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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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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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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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Legal definition of a "child" in the United States

canada The term "child" is expressly defined for various offences. For example, for s. 172: child means a person who is or appears to be under the age of eighteen years. The offence of &...
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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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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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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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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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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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Was Gay Marriage Legalized in Massachusetts in 2005?

Yes The only accurate thing in the linked article is: "I am not a Constitutional lawyer." That could be taken further into "I have no real idea how our legal and political systems work.&...
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What is a police car?

A "police car" doesn't necessarily have a special legal status, so a police officer can theoretically drive a beat-up pickup truck and "be legal" (but not in Washington, see below)....
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Is a medical provider required to provide a bill and/or receipt for a payment in Massachusetts?

For the "render a proper bill" part, yes indeed! Under Massachusetts General Law Part I, Title XVI, Chapter 111, Section 70E, a patient of a licensed medical facility is entitled to an ...
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No law against false imprisonment in Massachusetts?

As in some other jurisdictions, what most people think of as "false imprisonment" is categorized as kidnapping in Massachusetts, codified at Chapter 265, Section 26: Whoever, without lawful ...
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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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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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After I paid deposit and booked the car, dealer sold it without notifying me

It's right in the contract In the event I fail to take delivery of the vehicle purchased by me within forty-eight (48) hours after I have been notified by you that it is ready for delivery and pay ...
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Legal definition of a "child" in the United States

"Child" in the US typically means a minor, someone who is not yet 18. Someone would be either a child or an adult. Your belief in coded language for some reason is not part of this legal ...
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Requirement to carry driver's license and registration in Massachusetts

See Chapter 90 Section 11: Every person operating a motor vehicle shall have the certificate of registration for the vehicle and for the trailer, if any, and his license to operate, upon his person ...
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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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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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Is there any way I could sue ezpass?

You can absolutely sue the entity that operates EZpass because it is a private company and you have a monetary dispute with it (unless the agreement you entered into with EZpass to allow it to charge ...
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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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