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  1. Law covering liability and compensation for wrongful acts that are negligent or intentional. Includes accidents, the failure to exercise reasonable care, slip and fall injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous products and defamation.
    1. Auto Accidents, Injuries

      Car accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, personal injuries suffered concerning motor vehicles and the failure of a driver to exercise reasonable care.
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    2. Accidents, Injuries, Negligence

      General accidents, negligence and personal injury including slip and fall, dog bites, construction accidents, premises liability, wrongful death, strict liability, defective products, inadequate warnings, dangerous drugs, asbestos, mesothelioma, vioxx, Accutane, Paxil and others.
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    3. Defamation, Libel & Slander

      False statements that injure another person that are written (libel) or spoken (slander), false light injury, rights of publicity and some issues concerning privacy rights.
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    4. Professional, Medical Malpractice

      Injury suffered due to the negligence of a professional such as medical malpractice ( doctor, nurse, dentist, health care responsible for a birth injury, operating room accident, failure to diagnose), legal (attorneys) and other (accountants, brokers and members of the clergy.)
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  2. Law concerning the use and ownership of motor vehicles. Driver's license, moving violations, traffic and speeding tickets, parking tickets, registration, title, insurance, Department of Motor Vehicles, seat belt & mobile phone laws, buying & selling cars.
    1. Car Sales, Dealers, Repairs, Lemon Law

      Law covering the purchase and sale of automobiles and motor vehicles, new and used, car dealers, private sales, the federal lemon law (the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act), car financing, contracts and warranties. See also auto loans, car loans & repossession.
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    2. DUI, DWI, BUI, Drunk Driving

      Charges and issues concerning drinking and driving (automobile, boat, train or other vehicle) including DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while intoxicated), BUI, BWI, breathalyzer, blood alcohol level and sobriety tests.
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    3. Drivers License, Vehicle Registration

      Application and renewals of a driver's license, points on your a license, suspension and reinstatement of a driver's license. Regulations and issues concerning the registration of motor vehicles, title to the vehicle, inspection of equipment.
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    4. Parking Tickets, Towing, Impound

      Parking tickets, towing issues, repossession and other non-moving violations including matters in parking hearings, ticket mistakes.
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    5. Speeding Tickets, Traffic & Moving Violations

      Automobile tickets and citations, speeding and radar, careless and reckless driving, failure to yield, seat belt tickets, cell phone and texting tickets, traffic lane and traffic control violations.
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      8,007
  3. Matters pertaining to business and personal bankruptcy and related matters including foreclosure, debt collection and refinancing, Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 issues and proceedings in U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court.
    1. Bankruptcy Law

      Issues concerning business or personal bankrutpcy, Federal Bankruptcy Court, reorganization, Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 13, and assets protected from creditors.
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    2. Credit, Debt and Collection

      Law and regulations concerning business debts, collections, debt collectors, auto loans, repo, credit cards, credit rating, medical bills, student loans.
  4. Law and policy that governs businesses, commercial and corporate entities, how to start a business, incorporation, business operations, contracts and corporate governance.
    1. Business & Corporate Matters

      Internal management of partnerships and corporations, bylaws, business operations, contracts, franchise law, shareholders, purchase and sale, dissolution and financial matters.
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    2. Starting a Business, Incorporation

      Issues concerning creating a new business, choosing the right entity, sole proprietorships, partnerships, c & s corporations, LLC, LLP, PLLC, articles of incorporation, registered agents and corporate bylaws. Issues concerning non-profit or not for profit organizations, also known as 501(c)(3) companies.
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  5. Consumer law, personal finance, consumer contracts and warranties, investments.
    1. Banking, Finance, Investments

      Banks, personal finance, investments in the stock market and other money making opportunities.
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    2. Consumer Fraud & Scams

      Report a scam, slam or alert about a company's practice that you find deceptive
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    3. Consumer Law, Contracts, Warranties

      Issues concerning consumer transactions in general, retailers, private sales, service providers (cable, phone, Internet, utilities), travel, recreation, home repair, construction, animal and pet law and the UCC.
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  6. Laws pertaining to crime and prosecution of criminal suspects. Pretrial issues such as police searches, seizure and arrests. Also covers prosecutors, representation, plea bargains, trials, sentencing, incarceration, parole and criminal records.
    1. Criminal Charges

      Criminal charges for alcohol and drug related crimes, DUI-DWI, guns and weapons offenses, assault & battery, burglary, home invasion, arson, computer crime, fraud, financial crimes (bad checks, embezzlement), stalking, harassment, trespass, sex crimes, shoplifting, robbery and theft. See also:
      DUI, DWI & Drunk Driving · Child Abuse, Child Porn · Juvenile Crime · TRO, Protective & Restraining Order
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    2. Criminal Procedure, Criminal Court

