I am aware of two civil cases that I'd like to find more information on. [more inside]
A collection agency in the UK is trying to collect an unpaid invoice for me. Their initial efforts have failed; should I authorize them to go ahead with legal action? (Details and earlier question inside.) [more inside]
What kinds of things can someone with nefarious intentions accomplish with my information if they obtained it? What kinds of ways would I go about monitoring or detecting possible misuse of this info? I was recently threatened with this from her current man-friend after leaving her a simple "glad you're doing well" message on FB, if I ever try to contact her again. He obtained the info from "paperwork" of which may be from my last job (he is likely a member of the same small community that owns the business). Anyway, I don't plan on contacting her again but not from this assface's threats, simply because I'm sure she was there too and it hurt my feelings. Just wondering what kinds of things he could accomplish if he wanted to....
I'm moving from Berkeley, CA to Houston, TX next week, I'm wondering if there are any significant differences in the legal regime I should be aware of. [more inside]
Help us help our friend marry us! [more inside]
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]
I'll be shooting a feature film in L.A. later this year, and I need some advice about how to handle the business side. I'm hoping that somewhere there's some sort of low-budget service that provides help to people who are new to the process. [more inside]
This is a little tricky to talk about without specifically mentioning my domain name, but I'll try. I have a popular website that's about to get significantly more popular, because I'm about to publish a book, go on book tours, etc. There's a *much* more popular website that's been around since the beginning of the web, and part of my domain name includes their domain name (for example, suppose their domain was Narnia.com, and my domain was AdventuresinNarnia.com). We're in the same general market (say Narnia.com sold video games, and I reviewed video games). What legal risk am I subjecting myself to, particularly if I have absolutely no desire/intent to sell my domain name? I have a PR4 site and I don't want to move, but I don't want to put links to my website in a published book and then get forced to move later.
What are the legal implications if I start a blog documenting the poor service my property manager provides, and asking others to share their opinions of this firm? I can speak for the factual accuracy of my own experiences (I have their letters and invoices etc, as well as my responses), but what about others? [more inside]
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]
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]
I have a longstanding income protection claim with an Australian insurance company because I have a chronic health condition that prevents me from working more than sporadically. I would like to orchestrate a pay out instead of filling out monthly forms and doing three-monthly medical checks. [more inside]
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]
I am not sure whether to consult a CPA or a tax attorney for this. I currently live in Chicago. My brother lives in Louisiana. I am, separately, the trustee of a trust for him and his designated power of attorney. While in Louisiana, I sold his primary residence acting as his POA. I deposited the proceeds from the sale into the trust. No 1099 was issued for the home sale. Howwww do I report this to the IRS? [more inside]
We have an ad which will be printed, and *ideally* would love to use that picture from the superbowl ad of the nerd kissing the model (godaddy ad). I know this is a longshot since they paid millions for it, but is my only legal option to ask GoDaddy and go this route? THANK YOU!
Hi. I am looking for recommendations as to which o the following titles I should purchase; I am very new to this topic. Additionally, this is an area of legal education that my forthcoming university in England will not cover (it is not included in their LLB and generally in UK universities). Other universities do however, stage internal negotiation simulations workshops and competitions for its law students as an extra-curricular, CV boosting and skills enhancing activity. My law school is unfortunately bereft of adequate funding, connections with city law firms and general career/skills resources to have such a thing. [more inside]
If the LAPD had intentionally set Christopher Dorner's cabin on fire, would that have been a legal use of lethal force? [more inside]
Following some intense pain I felt back in August, I began going to doctors to figure out the cause. I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I am in my mid-twenties. I could use some help figuring out my next medical and legal steps. [more inside]
Moving out this weekend, management company wants to charge me until new tenet moves in - whose in the right? [more inside]
I would like to do some consulting in the area of software development for Engineering firms. I would also like to develop my own software products and sell them. How do I go about this from a legal standpoint? I plan to alert all my potential customers that I am also working on my own products and that any software I build for them can either remain proprietary for their company (assuming of course it is not the exact same thing as what I plan to create and sell on my own) , or that we can enter an agreement where if I sell the software developed on their dime we would split the profits - assuming they don't want to keep it proprietary which will be the most likely scenario. YANAL, but is there a way to draft this in legal terms? S uch that if obvious small classes or libraries appear both in my product and the product I develop for them - and any programmer knows there are only that many ways to skin a code and overlap is inevitable - I won't get sued.
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]
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!
