently attend a top 2 law school in the UK (no prize for guessing which), and am interested in working in the US after I graduate. While I am aware that I will be eligible to take the bar exam in NY and California with a degree from a common law jurisdiction, would my prospects of landing a law firm gig be appreciably augmented if I go for an LLM (or perhaps even a JD) at a US law school? [more inside]
My lease, like most, says that subleasing is not allowed without manager's consent. I came in on a sublease and later let the manager know I was planning on subleasing. She just declared she will not accept any subleasing any more. Does anyone know if this is legal for her to do this? It's breaking faith, but not breaking the literal contract. FYI, I live in Missouri.
Short version: my siding has a 3/4" hole thanks to a bobcat's spinning tire shooting a piece of gravel into it. I know this is the cause, but do no have a video to prove it. The bobcat operator's boss and his boss have "determined" (magically) that the bobcat did not cause the hole. Pursue, or eat it? [more inside]
Who are the most well known academics in the field of intellectual property, and especially copyright law? Especially academics active in the last 5-10 years? The more radical, the better. [more inside]
How does Arizona's SB 1062 work to protect those seeking to discriminate against others based on religious grounds? [more inside]
My state job is pretty blatantly ignoring the state laws regarding rest periods. I have low blood sugar and am finding the conditions difficult to manage. [more inside]
Peaking probably 2 or 3 years ago, tales of employment doom for lawyers were everywhere across the internet, with various stories of newly-minted graduates who were $150-200k in debt and either jobless, or working at 40-60k/year jobs where they could never pay back their debt. I remember reading predictions that this wasn't merely a usual and temporary fluctuation, but was a sign of a permanent contraction in the legal job market. I was speaking with an acquaintance who recently graduated from Harvard Law School, who told me that in her opinion, the negativity was overblown, and everyone that she knew in her graduating class had either a job or a fellowship without too much difficulty. This got me wondering whether the situation now is still as bleak as it was a couple of years ago - for lawyers generally, but especially for lawyers from top schools. Are lawyers generally still in such difficult straits in terms of finding a job? [more inside]
I'm looking to hire an attorney familiar with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, litecoin, etc. Any recommendations or pointers? [more inside]
An activist performance artist is currently facing a year in jail for a 15 minute protest in a New York bank; the Manhattan District Attorney’s is charging him and his choir director with “riot in the second degree, menacing in the third degree, unlawful assembly, and two counts of disorderly conduct”. The case is well publicized and has first amendment issues; I’m curious about its economic implications. How much money will New York City spend bringing this case to trial? What if the trial goes past the one hearing? How much does it cost to jail someone for a year? Courtroom use; judge and prosecutor time; trials for other crimes having to start later, appeals: added up, what do these parts of a misdemeanor prosecution cost NYC in cash money?
Trying to find a good paralegal in Phoenix, AZ but not sure where to go. I checked Angie's list but there is only one service rated and it's not good. What other sources can I check to get ratings/recommendations?
I am an American national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been here since 2005. I am registered self employed as a dominatrix - yes they seem to have a category for this at Inland Revenue - and it seems that in order to naturalise as a British citizen, I will need to send the Home Office a statement of accounts with my application! So there's no hiding it (not that I would want to). My question is - will being an out sex worker make them pause at granting me citizenship, because of the good character requirement?
Goes by several names: Master of Studies in Law, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Science in Law. Wikipedia says: "a master's degree offered by some law schools to students who wish to study the law but do not want to become attorneys." I'd never heard of such a degree until recently -- is it present in the public consciousness? I read MBA or MFA and I have intuition for what those involve, but not so much MSL. [more inside]
I'm a nurse. Recently, a police officer approached me at work to ask me some questions about a patient. I discussed the issue with my supervisor who clarified my hospital policy on talking to the police, but how do I figure out my personal legal and moral obligations around this? [more inside]