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March 22

How much % jerkface is calling in a complaint on parking violations?

My neighbors violate parking code constantly, I think they should be called in, my wife says I should let it go. Help settle our disagreement please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:54 PM - 30 answers

I think my mom needs to go out on disability, how do I help her do it?

My mother has several longstanding medical conditions - scoliosis and dystonia, which is a neurological disorder. She is frequently in pain throughout the day and just going to work is becoming difficult - I think its time for her to step away from the working world and go on disability. The problem is I have no experience navigating through all this stuff and neither does she. More info inside. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 at 6:09 PM - 6 answers

Beginning enrollment in disability in WA

Will applying for and receiving state unemployment in Washington prevent my disabled friend from successfully qualifying for Federal disability? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 2:13 PM - 12 answers

Where in H.R. 1 does it make election day a federal holiday?

H.R. 1 passed in the US House of Representatives earlier this month, and this vox article says that it "Mak[es] Election Day a holiday for federal employees and encourag[es] private sector businesses to do the same." Where is the text in the bill that legislates this?
posted by homodachi at 1:41 PM - 7 answers

Is there a simple way to find out where court cases took place?

I've been looking into court cases on I've noticed that while many of them list the location, an equally high number of the cases don't show any location at all. Is there an easy way to find out where the cases were heard? [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 8:15 AM - 6 answers

March 20

Protesting The Times: Westminster Zoo commercial

Yesterday I went to the cinema and saw a new advert for The Times newspaper. It portrays MPs in the House Of Commons as chaotic animals, then in come the lion and the unicorn and sort them out. The lion and the unicorn are heraldic symbols of the UK and figure on The Times' masthead. I read this advert as chockfull of fascistic dogwhistles and want to complain. Please give advice how to make an effective and public complaint. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes at 5:16 AM - 15 answers

March 19

How do we decree custody of our minor child?

My wife and I want to draft a document decreeing what will happen if both of us die at the same time while our child is a minor. We'd like to avoid drafting two individual wills if possible. What is the best legal option for us? We'd like to do this online if possible. YNML, etc. Thanks.
posted by Fister Roboto at 10:10 AM - 17 answers

March 18

Accidentally amended my taxes on H&R Block... did they actually send it?

To keep it short and sufficient, I filed in February, then learned I possibly could have to amend. Filled out experimental amounts to see what my new liability could be, now it seems the amended return(s) were sent, confusingly on H&R's website. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 5:18 PM - 5 answers

Who actually OWNS my company?

About three years ago, I set up a small business as an LLC. The intention was that it would be a partnership between myself and my wife, but I'm not sure we set it up that way. Now I'm trying to figure out who actually owns the company and how to fix it if necessary. [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 10:59 AM - 11 answers

March 17

citizen oversight for municipal budget

Is there such a thing as a Citizen Oversight Board for a city's budget? There are examples for police misconduct, but are there any such boards for fiscal oversight?
posted by mmiddle at 4:50 PM - 5 answers

Looking for divorce lawyer and resources in Ithaca New York

Unfortunately, my good friend is suddenly in need of a divorce attorney in Ithaca, New York. Looking for recommendations and any other resources. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 AM - 2 answers

March 16

Funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

I have looked through the 2020 budget from President Trump trying to find information on funding for CPB. Neither the Departments of HHS, Labor, and Education; the agencies on the sub committee from which CPB funding comes, make mention of support for the agency that supports NPR and PBS. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 12:10 PM - 3 answers

March 15

Why isn't there momentum for Remain

Why do British citizens continue to support Brexit? Why do MPs continue to support Brexit? Why isn't there growing political momentum for Remain? Why is there no political party or faction taking up the cause to Remain in light of the epic incompetence and dishonesty on the Brexit side? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 1:57 PM - 43 answers

Tax Advice Regarding a Legal Settlement

Should we get a tax lawyer from our land use lawyer's firm or go outside his firm for outside tax advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM - 2 answers

March 13

Governments with different weights of representatives

Are there any examples out there of a representative government where the members elected to the body have different weights assigned to their voting? The higher political level, the better. Examples of what I do and don't mean... [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 5:05 PM - 7 answers

Does your city allow customers to receive their utility bill online?

Does your city allow customers to receive their utility bill online? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 8:15 AM - 32 answers

March 12

New York City Legal Recruiter/Headhunter?

Can anyone recommend a reputable legal recruiter/headhunter in New York City? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 1:14 PM - 3 answers

March 10

Paying Overseas Medical Bills

Does the U.S. or the European Union offer any assistance to Americans who may have found themselves in a European emergency room and owing for medical services? They want to pay their bill, but have problems with language, bureaucracy, bank transfers, currency conversions, etc.? Is there a mediator that can both, help to avoid international lawsuits and insure such debts are paid?
posted by CollectiveMind at 11:35 PM - 10 answers

Looking for a personal injury attorney in LA

That's basically it. Experience with cases against municipalities or other similar, large entities would be ideal. I can try to answer any general questions if that helps. Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM - 2 answers

March 9

Tenant insurance question

I just renewed my tenant insurance for the year and am curious on one point. I'm in Canada, if it makes a difference. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 9:22 AM - 6 answers

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