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Writing a letter of character reference.

I'm a 48 year old guy and in high school there was a group of 5 of us who were very tight. We remained tight through college and then on into family life. Then about 15 years ago one guy drifted off with his family. We all eventually lost contact with him. Maybe a phone call one Christmas or another. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on May 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Bring Your Own Device to Play-Work

How nice is too nice of an electronic use policy? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Air BnB Legal Question!

I need to send some legal documents (a wage garnishment assignment from a spousal support court judgement) to the appropriate department at AirBnB. The garnishment is for one of their employees, my ex-husband. I am having trouble locating the appropriate contact at AirBnB. Does anyone have an email address or direct phone number for either the legal department or Accounts Payable? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Apr 21, 2014 - 10 answers

My SSN number is publicly available...should I be worried?

I found my SSN and my wife's SSN #'s listed on a document accessible to anyone at the County courthouse. As near as I can tell it wasn't available until recently...should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Incorporate an online-based business in New York or Pennsylvania

I'd like to start on online-base media/information/advice business, and I'm having trouble deciding on where to incorporate. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Feb 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Does my very small business need a lawyer?

This question made me wonder if I need to do any legal stuff for my small business. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Can father be legally required or encouraged to improve housing?

Asking for a friend. She is wondering if anything can be done to get her ex-husband to move into larger accommodations and stop sharing a bed with her protesting children. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 24, 2013 - 38 answers

Legal copyright procedure?

How does someone get a copyright to a photograph they have taken? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Nov 18, 2013 - 5 answers

What is a resident agent's role in probate?

Someone I know has been asked to serve as a resident agent, in an estate probate case where the estate's administrator does not live in the state where the probate is venued. What could possibly go wrong? [more inside]
posted by maniabug on Sep 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Selling my car without getting any money.. How to protect myself?

For reasons that were mutually beneficial at face value, I sold my car to my SO's parent. However, therein lies the problem.. any way to get myself in a better situation than the one I've inadvertently gotten myself into without realizing the full ramifications of my decision? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Sep 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Read ended by truck a month ago; their ins co won't make a decision

I was hit by a garbage truck a little over a month ago. He had a stop sign that he decided to ignore. I was on a rte/main road with no stop sign, going with the flow of (considerable) traffic. My car was pretty seriously damaged and needs to be fixed, but so far the truck company's insurance company hasn't accepted liability, and are hanging their decision on a guy who apparently doesn't exist. In the meantime, my car's a mess. How to get a response so I can get my car fixed and not have to cover the rental myself? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 2, 2013 - 22 answers

Is it legal to throw up on a train on the New York subway system?

Is it legal to throw up on a train on the New York subway system? Inspired by something that happened to Griphus from the We Have Such Movies to Show You podcast.
posted by Bugbread on Jul 24, 2013 - 21 answers

What should I do to protect my neck during this roommate situation?

I moved to a new city and I'm currently living by myself in a decent sized but single bedroom apartment. I recently met a friend who's looking for a place to stay with his girlfriend for one month so they can save a little money to get on their feet again. Raising all sorts of red flags already? That's why I love you guys. Besides "Just say no", what can we both do to protect our interests? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Jun 25, 2013 - 30 answers

Looking for the Silver Insulation

If an absentee homeowner's property is condemned, can I take legal action against them for a loss in value of my own house? [more inside]
posted by endotoxin on Jun 22, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the legality for a web site to make credit transactions?

In order for any web site to charge one for services or goods, in this case services, what are they legally required to record and produce? I'm having a little trouble wording my exact question so maybe this will help. The web site in question provides phone service for inmates in correctional facilities and in order for one to receive calls from a loved one in the correctional facility you have to set up an account and attach a phone number to it while loading money for the overpriced service... $5 for 15mins. The company charged me a fee of $5 every time I was to load money on the account which did not show the rate for a call per min and also charged me numerous unknown fees. I could not tell why or how much I was charged which was made worse by their not being a way to track credits and charges to the account. When I contacted customer support they also could not account for the charges and would not refund them, refused to refund my visa purchase, and claims to have no way of producing charges and credits to my account. Their customer service is no help and I'm not sure how to handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Jun 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Threatening App Store seller behaviour - credible?

