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I was hired to create content for a guy. We never had a written contract--only verbal agreement. Guy suddenly wants to stop paying before project ends. Can I still retain my rights to the content and finish the project on my own? [more inside]
You aren't my lawyer, or my social worker, but: does a foster child (removed from a good foster home as part of a sibling pair, where only the much older sibling's interests were considered) have a right - beyond the state's code, ethical code, guidance manual, etc - to visits with the former foster parents, if she wishes? I have done cursory research on this, but it may just be a rumor or wishful thinking. Thanks for any suggestions.
After moving out of a rented house, the landlord is holding my security deposit because of the condition of landscaping that I'm not responsible for in any signed lease agreement. [more inside]
A relative of mine was critically injured in an accident this weekend. My relative was most likely at fault, and an investigation is underway. Other people were also injured. My question is partly legal, partly about etiquette. [more inside]
I have an appointment tomorrow to get a REAL ID, as my ID expired earlier this year. I need something with proof of social security number, but cannot retrieve my social security card in time. I also can't find my most recent W2. The only one I've found is from 2012 - is this too old? [more inside]
We need to make a will. We live in Ontario, Canada. What do we need to consider and who do we need to hire? [more inside]
I found out through facebook that an old friend that I no longer know well has just been detained by ICE, apparently currently at Northwest Detention Center, in Tacoma WA. His girlfriend is spearheading the fundraising effort for legal help. They haven't secured a lawyer yet as the current case loads are extremely high. I am trying to brainstorm ideas on how to help him. [more inside]
I have to get a social security card, to get a state ID. The nice person at the Social Security office told me that I need only get a piece of paperwork from some medical office showing that I'd had some medical attention- and I had, recently- but nobody at the hospital's medical records office would sign anything, for what sounded like good reasons. [more inside]
Social Services in my small community is in a tailspin of scandal upon scandal, with compounding problems to be solved on the way to functioning acceptably. They have gone through a series of directors, some meant to be temporary, in just a few years, and have lost staff. The place is in meltdown, with kids and parents traumatized unnecessarily. [more inside]
After ignoring our requests to collect my brother's things for three weeks his roommate/landlord has finally invited us to come over. The county examiner emailed at the same time asking that I go to the bank with Aisha and grant my permission to open my brother's bank account and see who the beneficiaries are so that, if I am one, I may pay these funds to the funeral home Aisha and the examiner are working with. [more inside]
I'm thinking of moving to Italy. I'll be single. I've already determined that I will have no problem doing this, but have some questions about what comes next. [more inside]
A dear friend of mine needs a family law attorney in Salt Lake City, UT to review some documents regarding custody that her ex-husband's attorneys drew up. Any recommendations? [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of defunct foundations. I can find gone political, educational or trade organizations. But I want those that gave money to support other organizations, like the Astor Foundation, that went broke around 2003. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, for example, provides articles but not lists. I can't find any defunct charities or philanthropy lists on Guidestar or with the I.R.S. Do any exist?
A relative is in a marriage that seems to be on its last legs, despite years of effort at repairing the relationship. It's lawyer time and I'll probably be paying one of the lawyer's fees. But I may run out of money in the course of doing so; what should I do in anticipation of that possibility? [more inside]
I need to mail gifts out to international addresses and will need to use a customs form. The item is small and for US addresses I'm mailing in a 4x7 padded env. Given that intl shipping is expensive I want to keep it in the smallest lightest envelopes possible but the customs form will have to fit. [more inside]
For Nov 2018 Elections, a follow-up on this question. I want to help people to vote in person. I would like to do this in a defense-needed/swingable house or senate seat near (within 5h drive) of NYC. [more inside]
I watched A Very English Scandal on Amazon and have questions about England's National Insurance card. Possible mild spoilers in the question. [more inside]
My brother died in a very unhealthy place after he fell while drinking. He rented the top floor of a home that his former landlord/companion (there are differing reports) either rents or owns. Now she won't allow my husband and into their home to gather bills, statements, even a large bin of family photos going back more than a hundred years. [more inside]
Seattle-based lease says that tenant can renew at same rate when lease ends, but property was sold just before. Is the new owner beholden to this agreement? [more inside]
I have not received my 2017 1095a from healthcare.gov. I have called so many times and I still have no answers why we don't have it or when we'll get it. My extension to file taxes is about to run out. What can I do? [more inside]