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How do you set up a Legal Defense Fund?

How do you set up a Legal Defense Fund? I have a very good friend who is a legal bind and will very possibly be charged with three felonies as a result of a barroom brawl. [more inside]
posted by thebarron on May 9, 2006 - 9 answers

 

Help me be a better law clerk!

Help me be a better law clerk! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2006 - 22 answers

The ugly side of traffic court

I've finally gotten together the funds to remove my traffic ticket warrant but..... [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on Apr 21, 2006 - 16 answers

How can I prove I legally can play back copied music at a business?

Where can I find clear and direct laws regarding the playback of backed-up music at a place of business in the United States? [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton on Apr 19, 2006 - 25 answers

I have to pay to have him testify against me? Pshaw.

TherapyContractModificationFilter: The contract my shrink wants me to sign has a paragraph saying that if he is asked to testify in a court case involving me (even if it's for the other side), I have to pay him. I'm not inclined to sign such a contract. Is such a clause anywhere near normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2006 - 27 answers

Spooky mobile?

Glow in the dark art car? (more glowing inside) [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Apr 10, 2006 - 4 answers

Problems with naming a band after other people's names

Are there any problems with naming a band after other people's names -- people we don't know? [more inside]
posted by pealco on Apr 8, 2006 - 17 answers

No, Virginia, there are no perfect clients.

[FreelanceFilter] I need a lawyer's advice! (or other freelancers) I work as a freelance web/Flash developer, and getting money from clients after the job is done is always a huge pain in the ass... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Apr 6, 2006 - 14 answers

How to get a landlord to cough up for bar work done?

My girlfriend did some casual bar work and now the landlord is dodging paying her. There is no complaint on her work but she didn't get anything in writing. How can she get the money due to her? [more inside]
posted by sixball on Mar 30, 2006 - 6 answers

DIVORCE IN THE UK

I want to get a divorce I'm in the UK: Do I need to involve a solicitor? is this something I could do on my own? If it is something I can do myself, how can I go about starting it? My wife is not overly keen on us getting a divorce, though I'm pretty sure she'd NOT put up much of a struggle once the thing got started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2006 - 9 answers

Employment contracting/legal options

Should I continue working for them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2006 - 10 answers

How do I stick it to the man?

A collections agent sent me someone else's information. How can I use this as leverage against them? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Mar 13, 2006 - 14 answers

Stop BestPrintingOnline from allegedly stealing copyrighted material

BestPrintingOnline stole content from my website, I allege. How do I get them to take it down? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Mar 13, 2006 - 12 answers

Practical steps to take after a person dies

Can anyone tell me about the legal, practical steps of dealing with a person who dies, their dead body? I live in NYC but imagine the steps must be pretty similar all over the US and Europe too. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Mar 12, 2006 - 9 answers

Cash and Carry

What happens when you travel with a large amount of cash? [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos on Mar 6, 2006 - 36 answers

Becoming slippery from lawsuits

Is it possible to anonymize my business somewhat to make it a more slippery target for frivolous B2B lawsuits? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Mar 5, 2006 - 11 answers

If I write a book about what I do for a living, will I get in any trouble?

I'm thinking of writing a business book. My dilemma is that the topic would be about what I do in my current day job. [more inside]
posted by pman78 on Feb 28, 2006 - 9 answers

A spammer may be about to sue me.

I'm wondering if writing "dreamhomesolution4u.com is marketed heavily by using spam." on a personal site should be enough to land me in trouble. [more inside]
posted by jragon on Feb 24, 2006 - 14 answers

Does the man disaprove of ROM sites?

I was wondering about the exact legality of distributing video game ROMS on the internet? Is it legal? Does the "delete it in 24 hours" statement really shield a site from legal action? All ROMS sites seem really shady with a lot of layers of pages to go through to get to their content. Some insist it is perfectly fine, while others disagree I searched and only found these two threads. Thanks!
posted by Blandanomics on Feb 21, 2006 - 20 answers

Dog bite case examples

I am looking for dog bite cases in which both the person and the dog are injured.
posted by Scottk on Feb 19, 2006 - 4 answers

intended for external use only - do not put in mouth

Exchange Server - how do I get it to attach a signature to all outgoing mail? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Feb 7, 2006 - 6 answers

stock option grants- do I get the original or a copy

StockOptionFilter: Who gets the signed original documents, and who gets the photocopies? Does it matter? [more inside]
posted by sgarst on Feb 2, 2006 - 6 answers

ExecutorOfAWillFilter

Obligations of an executor of a will: If I'm named the executor of a will, and that will dictates all sorts of needlessly complex things like "form this trust" and "disburse these funds over 27 years", am I stuck with all that work? [more inside]
posted by Merdryn on Feb 2, 2006 - 15 answers

Advice for acquiring "myname".com from a cybersquatter?