I wrote a polite email to an App seller advising him I would be posting a 1-star review of his app on Apple's App Store. He replied, "Electronic postings of defamation, libel and slander are now well covered under English and European law. My litigation solicitors are [redacted] of London, who have looked after my interests for over twenty years now, nor have ever lost me a case, from individuals to a nation-state. Put up any post and it'll cost you several thousand pounds for each day it stays up; I do hope I make clear..." Can he do this, can I reliably protect myself, and has he violated any Terms and Conditions as a seller on the App Store? Specific reference to English and European Law and Apple App Store Terms and Conditions would be very helpful. Thank you.
posted by falcon on Jun 4, 2013 - 22 answers

Fighting family

I lent my cousin a very special item. Now they won't give it back. Do I fight or retreat? [more inside]
posted by mumimor on May 31, 2013 - 40 answers

Why do some TV shows not mention real-life brands, yet others do?

Some TV shows (and movies, and novels) go out of their way to avoid mentioning real-life brands. This video shows countless mentions of faux social networks: Friendbranch, Facefinder, Friendnet, etc etc, rather than Facebook. But others freely portray real-life companies when they want to. How come? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 29, 2013 - 27 answers

Do I have some sort of recourse against Ford?

I purchased a 2012 Ford Focus and it has been having performance issues that the dealer doesn't want try and fix. Should I risk aggravating the dealer and try to activate Ohio's lemon law or seek some other form of recourse? [more inside]
posted by charred husk on May 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Is it legal for a job to not allow employees to take breaks?

I work in a house that has been designated as a group home for 5 disabled adults. The program/company is funded for by the state. I am an hourly employee who works a full 40 hours (plus up to 10-15 hours of overtime @ time and a half many weeks). My checks include deductions in all the proper taxes and stuff that any job would withdraw from. It's a full on legit job. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on May 9, 2013 - 37 answers

Where there's a will kit, there is confusion

I don't have a will and have never written one before. I don't have a lawyer and don't really want to get one. In a bit over a month, I will be going into hospital for some surgery. It's not particularly dramatic surgery and I expect it to go well, but I seem to have used it as a spur to get a will kit*, which is something I have meant to do for a while now. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Landlord from hell saga continues...

Building off of the landlord theme from today...I posted about this 5 0r so months ago. We assembled our paperwork, took advantage of some pro bono consultations, and then filed in small claims. But they were unable to serve her and last week I discovered that she's libeled us on the website www.terriblerenters.com. We're seeking an experienced counsel, but in the meantime need help thinking this through. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Mar 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Legal / Possible to rent empty commercial space in NYC for 1-2 nights?

Does anyone know the legalities / possibilities of renting out empty storefronts / loft spaces / warehouses for only 1 or 2 nights in NYC? I want to rent the space, bring some simple food and drinks, throw a party, and sell some art. Is this legal or even possible? [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Mar 17, 2013 - 9 answers

The Raskolnikov Method

I'm interested in the origin and propagation of this particular trope: Extremely drunk driver, with bottle of booze in the car, gets in a crash, possibly killing someone, with plenty of witnesses. The driver, either on his own initiative or after calling someone (perhaps a lawyer) for advice, gets out of the car and starts publicly drinking great volumes from the bottle. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Mar 13, 2013 - 13 answers

How must/can I modify my basement to legally use it as a bedroom?

I am planning to convert my basement into a bedroom for one of my brothers to use. I was thinking all that was needed was carpeting and paint, but one of my friends recently told me that I may need to have some kind of modification to the basement windows or walls so that there's a fire escape route apart from the stairs. Is this the case? I've had a hard time finding a definitive legal reference as to what I need to do to have someone legally sleep in my basement. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Feb 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc. -- Should there be a comma before Inc.?

Sorry for the esoteric legal question, but I'm intrigued by this case name. I thought that "Inc." was always preceded by a comma in a party name. Yet this case doesn't seem to include the comma: Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc., 131 S. Ct. 2653 (2011) http://​www.​supremecourt​.gov​/opinions​/10pdf​/10-779.pdf A quick Googling shows a mixed bag of comma use. Does anyone have any idea whether the comma belongs or not? Thanks!
posted by travisf on Feb 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Can you charge different membership fees based soley on age?