Is there a legal principal here, and if so, what is it called? YANML. Question about paying for a service that is impossible to benefit from. Explanation and example inside…. [more inside]
I am looking for some memorandum of law wherein attorney fees were awarded in a subsequent motion for costs that were incurred in a previous motion that was (involuntarily) withdrawn. Has this ever happened? [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.
I'm looking for the best way to get a document drafted that will allow an unmarried woman with three children designate that only two of her children will have the ability to handle her affairs should she pass on or become incapacitated. (NY State specific) [more inside]
I know your not my atty but.. OK, my dad thinks I might have a legal case. Is he right, should I pursue this issue or just let it go? And, if I should pursue it...how? Long story short, I am applying to graduate programs. To do so, along with applying directly to the university, some programs also require that you apply online with an application service. This is a real $ maker because you most likely pay $60 to Mega University and another $45 to Application Service. [more inside]
I need to draw up an agreement that would be legally enforceable in Hungary. The catch is, the circumstances of all parties (and witnesses) signing it are such that meeting at a notary's will be very impossible. Would a document signed by both parties and two witnesses be considered legally binding in Hungary? Great thanks in advance.
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]
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?
You are a UK solicitor, but you are not MY UK solicitor [more inside]
Hi. I was wondering if anyone here could help to recommend resources for a complete beginner to better understand the history of Christianity, etc so I may have a deeper, more contextualised understanding of british history and politics. Some stuff I'd like to know better are: [more inside]
I realize that YANML but I find myself in a dilemma and I'm not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
Help me understand a passage from a law book (on freedom of contract) + recommend me resources for further reading!
Help me understand a passage from a law book: The most important consequence of changing views about freedom of contract in the period of 1870-1980 was the rise of the various institutions associated with the 'welfare state'. The introduction of institutions such as state-funded education and medical care, not to mention unemployment insurance and welfare, can be understood in large part as premised on the belief that freedom of contract is an empty ideal for those lacking the means to enter a market [more inside]
Unbeknownst to me, a driving fine has doubled and moved beyond appeal - or has it? What recourse do I have? And while pursuing recourse, what should I do about the money owed to avoid further penalty? [more inside]
We recently moved to a new house and our washing machine hook-up does not drain properly. Instead of fixing it, our landlord keeps being pushy about how we should just drain it into the state land behind the house. [more inside]
I'm trying to find the exact law-enforcement/legal job to give to a fictional character. My ideal description would be "a prosecutor with a badge and a gun," someone who both kicks down doors and prosecutes cases. Does this job exist? A few more details inside. [more inside]
Scam filter: An apartment finders made a copy of my license upon entering (before even filling out an application). I didn't end up using their service and asked for the copy of my license back. They made a bunch of excuses and then said that they shredded the copy of my license and showed me a bunch of shreddings. What can I do to protect my identity? [more inside]
Looking for a recommendation for a construction dispute lawyer and/or mediator for a property owner in Washington D.C.
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]
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]
Hi Mefi-ers. I was wondering if anyone here who is doing/have done law could help point me to resources or journal articles (which we've not been introduced to. I only know of the case databases: lexis and westlaw) that would help me demystify a contract law question I've been set by my seminar leader? I'm basically a first year undergraduate llb law student at an English university; I'm studying contract law as one of the compulsory first year modules. [more inside]
Legally binding online forms? (British Columbia) [more inside]
How do I let a judge know I plan to take a driving course? [more inside]
Last summer a U.S. law professor wrote a paper analyzing the legal issues raised by verse 2 of Jay-Z's 99 Problems (about a police traffic stop). If you were going to write a similar article about a Canadian song, what would you pick? [more inside]
Leaving a bedbug infested apartment - how do we move safely? [more inside]
Our former landlord is trying to withhold our security deposit and charge us $3,000+ for damages we did not cause. We just received her letter itemizing the "charges" and I just want to make sure we are covering our bases, as it's my first time in this situation. We are in Prince George County, Maryland. [more inside]
I got a fix it ticket in August that I promptly forgot about until I received a notice to appear on Friday. It says that I will be charged a 600 dollar bail unless I pay after this friday, in which case it is 900 dollars. I am able to do neither. What do I do? [more inside]
My room mate and I have had a falling out over my suggestion that I pay my rent directly to the homeowner, as she does, rather than to her. [more inside]
What am I liable for if my dog damages someones property while they are on my property? I am happy to replace damaged property but can I be liable for anything else? I know YANAL or even my lawyer just wanting to know what to expect. [more inside]