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August 20

CPTED, especially as requirement?

I am interested in the implementation of crime prevention through environmental design, especially but not only as a requirement in urban planning/permitting/design/approval. I am thinking of specific rules any research about effects, stories about how it went, etc. Thanks.
posted by NotLost at 7:47 AM - 3 answers

August 17

Legally speaking, what do I do with this mail?

We had some mail for long-ago previous occupants. I wrote "not at this address" and put it back out for USPS, but.... [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 6:04 AM - 43 answers

August 16

Asbestos Litigation

My company is being pulled into an asbestos/mesothelioma lawsuit. The plaintiff and defense counsels, and the case is all taking place in Mason County, IL, which happens to hear more than a third of all asbestos/mesothelioma lawsuits in the country. None of us, plaintiffs or defense, live in Illinois, nor did any of this take place there. The way things are going I'm starting to feel like we're being pulled into a lawsuit grift mill. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 11:38 AM - 13 answers

August 14

Airport Safety Regulations

The Waukegan Illinois Airport is proposing a major project to build a new longer runway which will require the Lake County Forest Preserve to sell 52 acres of land to the airport. The airport claims the project is necessary to comply with current FAA safety regulations, but the community is concerned that the airport may not be providing a good faith explanation of the issue. Any assistance you could provide in getting us in touch with resources which could provide an independent assessment of the current safety compliance of the airport, the need for a new runway and the requirements for any new construction would be greatly appreciated.
posted by grahahw at 8:13 AM - 8 answers

August 13

Help me write a green card letter.

A friend and co-worker has requested I write a letter in support of getting her husband, another co-worker, his green card. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar at 5:24 PM - 8 answers

EEOC disability lawyers in Seattle

I'm considering filing an EEOC complaint against my job due to discrimination based on disability. Can you recommend any excellent disability lawyers in Seattle? And can you explain how disability lawyers typically get paid? Are there low-cost or free options for this, or do they get paid from the settlement?
posted by socktopus at 11:50 AM - 4 answers

August 11

Keeping a senior safe during renovations

The property management of my dad’s building is planning to renovate the balconies, which will take 6-8 months. My dad lives on a high floor, with moderate cognitive impairments. How can I keep him safe during this reno? How can the contractor guarantee it (what would they do)? What is standard for this reno? Based in Ontario [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 4:20 PM - 20 answers

My building manager spit at me...and they didn't fire him. What do I do?

I live in a mixed use luxury condo building that is heavily guarded. A congresswoman lives here too. It's SAFE (I need that for multiple reasons). Or so I thought. I was viewing some office space a few floors below me, and the building manager did what is detailed below. The building didn't fire him. They told me to deadbolt my door (not safe, I have major health issues and I don't need the paramedics cutting down an 8 foot door and wasting time if my asthma is killing me) and that he wasn't allowed on my floor. I don't feel safe in ANY of the common space and have to get a security escort to go outside. I'm afraid to go in my hallway to take the trash out. Anyone here have experience with something like this? [more inside]
posted by lextex at 12:53 PM - 16 answers

August 9

Help me fall down a Watergate rabbit hole

I'm interested in TV shows, documentaries, podcasts, books, etc. on Watergate. I just finished the delightful White House Plumbers, and rewatched the classic All the President's Men, and am lining up Gaslit and Slow Burn (both podcast and TV documentary). What's next? What else should I be watching and reading? [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 11:39 AM - 32 answers

August 8

Is it really not a crime to scam an elderly person by "borrowing"?

The police say it's not. The victim is over 90, lives alone, and is bizarrely, unrealistically certain that the handyman/scammer is going to pay back the fifty-thousand-plus dollars that they have "lent" him, and that it is a good idea to give him even more. The police refused to take a report, saying it's not a criminal matter. I'm looking for opinions and anecdotes to help us process the situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM - 15 answers

Finding legal assistance in AR and OH?

I have legal questions specific to Arkansas and Ohio on family trust documents created in the 1970's [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 6:49 AM - 3 answers

August 7

Question about filing an amicus brief for a specific Supreme Court case.

Is it possible to file an amicus brief in this case? If it's not possible, is there somewhere else obvious where someone could share thoughts about this case?
posted by davidstandaford at 9:40 AM - 2 answers

July 28

Status of federal bill aiming to change Medicaid recovery practices

Is the Stop Unfair Medicaid Recoveries Act of 2022 something that is still going forward? [more inside]
posted by Francolin at 3:16 PM - 2 answers

July 23

Examples of successful grassroots action to remove corrupt state leaders

What are some examples of officials removed from office through citizen action (other than voting)? [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 3:42 PM - 8 answers

Suggestions for choosing an executor/power of attorney in Ontario

We're old. All our friends are old. Our lawyer is old. No close young nieces or nephews. Both our sons live thousands of miles away. Word of mouth is not working. We need suggestions on how to go about finding an executor and someone to give power attorney to. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 10:38 AM - 5 answers

July 22

Where does home go after death of owner?

I am a caretaker for my brother who has ALS. We are both in our 70's. He owns a suburban home with about half the mortgage paid off. I have lived in the house, on a seperate level for 10 years as his caretaker. I share the kitchen in the house. He promised the house to me at the beginning of his home care with me. About 4 years ago he had a will written up stating such, plus some monies he has. It hasn't been witnessed and signed as of yet. [more inside]
posted by Czjewel at 1:27 PM - 19 answers

July 9

How do easements along the road work?

Is an easement a finite amount of space, or does it continue to widen as it's used? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 12:19 PM - 6 answers

Can government employers softly discriminate without breaking laws?

I'm wondering if it's possible that a government entity can get away with using protected criteria data to lower standards on customers expectations without outright refusing them service and it slide under the radar? (Cont'd) [more inside]
posted by The_imp_inimpossible at 2:47 AM - 10 answers

July 8

Gifting foreign property to a foreign person: which IRS form/document?

The IRS almost certainly has a document or FAQ or rulemaking discussing this, but I cannot seem to locate it; any thoughts? I want to gift a foreign real property (non-revenue producing) to a foreign person. Everything I can find refers to foreign property being gifted to a US person; I need the reverse. [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 11:17 AM - 4 answers

July 5

How the US almost accidentally launched a nuclear attack on the USSR

Several years ago I read an article about an episode in which the US almost launched a nuclear first strike on the USSR. I may have read it on Metafilter. A single person, stationed in the western Pacific (maybe near Japan?) was mistakenly sent the launch command. He asked repeatedly for confirmation, and was repeatedly told, "don't bother me, just do what you're told." He did not launch the strike, and was eventually able to get his contact to realize it was a mistake. [more inside]
posted by alms at 12:49 PM - 11 answers

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