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Design work used but not paid.

How to deal with unpaid and non-contracted design work showing up on the net? The work was created based on the promise of a contract coming in any day. [more inside]
posted by stthspl on Aug 14, 2011 - 10 answers

What Attribution is Expected on a Photo Blog?

What etiquette and legal issues must one be aware of for running a photo blog? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Can my wife, who signed the divorce decree, rescind on an uncontested divorce less than 24 hours before it would be finalized?

My wife decided to contest the divorce less than 24 hours before it would have been finalized. She had already signed all of the decrees. [more inside]
posted by mephesta on Aug 8, 2011 - 28 answers

Help a friend get legal ownership of a car he purchased in Illinois sans title

Help a friend get legal ownership of a car he purchased in Illinois sans title [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

What's the best solution to this car drama that may involve a tampered odometer?

I have a friend that is having some trouble with a car he purchased and he's trying to figure out what could be the best outcome in this situation. Basically, it looks like his odometer may have been tampered with and has been making far more repairs to this car than seems reasonable. He contacted the AG and they're willing to take the case but he's not sure if that's best. I don't have all of the finer details, but the gist of it is inside. He said there were other smaller repairs, but these are the main ones. Also, I'm trying to keep it a little vague just for anonymity's sake, but I can provide details if necessary. [more inside]
posted by lurking_girl on Aug 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Looking for a new manual typewriter that will last...

I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jul 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900?

Could Native Americans own land in America in the years between 1700-1900? [more inside]
posted by cda on Jul 26, 2011 - 12 answers

can i be naked with notice?

Can you legally get around decency laws if you give advance notice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Help get my money from landlord's LLCs.

Help getting money out of an LLC or two. Deadbeat (but business-savy?) landlord. [more inside]
posted by jjbb on Jul 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Does The Uk Recognize US state-level Same Sex Marriages

I'm a dude going to marry a dude in New York State. Said dude I am going to marry is a resident alien from the UK. Will the UK recognize the marriage? Does he become an American Citizen by marrying him? Does that counteract his UK citizenship? What are my rights, here?
posted by The Whelk on Jul 20, 2011 - 27 answers

We didn't initiate defiling the environment, but we're legally obligated to finish it

My place of employment has received several thousand packages of rubber bands that need to be destroyed. Any advice on a way of disposing of these on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jul 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Is it worth forming an LLC and in which state?

I'd been wanting to form a corporaton for a long time. So many benefits it seems:
  • track business expenses for income-tax deductions
  • protect assets against law-suits
  • gain credibility for certain transactions
  • privacy
  • But all the gory details are getting me down... [more inside]
    posted by markhu on Jul 18, 2011 - 20 answers

    Possible Single Mom.

    20 years old, pregnant, no longer with the father and he doesn't know yet. I need advice. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 - 49 answers

    I ain't passed the bar but i know a little bit

    Law-related song suggestions? [more inside]
    posted by granted on Jul 9, 2011 - 49 answers

    Can I go ahead and disparage this company on my blog?

    I'm toying with an idea for a blog. On this blog, I would write short fiction entries in which a specific product, manufactured by a very well-known brand, would be exposed in every entry as particularly loathsome and subsequently disposed of or even destroyed. [more inside]
    posted by amusem on Jul 9, 2011 - 15 answers

    New York State Law: Why would a self-proving affidavit be rejected by the probate court, and what can be done about it?

    My father passed away in February, and left a very simple will - a 50/50 split between my sister and myself. His estate is very small, so we are trying to keep legal fees down as much as possible. The will and supporting documentation have been submitted to the NY probate court. One of the probate clerks is objecting to an irregularity in the self proving affidavit that's holding up the whole process. (The will itself seems to be sound.) Somehow this affidavit was screwed up by the notary. [more inside]
    posted by ljshapiro on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

    Non-profit Screenings. Fees and Permissions legalfilter.

    Non-profit Screenings. Fees and Permissions legalfilter. [more inside]
    posted by mattsweaters on Jun 28, 2011 - 2 answers

    Keep me from repeating mistakes I should know about....

    Book suggestion filter! I need to catch up on all the 20th century history I missed because of childhood..... [more inside]
    posted by motsque on Jun 28, 2011 - 14 answers

    Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise.

    Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise. [more inside]
    posted by servix on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

    Mac-based Discovery software?

    Mac-based Discovery / document review software? Westlaw CaseLogistix nails the functions but is Windows-only. Must have the ability to manage Bates-stamped PDF/TIF documents with embedded OCR text. Bonus for other file types in addition. Multiple networked users need to analyze/tag documents based on case-specific criteria. It would be great if the information could be easily exported to an open format, but I know that's likely asking too much. I searched through the Macs In Law blog but didn't see any good candidates. What do Mac-based law firms use? [more inside]
    posted by reeddavid on Jun 23, 2011 - 4 answers

    Starting a private limited company with a bank account in the UK

    How do I start a new private limited company in the UK and then start a new business banking account for it? [more inside]
    posted by asymptotic on Jun 21, 2011 - 7 answers

    Advice on dealing with hostile housemate?

    Housemate is acting violent/threatening, land lord won't act. What can I do besides move? [more inside]
    posted by wanderingchord on Jun 18, 2011 - 31 answers

    Been hit by a bus... What next?

    This morning I was hit by a bus while cycling to work. I'm not badly hurt but currently in hospital waiting to have my shoulder checked and cuts cleaned out. I'm in London, England. The bus driver was 100% to blame. The police have taken a statement from me and I have two phone numbers from witnesses. What should I be doing now to make sure I receive adequate compensation and the driver is dealt with appropriately?
    posted by ascullion on Jun 13, 2011 - 12 answers

    Bank won't finance our home builder, can he win if he sues us?

    We have begun building a house, we have the plans, the lot and the builder. No ground broken yet. We signed the contract with the builder. When securing the financing, we were told that the builder has several liens and they will not finance us if we use him. Based on the title search, they said no bank would give us money if he is involve. Could he win if he sues for breach of contract? Can we legally back out of this contract in light of these circumstances? [more inside]
    posted by bodgy on Jun 9, 2011 - 19 answers

    Can I find out any of this information about my father's conviction?

    In the 1980s my father was convicted of child molestation and sent to prison. I want some of the information--certainly not all of it--about his trial but don't know how to find it, or if it's even available. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 - 14 answers

    Looking for a really mean lawyer in Maryland.

    My employer is owed a great deal of money by the University of Maryland Medical System, and we are preparing to sue. Can you recommend a really mean lawyer to kick their ass in court? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 - 5 answers

    Anything to worry about with Power of Attorney for a friend?

    My friend wants to give me Power of Attorney to close on a house for him; anything I need to worry about? [more inside]
    posted by suburbanrobot on May 27, 2011 - 12 answers

    What constitutes a legal 48 hour notice of entry?

    WA state rental law question: What actually constitutes a legal 48 hour notice of entry? [more inside]
    posted by loquacious on May 26, 2011 - 8 answers

    What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US?

    What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US? [more inside]
    posted by jihaan on May 26, 2011 - 2 answers

    Can I be sued for defamation in a vague anonymous comment?

    Can I be sued for defamation if, in an anonymous comment, I specify that "...maybe I'm making this up," and post a reply underneath explicitly stating that the comments were not to be taken literally? [more inside]
    posted by Bathtub Bobsled on May 23, 2011 - 12 answers

    Question about the ethical, logistical, and medical implication of having a cat neutered that doesn’t belong to you.

    Question about the ethical, logistical, and medical implication of having a cat neutered that doesn’t belong to you. [more inside]
    posted by Wroksie on May 23, 2011 - 45 answers

    The man jus' upped my rent las' night. No hot water, no toilets, no lights. (But Whitey's on the moon)

    NYC-filter: My apartment building's management is totally irresponsible and unresponsive. And they just raised the rent. Can I—or should I—take action? [more inside]
    posted by functionequalsform on May 20, 2011 - 20 answers

    ATV without a VIN

    I've got an ATV without a legible VIN number. How can I get this thing road legal? As far as I can tell, new frames don't have a VIN, and you're expected to use the one from the old frame, so I can't just buy a frame. Obviously I could buy a VIN and title from somebody with a dead ATV of the same year, but that's starting to get difficult and/or expensive and/or dicey. Any ideas about how I can get myself all legal here?
    posted by Stagger Lee on May 20, 2011 - 7 answers

    Can my employer fire me because I am unable to work due to a motor vechicle accident?

