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If our HOA does not have enough to pay for all damages, would putting everything into my trust be enough to protect my assets?

Let's say someone sues our small HOA for more than the HOA insurance will cover (for something that happened in the common area), and not finding enough, sues each owner for the rest. Would my assets ...
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Could Congress create a court higher than the Supreme Court?

Could Congress create a court that could overrule SCOTUS decisions?
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Is it legal to send large packages to someone by USPS without their consent?

If I understand correctly, it is legal to send someone letters and small packages without their consent. Does this apply to large packages? Can I mail a refrigerator to a random address? (Don't worry; ...
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Is there any legal way for a state to be expelled from the US?

This is similar to my question about legal secession, but with one major difference. Is there any way a state could be expelled from the US without its consent? A Constitutional amendment could do ...
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Did overturning Roe cause all pre-Roe abortion laws that were never repealed to go back into effect?

When Dobbs overruled Roe, did laws that were struck down under Roe go back into force if they were never repealed by the legislature that enacted them?
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Is "packing the court" legal?

Why is the idea of "packing the court" so controversial? Wasn't the Constitution specifically designed to allow Congress and the President to "pack the court"?
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Could Congress ban abortion?

Could Congress override state laws and constitutions and pass a nationwide abortion ban?
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Is there any legal way a state could secede? [duplicate]

Is there any way a state could legally secede from the United States?
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Could a state prohibit its residents from obtaining abortions in other states?

Could a state prevent its residents from having abortions in other states/countries?
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Why did the First Amendment not override the Copyright Clause?

Why does the First Amendment not override the Copyright Clause, making copyright an unconstitutional violation of freedom of speech and press?
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What is the best way to write a court case name?

I can think of four ways to write the name of a court case (using Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization as an example): Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization Dobbs v. Jackson Women's ...
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Why was Ross Ulbricht guilty of anything?

If I understand correctly, Ross Ulbricht created Silk Road as a general purpose online market site, similar to eBay except using Tor and Bitcoin (neither of which are illegal), and other people used ...
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Can a declaration state a party does *not* have a right?

In certain situations, a party that is uncertain as to its rights and obligations under a contract may obtain declaratory relief. Can one party to a contract obtain a declaration stating that the ...
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Why are state senators not elected by county?

As far as I know, no states elect their state senators by county. Why not? US senators are elected by state, so wouldn't it make sense for state senators to be elected by county?
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What part did the supreme court play in codifying the rights of veterans at a constitutional level?

With respect to the rights of veterans, what part has the supreme court played in codifying or striking down laws that were deemed to be constitutional\unconstitutional at either the state or federal ...
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After the fall of Roe vs. Wade, are women at risk of criminal prosecution?

The Supreme court has reversed its previously held opinion of a constitutional right to abortion. Determining the legal status of abortion is now a matter of state law, and several states are likely ...
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Can a company be a wholly owned subsidiary of its wholly owned subsidiary?

Is it possible for A Inc. to own 100% of B Inc. and for B Inc. to own 100% of A. Inc. simultaneously?
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Can an individual file a lawsuit in rem?

Is there any case where an individual could file an in rem lawsuit (apparently suing a physical object, as in United States v. One Solid Gold Object in Form of a Rooster, but with an individual as ...
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How do billionaires get out of paying taxes? Can "normal people" do the same thing?

How do billionaires avoid having to pay taxes? Can "normal" people with average incomes do the same thing?
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Is wiki vandalism illegal?

Is it legal to vandalize wikis if the vandal doesn't use hacked accounts? Could the vandal either be prosecuted or sued?
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If I use a preset for a synthesizer VST in a song and make a commercial use of the song, do I need some license for this preset?

Assume one uses a preset for some synthesizer VST in a song and make a commercial use of the song: does one need some license for this preset? I live in the United States.
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Are unborn children legal persons from conception in any US state?

Are there any US states where an unborn child is a legal person from the moment of conception?
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Am I legally required to do something about the toll booth violations letters that I receive for the previous resident? [duplicate]

The person who lived in my apartment before I is getting a lot of toll booth violations. In the 15 months, I have lived in this apartment, they have received at least 10 to 15 letters. Both husband ...
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What is the shortest possible time in which the Constitution could be amended?

What is the minimum amount of time required to amend the US Constitution? If the process needed to be expedited for some reason, and enough state legislatures agreed, could it be done in one day (or ...
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Could US attorneys general of states delay enactment of trigger laws? (e.g. as now in Roe v. Wade)

I was kind of surprised to see videos of attorney generals "holding back tears", "sober day" sayings sign trigger laws into effect minutes after overruling Roe v. Wane. https://www....
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Why would medical opinions be relevant in a court case regarding Roe v. Wade?

Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists submitted amicus briefs in the Dobbs case that resulted in the ...
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What was the legal justification for Roe vs Wade?

