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What is the purpose of the inheritance tax in the United States? [closed]

I know the United States has the inheritance tax. But I do not really know the purpose or the point behind it. What is the point of the inheritance tax? Why must the inheritance assets be taxed ...
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Can a football player be prosecuted for tackling a fan?

A hypothetical scenario: An athletic event is being played in the U.S. (Let's say it's American football). A fan runs onto the field and disrupts the game. A player performs a rough, aggressive "...
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Under US Law, can a minor have a will?

Pretty much the above, can a minor with say, considerable earned assets of his own have a will made, and if not is there any alternative to a will that's possible for a minor?
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What is my liability for third-party content I host?

I live in Canada, but my servers are hosted by a third party in the United States. I run a forum-type website, so most content is provided by users. Do I have any liability for illegal content that ...
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Can a foreigner be charged for solicitation in another state?

if a foreigner who doesn’t live in the states, paid for prostitute services in new york 1 year ago and wasn’t caught or anything like that but if for some reason, the police found out about it somehow....
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What are the basic legal requirements I have as a website owner?

Let's say I run a basic website with no special legal concerns. What legal issues does every website have that I should know about?
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What if police find a dead body during an illegal search?

Suppose police conduct an illegal search of a residence (no warrant, no consent, no probable cause) and find a dead body. There is plenty of evidence in plain sight that it was a murder and also ...
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Legality of scanning a site with SSLLabs SSL Server Test in order to find and report weaknesses

I am wanting to scan a site (which I do not own) to see if they are vulnerable to anything like Heartbleed or the POODLE attack, not because I want to exploit any such vulnerabilities for malicious ...
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Can a suspected thief see who called the police?

I recently lost my cell phone and then saw a Craigslist posting of a cell phone that looked similar to my cell phone with the exact same model and storage capacity and color, but its screen was ...
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Do I have to be an adult to register a business

I just want to know if there is any way I could register my business as an LLC without being an adult.
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How can I transfer ownership of an LLC in Virginia?

In 2011 I filed paperwork with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) to form an LLC. I was the "registered agent" for the LLC. Now, in 2015, I would like my wife to own 100% of the LLC. I ...
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does allowing bets between people require a gambling licence?

Can an app allow users to make bets among users and based on the outcome of that bet the winning party will receive payment from the loosing party? Would this require a gambling licence? If not, what ...
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Can employee be restricted using his or her BYOA or BYOL by employer?

Can employee be restricted to use his or her BYOA(Bring Your Own Application) or BYOL(Bring Your Own License) by employer? I recently buy 1 per seat license of diff application from scootersoftware. ...
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Scraping factual data off the web and re-organize to release under proprietary license?

Lots of bits and pieces of information and chaotic data spread across the web and it does cost an arm and a leg to gather them together to form something larger and consistent that would prove to be ...
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Can a court rule on a contract created by laws outside its jurisdiction?

Suppose a contractual obligation is formed under EU law (e.g., by consumer protection laws). Now suppose that the parties to that contract (a buyer and a vendor or manufacturer) have agents in a non-...
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How to make sure my website complies with things like COPPA?

I want to start an online browser game following all laws. A few days ago I heard of COPPA - Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. In this link, they clearly explain in all details what must be ...
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Do scans of signed documents have the same legal power as the original document?

It is quite common for various parties online to exchange signed documents in signed form (such as contracts for remote work). Would these documents have any power in a court of law? Is it necessary ...
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If a malicious website steals my credit card info, what happens?

Let's say I submit my credit card information to a website to purchase something. They give me a message saying the item will be delivered soon, and I don't notice anything wrong. Later I find out ...
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Has a verdict of 'not proven' ever had a different effect to one of 'not guilty'?

In Scotland there are three verdicts available in criminal trials: guilty, not guilty, and not proven. In modern use there is no practical difference between not guilty and not proven: the defendant ...
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Is it illegal to reverse engineer an unsecured API

Is it legal to reverse engineer an unsecured API? Simple REST API used in Android app No SSL (just straight HTTP) Passwords are sent in plain text over this HTTP API I ran the Android app and ...
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Does my school have a right to get involved over something relating to them, but done in isolation of them?

Okey, this is going to be quite a specific question about something that has come up. I am a school student, and I sent various emails to the developers of the school management software that my ...
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Does EU consumer law apply on products purchased in the EU but used abroad?

A product (computer) was purchased in a EU country, from a EU retailer, by a EU citizen, and paid for from a EU bank account, but is currently being used outside the EU (in Asia) because the owner is ...
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Is a randomly-generated book a violation of copyright?

Let's say I create a computer program that randomly chooses words and records them. Now, this generator spits out an exact word-for-word copy of a non-public-domain book. If I publish this (without ...
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Are there resources that investigate a judge's personal life and opinions?

Preface: I ask this question for judges who lack (auto)biographies or whose (auto)biographies lack enough detail. I purpose to learn about the personal lives or opinions of judges, to discover ...
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If a petition is dismissed without prejudice can it be refiled?

