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Fred closes a stranger's truck door; the truck later burns down. What is Fred's liability?

This question comes directly from an episode of the call-in automotive advice show Car Talk. The original call occurred in or around 1994, but recently re-aired in episode 2349, "We Specialize in ...
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What is the intent of Donald Trump's $200k bond?

As a non-American I was trying to understand the idea behind bail in the US and it seems to be a monetary deterrent large enough to make you go to court (assuming that you care about the money), but ...
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Is my employer allowed to make me work without pay?

As the title says: A coworker and I had recently made a mistake at work. In response to this, our manager decides we have to work for two extra hours on our next shifts unpaid. Is this legal? I work ...
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How are five murder charges used for each defendant in the Arbery case?

I saw on the news that all three defendants were found guilty of murder of Ahmaud Arbery. I watched the verdict video and noticed the charges, and became confused when I heard that they each had been ...
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Is it possible for me to break a lease that is co-signed if my health suffers from staying at the apartment?

Problem Overview I live in an apartment in Georgia and the tenant above me is smoking a lot of marijuana every day and has been doing so for the last three months. While inside the apartment, I ...
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Is it legal to let sister-in-law drive my vehicle in another state and have her on my insurance?

This is about my wife's sister who is a single parent mom and lives in a different state. Not sure if it matters but I live in Massachusetts and she lives in Georgia. Because of her life situation ...
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Do public schools have the authority to fine parents money for being late?

My friend has a child in elementary school, and he goes to a public school. Apparently, at the end of the school day, if the parents are late picking up their kids, the school charges them $10/minute ...
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Now that 4 have pled guilty, is there a legal reason the trial of the others can't be scheduled asap?

In the Georgia election interference RICO trial, the fourth of the nineteen defendants has now pled guilty. Two of them were due to stand trial and this was holding up the trial of the others. Now ...
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HOA Rule Concerning Freedom of Speech in Georgia, USA

Our Georgia HOA recently changed this rule to the following: "A Resident or guest shall not discipline, correct, or abuse any of the Management Staff, other residents, guests, directors, officers,...
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Ahmaud Arbery defendants invoke Georgia State Law as a Defense in Federal Court

It is my understanding that three defendants face a Federal hate crime involving the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. In April 2021, all three men were indicted on federal charges of one count each ...
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Can a landlord forbid subletting if not stated in the lease?

Situation: I don't want to renew my lease, but found a place that's available 2 months before my current expires. My solution: I found a replacement tenant, and offered to do whatever cleaning is ...
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How long is a life sentence in Georgia, US?

If somebody is sentenced to life plus 5 years with the possibility of parole, how long do they actually have to serve? Or what does that actually mean?
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Identification requirement

https://abcnews.go.com/US/white-georgia-sheriffs-deputy-beating-black-man-viral/story?id=72981224 A Lyft/Uber is pulled over for a broken headlight. Why is the passenger compelled to produce ...
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Can HOA force you to pay dues for a community service you do not use?

To begin this, I have lived in this residence for a decade now. The community charges $300 annually for access to the community pool, to which I only actually used the first three years living here. I ...
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Can someone sue their partner for having an abortion?

If a woman has an abortion against the will of the father, can the father sue the mother?
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Is it legal to eat or drink items before paying for them in Georgia, USA?

My wife, two year old daughter and I went to a clothing store in Georgia. My daughter was being fussy after she saw some candy and soda that she just could not wait. So, I gave her the candy and soda. ...
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May a tenant install their own smoke detector?

I live in a studio apartment that has an ionization-based smoke detector right next to the kitchen. Unfortunately, almost anything I cook triggers a false alarm.(Even turning on the oven with nothing ...
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Brother and Sister both own house. Sister moved out, should brother buy her half?

This is in Georgia, USA So a father bought a house, all paid for, then transferred it to his son and daughter, taking his name off completely. They all three lived in house. The sister gets married ...
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Right of way on new construction when easement was never established?

As I know real estate law tends to be very local, this is occurring in the state of Georgia (in the US), and I'm not certain if the county is relevant (and not something I'd like to give out). I am ...
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Powell Plea Deal Consequences

Given Sidney Powell's plea deal: https://apnews.com/article/sidney-powell-plea-deal-georgia-election-indictment-ec7dc601ad78d756643aa2544028e9f5 The article indicates consequences: As part of the ...
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How to get a parent to pay child support?

A mother (now on probation for a financial felony) has not paid child support for years. The state child support agency checked and said she has no employment income, but she drives a new car. What ...
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Divorce case with split custody: Age of child when he/she can be moved out of of state without consent of other parent

This question is about the case of relocating from one U.S. state (Georgia) to another (Florida) for employment reasons in a situation where The person relocating is a divorcee (a single parent mom). ...
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Is it legal for an apartment or county or state to ignore fire safety rules?

(Jurisdiction: GA, USA) My apartment's elevator inspection certificate has expired 3 months ago. This puts serious risk on lives on residents especially in the high-rise. I've sent multiple reminders ...
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What is the term for the procedure used to delay an arraignment?

If a lawyer wants to delay an arraignment after a date has been set, what do they do?
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What happens if an AirBnB contract violates the overall Terms of Service?

I've identified an unusual listing on AirBnB: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/50901269?source_impression_id=p3_1627314727_DprmH0dh%2BrK58ACR Under the section "House rules" is the following ...
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In a civil infraction case, does the defendant have to turn over evidence to the prosecution beforehand?

