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December 29, 2018

My landlord won't fix my noisy "Maserati" toilet

The toilet in my master bedroom makes noise as it leaks and loudly refills itself constantly. This is very distracting to hear throughout the day, and I turn the water off at night so we can sleep. I started complaining in September and the maintenance company has sent a plumber out about 5-6 times. He says it is the "Maserati of toilets so It's going to require lots of maintenance" but he has been unable to fix it. How can I play hardball and get the landlord to replace this with whatever the Honda Civic of toilets is? [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 7:17 AM - 22 answers

December 27, 2018

How to prove residency in Arizona for a divorce?

If one lives in California but visits family in AZ often and intends to file & live in AZ after divorce, how do you establish & prove residency in AZ before and during divorce proceedings? [more inside]
posted by dealing away at 10:45 AM - 9 answers

December 25, 2018

Is an email agreement enough to end a lease?

We have an apartment lease in NJ that is up in the summer, but I would like to move before then and landlord’s brother is moving to town and asked if we wanted to move out early so he could get the apartment. Over email (a few weeks back) we hashed out details of the remaining rent payments (we stay until March 7, pay March pro rated, don’t pay remainder of lease, and security deposit is handled normally.) [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 2:51 PM - 6 answers

December 23, 2018

Resources for a future lawyer

Please recommend books, articles, websites, and apps for DIY pre-law studies. [more inside]
posted by smorgasbord at 3:06 PM - 12 answers

Please help with a bill of sale.

I purchased a horse. YAY! Now I'm going to sell it. Another YAY! Of course, there is a Complication. [more inside]
posted by Dolley at 7:24 AM - 6 answers

December 21, 2018

Federal employee: Legality of "on-call" status during gov shutdown

USA Gov Shutdown filter: "Excepted employees" whose jobs are necessary to maintain life or property must work during a shutdown and are guaranteed to be paid back when it's over. OMB says all others will not work. My agency is considering creating a middle status of "on-call" for employees who process paperwork that has Congressional deadlines. Can they legally require on-call work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 PM - 8 answers

December 19, 2018

How to form a "Friends of" nonprofit?

I am on the board of a public committee, and would like to set up a "Friends of" nonprofit so that we'll be more able to manage our own money (for example, we'd like to set up scholarships for some of our activities, etc). We currently earn that money entirely through our own fundraising events, we receive no public funds. What are the steps to setting up a nonprofit like that? How can I manage a "Friends of" nonprofit successfully? [more inside]
posted by rue72 at 6:35 AM - 6 answers

I'm a US citizen. I win a house in France or Portugal. Can I live in it?

Let's say you - a US citizen - win a home in a depopulated region of France or Portugal. The company giving it to you says that all legal issues are YOUR problem. So what are they? AM I allowed to own a home in either of those two places? And if so, are there any restrictions on how long I can live in the home?
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:42 AM - 5 answers

December 17, 2018

Will a currency note be detected in a gift shipped internationally?

I am posting a Christmas gift to a friend abroad, and would like to include a €50 note in the parcel as a reimbursement for something they picked up for me in my absence. However, if the note will be detected during the shipping process I would prefer to wait, so that the recipient doesn't have to pay gift tax on the currency. [more inside]
posted by myotahapea at 11:11 AM - 8 answers

December 16, 2018

What are our bathroom rights Houston

I'm gender transitioning( Mtf). legally speaking, I still count as a male. My girlfriend is handicapped. We live in Houston. What are my rights to use a bathroom of choice by myself? What are her rights to have me in her bathroom of choice since she needs assistance? [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 5:42 PM - 2 answers

December 13, 2018

Are massive unexpected legal fees in a divorce negotiable?

In the midst of a divorce, and my lawyer's most recent bill left my jaw on the floor. It's almost as much as I've already paid him, total, for months of work. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso at 11:11 AM - 6 answers

December 12, 2018

Where are people working together online as part of the Resistance?

What are the best collaborative digital Resistance workspaces? I'm looking for recommendations of Facebook Groups, Slacks, Discords, Signal chats, email lists or other places where people can talk about action ideas, collaborate, strategize, etc. It can be generally progressive, issue-centric, tech-oriented, or something else.
posted by andoatnp at 5:20 PM - 1 answers

Can I claim German citizenship? How?

Let's say I'm am American citizen. I was born, in the United States, prior to 1999, to one American parent and one German parent. They are married. At what point would I no longer be able to claim German citizenship? When the German parent moved to the US? When the German parent became a permanent resident (i.e. a green card holder)? When the German parent became a US citizen? Can I still claim German citizenship? [more inside]
posted by Shohobohaum Za at 2:31 PM - 10 answers

Does the public have the right to access a utility easement?

I was looking at some proposed maps for new bike trails, and I was curious where they were going to run. Looking at google maps it looks like a lot of them will be along what looks like a power company's right of way or easement. There's currently what looks like jeep track there. Can I walk or ride on it? (I live in Austin, TX) [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 11:14 AM - 13 answers

December 11, 2018

Should I get my Irish passport, or should I continue to be English?

I am a UK citizen with the opportunity to apply for an Irish passport, as I have an Irish-born grandmother. However, I've never lived in nor visited Ireland, and my grandmother died before I was born. Is it ethical for me to claim citizenship? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:59 AM - 12 answers

December 10, 2018

"Continuous employment" letter - asking employer not to list gaps

I've been with my current US-based employer for a year, but with two gaps - one was for 2 weeks and one was for 4 weeks. How do I ask them to write a "proof of work experience" letter and not mention the gaps, without telling them it's for Canadian permanent residency? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM - 9 answers

December 9, 2018

How much noise am I in for, and should I rethink renewing my lease?

The decrepit building right next to our apartment was just torn down and it is now close to being an empty lot. It is now mostly flat dirt with some vehicles still there. Is there a way to view public records to see if there are construction plans soon? I'm hoping it will be a vacant lot for the foreseeable future. This is in Hobken NJ, so new construction next door would be literally touching our bedroom wall.
posted by ridogi at 4:39 PM - 10 answers

Former realtor legally “threatened” me at a bar. Should I be concerned?

In mid-2017, a realtor helped me find an apartment, but it didn’t pan out. I’ve seen this person from time to time at bars and social events since then. I was recently approached to at a bar by this person, and was vaguely “threatened” of being taken to court. Recommendations on how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 9:06 AM - 44 answers

December 8, 2018

So many LLCs

When I moved into our current place about 2 ½ years ago I received some mail to the previous tenant. Oh! I guess he ran a sub shop? Weird that he would send his business make to an apartment. And then more arrived. Another sub shop? With a very similar name? And another. And another. And another. Oh! And now a coffee shop. All LLCs registered to the same man, to the address of an apartment. [more inside]
posted by device55 at 8:00 AM - 9 answers

December 7, 2018

Finding a patent agent/attorney to help with a provisional application

I've invented something for which I'd like to file a provisional patent application, and I'd like to enlist the help of a professional to help with this. However, I'm not sure about the best way to find one and what I should be looking for. [more inside]
posted by strekker at 3:47 PM - 2 answers

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