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Joining an Accutane Class Action

How can I make a claim for damages due to Accutane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Settling after an accident

How do I negotiate an accident settlement without getting taken advantage of? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Dog defense in Los Angeles

Good people of MeFi, please tell me anything you can about defending against a plaintiff and animal control after having your dog bite someone. Anecdotes? Love to hear 'em. Attorney recommendations? Love those even more. Getting homeowners insurance affordably after settling a dog bite suit? I'll listen to and consider anything and everything. California and Los Angeles a plus.
posted by infinitewindow on Nov 30, 2013 - 2 answers

What kind of divorce support is available in Massachusetts

Asking for a friend. She has decided to divorce her husband after 21 years of marriage. Her lawyer has said that, although he makes six figures annually, because he is retirement age and has many debts, she is not entitled to very much. Apparently she can't get any alimony nor money from the retirement account, and she doesn't have rights to the house. They are in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Nov 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Should I settle with a bill collector?

A bill collector is willing to settle a disputed outstanding bill I have. They are offering a reduced settlement. Is there a way to insure that they will call this bill settled and not try to charge me more than the agreed upon amount and keep the experience off my credit history? Does anyone in the hive have any similar experiences with this sort of settlement?
posted by citybuddha on May 1, 2013 - 8 answers

How should I celebrate with my attorney?

It's been a long, drawn out, time consuming battle, but finally, after 2.5 years, we're closing in on the finish line. All but one party has agreed to a final offer, and it looks like a settlement is almost certain. I am pleased to say that I have had an excellent working relationship with my attorney and credit us both equally for a significant accomplishment. Here's a question for the attorneys out there. How would you like to be thanked by a client? I've already given my attorney a bottle of tequila for hard work on one of two gigantic briefs. Then I just lost another bottle on a stupid bet I wagered on whether one of the parties to the settlement would agree to the mediator's amount. The big moment we've been waiting for is fast approaching. What to do to celebrate? Recommendations?
posted by zagyzebra on Apr 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Problem cashing out a settlement- it's taking forever... or is it?

I shopped around to sell my structured settlement and now it's taking forever to get through the process. Is my story normal or am I being sold a bill of goods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Politics in outer space

What would politics in outer space look like? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Nov 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Can a second accident affect a yet-to-be-settled case?

YANML, but please help me weigh the benefits of filing a police report about a car-bike accident when a settlement is still in process from a previous accident. [more inside]
posted by nonmerci on Oct 20, 2012 - 10 answers

My mother feels defeated by her child support battles

My mother hasn't received child support payments from my father for over a year; I think she's become incredibly depressed about her treatment by the legal system, and has come to believe that no matter what she does, she'll have to bear the full financial burden of raising my sister. Help me inspire her with a rational reason why she should keep trying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2012 - 13 answers

divorce settlement hindsight advice

About to start discussing divorce details. What do you wish you known, what would you have done differently, what do you regret, what are glad you did? [more inside]
posted by jennstra on Aug 6, 2012 - 19 answers

What can happen in a divorce like this?

My friend's and his ex are divorcing. The ex is being financially irresponsible, which could be influencing the outcome of the settlement. The lawyer has suddenly dropped of the face of the earth. What can my friend do to find out what's going on? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine on Jul 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Best way to handle this summons?

Any chance to settle with a collections agency once I've received a summons to court? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Last mile legal fee arrangement for personal injury claim

Another driver ran a red light and hit my car, leaving me with minor but permanent injuries. Their insurance company accepts liability and wants to settle, but their offer is about 20% lower than what I'm willing to accept. I've handled everything myself to this point (and have compiled 700+ pages of well-organized documentation), but the insurance company won't budge and it seems I'll need an attorney to negotiate the last 20%. What's the most reasonable fee arrangement for handling a nearly-resolved claim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 - 10 answers

Is it possible to abandon a UK settlement visa if you move?

Is it possible to abandon your UK settlement visa? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Hope me dig out of this hole!

Settling with credit card company and dealing with debt collectors. Hey, my husband has not been able to work for a few years and we stopped paying on our credit card bills over a year ago. One of the companies is getting really aggressive (calling me at work, talking to the receptionist, etc.) so I feel that I need to take action. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2012 - 13 answers

I'm getting "rear-ended' by an insurance company on an auto accident settlement. Advice please?

No lawyer wants to touch this, so how do I negotiate a settlement with an insurance company on my injury claim for a motor vehicle accident? [more inside]
posted by loquat on Dec 9, 2011 - 21 answers

Compensation for hot water burn

Burn insurance settlement for child [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 - 15 answers

How frequently does a settlement date (for a property sale) get postponed?

How common is it for settlement (on a house purchase) to be delayed? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Offering a settlement on a credit card - how did it go for you?

I'd like to call my credit card company and offer to settle my $10K account for $5K, but circumstances extenuate - how has this worked for those of you who have tried? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy on Feb 7, 2011 - 16 answers

Asking for a prenup in a "nice" way.

Any tips on broaching the subject of a pre-nup? [more inside]
posted by myaskme on Dec 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Mass. income

My BIL claims that insurance settlements for injury are not taxable income in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I can't believe the state doesn't overfish that particular revenue stream. So, is it taxable income or not?
posted by pentagoet on Jul 17, 2010 - 5 answers

Debt Settlement

I have a credit card debt of $4200 on a closed account, which I want to get rid of by end of this month. The interest rate charged is almost $65 I talked to the credit card company and asked for a settlement which they agreed for 60% off my balance i.e pay $2500 approx, but said this will be reported on my credit report, and I will also owe tax on the remaining debt. Should I go this way, or pay off my debt completely?. I have an average credit score of 660 and have no other debt.
posted by jassi on Apr 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Sosumi...

