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May 21

Can the US federal government stop private hospitals from suing?

So i was reading this article about a private hospital in the US suing people for unpaid debts that they cannot possibly pay. And I was thinking, the federal government should just say any hospital receiving federal money cannot do this. That's how Title IX works for universities, right? Could they do this? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 8:04 AM - 7 answers

May 19

Please share with me your thoughts for NYC's ranked-choice primary

The NYC primary elections are about a month away, with early voting actually starting in mid-June. New York has begun using ranked-choice voting this year, so that the Democratic Party primary, which by now would ordinarily be whittled down to two or three candidates at most for each position, is stuffed instead. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 8:54 AM - 11 answers

May 17

What are times antifascists raised money off of specific fascist events?

I am looking for examples where antifascists pledged donations based off of actions from fascist events. e.g. for each fascist that shows up, we donate X amount, or for each mile they march, we donate Y amount. Here is one example. Do you know of any other examples?
posted by andoatnp at 3:36 PM - 2 answers

May 13

What's the current thinking on commercial DNA databases re privacy?

A relative who is conducting some genealogical research has asked if I'd be willing to submit a DNA sample. I'm not entirely opposed, but have some privacy concerns. [more inside]
posted by slkinsey at 12:02 PM - 15 answers

Children's mother wants to change custody arrangement

I'm going through a divorce, and the children have been with me for the last year from 2:30 PM until 7:00 AM Monday through Friday and every other weekend. This was the arrangement agreed upon at the mediation, since it accommodated both our schedules. Now, the mother has changed her hour and works only weekends. She has decided she wants the children Monday through Friday, relegating my role to the weekends. [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 at 4:03 AM - 10 answers

May 12

Sending documents to SSA - return envelope?

I changed my name - yay! I need a new Social Security card - boo. I'll be sending them my passport and a birth certificate. Do I need to include a stamped return envelope?
posted by ChodenKal at 6:41 PM - 3 answers

May 11

PUA payment ceased

My friend ("Rob") had been receiving Virginia PUA payments since last year when they were enacted. The payments have stopped and we cannot reach anyone, for weeks. This just isn't making sense to us, how do we proceed? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 1:15 PM - 4 answers

May 10

What's the statute of limitations for property theft in NYC?

I asked someone to hold my stuff while I was moving and they agreed, but then when I was ready to retrieve it, they kept making excuses as to why I couldn't pick the stuff up and also they refused to send it back to me. I never got my things back. The small claims court website says the statue for property damage is 3 years... but as far as I know nothing is damaged. He just won't give my things back. So I guess it's just theft. I moved out of NYC since then and would rather deal with this whenever I have a stretch of time where I'm able to stay in NY again. So I need to know how long I have to do this?
posted by fantasticness at 4:58 AM - 10 answers

What state to engage a lawyer for trust administration?

I live in Texas, my (surviving) parent and sibling live in Illinois. There is a living trust that has been set up, which I will become the successor trustee of in the event of my surviving parent's death, which is then intended to be divided 50/50 with my sibling. For many reasons, I expect interactions with my sibling regarding trust matters will be difficult or contested despite good faith on my part, and so I am interested in engaging an attorney immediately upon my parent's death to assist with these matters. If I engaged a lawyer to assist in trust administration, would I look for a lawyer in Texas or in Illinois?
posted by anonymous at 3:50 AM - 6 answers

May 9

I could inherit land overseas. Is there an upside to this?

I learned there are no heirs to a few unused land parcels still partially in my late great-grandfather's name in a coastal Croatian village. They're not seafront or exceedingly valuable, and he is one owner of many (even though the co-owners are likely deceased at this point). It's hard to conceive of a situation where I'd actually do something with it not least because my life is in the US. But nonetheless sentimentality is pushing me to consider transferring the title to my parents or even myself. Beyond indulging nostalgia, is there any rationale to pursue this? My hunch is there may actually be more downsides (legal fees, taxes, etc) than advantages. For context I also hold a Croatian passport.
posted by lecorbeau at 6:33 AM - 9 answers

May 7

Someone keeps searching for me on google and it is freaking me out.

