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August 21

Please Hope Me Find the Text of a Multilateral Agreement/Arrangement

a library patron is looking for the text of a trilateral maritime cooperative agreement between Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia that was signed on July 14, 2016... [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend at 8:18 PM - 8 answers

August 15

Accounting practices for software development costs

I have vague memories of reading about some changes in accounting requirements around development costs for software products. As I remember it, these had some sort of tax implication that is part of the reason why many companies have switched to a subscription model in recent years. Did something like this actually happen, or am I misremembering? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet at 1:28 PM - 4 answers

August 13

Trustee for a Massachusetts trust

My wife and I are have decided to set up a trust for one of our nephews, an adult in Massachusetts who has a number of challenges in his life. We're having a problem identifying a bank or other organization that we could name as trustee. [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster at 9:55 PM - 9 answers

August 12

Which Congress people are in this photo?

Can you identify any of the Congress members, staff, and others in this photo? The vast majority of them are new members in the House of Representatives.
posted by andoatnp at 1:21 PM - 20 answers

Phoenix golf courses vs. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Because of intensive human use, the Colorado River no longer reaches the sea. However, Article 6 of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo states that US citizens shall, "in all time," have the right to travel on the Colorado River to and from US lands. Has Article 6 of the treaty ever been tested in court as a means of restoring (a portion of) the natural flow of the Colorado River? [more inside]
posted by compartment at 9:49 AM - 5 answers

August 10

China: One-child policy lifted, any other policies?

Other than China’s one-child policy, what other policies has the Chinese Communist Party lifted in the past decade, arguably giving back some power to their citizens?
posted by anonymous at 1:34 AM - 1 answers

August 5

Washington DC Auto Title Question

Help us to figure out a way to retain ownership of our car in Vermont, while finding a way for our daughter to register the car in DC, so she can park on the street there. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 8:49 AM - 13 answers

August 3

"Platform for the People" that includes legislation?

I'm looking for experiences with or, ideally, strong examples of a focused, legislatively-driven "people's platform" for small cities or communities. More explicitly, I would love material developed for garnering candidate commitments ahead of an election. [more inside]
posted by youarenothere at 11:18 AM - 2 answers

August 1

If an uninsured driver causes an accident will I be out the deductible?

If an uninsured motorist causes my insured neighbor's van to damage my vehicle how likely will it be that I'm out the deductible? [more inside]
posted by rdr at 9:19 PM - 9 answers

July 31

Estate Lawyer Needed

My grandmother passed last night. My mother needs immediate assistance with issues surrounding the estate versus her niece who may have been exerting undue influence/manipulating the deceased. Grandmother's estate lawyer is out of town until next week. This is in Santee, CA.
posted by Talia Devane at 4:52 PM - 4 answers

July 30

How to find my grandfather's will that was suppressed by my cousin?

My maternal grandfather died in my PacNW state in the late 80s. He had moved from the midwest to live nearer to my family as he aged. After he died, my mother wanted a copy of his will. My cousin/mother's nephew, who had moved into my grandfather's midwestern house, refused to let her have a copy. According to my mom, he went so far as to hire a lawyer to have the will legally kept from her. [more inside]
posted by hollisimo at 2:41 PM - 9 answers

July 29

Tell me about your U.S. citizenship exam and interview

I'm tutoring a woman who has applied for U.S. citizenship. She is waiting for a date to take her exam and have her interview. She's a native Spanish speaker who has learned to speak and read English pretty well. I'd like to have a better idea of what she might expect so I can better help her prepare. [more inside]
posted by gladly at 7:22 PM - 7 answers

Car Accident, How To Handle with Special Snowflake Details

FML, I was in an accident last night. Mostly okay, but did go to the ER for neck pain, where I got a ct scan and it's only soft tissue "whip lash". It was the other drivers fault, but I am so broke I don't know how to navigate the little expenses and problems to deal with this. I don't know if and what i should be asking his insurance for, if I should be getting a lawyer, and wtf to do about the money I can't make right now because I was doing food delivery. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 12:18 PM - 8 answers

Got a Green Card - now what?

There are lots of websites that tell you about the important rights and responsibilities once you obtain permanent residency (a Green Card) in the US. But there is very little collated information on what the more practically useful things you can now do once you have one, like being able to get TSA Pre status, being able to contribute to political campaigns, etc. So for a new permanent resident, tell me, what are the non-obvious or hidden things a permanent resident can do that a non-permanent resident can not? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi at 11:33 AM - 7 answers

July 28

On new NYC rent laws, is an applicant allowed to pay more upfront?

Since the new NYC rent laws states (from what I've read on online articles) additional months upfront or additional security is illegal, does that apply to free-market units? I have a friend applying for a room (will be entering a joint lease agreement that's being renewed) in a free-market unit, and she is from the UK with US credit score and willing to pay upfront since she doesn't have a qualified US guarantor. Is the landlord allowed to accept additional months or security for approval? I've been told by someone else it only applies to rent-stabilized units.
posted by delasoull at 7:03 PM - 2 answers

July 26

How long are criminal and court records accessible?

I'd like to look up some specific old court proceedings and police investigations. The time periods of the events I'm interested in vary (some in the 1950s, some in the 1980s, and some recently), and all of it happened on the West Coast. Are decades-old court cases and police investigations archived somewhere? And what would I have to do to request those files?
posted by sockanalia at 1:09 AM - 3 answers

July 25

What is the name for this uncontested economic aphorism?

The first line of a recent news article critiquing Canada’s international economic competitive advantage says “It is a well-known and uncontested economic aphorism that you will get more of whatever you officially incentivize.” What is the actual economic or theoretical term for this aphorism? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 5:23 AM - 8 answers

July 24

Pre-purchase: Septic Fixed, Yard is Gone

I'm in the process of buying a home in Vermont. Because the septic failed inspection, I could not close until the septic was repaired, and the job was finished yesterday (seller is paying). Unfortunately, fixing the septic meant destroying the yard, which is no longer usable. I don't know what to do and I close in 2 days. [more inside]
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 1:52 PM - 41 answers

Resources for finding Democratic challengers

I moved to Arizona's 8th district, and the Dem challenger got within 9000 votes of flipping this R+13 district. I want to find out who I can volunteer for (I'm not in a position to donate) to get Lesko out of office. A google search doesn't turn up anything - her previous opponent is now running in the 6th district, something that I didn't realize when I emailed her campaign to ask if I could volunteer. Any resources for me to look at?
posted by thebotanyofsouls at 8:06 AM - 4 answers

July 23

Are financial models subject to copyright?

A company has a financial model that is used to put a dollar amount of the inability of a person to perform tasks around the home due to injury. The company lists their publicly available data sources that they rely on for the model as well as any assumptions they've used. If I build a similar model, using similar assumptions and methodology as they have used, am I violating any copyright?
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 4:36 PM - 15 answers

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