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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 - 8 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

Auto Injury Lawyer in Quebec, Canada

I (USA citizen) was in an auto crash in Quebec with a long term injury. I'm looking for a good lawyer in Quebec that can handle this claim with Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec. (We are English speaking).
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM - 0 answers

July 22

How does one become a lawyer? Guides? Blogs? Checklists?

After 10-15 years in Silicon Valley, I'm interested in switching from technology to law. Is there a checklist to take me, a professional, from zero to legal hero? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 2:05 PM - 21 answers

July 20

Help requesting reports from court case

I don't have a legal background, so this might be a very naive question. I'm trying to request some actuarial reports from a court case. [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 9:26 AM - 4 answers

July 19

Social Security Survivor’s Benefit Question

Unfortunately, I became a member of this club several years ago. I now want to apply for Social Security widow’s benefits (not SSI disability), but I’m having trouble with a question about living arrangements. [more inside]
posted by elphaba at 10:43 AM - 7 answers

July 17

Give me your best (short) message to inspire voting

For the 2018 election, we were able to do GOTV canvassing over several months prior to Election Day instead of the more common push the weekend before the election. What made it feasible to do it so far in advance was that we gave potential voters a postcard to display in their homes as a reminder of their commitment to vote, then mailed a copy of the same postcard to them just before early voting started. We're planning much the same thing for the 2020 election, but are looking for new, inspirational text for the postcard. [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 3:44 PM - 13 answers

July 16

How to find a good probate lawyer in Portland, Oregon?

The background: the remaining parent died a year ago. The brother has been sitting on the estate for a year. The other sibling lives outside the US. How to find a good lawyer in Portland? Is this a probate situation?
posted by mecran01 at 9:20 PM - 8 answers

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