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William C. Holmes

William C. Holmes is a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and Chicago-based entrepreneur and author.

Articles by William C. Holmes


10 Different Kinds of Judges and What They Do 10 Different Kinds of Judges and What They Do 10 Different Kinds of Judges and What They Do 10 Different Kinds of Judges and What They Do


Certain kinds of judges have very specific responsibilities and job descriptions, so whether you're the plaintiff or defendant in a case,...

Help! I Think I Need to Sue My Insurer! Help! I Think I Need to Sue My Insurer! Help! I Think I Need to Sue My Insurer! Help! I Think I Need to Sue My Insurer!


Has your insurance claim been unsuccessful? You might have cause of action for a lawsuit. This article discusses 9 key points to consider...

Civil Law vs. Criminal Law Civil Law vs. Criminal Law Civil Law vs. Criminal Law Civil Law vs. Criminal Law


Wondering about the differences between civil law and criminal law? Here, we take a look at the origins of each field and answer some...

What are My Privacy Rights in the Digital Age? What are My Privacy Rights in the Digital Age? What are My Privacy Rights in the Digital Age? What are My Privacy Rights in the Digital Age?


Here's an overview of the “right to privacy” for users of the Internet and, more specifically, social media users

Help! I'm in a Boundary Dispute with My Neighbor and Need to Know My Legal Options. Help! I'm in a Boundary Dispute with My Neighbor and Need to Know My Legal Options. Help! I'm in a Boundary Dispute with My Neighbor and Need to Know My Legal Options. Help! I'm in a Boundary Dispute with My Neighbor and Need to Know My Legal Options.


Have you become involved in a boundary dispute with your neighbor? There are several legal options to consider, including building a fence...

Lost... and Found? The Law of Lost and Abandoned Items Lost... and Found? The Law of Lost and Abandoned Items Lost... and Found? The Law of Lost and Abandoned Items Lost... and Found? The Law of Lost and Abandoned Items


What would you do if you found something valuable? Keep it, leave it or return it to its rightful owner? Well, by law, the actions required...

Downloading, File Sharing & Copyright Infringement: Where do the Boundaries Lie? Downloading, File Sharing & Copyright Infringement: Where do the Boundaries Lie? Downloading, File Sharing & Copyright Infringement: Where do the Boundaries Lie? Downloading, File Sharing & Copyright Infringement: Where do the Boundaries Lie?


We've all heard of these rather ominous-sounding terms in digital media: "piracy," "infringement," "copyright troll," etc. But what exactly...

The 6 Types of Liability Associated with Pet Ownership The 6 Types of Liability Associated with Pet Ownership The 6 Types of Liability Associated with Pet Ownership The 6 Types of Liability Associated with Pet Ownership


Owning a pet is a major responsibility—and liability. Find out about the defenses and criminal liabilities associated with a pet...

7 Little-Known Rules Designed to Protect All Airline Passengers 7 Little-Known Rules Designed to Protect All Airline Passengers 7 Little-Known Rules Designed to Protect All Airline Passengers 7 Little-Known Rules Designed to Protect All Airline Passengers


Flights often fail to go as planned, but there are laws in place to protect passengers who are inconvenienced, experience losses or are...

Are Parents Liable When Kids Misbehave? Are Parents Liable When Kids Misbehave? Are Parents Liable When Kids Misbehave? Are Parents Liable When Kids Misbehave?


Parents often feel responsible for their kids' actions. As it turns out, they may also be liable. Here, we take a look at what parents are...

5 Things TV and Movies Suggest About the Legal System that Would Not Happen in Real Life 5 Things TV and Movies Suggest About the Legal System that Would Not Happen in Real Life 5 Things TV and Movies Suggest About the Legal System that Would Not Happen in Real Life 5 Things TV and Movies Suggest About the Legal System that Would Not Happen in Real Life


The drama that unfolds in TV and movie courtrooms isn't just riveting—it's also unrealistic. Learn about the 5 legal things that would...

Slip and Fall Accidents: Who's Liable and Who Pays? Slip and Fall Accidents: Who's Liable and Who Pays? Slip and Fall Accidents: Who's Liable and Who Pays? Slip and Fall Accidents: Who's Liable and Who Pays?


Slip and fall cases are one of the most common types of personal injury claims in the U.S. But just who's liable? Find out who has to pay...

7 Things to Keep in Mind as You Prepare for Your Deposition 7 Things to Keep in Mind as You Prepare for Your Deposition 7 Things to Keep in Mind as You Prepare for Your Deposition 7 Things to Keep in Mind as You Prepare for Your Deposition


One of the most challenging aspects of the litigation process, whether as a plaintiff or defendant, is having your deposition taken. Under...

Judicial vs. Non-Judicial Foreclosure Judicial vs. Non-Judicial Foreclosure Judicial vs. Non-Judicial Foreclosure Judicial vs. Non-Judicial Foreclosure


The reality is that there are different types of foreclosures, and you should be familiar with their implications for you as a...

Foreclosure: When You Need a Lawyer Foreclosure: When You Need a Lawyer Foreclosure: When You Need a Lawyer Foreclosure: When You Need a Lawyer


If your mortgage lender has initiated foreclosure proceedings against your home, you might need to bring in a lawyer to help. Learn about...

7 Signs that You Need an Adoption Attorney 7 Signs that You Need an Adoption Attorney 7 Signs that You Need an Adoption Attorney 7 Signs that You Need an Adoption Attorney


If you are a parent seeking to adopt a child, or have already adopted a child, there are a range of circumstances that might prompt you to...

An Overview of Same-Sex Adoption An Overview of Same-Sex Adoption An Overview of Same-Sex Adoption An Overview of Same-Sex Adoption


Adoption is a complex process on its own; add same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships to the mix, as well as divorce and custody laws,...

The Legal Basics of Adoption The Legal Basics of Adoption The Legal Basics of Adoption The Legal Basics of Adoption


Whether you are considering a private adoption, a foster care adoption or an international one, adoption is a complex legal process. Find...

A Look at Social Security Disability Benefit Programs A Look at Social Security Disability Benefit Programs A Look at Social Security Disability Benefit Programs 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...

5 Legal Issues Home Buyers Must Consider 5 Legal Issues Home Buyers Must Consider 5 Legal Issues Home Buyers Must Consider 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...

6 Legal Considerations for Home Sellers 6 Legal Considerations for Home Sellers 6 Legal Considerations for Home Sellers 6 Legal Considerations for Home Sellers


When it comes to selling your home, several legal rules and guidelines must be taken into account. Learn more about them in this article by...

An Overview of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process An Overview of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process An Overview of the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process 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

An Overview of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process An Overview of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process An Overview of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process 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...

8 Things You Should Know About Bankruptcy 8 Things You Should Know About Bankruptcy 8 Things You Should Know About Bankruptcy 8 Things You Should Know About Bankruptcy


Planning on filing for bankruptcy? There's more to it than you think! From pro se representation to non-dischargeable debt, here are 8...