      Criminal procedure in criminal court, beginning from search and seizure, Miranda warning, warrants and arrests by the police. Following is arraignment and bail. If necessary are criminal trials, sentencing, plea bargains and restitution. There may be parole, probation, prison & jail and restitution. Also covers criminal attorneys, public defenders and the criminal justice system.
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    3. Criminal Records, Expungement

      Issues concerning criminal records, what can be seen, who can obtain them, how to remove or "expunge" criminal records, sealing criminal records. Also see Background Checks for Employment.
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      1,239
    4. Justice System, Criminal Lawyers

      Issues concerning officers of the court and their conduct including criminal defense lawyers, retainer agreements, court appointed lawyers and how to obtain representation, judges, ineffective assistance of counsel.
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    5. Probation, Parole, Incarceration

      Plea arrangements and the sentencing of criminal defendants to probation, parole requests, hearings, probation and parole violations.
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      1,034
  7. Law, regulations, requirements, case law and policy regarding the workplace, employers, employees and independent contractors. Hiring & firing, background checks, wages, discrimination, harassment, disability, benefits, workers comp and ERISA.
    1. Employment, Labor, Work Issues

      Work related legal matters including hiring & background checks, problems at work like discrimination, harassment & disability based on gender and race, including FMLA & medical leave, compensation, wages and overtime including the federal minimum wage, firing and termination.
    2. Human Resources

      Discussion of issues concerning Human Resources departments and professionals
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    3. Independent Contractors & Consultants

      Legal issues concerning "freelance" jobs or private contractors - work performed by someone who is not an employee. Also includes artists, musicians, renovators, designers and craftsmen.
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    4. Unemployment Insurance & Benefits

      Eligibility and requirements for unemployment benefits, how to apply, denial of benefits, duration, extension.
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    5. Workers Compensation

      Injuries caused in or suffered as a result of the workplace, workman's compensation law, how to file a claim, qualification, disputes and awards.
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  8. Estate Administration including proper estate planning, the creation of a will, power of attorney, living will, dealing with probate court, administrating an estate, creating a trust.
    1. Elder Law, Medicaid & Disability

      Other issues concerning estate planning and administration including elder law issues concerning people growing older, medicaid, disability, medicare.
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    2. Estate Administration & Probate Court

      Administration of an estate, handling probate court, whether the estate needs to pass through probate, distribution of assets to heirs, payment of expenses to creditors.
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      4,379
    3. Estate Planning, Creating Wills & Trusts

      General estate planning including financial planning, the requirements for and how to create a will or a trust and other documents.
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    4. Power of Attorney & Living Wills

      How to create and draft a power of attorney or a living will document, the different types of instruments and the powers and rights they grant, how to limit powers or revoke them.
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  9. Law covering family matters including premarital issues, engagement, marriage, name change, divorce, separation, children, child support and custody, alimony, domestic violence, restraining orders, child neglect, abuse and juvenile crime.
    1. Children & Juvenile Law

      Legal matters concerning children: Child support and child custody, visitation, adoption, child neglect and abuse, paternity, DNA tests, emancipation and adoption.
    2. Divorce, Separation & Annulment

      The process of terminating a marriage, annulments, legal separation that may be required prior to a divorce decree, alimony and spousal support, division of property and mediation.
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    3. Other Family Law Issues

      Legal issues arising from engagements and living together, how to legally formalize a marriage, name changes, guardianship and disability, Elder Law and also domestic violence and restraining orders.
  10. Law and regulations concerning government, administrative agencies, the military, the IRS and taxation, federal and state matters, education and government programs.
    1. Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

      Issues concerning the Constitution, rights and freedoms, violations of personal civil rights.
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    2. Education Law, School System

      Law and regulations pertaining to the educational system, the public school system, special needs issues including qualification and testing, special education, also includes private schooling systems.
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    3. Military Law

      Law, regulations and benefits concerning the military, the army, navy, air force, marines and coast guard, recruiting and enlisting, criminal matters, military court, military benefits and veterans disability.
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    4. Social Security, Disability & Health

      Social Security law, disability and health government benefits and programs, SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance).
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    5. Taxation

      Tax law, personal and business taxes, tax returns, the IRS, state and local taxes.
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    6. Other Governmental Matters

      Any other matters pertaining to government and governmental law, requirements and eligibility for government grants, public assistance programs, small business, welfare, voting and election law.
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  11. Laws that govern immigration and naturalization, student and work visas, green cards, passports, marriage visas, tourist visas, the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, ICE, CBP and crimes that affect status.
    1. Cultural, Training, Student Visa

      Education and student visa (F1, F2, F3), OPT, cultural program (J1, J2), vocational and technical school (M1).
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    2. Investment, Work Visa

