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December 16

Insurance claim denied - any options besides a lawyer?

AFLAC has denied a claim on my cancer insurance. I appealed and just got another denial letter. It's $300, so not enough to be worth hiring a lawyer over, but I'd like to know if I have any other options. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 9:43 AM - 5 answers

Please explain voter ID to this non-American like I'm a 12 year old

After discovering Metafilter a few years ago I became increasingly interested in American social issues but there is still a lot of pretty basic stuff I do not fully understand. I have been watching a lot of liberal YouTube channels and political comedy and I recently came across one showing Bill O'R getting corrected live by his guests and it was very satisfying. [more inside]
posted by M. at 2:04 AM - 47 answers

December 14

Broken Arm, PED-MVA, irritated by well-meaning 'lawyer up' advice

I was hit in as a pedestrian in a crosswalk recently by an (apparently!) inattentive driver. Online or in person, about 30% of the well-intended remarks by people whi hear this news either congratulate me on an aticipated settlement or advise me to get a lawyer. My medical insurance is excellent, and I do not expect to pay a penny. I hate lawyers and while I understand they are needed in certain situations, can't see how this is one. I'm not missing work or permanently disabled, and feel more anger at this set of well-intended advice interactions than the driver. What the hell? Do rhey live in a different culture than me? How can I get them to shut the fuck up? Additionally, are they right? Like, a million bucks is worth two days hanging out with lawyers. Five grand ain't.
posted by anonymous at 7:32 AM - 38 answers

December 13

Police probably lost accident report after an accident

A friend of mine was in an accident last week, and it was bad enough that he was taken away in an ambulance and his car was totaled. The police arrived on scene and supposedly took down the report, but the police have been "searching" for the report since then. What's their next step here? [more inside]
posted by ancient star at 10:23 AM - 4 answers

December 11

Get my jam to the States

I made some jam. I want to get said jam to the States. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert at 7:33 PM - 3 answers

December 9

How much effect does public comment have in the EIS?

Is there any data that shows how often public comments submitted during the public involvement portion of an Environmental Impact Statement actually changed an alternative from one to another in the final selection? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 7:26 PM - 7 answers

December 7

OSHA standard for workplaces free of sexual misconduct ideas needed.

I'm drafting a petition to have OSHA promulgate standards for a safe and healthy workplace free of sexual misconduct. My goals are: Employers much provide a safe workplace, so we need: (1) training standards to prevent it, and (2) a framework for a civil process where CREDIBLE allegations of sexual misconduct gets you fired. Got any suggestions for law-talking words that would be best to use? [more inside]
posted by mikelieman at 11:43 PM - 5 answers

Is this a scam? Or something worse?

A friend got a weird call that scared her. Is it real? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 11:18 AM - 11 answers

December 6

Changes in tax deductions for charitable donations

I am confused about what is going on with charitable donations in the new tax bill. If my donations will be deductible for 2017 but not 2018, I will make a bunch of extra donations in advance. If it won't make a difference, I will continue with my usual steady donating, which is probably better for charities' budgets than lumpy donating. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty at 9:59 AM - 2 answers

December 5

Civic Education Recommendations

I realized recently that there is a ton that I do not know about the workings of our government & country. This was most recently on display during the 2017 tax bill fiasco, attempting to figure out what the hell was going on, or what the next steps would be after the Senate approved something at 2am. While I wish I had paid more attention in high school, those days are long gone. Does anyone have a recommendation for a textbook or even online course that would provide an in-depth understanding of how things work? [more inside]
posted by cybertaur1 at 4:02 PM - 8 answers

December 4

Conflicting advice about what to do after being rear-ended

I was rear-ended last night on the highway. I am reading conflicting things about telling my insurance, the other party's insurance, or both. [more inside]
posted by ziggly at 8:04 AM - 18 answers

December 3

Political change for the collector type?

I dislike protests - less in their value and more in the actually attending them. On the other hand, I love scouring for things of value. Are there any useful political activities which rely on somebody picking up on otherwise obscure laws/rules/exceptions? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 11:51 PM - 6 answers

December 1

Congressional Strategy for Dummies

Inspired by this comment in the politics megathread, I started listening to CSPAN broadcasts and downtempo chillout while I work. Two days in, it's been surprisingly enjoyable, but I'd like to get more out of it. [more inside]
posted by itesser at 6:32 PM - 3 answers

November 30

In the event of a nuclear confrontation between the US and North Korea

What is the likelihood that other countries will take it as an opportunity to also attack the US, or attack each other? I mean, at that point, isn't the deterrence balance of terror has provided for decades is pretty much out of balance?
posted by CollectiveMind at 5:15 PM - 9 answers

November 29

Is there employment law that addresses layoffs after bankruptcy?

I work for a U.S. subsidiary of a German-based parent company that has filed for bankruptcy. I have been informed that, due to lack of funds, my position is ending this Friday. Are there legal ramifications for letting me go prior to my direct counterpart, especially in light of the fact that I have seniority and higher sales numbers? [more inside]
posted by ms_rasclark at 5:03 PM - 5 answers

November 28

Even though my lease has ended, am I still on the hook?

My CA apartment lease ends December 1, 2017. Or so I thought. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 9:13 PM - 11 answers

November 27

Examples of libertarian market successes

In the run up to the FCC decision on Net Neutrality, I've been seeing libertarians happy that this regulation might be rescinded. It has left me curious: what unregulated markets do libertarians point to as working well for individual "consumers" (in quotes bc there are many different types of markets) because of free market corrections. (I'm aware of the philosophical arguments for lack of regulation per se, I'm asking specifically about examples where no/low regulation leads to a better outcome for citizens instead of just for capital.)
posted by OmieWise at 7:43 AM - 8 answers

November 26

Birthday wrong in wills etc. Florida.

Well, this holiday season my folks gave me all of their paperwork. Will, living will, etc. etc. etc. Yay. But ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM - 2 answers

November 21

Why was freedom of movement one of the founding principles of the EU?

Why was freedom of movement one of the founding principles of the European Union? I can find lots of articles that take this as a given, but none that talk about the motivations that led to it being regarded as a fundamental principle. Does anyone have any pointers to such an exegesis? [more inside]
posted by pharm at 1:35 AM - 12 answers

November 18

May I re-enter the UK with a T2 visa and almost-expired US passport?

I have a tier 2 UK visa (valid for many more years), a biometric residence permit, and a US passport that expires in May (so, in < 6 months). If I visit the US in December, will I be able to re-enter the UK in January or will I get in trouble because my passport is expiring soon? I'm especially looking for recent personal anecdotes or links to government policies/helplines. Thanks!
posted by heterosoy at 12:39 AM - 11 answers

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