If the rules and laws of a court allow a party to bring a petition, and that petition is dismissed with an explanation but with no mention of "prejudice," can the petitioner refile what is ...
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One principal cancelling a jointly granted power of attorney

This question pertains to Indian Law. However, the Law in this area is similar to British Law, so I would appreciate answers pertaining to British Law too. Suppose a group of people (the principals) ...
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Does a landlord have to tell you the reason for entering your apartment?

Today a "representative of the investors" in my apartment complex entered my apartment for an inspection. As the inspector was leaving he said to me that I passed the inspection, but just barely. I ...
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When did beating your child as a form of discipline become illegal in North America?

I was reading about how Michael Jackson's father used to beat him when he messed up practising a performance. When did beating your child become illegal? Or was it always and now it is just more ...
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Recreate copyright information on merged and minified files

When a web-application is finished we minify our source and combine all different CSS and JS files into one, to speed up the performance (pageload). As I thought about it, I recognize that some tools ...
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How does “poor man's copyright” work?

In this answer on another SE, it is suggested that the anonymous authors of a piece of software might use a "poor man's copyright" technique to establish that they possessed the work before it was ...
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Are vows not to remove rights legally binding?

Part of the GPL license is that the owner of the copyright can never take back distribution rights (un license the work). Is this legally valid or is it similar to any other "free promise" ("I ...
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Contract generation via templates

I just found out about a patent application filed in 2004 covering creating legal contracts using templates. It's being pushed again: http://www.google.com/patents/US20060287966 Surely legal firms ...
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Are any subjects or contents off-limits for publication in “free-speech” countries?

Even if a government claims to respect "freedom of speech," are there any topics that can be prohibited from publication? Examples might be Uncle Fester books or WikiLeaks.
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When is making a subtitle file for a commercial movie legal?

For example, on OpenSubtitles, a website which offers 3.5 million subtitles we can read Disclaimer: These files are NOT illegal warez downloads, we only offer files that we believe we are free to ...
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Can a manager decline a request for a sick day?

At work can a manger tell an employee that they must come in to work after requesting a sick day? What if the reason is something like they need to go to the dentist to get their annual teeth cleaning?...
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Can leasehold contracts be amended, and is this a common practice in UK?

I have recently asked following question around leasehold contract in property I am in the process of buying. It states that I am not allowed to sublet parts of building I can only sublet it as a ...
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How much of a work needs to be used for it to be derivative?

Consider for example the starship enterprise (registry NCC1701) from the star trek tv series. If someone takes a picture of the ship from the tv show and sticks it on a poster, it is clearly a ...
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How can Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and Guilty but Insane exist in the same legal system?

I was reading about the two types on insanity pleas, known as NGBI and GBMI. For example, a good excerpt is here on Google Books. However, something very obvious is bothering me: How can you have a ...
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How do I convince google to take down this page which contains people's leaked e-mails and passwords?

Out of curiousity, I googled my own e-mail to see what kind of results would show up. To my surprise, I found a website (blogger) that contained people's e-mails and leaked passwords for a service. ...
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What are the main differences between Napoleonic law and Germanic law?

I only recently started appreciating the differences between Civil Law and Common Law. The following map on wikipedia shows the distribution of different legal systems around the world, which ...
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What distinguishes adverse possession from theft?

I understand that, in the United States, adverse possession is a legal (but very rare) way to take ownership of someone else's real property against their will. What I don't understand is how this is ...
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Assignment and subletting of leasehold in UK

I am planning on buying a worn down property that has 4 big rooms to fix it up, and then rent out 2 out of 4 rooms - room by room. I would live with my family in the other two (at least for the ...
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Legality of using data obtained by hacking to make a blog post

As a data scientist, based in the UK, I am thinking about downloading the recently leaked Ashley Madison data, producing some interesting statistics (none of them incriminating), and using them to ...
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When is a contract legally binding?

If one party wrote an agreement down on paper and the other party signed it, does that make it legally binding? For example, something silly like if Bob wrote on a piece of scrap paper that he will ...
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mitigation of joint and several liability when renting shared housing

My understanding of the rationale behind joint and several liability is that the tenants would be most knowledgeable how to fairly distribute a cost amongst themselves. My question is what can be done ...
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Copyright of passport pictures

Let's say Person1 takes camera pictures of the following items and releases them as public domain: The external cover of her own USA passport The external cover of the USA passport of a willing ...
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Arizona form to allow victim to speak to defendent

Upon an accidental argument/fight in which the husband is being told of assault for pretrial and if the wife which is the victim is wanting to talk to the husband (defendant) then the victim should ...
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It is appropriate to include Google Maps screenshot acknowledging it is from Google?

As my web spider was crawling, I found this site. It uses a Google Maps screenshot without using the widget or acknowledging that it is from Google. Is this legal? Should I inform the site to remove ...
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US Can public survey or experimental data be used in profit content if cited?

If I'm looking to build an app or write a book and I wish to use statistics, am I allowed to basically use their numbers as long as I cite where it is coming from? If I do make a profit from it, do I ...
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doctor fees for lawyer services

I am a physician and almost routinely am inundated with forms from lawyers to fill for my patients so they can get disability. They get paid for these cases but expect me to fill these forms at no ...

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