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November 13

traffic court. i can't get there. what will happen to me?

i was due in court today for a citation i received for not having car insurance. .. [more inside]
posted by megan_magnolia at 8:12 AM - 10 answers

November 11

The US immigration border crisis - where to donate?

In order not to feel so helpless, I want to donate to organizations that are mitigating ICE policy at the border: detention, forced separation, and deaths. [more inside]
posted by honey badger at 6:49 AM - 4 answers

November 10

I need legal help with my taxes in NY.

A few years ago I owned a business. As part of the business dissolution, I received a relatively hefty sum in personal goodwill separate from the sale of the business assets and customer list. Unfortunately, at the end of the business sale process my life took a real turn and I never got everything handled with the IRS. I need to know who to talk to and in what order. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM - 1 answers

November 9

Can I pick up a police report in Jersey City that someone else filed?

I loaned my bicycle to a friend in Jersey City and it was subsequently stolen from their building's bike room (along with several other residents' bikes). The police report my friend filed is now ready to be picked up, which I’d like to do ASAP to get the ball rolling on an insurance claim. Is it even possible for me to go get a copy of the report in person even though I'm not the one who filed it? [more inside]
posted by theory at 11:08 AM - 1 answers

November 8

Where is lying to police legal?

In which countries, if any, is lying to police unpunished? [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 9:51 AM - 2 answers

November 6

Legal Volunteering for the Laywoman

I'm a 33 year old accountant living in the Washington, DC (NOVA) area, and plan to apply to law school next fall. In the meantime, I'd like to volunteer on Saturdays for a legal organization or with the court. My personal goals are to learn more about attorneys' day-to-day work, to start developing an interest in a specific specialty, and hopefully to wind up with a law school rec letter (maybe even a mentor). Where should I volunteer? [more inside]
posted by rue72 at 8:49 AM - 8 answers

November 5

Does motive play into estate planning?

I have a friend in Toronto who owns a rental property. She wants to evict the current "excellent tenant" so that her pregnant granddaughter can move in. Ontario law says that she cannot do that unless it's her daughter, not her granddaughter. As a result, she now wants to change the title to put her daughter as co-owner so that she can then do the eviction. I believe this is unethical. I'm curious if it's unlawful. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 2:02 PM - 8 answers

Constituent Buy-In Fostering Capitulation to Autocratic Rule

Rising autocrats are usually facilitated by politicians who are caught up in the credo (i.e. believers) and/or at direct material stake (i.e. paid off). Is there much historic precedent for privately disgusted representative leaders falling hostage to constituent buy-in to the populist b.s.?
posted by Quisp Lover at 11:44 AM - 7 answers

November 4

Direct links to the transcripts

Where can I directly download the transcripts of the impeachment witness testimony in the House? Scribd demands I log in and the other couple places I saw had embedded document windows on their web pages, no way to download them to read on my own time. [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 11:16 PM - 4 answers

November 3

Moving Company Lost and Damaged Items

When I moved earlier this year, the moving company lost and damaged many of my things as signed and acknowledge on the BoL by the delivery representative. Based on the $0.60 per lb. valuation, I am owed several thousand dollars. They currently offered $86. Is there any law or regulation I should site or use to ensure I am properly covered. [more inside]
posted by Nackt at 6:31 PM - 4 answers

October 30

Will my car insurance cover my spouse? (multi-state edition)

I have insurance from Esurance. The car is registered in New York and we both have New York drivers licenses. However, we also own a house in Rhode Island. Here’s where it gets complicated... [more inside]
posted by degoao at 5:25 PM - 5 answers

October 27

In the US, where would corporation documents be physically stored?

Let's say a character in a story, pre-internet era, is investigating an anonymous corporation like an LLC that owns a real estate property. Where would Articles of Incorporation or the like be physically stored? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 10:43 PM - 9 answers

Who regulates government managers?

What is the cure for micro-managers? [more inside]
posted by The_imp_inimpossible at 2:45 AM - 6 answers

October 26

How to get rid of drug dealers?

Some drug dealers have moved into a tent across the street from our local public library. This coincides with a sharp uptick in drug ODs in the neighborhood (I recently called the police twice in 1 day for ODs; one of the people was already dead.) I am certain the tent is not a legitimate homeless encampment, but rather a station for drug dealing, based on what I've seen and how it's set up. What tactics are there for me to get the city to pay attention and get rid of the tent? I realize that in this day and age I can't stop drug dealing or the opiod OD epidemic single handedly, but I would like it to be at least not across the street from a library that needs to stay safe for kids and everyone else.
posted by anonymous at 5:35 PM - 16 answers

Information about the ballot initiatives in NYC election?

It's voting time in NYC again, and this year it's possible to vote early at locations throughout the five boroughs. When it comes to the elections themselves, I know who I'll be voting for, but I was surprised to learn that there are five Yes/No initiatives on this ballot. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 1:26 PM - 6 answers

Pedestrian Accident Question

I was in a car accident recently where I hit a pedestrian. The person said they were fine, but I called the police, they had him looked at by paramedics and said they wouldn’t be filing a police report because there was no damage to the vehicle and no injury to him. The police didn’t ask me for my insurance information but I’m unsure if that was because they were able to access it electronically. Should I contact my insurance company to inform them of the accident? I was told not to by someone who is not a lawyer. I’ve had fender benders where everybody exchanges insurance but nobody calls, but this seems different - for instance, what about coverage for future liability if injuries develop over time?
posted by anonymous at 12:18 AM - 5 answers

October 24

List of GOP Lawmakers Who Crashed Proceedings

Looking for a comprehensive list of the Republican members of Congress who disrupted the closed-door proceedings of the House impeachment inquiry today (Oct 23, 2019) Washington Post has these: Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas)
posted by anonymous at 1:17 AM - 5 answers

October 21

Need counterclaim advice

My landlord is suing me for rent and possession on my apartment but filed the claim only one week after my rent was late. [more inside]
posted by The_imp_inimpossible at 8:55 PM - 8 answers

Looking for resources on political marketing, communication and strategy

Help me BASH the FASH! 2020 is an election year in Brazil and I want to get involved in grassroots campaigning. Got a degree in advertising but want to learn more about political marketing, communication, strategy, speechwriting, media training etc. My idea is to help set up and run a campaign for a local municipal council candidate. Recent PSOL member (roughly equivalent to the DSA), so a leftist/socialist bent is welcome but not indispensable. Some stuff I've already found useful after the jump: [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 12:11 PM - 3 answers

Benvenuto a Italia! Acquiring an Italian passport through grandparents?

My grandparents were Italian and I'm wondering if I could qualify for an Italian passport. My snowflake details for my eligibility are inside. But I also want to know the best way to go about getting an Italian passport, what I should expect in terms of the cost associated with it, and whether it's even worth all the hassle. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover at 11:29 AM - 2 answers

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