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Is it lawful for banks to turn away minors?

It is age discrimination, and it is legal. There is a federal prohibition against discriminating in employment provided that you are at least 40 years old. There are innumerable laws that require age ...
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Is it lawful for banks to turn away minors?

To make a bank account you need to sign a contract. To sign a valid contract, a person needs to have the legal capacity to sign contracts. Minors are not able to sign most contracts. This is not ...
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Force neighbor to resolve property line encroachment before selling house

Is there a way for us to prevent the sale of the house until they have moved the fence? For example, it seems that filing suit against the current owners doesn't necessarily prevent the sale, and ...
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Is it legal to let sister-in-law drive my vehicle in another state and have her on my insurance?

The insurer can absolutely deny paying any claims if they discover that you misrepresented something in obtaining your policy, or you failed to notify them of relevant changes in accordance with the ...
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Do Sunday working hours count towards overtime?

> What does that last sentence mean? It means that federal law does not provide premium pay on Sundays and Holidays the way MA does. > Should I be getting paid more than I am? No. Check out G....
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paying debt collector's invalid rent claim, then suing landlord for money back

We don't want this issue to adversely affect our credit and got legal consulting which suggested we should pay the debt collector to protect our credit score, and then sue the landlord for the ...
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I owe rent for a month and my landord is threatening me to move my stuff out of the house

Even with a verbal lease, evictions must be done legally; the landlord can't evict you with out going through a legal process that takes time, and can't legally dump your possessions outside, or ask ...
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Who gets the traffic ticket in a self-driving car?

The NSW Road Transport Act 2013 defines: "Driver" means any person driving a vehicle, and includes any person riding a vehicle. "Drive" includes: (a) be in control of the steering,...
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Can doctor's offices withhold test results for some length of time?

According to an HHS guide entitled "Individuals’ Right under HIPAA to Access their Health Information", HIPAA does entitle you to access your medical records; however, the medical provider has 30 days ...
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Michelle Carter the person who urged a man to commit suicide sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Is this constitutional?

It is constitutional to imprison a person for committing a crime, though I suspect that a life sentence for brawling would be held to be cruel and unusual punishment. It's rather hard to tell what ...
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Public Trespass

What do you mean by "a public building"? Just because a place is owned by the public, doesn't mean anyone can go there any time they wish. Military bases, firehouses, and jails are owned by the ...
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Can I legally "kick my kids out the door as soon as they are 18 years old"?

Generally, you would have to bring an eviction action just as you would for an ordinary landlord-tenant relationship. This means given written notice served as required by MA law of a deadline to ...
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Must a health insurance in the United States provide a listing of procedure and diagnosis codes that are covered upon request?

The health insurance contract should set forth what is and is not covered in detail (in addition, there would be a short summary version). They probably don't have to provide procedure codes that are ...
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What law determines when you have been ordered to pull over for a traffic stop?

What law in the U.S. governs when you need to pull over for a traffic stop? Specifically, Massachusetts? Refusal to submit to a police officer, Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 90, § 25 (2016) governs....
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Is it a violation of due process for a public committee to have no regular rules of order?

In most cases, the failure to use Robert's Rules of Order will not be a violation of due process. To be a violation, (1) due process must be required; and (2) the procedure must either (a) fail to ...
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Plausibility of US Suit over Ownership of Photos of Slaves

is it plausibly the case that ownership of an original photograph would be awarded to the subject (or the subject's heirs) because the subject did not consent to the making of the photograph? No The ...
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Does this lease clause provide a one sided exit for the landlord?

The key here is the provision "through no fault of his own". A landlord who relies on this provision would need to be able to demonstrate what the cause of the delay was, and that s/he had not been ...
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Who gets the traffic ticket in a self-driving car?

I don't believe the law has yet contemplated self-driving vehicles. Nor am I aware of any leading legal precedence. This is pioneering technology right now. My sense of how this will work out is that ...
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How do I authenticate that a warrant and its bearers are authentic?

Your attorney can help you answer those questions, if necessary. Generally, you cannot know for certain. Mass. criminal procedure rule 6 covers arrest warrants – the Superior court can issue an arrest ...
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Should I be worried about an illegal statement from my landlord?

If it's not in the lease agreement, then you did not agree to it. Even in the absence of the law prohibiting the late fee, the landlord would not be able to impose it because it is not in the lease. ...
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Increased speed limit and decreased speed limit signs located ~1/3 mile apart on opposite side of road. When is it legal to increase speed?

The national standard, found in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), indicates, in Section 2B.13 Speed Limit Sign: 03 Speed Limit signs, indicating speed limits for which posting ...
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What is the difference between the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County?

The Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County, also known as the Single Justice Session is part of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Their powers are much like those of US Supreme Court ...
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Is it legal for public schools to require video for remote classes?

The first sub-question here is whether (public) schools can compel (parents of) students to acquire internet service, a computer, and a webcam. The MA Dept. of Education maintains that public schools ...
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Naturalized Certificate required for Shall-Issue Firearms License

The police are mistaken because they don't understand immigration law. Usually, the first step to resolve this problem would be to explain the situation in a letter to or telephone call with the town ...
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Can a medical practitioner legally charge health insurances a different amount from what it would charge a non-insured patient?

They're not actually billing people different amounts because they have insurance or not. Doctors can pretty much bill a patient whatever they want for their service, similar to how a grocery store ...
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Who gets the traffic ticket in a self-driving car?

As far as I can find, neither CA or MA have enacted laws regarding this yet. Florida, (and probably others) have, however. From Florida: Defines “autonomous vehicle” and “autonomous technology.” ...
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Can I require all communications with police to be written?

In the U.S. there is no law that requires you to ever say a word to a law enforcement officer, and lawyers generally encourage you to minimize what you communicate to them anyway. I can't think of ...
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Year of passage of Massachusetts age of consent law

The phrase "of chaste life" appears in a bill passed on June 25, 1886: Whoever induces any person under the age of eighteen years of chaste life and conversation to have unlawful sexual intercourse ...
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Do you have to disclose you are recording a call that is already being recorded?

Massachusetts is a 'two-party' state. So you'd have to have consent from them to record. You could probably travel to a 'one-party' state such as one of the states listed here and call them while ...
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Proper jurisdiction for injunctive relief not involving a monetary claim in Boston

Short Answer The Superior Court is the court of general jurisdiction and the primary equity court will full authority over cases seeking injunctive relief. So, if the case does not fall into a ...
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