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What documents and testimony establish identity and what happens if they're lost?

Birth certificates, social security cards, and driver's licenses identify a person, but what happens if these are all lost? Say a homeless person loses all of their documents in the shuffle, what ...
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How realistic is it to resurrect a dormant C corporation

Assume that someone formed a C-Corp around 15 years ago in Texas. Then they let it go dormant with the state by not filing any of the required paperwork nor paying any fees. The SoS of Texas lists the ...
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Piercing Corporate Veil in Texas, US

Context For this question, I'm only asking about the United States and if relevant, LLCs in the state of Texas. While reading about asset protection strategies and trying to understand corporate veil ...
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What legal entity(s) would be best for startup funded by kickstarter or other investment?

Assuming someone is going to start a business that is to design, build and manufacture a small electronic handheld device. They post campaigns on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowd-funding ...
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Can a spouse insist on payout of half of the equity in a home?

In a community property state ( TX ), can a spouse get one half of the equity from the home ( community property) , in the absence of a death or a divorce ?
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Is a 60 day move-out notice on month-to-month lease legal? (Texas)

My 6 month lease ends July 15th and I want to move out as soon as possible. My lease agreement specifies: "After that (July 15), this lease will automatically renew month-to-month unless either ...
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Do I have copyright over the code I write in my Computer Science class

Hypothetical Question: Do I have the right (copyright) over the code I write in my Computer Science class and thus all rights that come along with having something copyrighted? I was wondering if I ...
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What is the process for obtaining an anonymous internet poster's identity for a civil lawsuit?

An anonymous person can, given some effort and a minimum of expertise, ruin a person's life on the internet through defamation. (The popular method currently is to forge authentic looking screenshots ...
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Teaching offer rescinded by principal - any recourse?

My sister recently applied for a teaching job at a public school (in Texas), and went through the interview process. She was verbally informed by the principal that she had been selected for the ...
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What would be the default speed limit for a highway in Texas in this case?

A 2 lane road is enhanced, widened and expanded to 6 lanes. it goes through a small town. The previous speed limit on that road was 55 mph. After the new road is finished the speed limit signs are ...
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May I perform medical experimentation on myself without licensure?

I'm a retired cellular biologist and medical researcher whose license has been revoked, but I would like to continue a line of research with myself as my subject/patient. The research involves ...
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Am I required to render medical aid when off-duty if I am a doctor?

My family is dragging me along to a politician's ball. I'm not a very big fan of this particular group of attendees, to put it mildly, and have recently been day-dreaming of one choking while I raid ...
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failure to ID in the state of Texas

I was pulled over and the cop said that the reason was that when he ran the tags he couldn't find insurance on the car. A former officer told me that, that is not a reason to pull someone over. He ...
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Can you be shot in “self-defense” for attempting to disarm someone?

"I'd like to see you try and take my gun" is a common mantra among 2nd amendment enthusiasts, the implied sentiment being they'll kill anyone who tries, but I'm interested in what would happen if this ...
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Visiting Texas would I have the right to defend myself with a Texas residents firearm whom I'm staying with?

I will be visiting Texas and staying at my girlfriend's home. Would I have the right to defend myself with her firearm in the case of a burglary etc, or would I be in big trouble?
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Can I be sued for violating an NDA if I refund what I was paid?

I have a client who ordered art from me that they asked be private between us, due to it's embarrassing nature. The extent of the agreement was "Don't post this online" to which I said "Okay." My ...
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can the location of a smart phone at the time of arrest negate a suspects protection against unreasonable search and seizures?

Incident Background Info: 1. In 2015 A suspect is arrested, and is in possession of a Smart Phone which is locked, and needs a password to gain access. 2. Suspect is pulled over for speeding, and a ...
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Employment termination and pay back [duplicate]

I was referred to here from workplace, needing legal advice (I understand it is not replacing a lawyer- I'm working on that). I was recently fired from an employer in Texas, US (after 9 months) due ...
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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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Is Ambush by New Parking Sign legal unless prohibited?

I came across the following NYC article from on the internets whilst researching the situation for ATX: https://newyorkparkingticket.com/proposed-nyc-parking-law-relieves-pain-new-parking-sign/ ...
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Do the police need probable cause or a search warrant to search a rental car being driven by someone who didnt rent the vehicle?

I'm not seeking legal advice, but rather I'm seeking others thoughts and reasoning on a case that has been disposed of already, which seems to be a violation of constitutional rights afforded to ...
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Did the judge try to order me to pierce the corporate veil?

In a legal proceeding a couple of months ago, I was unfortunately at the disadvantage of not being represented by my attorney. (There is a reason which is unrelated to this question.) I'm not a ...
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US laws of firing an employee

This is a follow-up from my previous question. Following my discussion with HR about the ethical violation of my manager and some colleagues, I was suddenly fired without any prior notice from my ...
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Contract Date Vs Date of Possession

If all the paperwork to purchase a certified pre-owned car in TX is negotiated, signed & dated by the buyer and dealership. However, the buyer was not given physical possession of the vehicle ...
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Does expungement of a case refer to online history?

