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May 24

What kinds of cases would use a pension valuation report?

In Canada, are there cases besides marital breakdowns where a pension valuation report would be used? [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 6:21 AM - 2 answers

May 22

Contingency Estate Attorney in NYC

Can you help me locate an honest and very aggressive nyc-based contingency estate lawyer who will take on (hire through his/her own links) a case in the Granite State?* [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 AM - 9 answers

May 21

I need examples of local government machines losing to outsiders

I am wondering if there is a recipe for city machines losing to non-insiders. Like a city needs X conditions to be happening (perhaps scandal or incompetence) combined with Y candidate (charisma, name recognition, media favorability, money?). Examples, case studies, websites, books, all would be great. [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 10:15 AM - 8 answers

May 17

Previous years' US Democratic Party platforms?

I want to find an archive of all the old national US Democratic Party platforms going back to at least 1972 but my Google-fu is failing me. Something like this, but for the Democrats. More specifically, I want to track how the Democrats' abortion plank has changed over time, so if someone has already compiled all the abortion-related text in one place in chronological order then that would work for my purposes too. Please advise, thanks!
posted by Jacqueline at 9:55 PM - 2 answers

What can my Pcs guard and explore via patrolling?

What distance of square KM or miles could a modern person or group of three to five people patrol in an urban environment, in a week? What about forested or natural area? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 12:05 PM - 2 answers

Can I donate to US charities from abroad?

A foreign national can't donate to a US political party (rightly enough). As a citizen of another country I think I can donate to a US-based charity happily enough, but are there any situations this might not apply and how do I spot them? [more inside]
posted by edd at 6:24 AM - 4 answers

Does our small group need a CPA or Tax Lawyer for a group settlment?

What kind of financial professional does a group of condo owners need to minimize taxes and structure the disbursement of funds from a lawsuit settlement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 AM - 2 answers

May 16

Landlord-Tenant lawyer recommendation in PDX

I've gotten into a sticky situation with a notice to vacate in PDX and could use a recommendation for a lawyer specializing in tenancy issues.
posted by DeepSeaHaggis at 7:52 PM - 2 answers

May 14

New Construction in the Neighborhood. What are their responibilities?

A local church is selling off a piece of their property. They say that a contract has been signed, yet when asked they claim to not know details (!) (NYC) [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 3:09 PM - 14 answers

May 13

Is it worth appealing against a parking charge notice - UK scenario

1. Is a private parking company in the UK likely to take me to court in this very infuriating) scenario? 2. Is it worth appealing? I live in an apartment with private parking that is policed by a private parking company. I pay an annual fee to them and receive an annual pass that the signs around the car park say must display a valid expiry date. I paid my annual fee and received a new pass. My pass expired on 30th April. I put my new pass in my car at 7am on 1st May. I have just received a fine notice for £60 with photographic evidence of my expired pass taken at 05.00am on the morning of 1st May. Now technically I was not displaying an up to date pass for 5 hours as per the conditions, but I had already paid my annual fee, which their records would know. They have obviously caught me out (deliberately so) on a technicality. Appealing to them will take time, during which time the fine can increase. They will not take calls to discuss.
posted by mairuzu at 4:29 AM - 16 answers

May 11

They wouldn't not let me in, right?

I am visiting France and I feel like I shouldn't need a visa, but now it seems like maybe I do. And I have an extremely limited about of time to sort this out, so I am freaking out. Details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:20 PM - 16 answers

International diplomacy filter: Basel Convention edition

Why won't Haiti adopt the Basel Convention? [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog at 6:24 PM - 3 answers

May 10

Can I request someone's military records without them finding out?

As part of a not-fun situation, someone who claims to be "ex-Army Intelligence" is making implied threats about undefined consequences to me. I'm not sure that it's actually useful, but I would like to know if the claimed ties to the Army or "Army Intelligence" are factual. I believe I understand how to make that formal request via the FOIA, but I'm hesitant to do so because it's not clear if he will a) be notified or b) somehow be able to find out that I have made the request. My question: Would my request be be accessible to him with my name attached? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:08 PM - 13 answers

Tenancy question in Minnesota

A neighbor lady's long-time boyfriend died. He told her the place was in both their names, there were insurance policies for her, etc. He seems to have lied. How soon can his heirs demand she leave? [more inside]
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 5:53 PM - 7 answers

May 9

How to get school district to stop idling buses?

There is a school bus that idles (a person sits in it with the engine running) on my street for about a half hour a day. This pollutes my neighborhood, is bad for the environment, and probably wastes money for the school district. What’s the most effective way to get them to stop doing this? [more inside]
posted by amy.g.dala at 5:42 AM - 18 answers

May 5

How best to appeal Medicare Advantage plan denial?

My mom is stuck in skilled nursing recovering from a fall and her Medicare Advantage plan will not pay for it. How do I write an effective appeal? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear at 6:12 PM - 5 answers

May 2

barr code

Can someone please explain why Congress can't just ask Mueller's office to turn in the original report right now? [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 10:04 AM - 4 answers

April 29

Canadian w/ US/CAN dual citizen spouse. Will my pot job affect her?

If I get a job in the legal Canadian cannabis industry, how will this legally affect my partner from the American authorities' point of view? We live in Canada but she is a US/Canadian dual citizen. I'm a Canadian. If I get a job with a cannabis producer, will this affect my partner when they cross the border? What about with the IRS? Anything else to be aware of? We live in Canada but she travels to the US somewhat regularly as part of her job.
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM - 3 answers

Can an apartment block owner rent Airbnbs in their own building?

I'm referring here to the company that owns the apartment building, and not to any individual tenants (the lease for tenants prohibits sublets, including Airbnb). Philadelphia, PA, if that helps. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by life moves pretty fast at 9:27 AM - 11 answers

April 28

Online psychotherapy within US

My understanding is that it is illegal for online therapists in the US to have a patient in another state unless they are credentialed in both states. Is this the case? Does it matter if their patient has residency in the state they are credentialed in but is often out of state when they are treated?
posted by rednikki at 9:06 AM - 4 answers

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