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Are property taxes attached to the property itself or the owners at the time?

Are the new owners of a property liable for taxes that accrue before they purchase it, or is this the responsibility of the previous owners? How would a real estate buyer be protected against a ...
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What statute requires Apple to offer extended service for vintage products in California?

In most jurisdictions, Apple policy is to offer hardware repair service for 5 years after it discontinues manufacturing a product. In California, Apple offers support for 7 years "as required by ...
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Inventions Assignment Agreement in California

As I was being hired today, I was asked to sign a "Confidentiality and Inventions Assignment Agreement" which partly reads: "I agree that all right (...) to any copyrightable material (...) ...
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Is it legal for a company to erroneously charge you and refund you in credits?

I was recently charged a $5 fee in error by a California based tech company. I disputed the charge via app and they issued me a “refund” in credits for future use of their service. I have not been ...
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Were laws broken, can I use in civil or small claims?

Long story short my girlfriend of 5 years how to debit card to my savings account and every payday I would deposit $500 into the savings account for her to use and this went on for approximately the ...
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California Legal Ethics: Attorney Bringing On Co-Counsel w/o Client Knowledge?

Is is a breach of ethics in California for an attorney representing a client in a civil matter to discuss their client's case in detail with potential co-counsel without the client's knowledge or ...
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Dirty Apartment 3 day notice to cure breach or quit San Diego, CA

I received a "Three Day notice to cure breach or quit" for a dirty apartment. It is dated Wednesday, but was left on my door Thursday at 9am. The landlord is coming over on Saturday before noon to ...
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Is the LIHTC assistance program exempt from the lawful source of income discrimination?

I am applying to lease an apartment in California that rents under the "Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC). My source of income is S/S and secondary income from investment interest. The ...
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What to do after a car reported stolen is found by the owner?

I heard that repossessing a stolen property without going through police can be considered theft on its own, so how can the owner of a car that was stolen and reported to police as stolen can legally ...
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Can I disobey a police order if I have reason to believe that to obey would put my life in imminent danger?

Suppose I am detained by a police officer and ordered to remain in the exact spot. However, the officer doesn't notice that I am three seconds away from potentially being impaled by someone or ...
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Legal requirements to build exercise equipment?

I want to fabricate a powerlifting rack for my local gym either as a donation or possibly bought to advertise my racks. It just occurred to me that there may be structural legalities when making such ...
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In California is it legal to offer less to a senior developer than a non-senior developer

So I've read about the Fair Pay Act, which is unclear if it also covers people of the same sex. I know it is not legal for the company to prohibit salary discussion between employees. I am currently ...
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What can I do about angry drivers as a bicyclist?

I live in Berkeley, CA, and I often bike to the nearest grocery store along a designated "bicycle boulevard". The street is mostly residential. I try to keep as near to the sidewalk as is safe without ...
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Can a landlord renege on a verbal rent agreement made by former staff?

Background I moved into a studio apartment that had a $200 rent reduction, valid for 6 months through the end of December 2017. An employee with the property management company had told me to reach ...
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Can I start a business in California without being a resident and without a physical location?

The details are that I would likely be a resident 4 to 6 months a year and that the business does not need a physical location as we provide local shipping services through independent operators - ...
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Does section 2870 of the California Labor Code apply if my employer has headquarters in California but I do not work there?

I do not live in California, but my employer does business, has headquarters, and is incorporated in California. Which state's laws apply to the employment agreement? In particular, does Section 2870 ...
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Can I sue an app for enabling harassment?

Can I sue an app for emotional distress? My soon-to-be ex-husband has been using a fake phone number app in order to impersonate: my child's school the coroner's office the police officers who are ...
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Force third party to delete ssn from database

I erroneously gave my ssn to a recruiter working for a tech recruitment company. They asked for it because they needed it to post me for a bank job. At least that's what they claimed. Long story ...
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Working in high school while concurrently enrolled

I'm a homeschooled high-school sophomore, concurrently enrolled at a local community college taking advanced math classes. My Calculus instructor asked me to take a job as a supplemental instruction ...
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How could a mistrial trigger double jeopardy in the O.J. Simpson murder trial?

The People v. O.J. Simpson is a series telling how this famous trial went. In the 9th episode, after Judge Lance Ito states that another judge should determine if the case can remain before this ...
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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

Assume a person owns a beach house in California. How far into the ocean does this person own as a landowner? Does the person own all coral reef, rocks and other things in the ocean in his owner ...
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Is an employee of a company personally liable if they violate the law on behalf of the company?

In essentially any interaction between customers and businesses, there are people on the business end who are communicating with customers on the business's behalf. This might mean customer service ...
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Buying a Gun for a Californian

I am a California native, currently attending school in Utah, and have been considering getting a Concealed Carry License as a non-resident of the State. In doing research, however, it appears that, ...
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Retaliation by boss for reporting a proof-of-life photo to the police

I came across two sketchy photos while developing a customer's photo order today. Both photos show an elderly woman in her 80s lying in bed with a copy of today's newspaper lain on her chest, both ...
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Do you need to get a work permit for a federal job in California?

