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Why are legal pads yellow?

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Question found in Legal Other
Yellow was thought to be a color that stimulated the intellect.

Dark text on a light-colored background is easier to read and yellow is easier on the eyes than glaring white.

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What is indemnification?

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Question found in Real Estate Law
Indemnification is insulating from liability.

If you are going to bungee jump at the state fair, you will sign a waiver accepting liability for any injury that results. You have indemnified the operator.

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I am a pigeon shooter, is it possible to catch bird flu from wood pigeon or crows?

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Question found in Hobbies In General
I hunt too. Several farmers in MN are more than happy to have someone deplete the pigeon/crow population.

Is it possible? In a word, yes.

Likely? Not at all until the bird flu moves into your part of the world.

Most bird flu is concentrated among domestic fowl, chickens, ducks, etc. It CAN appear in wild birds, but it will likely be discovered in farmyard birds first and that will be very well publicized if noticed in your area.

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My wife and I got married last fall and she would like to change her name more than just her maiden name, but she's having trouble finding reliable information on the process needed.

Say for example her name was Mary Jane Smith and she wants to legally change her name to Jane Smith Douglas (dropping Mary, and adding my surname at the end, not hyphenated).

She was told by one office that she'd have to get her birth certificate changed, but having my surname on the B.C. sounded really odd.

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Question found in Legal Aid
To answer this completely, we would need to know where she lives. This is an international web site.

If she is in a U.S. state, it is largely a paperwork exercise with a brief court appearance. An attorney is probably not necessary. The court will determine whether there is any attempt to evade lawful authority or the like and the request will often be granted.

When you got married would have been the time to do it for "free". Most U.S. states' laws permit brides to change their names as a result of marriage. While it is not widely known, it is not limited to adopting the husband's surname. You should have asked earlier. Sorry.

I don't know who "the office" was that suggested getting her birth certificate changed, but this person was likely on drugs. Short of a court order for very specific and well-proven reasons, you cannot change a birth certificate. One example would be removal of the named father if DNA testing conclusively proved that person named could not possibly be the father. Birth Certificates are not changed as a matter of convenience, they are a legal record of what occurred and only conclusive proof of error will normally be considered.

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We have a 2001 Jeep Cherokee that the dash board stops working while we are driving. This is not a digital dash board, but the ones that have the needles that move. It has been doing this for about two years and when it happened yesterday there was a error code that was displayed within the odometer display area. It was "no bu5 or no buS" I have tried going to the Jeep sites for the listing of error codes but I could not find any that showed this particular code. Can you help?

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Question found in Auto Diagnostics
Modern cars use printed circuit instrument clusters with one or two plugs for the whole mess rather than individual plugs and wires for each gauge, light, etc.

Chances are that there is some corrosion in the contacts and it is often a simply matter to correct. Remove the bezel (a few screws) to get at the cluster assembly and a few more screws to remove it. You may have to reach behind and unclip the speedometer cable. As the cluster lifts out, there may be plugs attached at one end or the edge of the cluster fits into an electrical connection.

Clean the connectors and reassemble. This is a good time to check the cluster light bulbs and other connectors.

Allow an hour or two for the whole job.

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What kind of permissions do you need, if you plan to start your own company?

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A specific answer requires knowledge of where you live (legal jurisdiction).

I am in the U.S., so my answer will pertain to U.S. requirements.

In most U.S. states, you don't need "permissions" unless the business you do requires a license (cosmetology/barber, physician, lawyer, etc.). You can usually do business under your own name and, often, from your own home.

A business of any size or with potential liabilities (such as my own) would be a candidate for legal status. Mine is a Limited Liability Company under the laws of Minnesota. I operate as a sole proprietor, but I have some of the personal liability protections of a corporation without having to pay separate (corporate) taxes or meet other requirements peculiar to corporations (annual meetings, etc.). All of my business income/expenses are included with my personal income tax return. The state filing fee for my business structure was $135 and I must file a notice annually (at no charge) indicating that I am still in business.

If you are in another country, I apologize if this answer was not helpful. Please do not penalize me with a low rating when you did not specify your location. I am sincerely interested in helping you, but I am unfamiliar with business law in other countries. Others my find this response helpful, even if you don't. Thank you.

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What is dry socket?

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Question found in Dentistry
Dry socket is an infection, usually following the extraction of a tooth.

Avoid drinking through a straw, smoking, rinsing your mouth or eating other than soft foods for at least 24 hours following an extraction to help avoid it.


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How did Flying Bull Lane get it name.

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Question found in Towns & Cities
I'm not in the U.K., so I have no specific knowledge, but I'll advance a guess.

Probably similar to the names of many inns, taverns and pubs.

The origins of many are from the Middle Ages when literacy was nonexistent among the peasantry.

A sign with a picture would be understood without being able to read.

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How can I become successful?

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Question found in Psychology
Most successful people view success as the journey rather than the goal.

Many would consider Bill Gates to be successful (extreme financial wealth). Mother Teresa was equally successful and saw so much work left to do.

An example would be a very wealthy businessperson who continues their work and earns yet more money. While many consider their motivation to be simple greed, it is the work itself that motivates them.

Do what you love and the money will follow.

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What is Detached Concern?

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Detached concern is a position in which you continue to care about the situation, but you remove yourself from trying to solve the problem.

Once you have taught your child to ride a bicycle, you will stand there and allow them to fall down or run into the occasional tree. You CARE, but you have to allow their learning process to do the work.

Become the swimming instructor rather than the lifeguard.

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