A new private restaurant/club is opening in my Santa Monica, CA neighborhood. Membership fees are $1250/yr if you are under 30, $2000/yr if you are over 30. There is no justification stated for this policy, like the way auto insurance rates justify their age-based rates. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jan 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Tracking down stolen guns

About 30 years ago my dad had a large gun collection (about 100 total). They were stolen and only about 10 of them were ever recovered. He had a list of models and serial numbers that he sent to local law enforcement. I still have that list. is there any chance of recovering more of the guns? How would I go about that?
posted by DaddyNewt on Jan 27, 2013 - 4 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

Website ownership - who can get sued?

Building (and purchasing) a website for a friend's company in Africa - am I legally responsible if his company gets sued for something unrelated to the site? [more inside]
posted by cavs33 on Dec 7, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I negotiate with my publisher?

My stats notes are getting too long to distribute using the university printers. A publisher wants to turn them into a printed book, but I want to keep control of the electronic distribution of my work. How should I approach this situation? [more inside]
posted by mixing on Nov 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Help us hold a successful bug hunt

Leaving a bedbug infested apartment - how do we move safely? [more inside]
posted by BZArcher on Nov 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Advice about a traffic violation, mandatory court appearance.

How much will this traffic violation cost me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Local DJ submits his vote to a vote!

What are the ramifications of putting one's voting franchise up for a vote? [more inside]
posted by Archelaus on Oct 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Sick of the cite of this thing.

How do I cite a legal case in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Oct 18, 2012 - 7 answers

How to protect idea for database and apps after showing it to someone?

I sent a video outlining an idea I came up with for a DB and series of apps to a contact I made at a big org. I received a terse reply that appeared to be claiming the idea as theirs. What is the best way to respond? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jul 10, 2012 - 10 answers

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]
posted by Opal on May 30, 2012 - 5 answers

lawf0rms4u.biz

My new landlord wants me to give him a lease for us to sign. Is there a good resource for printable lease agreements? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on May 12, 2012 - 12 answers

What is moped parking law?

I'm having issues with Moped parking in Michigan. Anyone have any experiences or know the laws here? [more inside]
posted by Forerunner343 on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

What is the deal with process serving?

Several years ago I was served papers for a civil suit by a process server whose demeanor I can't get out of my head. How does process serving really work? What is the cultural and legal context here? [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Apr 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Forced out

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]
posted by bz on Mar 14, 2012 - 17 answers

Why should my landlord be involved with me insuring my own stuff?

Can my landlord require that I add them to my renter's insurance when I renew my apartment lease? And is this normal? (Michigan, USA) [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Feb 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for a legal/technical term, I think...

Brain block: what's the term (if any) for creating a problem, then selling someone the solution to that problem? I swear there's a name for this kind of fraud/scheme but it just won't come to me. [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jan 18, 2012 - 17 answers

Inclusion of benefits in employment contract?

Should health benefits and who will pay those health benefits be included in an employment contract? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Dec 13, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the legality of a student using a musical track in a spec ad for a big brand?

What's the legality of a student using a musical track in a spec ad for a big brand? [more inside]
posted by rudhraigh on Nov 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Does a learner's permit allow the accompanying passenger to be impaired?

When a learner's permit requires the presence of a fully licensed driver as a passenger, is that requirement satisfied even if that passenger is too impaired to drive? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Nov 19, 2011 - 15 answers

I'm being flogged publicly ..is my accuser handling it legally

I did the wrong thing...but do I have any rights in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Not sure why, but I have a case of brain freeze with this one.

Looking for examples of legal clauses in Terms of Use that everyone ignores -- both the clients and the vendor. [more inside]
posted by woodman on Nov 11, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I become a legal guardian in New Jersey?

How do I petition the court to become my little brother's legal guardian in New Jersey? A little background: My mother has a terminal disease, which may also cause her to be mentally incapacitated at some point (thanks in advance for the condolences). My little brother is 15 and lives at home with my mom. My mom has made it clear to myself and people around her that she wants me to become his guardian after she dies. But, I have had little luck figuring out the actual legal process for initiating the process. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Oct 24, 2011 - 17 answers

What to do when an employer stiffs you on a paycheck, then offers to pay in stallments? Details inside.

After two months of dodging me, my former employer is agreeing to pay me my last $1000 paycheck "in installments." Should I accept, or continue on to court? [more inside]
posted by joechip on Oct 4, 2011 - 33 answers

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