Is it possible to legally declare someone your next of kin or the equivalent? I know that you can make a will for estates, and medical care proxies and the like, but next of kin make decisions about funeral arrangements and other issues and I'm not sure how to go about covering all the miscellaneous bases out there. I'm in the US/NYS, gathering info before talking to a lawyer about specifics.
Possession of lock picking tools in Washington, D.C. - for recreational purposes. Honest! [more inside]
"We need to use that picture of that pregnant singer from the cover of Mary Claire in the next show," says my boss. "What's my budget," I ask? There's a pause. My budget is nothing. "Can't you just get permission? As a promotion?" I make a note. "When do we need it by?" "Yesterday. As long as you get me the release by Friday, we're good." Yes, this is my job. Anyone have tips on successfully licensing photos of celebrities... for as little money and hassle as possible? [more inside]
How shall I record my best recollection of an incident I witnessed that will very likely be the subject of litigation or criminal proceeding? [more inside]
Do automated email sigs mean anything in court? [more inside]
Neighbour sheers off 1/4 finger looking after another's house. Should he sue? [more inside]
How do I be fair to myself and the guy whose car I'm buying, when the actual title transaction will be taking place mostly between banks in another state? Contract/time of delivery/protecting of interests question. [more inside]
If you let a subletter use the internet connection that's in your name, what are ideas for holding them to a promise that they won't do things that could get you sued by the RIAA (or arrested)? Is there any legally meaningful way to notify an ISP that Person X, not you, will be the connection's sole user for X months? This will be wired DSL (no wifi).
LegalFilter: My friend wants to care for her brother's 2 children for 1 year while he gets his life in order following a messy divorce. She lives in the US. The children live in Japan. How can visas, schooling, etc be arranged? [more inside]
With a nice high speed connection now installed at home, I'd like recommendations for finding sci-fi/fantasy TV shows that I can download legally and freely via torrent, that I would not typically have already seen on American cable. [more inside]
Ontario property management firm charging "service fees" just to apply for an apartment rental? This has got to be illegal. [more inside]
LawSchool Filter: From an admissions standpoint does it matter what job I have for the 1yr+ between graduation and law school? [more inside]
How f*cked am I regarding an arbitration clause in a contract? [more inside]
Of course it's unethical/immoral for companies like Gap to use factories that use child labor, but do they have a legal obligation under American law?
How do I stop repeated door-to-door solicitation, inside a NYC apartment building? It wakes me up (I have to sleep during day shift) and it's really frustrating. [more inside]
Law/ Lawyer Filter: I've decided on Law School, but am trying to decide which area of law to focus on once I get there. [more inside]
Has anyone used All World Private Funding to get a loan? And if so, what was your experience?
New to dealing with district court of appeals... [more inside]
Suing over unpaid wages when it's a small amount? [more inside]
I need recommendations for a scanner that will scan documents into black-and-white PDF files in a quick, clear and crisp fashion. I am also interested in hearing of any brands to avoid. [more inside]
I'm considering writing a book based on email correspondence I've received. Can I use the emails in their entirety, provided I remove the names and addresses? What are the legal issues regarding this? [more inside]
Is it possible to copyright a legal agreement? I'd like to do some cut and pasting of a few Terms of Service agreements but don't want to run afoul of the law.
How can I give my brother in the US power of attorney when I am in the EU? [more inside]
Legal job filter: I think a firm is sitting on my resume until they hear back from their first round of offerees, is it presumptuous to send an email? [more inside]
A Mexican TV station wants legal approval to film a gig of my band. Please give me some advice! [more inside]
Can anyone suggest a good way to get out of my contract with Sprint while avoiding the early termination fees? [more inside]
Can a cop legally do anything if he sees my girlfriend and I moving from the back seat to the front seat?
