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September 19

Ontario privacy, should I be worried?

A short-term gig I worked on lost some paperwork I'd filled out, with personal info. How bad is that? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 8:39 PM - 3 answers

Amending Name/Gender on Consular Report of Birth Abroad Form FS-240

I am a dual US/Canadian citizen residing in Canada. My Canadian identity documents have been updated with a different name and gender marker and I need help/advice to do the same with my American birth certificate. [more inside]
posted by Pong74LS at 7:29 PM - 3 answers

NYCFilter -- Building Gas Shut Off

Hi All! A month ago the cooking gas in my building was shut off by ConEd. I was hoping that service would be restored quickly, but ConEd says that the landlord has to do something, and the landlord says that making the fixes is too expensive, so they're just going to supply everyone in the building with a hot plate and call it a day. That's not acceptable to me, and I want to figure out what to do – somewhere between asking for rent abatements / repairs vs. just moving out. [more inside]
posted by =d.b= at 8:18 AM - 30 answers

September 18

Appeals Hearing for Healthcare Marketplace: Good Luck Hunting

I have a hearing (by phone) with a Healthcare Marketplace Appeals Federal Hearings Officer. This is the last stop on the appeals train when your coverage is terminated. Not seeking legal advice- just any other experiences, tips, or wisdom before making the call? [a bit more inside] [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 12:46 PM - 3 answers

Flying in 2018 - REAL IDs and extensions (not the hair kind)

I've been googling this a lot and I feel like the answer is somewhere, but I can't find it. Long story short: can anyone point me to a federal or national website or contact person that can confirm that the latest extension of REAL ID implementation expires in 2020 and not 2018? [more inside]
posted by Janta at 5:31 AM - 8 answers

Should I agree to be the trustee for my disabled cousin's living will?

My cousin is intellectually disabled and my Aunt's recently asked if she can list me as a trustee on his living will. I don't think they have any other good options, so I'd like to agree to it. But I don't know much about wills or trusts, so I just want to be sure I'm not accidentally committing myself to something way out of my league. Is being a trustee generally a big deal or not that major? [more inside]
posted by Gravel at 12:42 AM - 6 answers

September 16

Help me stop a family embezzlement

My parents are heading toward separation or divorce, and I believe my dad is stealing maternal estate assets and inheritance from my mom and hiding them possibly in preparation to leave the country. She is overwhelmed and has asked for my help. How do I intervene and secure the estate? This is in central Virginia. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 PM - 15 answers

September 15

Brooklyn Political organization recommendations?

I recently enjoyed volunteering on a campaign and would like to get more politically involved. Any recommendations for Brooklyn-based Democratic organizations? [more inside]
posted by ferret branca at 5:05 PM - 2 answers

September 14

New York voting after moving

If I move too close to an election for a change-of-address to take effect in time, can I legally vote at my old polling place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM - 7 answers

September 13

Power of Attorney - flow of assignment

In the POA, there is a statement "If John Smith is unable or unwilling to serve as my Agent for any reason..." My question is this, how is John Smith deemed unable or unwilling to serve? If he is no longer alive, I understand how the assignment flows. If he is alive, who or what determines that he is unable to serve? And if unwilling, how is that substantiated? Is there another legal document required to pass over the first assignee in a POA chain of assignments? Any insight would be appreciated! SandPine
posted by sandpine at 7:29 PM - 9 answers

Memoirs of life under fascism....

I'm looking for first-person memoirs by people who lived in fascist countries, but were (at least initially) members of the group in power, not a persecuted minority.... that is, I want to hear from the Germans, not the Jews. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 1:12 PM - 21 answers

September 12

Rent check 'bounced' / CA tenant question

My landlady provided me with notification that my rent check has been withdrawn from her account and I'd like to figure out next steps. We bank at different institutions, but I've always deposited a check with her bank at my local branch and never had an issue until now. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 3:41 PM - 9 answers

September 10

D-I-V-O-R-C-E

Is it possible to find a record of divorce online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:07 AM - 11 answers

September 9

Voting in New York, and why have any party affiliation?

what are the laws in ny re: voting? i know ny has some odd restrictions. can independents participate in all elections? including primaries? why register with ANY of them? or will this disenfranchise me? what advantage is there, if any, to being an independent?
posted by ebesan at 9:21 AM - 12 answers

September 6

Renewing about-to-expire California Driver's License

Asking for a friend: My current driver's license expires after the 11th. I renewed my driver's license online a month and a half ago, but it was sent to the wrong address; now it appears I need to go in person to update my address and renew it. What are my options for handling this as easily as possibly? I'm in SF. [more inside]
posted by you could feel the sky at 2:34 PM - 9 answers

September 5

Plumber got mad; threatens to not leave

Landlord sent a plumber. Details inside. Him and I had a disagreement, and he started shouting, refuse to leave, and threatened to call the police on me. I have a recording. 1) What are my rights here and 2) how do I protect myself? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 11:16 AM - 23 answers

Moving company damaged hardwood floors

During our recent move to a new rental the moving company gouged the hardwood floor at the top of our steps. The foreman acknowledged the damage and I immediately called the company and spoke to their customer service and informed them and they said they would work with me to make sure it was repaired. It hasn't being going well... [more inside]
posted by matt_od at 11:00 AM - 5 answers

September 4

how does your company implement state-specific anti-harassment training?

(I work in HR) I'm researching how to comply with state-specific anti-harassment laws. For example, both California and Maine require our employees in those states to mention THEIR specific clauses of anti-harassment legislation, and state-level resources and recourse. So how does your multi-state org handle it? More questions inside: [more inside]
posted by rebent at 7:15 AM - 1 answers

September 2

How does the European Parliament work?

I would like to know how the European Parliament (and related institutions, like the European Commission) work, on a day-to-day level, not just high-level descriptions of official bodies and their functions. Does anyone report on this? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet at 1:25 PM - 2 answers

August 31

Background check on rapist - if and how

A friend was recently drugged and raped on a date. As part of her effort to respond she wants to do a background check on him. Is this something that’s easily done? How does a non-employer/landlord go about doing this?
posted by skyscraper at 5:55 PM - 13 answers

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