Can you contract away your right to sue over unrelated future claims in a settlement? [more inside]
posted by unreasonable on Apr 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Country song in reverse: you get your car back, you get your wife back, you get your dog back...

[DivorceFilter] How do you go about revising the financial terms of a divorce agreement, particularly when both parties are now in a different state than the one in which the divorce took place? [more inside]
posted by sheena is a sock puppet on Mar 16, 2010 - 6 answers

I get a car! And I get a car!

I'm purchasing a new car, and I'm getting conflicting information about what to do with an insurance settlement check I received. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Is credit card settlement worth the hit to my credit score?

Is credit card settlement worth the hit to my credit score? [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Dec 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Will there be a single bright light in the middle of the room?

I was in a serious auto accident in October of 2009. I do have an attorney. We've filed suit to settle the case, and my deposition is this afternoon. As the time grows closer, I'm getting more and more anxious about this. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 21, 2009 - 14 answers

Worth it to buy an annuity?

Apparently I qualify to buy an annuity as part of a class action settlement. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Dec 20, 2009 - 7 answers

Settlement threatening benefits?

Will a class-action settlement affect Medi-Care/Medicaid benefits? [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom on Sep 15, 2009 - 2 answers

maybe I should have gone to judge judy like my grandmother suggested...

Looking to collection on a small claims court debt. Are there collection agencies or settlement advance places that work with smaller amounts? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit on Jul 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Moving on up, or not...

Buying House dramas: tenants in place we are due to settle don't want to move out by settlement, but we want to move in! [more inside]
posted by smoke on May 13, 2009 - 15 answers

Insurance Settlement

A friend, a 62 year old woman, was injured while driving in TN; her car was totalled. She is suffering back pain. She has been to an attorney who has retained an independent doctor to evaluate her. The doctor has assessed that she retains 5% PPI (permanent personal impairment?). The question she has - what is the likely dollar value of the settlement based on the 5%?
posted by cmh0150 on Apr 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Is it possible for my wife to go from Australia to the UK on a tourist visa and then apply for a settlement visa when we get there, without having to come back to Australia again?

Is it possible for my wife to go from Australia to the UK on a tourist visa and then apply for a settlement visa when we get there, without having to come back to Australia again? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Mar 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Legal troubles over a decade-old debt to bank

[I am asking this for a friend.] Legal troubles over a decade-old debt to a bank. I am being sued by a law firm representing a collection agency. I would like to find a way to resolve this situation that does not involve hiring a lawyer, since I cannot afford one. I receive income via Social Security Disability. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Feb 13, 2009 - 16 answers

Expat/citizenship Filter

Expat/citizenship Filter: Before I became eligible to apply for citizenship in the country I live in, I was all for it. Now that it's six months past my first date of eligibility, I'm not so sure. Anyone else been through this process? Any advice? Any advice or stories from you wonderful Mefites to help a girl make up her mind? [more inside]
posted by Grrlscout on Nov 30, 2008 - 21 answers

Garnished wages can we still settle the debt?

My Mom’s wages are being garnished by a collection agency. Can we still settle the debt? How much do we offer and where do we get the money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Barbri Settlement?

Did the BarBri settlement money ever get sent out? [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Aug 6, 2008 - 3 answers

How much should I pay my lawyer to settle a wrongful death claim?

I'm going to hire an attorney to settle a wrongful death claim in the state of Ohio, USA. I hope to reach a settlement rather than going to court. What percentage of my settlement should the attorney get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I get enough money to replace my car?

How do I get a fair settlement for my totaled car in Pennsylvania? The insurance adjuster insists that I am not owed the replacement value of my car and refuses to budge. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Mar 24, 2008 - 11 answers

CCF Settlement...

Any experience with or deeper information about the Foreign Currency Conversion Fee Antitrust Litigation (whew) settlement? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Dec 13, 2007 - 7 answers

Best place to get married/divorced?

Where is the best place in the world to get married in terms of most favorable property settlement and alimony laws to the primary provider in the event of a divorce? Just wondering. (No I'm not planning on finding some Tanzanian girl to marry) [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on May 30, 2007 - 20 answers

Should I find a lawyer and ask for more money from the other party's insurance company?

Does this sound like a reasonable insurance settlement? Should I find a lawyer and try to negotiate more, or just accept it and move on? [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on May 17, 2007 - 17 answers

Credit Counseling - No More Interest- How?

How do I get my debtors to allow me to pay them off on a payment plan and no further interest charges? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2006 - 12 answers

Can I keep the house?

Can one partner of a divorcing couple compel the sale of the house for the purpose of division of assets? [more inside]
posted by pgoes on May 18, 2006 - 7 answers

Montreal is cold - Need Compensation

My apartment has had no heat (which is included) since the beginning of the month. Basically the landlord has had no furnace for about a year and has only this past month started installing everything. I'm not sure how to proceed with compensation. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Oct 27, 2005 - 21 answers

Collecting a small claims settlement

A relative recently won a settlement in small claims court for $3,000. However, he is having difficulty collecting the settlement. What resources are available to aid in collecting the settlement?
posted by cahlers on Jun 26, 2005 - 9 answers

Arguing with my apartment manager.

For the past three months, my building is having construction directly below my apartment. This has caused me much grief in terms of early morning noise. Since the problems are almost over, I would like a financial reimbursement in light of this inconvenience but the building manager is not very cooperative. What to do? [more inside]
posted by alex3005 on Apr 2, 2005 - 25 answers

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