The US Supreme Court has recently overturned the ruling that abortion is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Given that a layman's reading of the US constitution gives no mention of abortion, what ...
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Is any part of the Magna Carta considered valid US law?

Is any part of the Magna Carta currently considered valid US law?
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Would publishing a joke document that intentionally looks like a SCOTUS ruling be legal? [duplicate]

Would it be legal to publish a joke document that is intentionally formatted very similarly to a SCOTUS decision, if it doesn't actually claim to be a decision of the SCOTUS (e.g. labeled with "...
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How are any gun restrictions constitutional?

The Second Amendment says (emphasis mine): A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. How are any ...
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Can a US citizen do freelance work for a US company while travelling in another country?

John Doe is working on a freelance writing project for Acme Inc. John is a US citizen, and Acme is a US company. John goes on a vacation to another country (England, if it matters). Can John continue ...
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Can abortion laws which were made legal to prosecute be applied ex post facto?

Normally, a person cannot be charged with a crime if the statute outlawing their behavior was passed after they committed it, states and Congress are barred by the US Constitution from enforcing such ...
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i just got hired [closed]

S, I just got hired to work remotely as a customer service rep. but I live in another country. the company is giving me the company equipment, such as a desktop computer and etc. I travel back to my ...
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Why are Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood v Casey abbreviated as Roe and Casey?

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling says: ...Roe and Casey are overruled... Why is Roe v. Wade abbreviated as Roe, while Planned Parenthood v. Casey is abbreviated as Casey? ...
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Why are judicial circuits so named?

Why are judicial circuits named "judicial circuits"?
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Can I be banned/barred from the mall for a year without being served papers? [duplicate]

Can I be banned from the mall which is private property without being served papers? I do work there. I was caught sleeping in a hallway. So they banned me for a year I now lost my job because of it. ...
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What does "response is due by" really mean on a civil demand?

It seems obvious but... Alice and Bob have an existing business relationship. Alice sends Bob a letter demanding his response via U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Certified Mail, to be received on or ...
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Is there a US institution that is exempt from liquidity ratio laws?

This question has been bothering me for a while and I did some digging and turned up nothing... In the Netflix show Ozark, season 1 episode 1, Marty is at his bank trying to liquidate millions of ...
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Is there any truth in that social security was based on models of either railroad worker or maritime insurance schemes? [closed]

A common law citizen trope which is no doubt in the final analysis completely bogus is that social security was modelled after mandated insurance for ships. David Siegel in another question suggested ...
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Are non debtors/third parties discharged or released with a chapter 11 bankruptcy?

I am doing some research on third party releases and I just want to get some clarification. from this article: https://www.abi.org/abi-journal/requirements-for-the-approval-of-third-party-non-debtor-...
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What is punishment (if any) for making another adult involuntary intoxicated with alcohol, no other actions and injury, USA?

I've tried to goggle, I only find intoxication defense. I'm interested what is punishment (if any) for making another involuntary intoxicated with alcohol knowing it was alcohol and the goal was to ...
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Operationalizing the definition of "dating relationship" in federal US domestic violence law

I read in the New York Times that the US Congress is trying to fix the "Boyfriend loophole" in gun purchase restriction laws after domestic violence convictions. They note that individuals ...
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Constitutional Amdendment vs. Federal Law

Federal law -- and even the regulations written up by Federal agencies -- are no less (perhaps even more) binding, than the Constitution. But they are far easier to pass and alter. Are there any ...
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If "It's a wonderful life" is no longer in the public domain, what about contemporaneous publicity still images?

Curious about some rare cases where a movie thats copyright has lapsed is brought back into copyright, such as Jimmy Stewart's classic It's a Wonderful Life, where Republic was able to claim copyright ...
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What does "sever ties with" mean in terms of inheritance?

Apropos of this news article, in which, apparently, Elon Musk's transgender daughter wants to sever ties with her father: Hypothetically speaking, if Elon Musk wrote her out of his will, could she ...
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How are plea bargains legal?

The constitution says: The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury... Not: The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment or with the consent of the accused, ...
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Is it legal to blanket prohibit outside employment?

I live in Texas. Our labor laws are some of the worst. However, even here I think a blanket clause from a startup that prohibits outside employment sounds fishy. Researching this I found the Texas ...
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What conditions give rise to tenants rights?

Suppose one is allowed to remain as a house guest free of charge for more than a month and comes to use the place as one's only or primary home. Does this protect one from eviction? Or an adult child ...
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Does the concept of a lodger or anything similar exist in US or Florida law?

In some jurisdictions one who rents a room in a landlord's own residence is considered less than a tenant and doesn't receive the same protections against illegal eviction, etc. It seems that this ...
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Could a President choose to give an existing SCOTUS Justice two votes when he would ordinarily appoint another justice?

Could a President actually give a current Supreme Court Justice two votes when another justice died or resigned, as described in this Babylon Bee article, except with the consent of the Senate (that ...
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