I am a 17 year old who is currently thinking about getting a summer job in the federal government, or at least an internship with a possible stipend. In the child labor law, says that there is an ...
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Is there any theory that would let someone recoup their money from buying overpriced jewelry?

This question is inspired by this article. Alice purchases jewelry from dealer, Bob, for $15 million. Alice hires Carol to appraise jewelry. Carol advises Alice jewelry is worth $5 million. Alice ...
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How to contest compensation as an independent contractor

I am curious how I would go about contesting how I was compensated as an independent contractor to the IRS for tax purposes. Is there an official channel for this or do I have to go some sort of court,...
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Is the California court ruling that coffee can increase cancer risk justified?

A court in California ruled against companies that may have to put a warning that tells customers there is a possible cancer risk linked to coffee by saying the companies "failed to meet their burden ...
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Fair Child Support in California [closed]

Let say wife owns 2 houses values at 2.5M with income only from stock trades. The husband earns 150K before tax, has no saving, no properties and won't take anything from the 2 houses. The wife ...
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Does prospect of sale price being paid in full determine validity of sale?

I’ve been offered to sell my business to another business in what appears to me as a lease or licensing agreement with royalties, but the contract’s language says “purchase”. In short, the buyer ...
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Can males be held liable for child support for wife's child?

Lets say a single male living in California were to get married to a woman who has an existing one year old child from her previous marriage. If in the future they were to get divorced, how much of a ...
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Can I legally buy a car in Texas, but register it in California?

I've got a quick question regarding vehicle registration in the States of California and Texas. I'm a full-time student at a public university in Texas, but am and remain a legal resident of the State ...
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Can a judge increase the speed on a traffic ticket?

I had a trial de novo today for a 22349(a), cited for 80 mph. At court when discussing the case, the officer gave his introductory statement and alleged that his radar clocked me at 90 mph but that he ...
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Do You Need a Permit to Cook Free Food on the Sidewalk?

I'd like to open a food stand in Los Angeles to cook food for homeless people. Do I need a permit of some sort to cook food and give it away free of charge?
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Copyright of messages in group chat

I composed a hiring post and sent it to a group chat. Can group members (NOT the messaging app) forward the post to others who are not in the group, without my permission or re-post it in others ...
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Inhabitance requirement for peeping

Under California PC647(i), Except as provided in paragraph (5) of subdivision (b) and subdivision (l), every person who commits any of the following acts is guilty of disorderly conduct, a ...
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What kinds of crimes do not affect persons or property?

A crime is a public offense, so I would think that anything that constitutes a crime has some kind of influence on one or more persons or property, i.e. it changes the public universe in some negative ...
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Non-profit donations for organizational overhead

What percentage of a tax-exempt nonprofit's donations can be used for overhead costs in California?
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Right of way: U-turn vs right turn (California)

I see this all the time, and it's often a topic of debate among friends. I'm curious to know what the answer is. I can see it going either way. Car at red light making right turn and another car ...
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Is an undercover cop offering money to a random woman for sex an example of “entrapment”?

T/F Test Question: "Officer Jones, who was assigned to the narcotics unit, decided to look for possible prostitutes in the financial district of his city. Although there are no reports of a ...
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What Travel Expenses are Allowed in a Civil Suit?

In a civil suit involving repossession of a car in a remote city in California, it seems obvious that I can sue for the airfare to that remote city. But, what about hotel and meal expenses (or other "...
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Small claims court jurisdication over international employment agreement?

I am a US citizen originally residing in state S. I entered into an employment agreement with a company headquartered in country C1 (not the US), with physical offices in another country C2 and US (...
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Is litigation against one's employer protected?

Let's say we are in California and I have a dispute with my employer. My employer has, or so I believe that it has, breached our employment contract and caused me damages. I then talk to my employer ...
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Why does the victim have to press charges?

Case in point that was in the news: "BART identifies man in viral video of racist attack on train", East Bay Times A California man attacked a stranger while expressing his hatred of the victim's ...
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Would an affidavit be admissible in criminal court to prove address fraud?

If I need to prove in California criminal court that the defendant did not reside at a certain address in 2017, it seems best to get the true "main resident" to testify in court: "I have never seen ...
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Can I start a mobile recycling business in California?

I had the possibly unprofitable hypothetical idea of starting a mobile recycling business where a truck comes to you and pays you door-to-door for your recycling at below market prices. Can this be ...
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Can a landlord demand that a house rented when new be returned to “new” condition?

We are living in California. In our lease agreement, it states under the "condition" section: Tenant acknowledges these items are clean and operable condition, with the following exceptions: ...
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Can I demand partial deposit back on a joint lease?

I am living in California. I am currently on a joint lease of a house for a little more than two years. The lease is on a monthly basis (used to be a one-year lease but continued as month-to-month). ...
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Can a former employer deduct a “fee” when issuing a check for my new roll-over?

A former employer deducted a "fee" charge when I contacted him to get my 401 funds moved to my new employer's roll-over account. It was 1 year after I was dismissed from his employment. Is it legal ...
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Is the Defendant Legally Entitled to an Itemization of the Damages they Are Being Sued For?

I live in California and am being sued by someone in Small Claims court who moved into my apartment for about two months with the intention of becoming a formal 'roommate' but, ultimately, had to ...