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The 6 Types of Child Custody You Should Know

There are many different types of child custody arrangements that the courts can consider in cases of divorce or separation. It's important to familiarize yourself with them in order to protect the best interests of your child. Learn more here...
Got a Legal Problem? When and How to Seek Legal Advice

If you've run into legal trouble or have questions, there are several routes that you can take, from representing yourself to consulting online legal experts. Learn more about your options here.
5 Things to Do Before Filing for Bankruptcy

Is bankruptcy looming? There are five things that you can do to buy yourself some time and get your finances back on track. Learn more in this excerpt from Mitchell Allen's book: A Survival Guide to Debt.
But I’m Innocent! What to Do if You Are Charged with a Crime You Did Not Commit

If you've been falsely accused of a crime, you need to take action immediately to save yourself from potentially disastrous consequences. Here's some advice to prevent you from being wrongfully convicted.
Social Security Disability: How to File, Appeal and Win Your SSDI or SSI Case

All is not lost if you suddenly find yourself unable to work and provide for yourself or your family. You may qualify for either SSDI or SSI. Learn all about social security disability here.
Divorce: 8 Signs You Need a Lawyer

Perhaps you and your spouse can negotiate your split amicably and fairly. If not, you might need a lawyer to help. Here are 8 signs you should call in a professional...
A Look at Social Security Disability Benefit Programs

Applying for disability programs isn't easy, but understanding the basics of eligibility, benefits and procedures can help. Read on for a brief overview of Social Security Disability programs.
10 Things to Know Before Agreeing to Felony Probation

Felony probation is not as easy as it seems. While it is definitely better than spending time in prison, felony probation is still meant to be a punishment and can be very challenging. Learn more about it here.
How an Attorney May Prevent Any Charges from Being Filed Against You

If you are under investigation for a criminal charge, or suspect that you may face criminal charges in the near future, it is critical that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
An Overview of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process

Filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy allows debtors with regular income to pay back debts while keeping certain assets. Here's what you need to know about the process.
10 Myths About Personal Injury

Personal injury isn't as simple as collecting money from the person who you believe to be at fault. Check out some of the myths that people think apply to their personal injury cases.
Stopped by Police? Here's What to Do

For most people, being stopped by police will be peaceful and uneventful. However, it's important to know your rights when confronted by them. Here's how to make sure that the interaction goes as well as possible.
But I'm Guilty: What to Do if You've Committed a Crime

Are you guilty of committing a crime? Whether you've been charged with a minor or serious offense, your best option is to retain a good defense lawyer. Find out more here...
5 Legal Issues Home Buyers Must Consider

If you have made the decision to buy a home, there are several legal issues involved. Here's what to bear in mind as you approach the home-buying process.
What You Need to Know About Disability Claims

If you live in the United States, you may be entitled to disability insurance, provided that you satisfy the Social Security Administration's key requirements. Learn the basics of filing a claim here.
DUI: What to Expect

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious driving offense—and a criminal one. However, there are various ways of fighting or even avoiding this charge. Read on to find out more...
An Overview of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process

Chapter 7 bankruptcy can provide a fresh start from debt, but you'll have to jump through a few hoops first. Here's what you need to know.
Legal Aid: What It Is and Who Qualifies to Receive It

Legal aid is the provision of legal representation for those who can't afford it. However, it's not so easy to come by. Learn how to determine whether or not you can have access to free legal services.
6 Reasons to Hire an Attorney to Handle Your Traffic Ticket

Most people choose to simply pay ticket fines and get them over with rather than contesting them. However, what you may not know is that paying a traffic ticket can be more costly than fighting it! Find out more here...
The Definition of Detention and How It Affects Your Legal Rights

The definition of when a detention or an arrest occurs has become one of the most important and heavily debated issues in criminal defense. Read on to learn about detention in a legal context and how it affects your rights...
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Most jurisdictions have a number or letter classification system to describe misdemeanors from the most serious to the least serious, but a misdemeanor falling Read more

A trap and trace device is technology that records phone numbers that called into a specific telephone. With a high potential to invade a person’s privacy, trap and Read more

Supplemental jurisdiction gives federal courts the power to preside over claims that they would not properly have subject matter jurisdiction over. The claims that Read more

Doctor of Law is the degree awarded to graduates of law schools. In most jurisdictions, achieving a Doctor of Law degree is a prerequisite to gaining admission to Read more

Trespass to chattels is a common law tort cause of action. To prove trespass to chattels, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant intentionally used or meddled Read more
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