I keep getting email alerts from an academic website that I’ve signed up for that someone searched for me on google. The state and country location is the same each time so it seems to be the same person, and I think I know who it is. More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM - 8 answers

IRS payments that aren't stimulus checks or tax refunds?

A good friend received a payment from the IRS on May 1. She's already received the three stimulus payments and her tax refund, so she's confused. IRS customer service wasn't super helpful. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by librarylis at 8:33 AM - 7 answers

May 6

What is a Buyer's Agent, Broker Agent, Dual Agent? Where do we begin?

First time buyers. We are looking for land for land to build a home on; or, alternatively, less likely, an existing home. NY/ Ct States. [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 3:17 PM - 10 answers

May 3

Need help/advise on an arrest made of my wife tonight

My wife went to the local Walmart to buy a few things this evening. Apparently, something (or things) didnt scan. Walmart (or Police) - I am not clear at this time - grabbed her and booked her for shoplifting and took her to jail. There was apparently a fair amount of humiliation involved. She tried to say muliple times that she has not done anything wrong and she has been coming to this Walmart for years - but to no avail. She was arrested, brought to jail, and has an "arraignment hearing" tomorrow. We are a by-the-book law abiding South Asian family. Have been living in Collin county, Texas for 11 years now. She hasnt even had a traffic ticket in the last twenty years that she has been driving here. My wife is under a lot of pressure. She had a COVID related death in the family in India last week. Her mother died a few months back. She has blood pressure and sugar. She doesnt react well to emotionally traumatic events. To her mind - this is the worst thing that could have happened to her. If there is any way that I can try to get her out from jail tonight on bond, I would like to try it. Would greatly appreciate your help with any of the following questions: - Is there legal help/lawyers available at night in Texas (Collin county)? - Is there anyway I can try to get her out on bond tonight? - The Jail officer (when I called back) told me that the arraignment is tomorrow between 8 to 10 am (when the judge arrives) and that family or lawyers can't attend. Is that correct? - I am out of my depth in a situation like this. What else can I do? Would greatly appreciate any general advise. Thank you.
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM - 25 answers

May 1

How to get my picture removed from someone’s business site?

The hair stylist who did my hair years ago for my wedding posted one of the pictures that our photographer took of us on her her recently constructed website without my consent. The website says under construction and she hasn’t responded to my emails. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by Riverside at 10:49 AM - 8 answers

April 29

What left-of-centre parties have won elections in recent years and how?

Internationally, what left-of-centre parties have won large scale elections in recent years, and how did they do it? What kind of policies, candidates and campaign strategies did they adopt?
posted by TheophileEscargot at 5:37 AM - 19 answers

April 26

How much hassle is involved in a change of name?

Partner has been using ex's last name... wants to make it a middle and take mine for the last name. How much administrative follow up will be involved? [more inside]
posted by elf27 at 3:29 PM - 8 answers

April 25

Stimulus check deposit question

Hypothetical question about a stimulus check printed as: John Doe c/o Jane Smith Street Address City, State, Zip. To be clear, this is printed on the check itself, not just the address on the envelope. Can Jane legally cash/deposit the check? [more inside]
posted by storminator7 at 12:06 AM - 3 answers

April 19

Legally changing my first name

I started the process at an admittedly hectic time in my life. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 5:21 PM - 4 answers

April 17

Are there any scholarly papers on the political party Québec Solidaire?

Hi. I am really interested in learning more about Québec Solidaire from a scholarly standpoint. Yet, I have only found one scholarly article on the political party (Professor Pascale Dufour's paper "From Protestto Partisan Politics: Whenand hoW collective actorscrossthe line. sociological PersPec-tiveon Québec solidaire" is the only paper I can find so far that is academic-oriented. Are there other scholarly works or newspaper articles written by academics on Québec Solidaire
posted by RearWindow at 7:57 AM - 3 answers

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