    Can my employer fire me because I am unable to work due to a motor vechicle accident? [more inside]
    posted by isopropyl on May 18, 2011 - 23 answers

    Superinjunctions - can I get one?

    Can I get a superinjunction or is it only for the very rich? [more inside]
    posted by TheRaven on May 18, 2011 - 6 answers

    Contingency legal fee percentages

    What are typical contingency legal fee percentages for a product liability case? [more inside]
    posted by Dansaman on May 9, 2011 - 8 answers

    Child's mother was a hamster

    Is there any legal (or otherwise) recourse if one parent is falsifying their child's background with a psychologist to make the other parent look like a villain? Could it really be causing them to misdiagnose my son? Sorry for the dreadful complicated story inside...I really tried to short-story it. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on May 8, 2011 - 10 answers


    My university has a habit of referring to sexual assault as "forcible touching," and after this morning's email report of an attempted rape as, again, "forcible touching," I've reached my outrage limit. Am I right to be upset about this or is it a legal definition that I'm just not understanding? [more inside]
    posted by you're a kitty! on May 7, 2011 - 22 answers

    She's mentally ill, not a criminal

    A mentally ill family member (depressive and bipolar, on medication) has just been arrested for stealing from her employer in northern Arkansas. She, a very fragile person, is in the lockup overnight and I'm afraid for her. [more inside]
    posted by eve harrington on May 4, 2011 - 11 answers

    Appealing a denied incapacity insurance claim - should we comply with dodgy sounding "Abilities Determination" test?

    We are appealing a denied incapacity insurance claim. Should we comply with dodgy sounding "Abilities Determination" test? [more inside]
    posted by richb on May 3, 2011 - 8 answers

    Is a link to illegal content illegal in the UK?

    In the UK, can a link on a website to illegal content (in this case a version of the leaked BNP membership list) itself be considered against the law? [more inside]
    posted by jack_mo on Apr 15, 2011 - 5 answers

    Are you being served?

    Posting for a friend who may be sued in California for a credit card debt. The friend has been a starving university student in Europe for several years, with no money to make payments on the debt. We've read this useful thread and others, but wonder what the advice is for someone who's not in the country. [more inside]
    posted by anadem on Apr 6, 2011 - 6 answers

    Californian paternity and child support law

    California child support filter: Question from a foreign friend with a daughter fathered by an American man. [more inside]
    posted by thewalrus on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

    I never got a bill of sale when I sold my car, and now I'm screwed. What can I do?

    I need some armchair legal advice about a messy situation involving a car I sold 2 years ago coming back to haunt me. I never got a bill of sale when I sold the car- now it's in police custody, and I'm liable for fees and possibly implicated in whatever this car's been into. [more inside]
    posted by inweaknessbe on Apr 2, 2011 - 16 answers

    How can I learn more about IP/copyright history/issues in the US?

    I want to learn more about the history and legal issues surrounding copyright infringement/intellectual property and how it relates to businesses and artists in the United States. What would be a good place to start? (Prompted by this thread.)
    posted by autoclavicle on Mar 29, 2011 - 8 answers

    Question on domain and trademark law

    I plan to talk to a lawyer about this but right now, I'm doing my research and would like to reach out to the MeFi community for advice. [more inside]
    posted by wesker on Mar 27, 2011 - 19 answers

    YANML: Changing the job position mid-way through the interview process: legal?

    YANML: Changing the job position mid-way through the interview process: legal? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 - 13 answers

    "What's a cubit?!"

    How do I go about (legally) compiling a small glossary with intent to publish? [more inside]
    posted by usonian on Mar 22, 2011 - 5 answers

    Are victims of coersion and threat legally responsible for commiting crimes under duress?

    Legal hypothesis (from a recent episode of Flashpoint): What are you responsible for in the eyes of the court (US) if you commit a crime (let's say robbery) under duress (threat of death)? Does that change if you commit murder? Does that change if its not you being threatened, but your kidnapped daughter? [more inside]
    posted by unrequited on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

    Need help desensitizing myself to, or taking less personally, the conduct of other lawyers.

    How to feel less depressed about the conduct of other lawyers. Need help desensitizing myself to it, or taking such behaviour less personally. [more inside]
    posted by wz on Mar 17, 2011 - 30 answers

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