Advice for acquiring "myname".com from a cybersquatter? [more inside]
posted by Manjusri on Jan 31, 2006 - 15 answers

How much trouble could writing a bad check get you in?

A friend of mine from Ireland did some things that were a tad bit illegal when he lived in California about seven years ago. Now I live in California, and he's considering visiting, but he's worried. Should he be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2006 - 13 answers

Can Chuck Norris sue me for this?

I run a t-shirt site, and have received a "cease and desist" letter from Chuck Norris's lawyers. Anyone have experience with something like this? What are my rights? [more inside]
posted by thebbxx on Jan 30, 2006 - 30 answers

YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW

I just opened my mailbox to find a large envelope from the U.S. Census Bureau stamped with this friendly notice: The American Community Survey Form Enclosed - YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW What's the worst that could happen if I don't respond? [more inside]
posted by slhack3r on Jan 27, 2006 - 24 answers

Is this a legal HR practice?

HR Question: My company currently pays 100% of our health insurance premiums, even for dependents. However, due to rising costs, they must amend this. The current plan is to cover 50% of the health insurance premium, including dependents, the employee to cover the rest. The kicker and question I have about the legality is this: [more inside]
posted by psususe on Jan 26, 2006 - 27 answers

pay it forward?

Do landlords have the legal right to seek forward rent if a tenant is evicted? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton on Jan 23, 2006 - 5 answers

What to do with an 83 year old Acid Casualty Papa?

My friend is traveling back to the US to deal with her estranged 83 year old acid-casualty father’s deteriorating health and living situation. Can she be held legally responsible for his debts? [more inside]
posted by zaelic on Jan 19, 2006 - 13 answers

Quasi-urgent legal question about a recent arrest of a friend.

Quasi-urgent legal question about a recent arrest of a friend. [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Jan 17, 2006 - 26 answers

Looking for a good "time and materials" web dev contract template

Where can I find a good "time and materials" Web development contract template? [more inside]
posted by Frisbee Girl on Jan 11, 2006 - 4 answers

Is it ethical/legal to ask your employer to lay you off?

Is it ethical/legal to ask your employer to lay you off? [more inside]
posted by Anders Levant on Jan 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Names changed to protect privacy?

Scenario: Linda, an author, is at a party. Linda says that she is writing a book about near-death experiences. Sarah, a guest at the party, says, "Oh, I had one!" and proceeds to recount her experience to the assembled guests. Linda finishes writing her book and includes Sarah's story in it, using Sarah's real first name and some details from Sarah's life (profession, husband's first name and profession, Sarah's religious background). Is Linda legally allowed to do this without changing Sarah's name in the published book? Did Sarah waive her right to privacy by telling the story at a party? What about Sarah's personal details, which were not revealed at the party, but known to the author because of their shared social circle? Legal citations are appreciated.
posted by xo on Jan 7, 2006 - 25 answers

You can call me Al -- as long as it's legal

What does "your legal name" really mean? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Jan 6, 2006 - 27 answers

Lack of rectal exams = malpractice?

For the lawyers out there: if a family physician has never performed (or offered to perform) a yearly rectal exam on a 50+ year old, are there possible grounds for malpractice if the patients develops rectal cancer 10-15 years on? Does the fact that the patient is part of a population that has an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer matter? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jan 5, 2006 - 14 answers

UK will condition

I am watching ITV's Midsomer Murders at the moment, wherein Detective Chief Inspector John Nettles just heard that a 20 year old student Aidan is told he will inherit £100,000 if he reaches 21 as a non smoker. Are these Will clauses legitimate in UK law? Or are they a convenient dramatic device, long superceded in legal practice?
posted by dash_slot- on Dec 30, 2005 - 8 answers

Help me write a legal document for house-sitting.