When a court's expungement order stipulates that all entities with related data to the case, and data collection and data reseller companies destroy any and all records related to a case; does this ...
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Expungement of Arrest and Court Records after Death

If someone with a few criminal arrests and deferred sentences passes away, can a friend or family member have these Misdemeanor and Felony arrest records expunged on behalf of the person who passed ...
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Non-fault accident, while driving someone else's car and car has been sold

My financée was involved in an accident that was not her fault. The other driver's insurance does not want to cover the cost of damages. Here is where it gets complicated. The car belonged to my ...
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Can a tenant ask the occupant listed in the house agreement to vacate immediately & legally? In Texas,USA

This is in Hunt county, Texas, US. I had signed as tenant and took a house for rent. With couple other person's listed as occupants. The person's have not signed but just listed. But the occupant has ...
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Can I sue my friend for stealing money from my personal bank acct.? [closed]

My best friend of many years and I went into business together. I bought a franchise for him and I. In the Franchise agreement it is required to submit a bank acct. that is currently open, active etc.....
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Can I get my money back?

I was trying to buy a dog from a breeder (I’m in TX, the breeder is in PA). The breeder told me originally that it was okay to hold the puppy until the middle of December & after that it would ...
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What is the law regarding left-turns at four way stops?

A friend just got in a collision at a four-way stop turning left. That friend has insisted that they came to a full and complete stop. Nolo seems to indicate that the general rule is that it's always ...
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Does home rental agreement last after death of owner

This is in Texas A homeowner leases a home to a renter for a one year term. The lease agreement is written by the homeowner and is plainly worded and not done by a lawyer. There are no mentions ...
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Do I need to hire attorney? What next steps for me on this case?

My daughter was sued for an accident that happened 2 years ago. Police responding to the accident determined she was at fault. For sake of argument, let's say my daughter's name is Jane Doe, and she ...
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Legal Action against Landlord?

I am from Texas and have a specific case. I am wondering if i should get a lawyer. My lease said that I had 3 days to back out without any repercussions. I signed in May. I was sure that i was staying ...
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carrying a plastic toy sword in public in Austin, TX

I plan to to a pub crawl with a couple of friends in Austin, TX and we will dress as fantasy characters in order to make things funnier. I plan to carry this "sword" during that night. I am not an ...
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How broad are Texas' stalking laws now?

In looking at Texas stalking laws, especially since 2015, in Section 42.072, it appears that even the following actions are illegal: Person A and Person B are in an online but intimate and romantic ...
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Can I start work whilst still being employed by another company?

I am currently employed to Company A for 20 years in Texas. I was made redundant and will receive severance for years of service if I stay working for two months. There is a state act called Worker ...
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In Houston, Texas, do you need a DBA if you only conduct business in the LLC's name?

I was reading an article on Houston's local government site about starting a business. The article states: Limited Liability Company (...) files with the Texas Secretary of State. (...) This ...
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Is there an Implied Law in Texas when you make a purchase?

I purchased a fridge at a used appliance store in Texas. The receipt states "First 90 days: if the Synergy Appliance fails to function during first 90 days, Synergy appliance will repair or replace it ...
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Is it rape if someone goes by a pseudonym and gave fake facts about themselves?

Let’s say Person A, an adult male, meets Person B, an adult female online. They develop a close relationship and talk on the phone on numerous occasions, but never meet in person. Finally Person B ...
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What liability might be incurred for exposing truth in private matters

Here's a hypothetical: Suppose person A is married, and person B is married. But Person A has an online intimate relationship on an online service with Person B. Both persons conceal the relationship ...
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I was late to file a report in auto accident

A guy hit my car about 3-4 months ago, it was fairly minimal hit on my front passenger door. since it was his fault, he offered me to help me by fixing it at his dad's for free rather than calling ...
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Can a spouse buy separate property in a community property state?

In Texas (a community property state), is there a way for a person to buy or own property to which to a spouse will have no right?
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When a PI is conducting surveillance, why is audio enhancement considered wiretapping

Most Texas PIs seem to consider the use of audio enhancement technology to be wiretapping. But they do not seem to consider video or photography enhancement technology to be the same. A Texas PI will ...
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Do I Owe the Apartment Admin Fee if I don't Sign the Lease

I applied (I didn't actually fill in every field, but they still performed a background check) to an apartment where they charge both an administrative fee and application fee. I decided to sign a ...
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Hypothetically walking the line between pornography and prostitution

Throughout this question I will reference the Texas Penal Code for concrete examples as Texas is my home state. The Texas Penal Code clarifies explicitly what is considered prostitution in the state ...
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How do staggered terms work when there is no record?

Our Bylaws specify staggered terms, 5.5 Election and Term of Office. At the first (1st) annual meeting of the Association the term of office of two (2) of the Directors shall be fixed for one (1) ...
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Can my COA's Board of Directors amend the bylaws citing Texas Business Organizations Code 22.102(c)

My local Condo Board of Directors is trying to amend our Condo Association's Bylaws citing Texas Business Organizations Code 22.102(c). Sec. 22.102. BYLAWS. (a) The initial bylaws of a ...
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Admissibility of screenshots of personal accounts on company computers

There is a case in which employees of a company, all in Texas, engaged in skype conversations on their company laptops through personal skype accounts. The employees discussed starting a competing ...
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Do speeding tickets constitute crimes to the federal DHS?

I was looking over the instructions for filing a form N400, application for naturalization to become a US citizen. One of the questions they ask is if a person has ever been arrested, convicted or ...