So my girlfriend and I were hanging out in her back seat. Nothing with sex was happening, but then once we finished kissing she moved from the back seat to the front seat. As she is moving a cop notices her and comes over and looks at us. She rolls down her window and the cop makes a comment about her moving. He then asks for her license. She gives it to him. He glares at me (I'm still in the back) and asks her if its the correct name and address. She says yes. The cop gives her a lecture about how perception is important and then goes off. Can he legally do anything?
What can I do if my doctor will not give me the information I need to file with my insurance? [more inside]
[Child of Divorce Filter]. I have discovered I have the ability to view a 400+ page set of documents that are the sum of my parents' bitter legal divorce. On one hand, I hope it may shed some insight for me on people I never really knew. On the other hand, I fear doing this may cause a lot more emotional baggage than it will be worth. What do you think? [more inside]
horrible roommate filter: can she evict me? she can't- right? [more inside]
Law student needs job advice. [more inside]
Is there any way I can make my forged signature legally bulletproof? [more inside]
I'm an American traveling to Cuba legally (under a general license). What are the restrictions on what I can/cannot bring back into the U.S.?
I got hit by a car on a bicycle while carrying a laptop. Bicycle & laptop are busted, but thankfully I'm not. What do I do now, legally speaking? [more inside]
Here is my dilemma. Last week I received a DMCA takedown notice from my ISP regarding a TV show that I torrented (is that a word yet?). Do I ignore the message, or give them the information? I know this was wrong, but my thinking was that this was a TV show, and not music, HBO, movies, etc. I guess I was seriously wrong. I deleted the file and uninstalled uTorrent. [more inside]
Are there any potential downsides to telling one's doctor that he uses marijuana? [more inside]
My father and his brother currently own a sizable piece of property in upstate NY. They each own 50% of the property. My uncle will eventually leave his half to his three sons, and my father will leave his half to his three daughters (which of course, includes me). Due to health reasons, there is a good chance my uncle will move elsewhere and transfer his ownership to my cousins in the near future. [more inside]
How should I proceed in these dealings with Apple? I paid $310 for service on my computer and now they want $900!!!! [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are wondering about what her rights are as to prematurely terminating her lease with a negligent landlord (in Ontario). [more inside]
Do we have any legal recourse if a car dealership lied to us about our car having been totaled before we bought it? [more inside]
Inspired by this question: How can I find an attorney specializing in home renovation contracts in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
Help my friend find a mental health professional for her 4-year-old in Los Angeles. [more inside]
My chimney was in need of repair so i am having part of it re-built/ new caps and re-tuck pointed. The contractors created a lot of dust grinding out the old motor joints. Some of the dust landed on our neighbor's house and she is complaining about the damage it has caused to her in progress paint job. We are working on a solution, but who is responsible for this? What legal responsibility do i have if she discovers permanent damage in the future? Would the contractors be held responsible after I have paid them? [more inside]
I need to find copier paper sized 8.5x13. Any stores you know of selling it? After 2 hours of searching, I give up. I know it exists but I can't find a US supplier. Thanks!
I've been asked to find the best online backup solution for a small law firm that uses Macs and PCs. Security is obviously an issue. Any personal experience with Corevault, rsync.net, or Amerivault is particularly welcome. [more inside]
Let’s say my company has a list of 20 rules the first being, you must notify your superior of any problems. And the second stating employees must take precaution to avoid accident or injury. The other rules are not pertinent. So I do something to avoid personal injury and then my company fires me for not first notifying a supervisor. Do I have any legal rights? Does it matter that I’ve worked for the company for years and have NEVER gotten in trouble?
How easy is it to obtain temporary full custody in Oregon? [more inside]
I am visiting the in-laws, and want to transfer a bunch of Librivox audio books (all legal and free) to my ipod from a mac. My ipod is formatted as a windows ipod even though I only use it with my macbook. Itunes wants to erase my entire Ipod before it do anything. [more inside]
what should a nonoffensive nondisclosure agreement look like and how do I ask them to sign it? [more inside]
Particularly in the state of Pennsylvania, is it technically legal for someone who has earned a JD to use the title of doctor/Dr. professionally? [more inside]