Recently, a nice-sounding girl posted in a local forum, asking for help over Christmas. She needed someone to come to her house and feed and administer a pill to her cats while she's away. Fearing an unscrupulous individual may try to take advantage of her (as this is a public forum), and genuinely feeling generous and helpful this Christmas season, I offered myself for help. One small thing: I want to prepare a legal document ahead of time to ensure that both of us are protected in the event of a break-in or other calamity, and I need help! [more inside]
posted by Imperfect on Dec 13, 2005 - 31 answers

What do "publishing rights" entail?

What do "publishing rights" entail? Game maker Acclaim is selling off publishing rights to over 200 games, and I was wondering what I'd get if I bought the rights to one. Basically: If I set up some kind of collective donation site, and we bought the rights to a game, could I then creative commons or public domain license it's content, or just the production (DVD, CD, etc)?
posted by zerolives on Dec 5, 2005 - 6 answers

How should American living overseas handle inheritance

Expat American hates money, inherits share of house, perhaps $100,000. Do I need an accountant, a lawyer or something else to advise? [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto on Dec 2, 2005 - 12 answers

How do I get my money back from my ex-roommate?

How do I get my money back from my ex-roommate? [more inside]
posted by thefinned1 on Dec 1, 2005 - 10 answers

What if my non-US citizen fiancée is denied entry into the US at the airport?

My fiancée and I are travelling to her country this Christmas to visit some friends and her family. I am a US citizen and she is Moldovan. She is a grad student at my university here in the US. As she is from a non-EU Eastern European country, there is a chance that she may not be allowed entry into the country due to some technicalities, even though she will have received another valid F1 visa. If she is denied entry in the airport, what can I do? Am I allowed to see her, arrange for her flight home or contact a lawyer before they force her out? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Nov 29, 2005 - 17 answers

Forced to attend X-mas function against religion

I have a co-worker who is Orthodox Jewish. Our Christmas party this year is being made mandatory. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2005 - 61 answers

Help with electronic signatures.

Electronic Signatures: Is a html web form with a checkbox and associated text a valid electronic signature? [more inside]
posted by jba on Nov 16, 2005 - 10 answers

How does copyright law work with RSS feeds? Can they be republished?

What are the legal implications of re-publishing full-text entries from another site's RSS feed? Planet sites do it for mostly legitimate purposes, and spam-logs do it for, well, spammy purposes. But are there any laws that apply? The US copyright code doesn't assume the information is already freely available on the internet, so it seems like a grey area. [more inside]
posted by Geektronica on Nov 14, 2005 - 13 answers

Terms of Use help...

is there a standard "terms of use" that i can use for a website that should legally cover use of my website. [more inside]
posted by tnai on Nov 10, 2005 - 4 answers

How Can I Use Wikipedia's Content?

I would like to start a Comic Book Encyclopedia (Which I am calling, for lack of a better name, "Heropedia"), using mediawiki as the engine. I've been a comics fan forever, and a contributor to wikipedia. It's a great project, and I dig it a lot. However, I think branching off into a seperate project would be good for a subject with as much ephemeral information as comic books. My question is, can I use the infromation in Wikipedia pertaining to comic books, as long as the text of my site is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License? [more inside]
posted by zerolives on Oct 24, 2005 - 4 answers

If the U.S. Criminal Code were a cook book, my hams would taste like sock.

LawFilter: Why is the U.S. Code so strange? [more inside]
posted by dsword on Oct 23, 2005 - 18 answers

Copyright Question

A project of mine has inovlved me creating a number of Sudoku puzzles. What is my position with regards to copyright? I have created, from scratch, a program that builds Sudoku grids. I don't actually build the grids myself, my program does. Do I still hold copyright on the generated grids? [more inside]
posted by gaby on Oct 15, 2005 - 22 answers

What should I do about skipped jury duty?

A few years ago, I ignored a summons to jury duty (U.S. District Court, if that's relevant). I didn't intentionally shirk my civic duty. I just completely forgot to deal with it promptly. Am I in a lot of trouble? What's the best way to handle this responsibly and avoid any unpleasant surprises?
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2005 - 10 answers

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