I have a situation where I might contemplate to proceed via legal ways.

Would the question "I have this situation, what are my options/how should I proceed to use them" on topic here?

  • I'm not sure about that, since the tour and disclaimer explicitly says "The answers you get here are not a substitute for legal advice, and the other contributors here aren't acting as your lawyer." – Andrew T. Aug 31 '18 at 12:23
  • @AndrewT. that's why I am asking here first. I accept the fact that I am not receiving official legal advice, but I have the feeling that asking how to obtain it is on-topic? e.g.: law.stackexchange.com/q/31117/5779 – Federico Aug 31 '18 at 12:33
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    Perhaps Policy for questions that clearly ask for specific legal advice which is linked on "specific legal advice" close reason might help... reading this, that question might be off-topic. Unfortunately, I'm not a regular here, and I can't see if that question has pending close votes or not... – Andrew T. Aug 31 '18 at 12:59
  • If you decide to post a question, don't forget to specify your jurisdiction (country or, if in the U.S., state). That helps us narrowing down the applicable law and --when possible-- directing you (with URL links) to court opinions that are likely relevant toward assessing the situation you describe. – Iñaki Viggers Sep 3 '18 at 10:16
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    @IñakiViggers my main question is exactly that, I don't know which jurisdiction would apply. I will post in the next minutes. – Federico Sep 3 '18 at 10:23

I would emphasize that the Q&A pointed to in the comments by Andrew are still the standard.

As a practical matter, I can point out some trivial changes to the form of your question that would make it seem less like a request for specific legal advice:

  • Say, "Here is a hypothetical situation..."; not "I have this situation...."
  • Ask for legal information, not advice. "What should I do?" is a request for advice (and opinion, which is also off-topic...).

When I was a Court official, we were allowed to answer "What are my legal options here?" (being factual) but absolutely not "How should I proceed to use them/which option is the best/ what should I do here?" (being legal advice), though many litigants could not see the difference. I would think the same applies here, for the same reasons.

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