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April 2

Is my small business (guest house Airbnb rental) eligible for CARE funds

We are wondering whether our small business (small guest suite that we primarily rent on airbnb) could be eligible for some of the small business CARE funds. I'd like to pay someone to consult with them about whether we could be eligible and (ideally) get some help applying. What is the title of this type of specialist (and do you have any recommendations)? I'm in CA if it matters. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:48 AM - 8 answers

March 30

Where did the list of presidential candidates go?

I visited the FEC.gov website in January to contact Oregonians who were running for president as part of an interviewing project I'm doing. I seem to remember at least 3,000 people were in an FEC.gov spreadsheet on the site. I just visited it again this evening and I couldn't find that list anymore. Balletpedia and Wikipedia have lists of names and party affiliation, but their list is now only about a thousand people long, and no contact information. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 10:16 PM - 1 answers

Who will sue over COVID, after COVID?

What kinds of lawsuits will there be once (hopefully soon) COVID is effectively over? [more inside]
posted by abuckamoon at 3:48 PM - 32 answers

March 28

Does a census address have to be "official"?

I live in an in-law apartment that technically uses the same address as another rental on the property. Do I have to give my neighbors my data for the form they're filling out? If I go online and put "Apt B" or "back house" in order to fill out my own form will that have any ramifications?
posted by pinochiette at 3:40 PM - 4 answers

March 27

How do I reach a person at the IRS who can help me with lost tax refund?

Last year I snail mailed my tax return right before the deadline, after running into multiple problems with online filing options. I never received a refund, even though I expected one. Then life got crazy and I didn't follow up. Now I'm worried I won't get my refund or stimulus money this year, and I'm really going to need it. But I can't get through the phone tree. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 4:02 PM - 4 answers

March 26

Looking for novels, memoirs, and academic books on law?

I am looking for some interesting and stimulating memoirs, novels, and interesting academic books/academic papers on understanding law/courts -- especially from a Canadian perspective. Or any interesting Canadian trials and international famous/interesting trials. (I also loved To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, 12 Angry Men, and the Verdict as well - but want to dig deeper in the memoir, novel, academic papers/books aspect to law as well.) [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 7:08 PM - 16 answers

Contract dissolution (safely!) in virus times

Careful with these people? They're sometimes unpredictable or inappropriate, possibly litigious. I just want out of the contract next week as agreed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:44 PM - 3 answers

March 25

Where can I read the terms (all 700 pages) of the Gubmint bailout bill?

Researching for someone who asked me the following question: "If someone owes the IRS money and it is the IRS sending out the checks to citizens, will the IRS take the money and apply it against a debt or will they send the check out regardless?" [more inside]
posted by AugustWest at 11:58 PM - 12 answers

March 24

my current subletter in nyc has ghosted me - what should i do?

my subletter was supposed to sublet my nyc apartment until june - i haven't heard from him since covid started, and haven't gotten the rent for march. i know he works at a cafe that's probably shut down now and that his parents have been helping him with the rent. things have been a little haphazard this whole time, but now he's not responding to texts/calls/emails at all. i'm worried and am not sure what to do! more details below... [more inside]
posted by lightgray at 6:26 PM - 5 answers

Political-legal types: What options exist for removing the president?

Theoretically, not practically, as in impeachment counts as one option, even though last year's attempt was a non-starter. A lot of us know about the 25th Amendment as well. But what other remedies exist, if any?
posted by troywestfield at 4:24 PM - 10 answers

March 23

What US laws are changing (or have already changed) because of COVID?

What federal laws and regulations in the United States are changing (or have already changed) to deal with COVID? [more inside]
posted by saladin at 6:23 AM - 3 answers

March 21

Online IRS address change?

Is it possible to update my home address with the United States Internal Revenue Service via an online form?
posted by DreamStar at 5:36 PM - 2 answers

the fiscal impact of marijuana legalization

This is a nerdy question about a non-nerdy topic. Back in the 20th century, we used to say [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy at 2:37 PM - 7 answers

March 20

Shut up and keep your money! (Rent forgiveness in these COVID-19 times)

I have a tenant who is wonderful. I want to provide her with free rent for a month along with a legal-ish document that states this. How? [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne at 10:09 PM - 17 answers

March 19

I would like to put content from my university course online

I teach a large undergraduate course in R and statistics. Especially given the COVID-19 crisis, I would like to make my videos and materials free for anyone to use by putting them on my webpage and/or Youtube. I do not fully understand the legal aspects to this. [more inside]
posted by forza at 10:36 PM - 6 answers

Filling a US prescription in Canada

YANMD/YANML. I am a US citizen with US health insurance and a US (New York) doctor, but I reside in Ontario, Canada with my Canadian spouse. I am pending approval of a permanent residency application. Because of the border closure, for the foreseeable future I cannot travel to the US to obtain my prescriptions from the US pharmacy where I normally fill. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 7:23 AM - 12 answers

March 18

How to report Shelter-In-Place violation

Who should I contact about a company in Santa Clara County that has told workers they are required to come in, despite the shelter-in-place order? This company does not provide any of the services exempted as "essential businesses." The health department's website suggests calling 211, but I am not physically in the county/area code.
posted by Blue Jello Elf at 7:40 PM - 3 answers

rationing: how feasible?

So, with supermarkets being emptied, some people are commenting online demanding a return to WWII and post-war era rationing: that is, coupons issued to residents that can be exchanged for essential food/goods. This would prevent hoarding, because once you use your coupon you can't go to the next shop over and buy more. Interested in how feasible this would be in the modern era? (Australia, specifically.)
posted by freethefeet at 1:24 AM - 39 answers

March 17

Sent home from work due to pregnancy. UNEMPLOYMENT?

A family member who works at a dermatologist's 's office and has been able to maintain appropriate distancing has been told not to come to work anymore due to the fact that she is pregnant, and they don't want her exposed to COVID-19. This is in New Jersey. She is a bit less than a full-time employee. Is she eligible for unemployment compensation? Or sick leave? She was planning to work for 2 more moths until her due date.
posted by mmf at 4:53 PM - 7 answers

March 16

Is there a way to legally force an autopsy if you aren't next of kin?

If a person were to go to court to force the authorities to perform an autopsy, and they are a relative, but not the next of kin, what would the legal document filed with the court be called? What would happen in the court system? This is a writing question - no one has died in a questionable way!
posted by ljshapiro at 11:53 AM - 2 answers

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