Recently I heard about the proceedings of a parking ticket infraction in the state of Georgia which had me scratching my head. A person I know filed an appeal against a parking ticket because they ...
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Is dyed money legal tender?

It is in the news that a bank distributed bank notes with dye on them, assumed to be Intelligent banknote neutralisation system (IBNS). It is reported that in one instance this was for mortgage ...
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Therapist violates confidentiality. Any laws applicable?

A friend is doing counseling as a domestic violence victim at a domestic violence aid agency. The therapist recently disclosed her information, including what they have talked about in counseling ...
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Can a landlord charge me for one day of unpaid utilities after my lease has expired?

My lease expired several months ago and I just received a bill via email from my old apartment complex for unpaid utility charges. Apparently my gas company started billing me for service the day ...
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Is being terminated at the end of a shift/workday illegal?

I recall some time ago finding information that an employer firing an employee at the end of their workday was considered illegal. Discussing my recent termination with a friend, that was the first ...
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Does a school syllabus trump state law?

In my state (GA), there is a one party consent to recording a conversation. Does a prohibition on recording in the syllabus trump this? Would the school have any case against me if I did record?
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Am I liable if trespassers on my private property injure themselves?

If people trespass on my property (i.e. walk through my backyard without my permission) and they get injured (i.e. trip and break an arm or a tree branch falls on their head), am I liable under ...
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Nonprofit Board did not send notice of annual meeting

What can the members of a Nonprofit Corp do if the Board did not send notice of the Annual Meeting? The Board held the Annual Meeting and voted themselves back into power without notifying the members ...
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Own a duplex in Georgia, tenant on one side believes tenant on other dealing drugs due to traffic

I own a duplex in Georgia. The tenant in one side has notified me she believes that the tenant in the other side is dealing drugs based on the amount of foot and car traffic coming to the location. ...
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Neighbors tree starting to lean towards my house

The neighbor across the street has enormous pine trees, and one of them has started to lean towards my house. I'm spending a few nights at a family member's house at the moment. I'd obviously like to ...
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Is it possible to request the court to appoint a public defender in a civil infraction case?

Related: In a civil infraction case, does the defendant have to turn over evidence to the prosecution beforehand? Simple parking ticket dispute. The defendant has been put through an unreasonable ...
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Can a city police officer leave the city to pursue someone who commits a traffic offense within city limits?

If I commit a traffic offense in the city and a city cop observes this, and I then leave the city, can the city officer continue the pursuit, or must they terminate the pursuit at the city limits?
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Can a landlord insist on late fee for payment mailed but not recieved

A residential tenant has an arrangement by which the tenant's bank automatically issues and mails a rent check to the landlord by US mail 3 days before the rent is due. This arrangement has been in ...
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Protect against an wrongful violation strike at apartment

My apartment complex(GA, USA) has a 3 strike violation policy. Today I received a strike. Very vague description, just the reason being: "disturbance". I left work early to speak with staff in ...
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Can a foreigner win small court claim in the US without appearing in court?

This question is general; the details below are given to explain the context it came from rather than to ask for specific legal advice. I recently spent one night at a hotel in Georgia, US. Before ...
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Arrested in Georgia for a DUI with an out of state drivers license

It is my understanding that if you are arrested for a DUI in Georgia and you have a Georgia driver's license you have to attend a ALS hearing or having your driver's license suspended. Am I right ...
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Can a chapter 7 Bankruptcy trustee enforce a beneficial interest of a debtor to a trust the debtor is entitled to?

A trust has recently been created for my benefit and I am the sole beneficiary. I am in Atlanta, GA if this helps for reasons of practice or procedure. The trust is irrevocable and has provisions that ...
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Who, if anyone, has standing to sue over improperly-run elections?

In Wood v. Raffensperger, Wood alleged that the Georgia 2020 general election was invalid due to the defendants conducting their election-related roles in an unconstitutional manner. Like most ...
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Marriage certificate only shows maiden name

Before my husband and I got married, we filed for a marriage license at the court house, and it specifically had a line item for "name after marriage", in which I took my husband's last name. However, ...
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Tenant facing issues with landlord agent (GA, USA) [closed]

We recently signed a 1 year lease for a house. A realtor was representing the landlord. We moved in about 2 months ago. At the time of move-in, the realtor gave a walk-through of the house and filled ...
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Right Turn on Red with No Sign Visible [closed]

I made a right turn on red onto a major drive in Atlanta, GA. The police officer who pulled me over wrote the wrong intersection on the ticket which did have a 'no right turn on red sign, however, ...
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Is there anything in the US Constitution to prevent Georgia, USA to stop me from buying liquor before 12:30 based on religious grounds?

I, an agnostic person, was perturbed just now being told I couldn’t buy wine, the only thing I came in to buy, at 11:30AM on a Sunday in Augusta Georgia, because the law prevents them (Walmart) from ...
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Are open letters protected by freedom of speech? Any court precedents?

I would like to know if there is legal precedent protecting the freedom of speech in distributing an open letter or something similar. A friend owns a unit in a condominium, and since day one she has ...
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Can a corrupt sherriff cause all cases from a department to be dismissed?

A video detailing the incident Victor Hill, the former sheriff of Clayton County, Georgia, was charged with seven counts of willfully depriving detainees at the Clayton County Jail of their ...
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Can a college in Georgia be legally required to let you have equal opportunity to take an exam when their required 3rd party software causes issues?

Circumstances: I am a Sophomore at a University System of Georgia college, and am required to take Spanish for my degree. The professor requires students to purchase a license to 3rd party software in ...
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