      Work Visas (B1, B2, H1B, H2A, H2B, H3), intracompany transfer visa (L), Ability & Achivement(O, P1, P2), trade and investor visa (E), G Visa, TN Visa for Canadian and Mexican workers.
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    3. Green Card, Residency, Naturalization

      Legal matters concerning Green Card issues arising after permanent residency is established and the naturalization process to obtain U.S. Citizenship.
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    4. Family Immigration, Fiancee & Marriage Visa

      Family-based immigration, K1 Visa (Fiance - Fiancee) K2 (children) K3 (Marriage) IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa.
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    5. Visiting the U.S., Passports

      Visiting the U.S., tourist visa (B1) medical treatment (B2), passport, port of entry and visa waiver.
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    6. Immigration Issues

      Concerning immigration status and applications including criminal records and crime in moral turpitude (CIMT), overstay, unlawful presence, unlawful entry, deportation, reentry, I-212 admission, asylum and all other immigration issues.
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  12. Law and regulations concerning the insurance system, obtaining an insurance policy, making an insurance claims, HMO & PPO programs, coverage for health, life, property and business matters.
    1. Automobile & Car Insurance

      Obtaining insurance for motor vehicles, making insurance claims and dealing with insurance companies, matters concerning uninsured vehicles and motorists.
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    2. Health Insurance, HMO, HIPPA & Disability

      Obtaining health insurance coverage, policies, HIPPA, HMO programs, long term disability insurance and other legal issues concerning healthcare insurance.
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    3. Homeowners, Fire, Casualty

      Homeowners insurance and affect the home such as fire, storm, tornado, earthquake and natural disaster insurance.
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    4. Life Insurance, Annuities & Other

      Coverage and legal issues concerning life insurance, annuities, homeowners insurance, commercial insurance policies, shipping.
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      224
  13. Laws governing and the intangible property which results from creative efforts. Includes copyright (written works), service and trademarks, patents and inventions, trade secrets. music and the arts, media, Internet websites and the DMCA.
    1. Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law

      Legal protection of creations - copyright ("works of authorship" such as books, music, movies and software), trademark (brands, logos, slogans, business identity), patent (inventions). Issues concerning trade secrets, infringement, the DMCA and the USPTO (US Patent & Trademark Office.)
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    2. Internet & Social Media Law

      Law concerning cyberspace, frequently copyright law, includes eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Linked-In, online dating, spam email, online auctions, online deals.
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  14. Laws and issues concerning property use and transactions including residential and commercial real estate, buying & selling a home, landlord-tenant, leases and rentals, co-ops and condos and neighbors.
    1. Buying, Selling & Financing Real Estate

      Law and legal issues concerning the purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate, including financing, mortgages and foreclosure as well as condo and co-op matters.
    2. Ownership & Title

      Legal issues concerning ownership of real estate and title to real property. Includes boundary disputes, adverse possession and easements, zoning and eminent domain, title and deeds including quitclaim deeds.
  15. Rental Property, Landlord Tenant matters, leases, sublets, apartment rental, house rental, store rental, commercial leases, residential leases, eviction, nonpayment of rent issues.
    1. Commercial Landlord & Tenant Issues

      All issues concerning commercial property being leased by a landlord to a tenant including lease agreements, security deposits, utilities, cost of living increases and eviction.
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    2. Eviction, Recovery of Premises

      Regulation and the process of eviction of a tenant by a landlord. Includes 3 day notice, holdover eviction, non-payment of rent and injunctive measures such as the Yellowstone Injunction.
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    3. Moving In & Out, Movers

      Legal matters concerning moving in and moving out of a premises including issues with movers and moving companies, the landlord and the managing agents.
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    4. Living in, Use of the Premises

      Landlord tenant issues concerning the use of the rental property such as quiet enjoyment (undisturbed use of the leased property) and noisy neighbors, rent, utilities, living conditions, repairs, maintenance, additional fees, tenant abatements, roommates and joint leases and pet issues.
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    5. Rental Agreements & Subleases

      Drafting and understanding rent and lease agreements, including any additional lease agreements concerning the same property (sublease) by the original tenant to another tenant (subtenant).
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    6. Roomate & Joint Leases

      Matters concerning roommates or housemates including where multiple tenants sign one lease and are responsible for lease obligations as joint leaseholders and tenants.
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    7. Security Deposits

      Issues concerning the amount a landlord may hold as a security deposit, treatment of security deposits by a landlord and the timely return of security deposits.
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    8. Other Residential Landlord & Tenant Issues

      Any other Landlord & Tenant issue not covered.
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  16. Site news, member feedback, mobile app support, other topics, legal or non-legal, but not designed to provide legal advice, answers - just good, friendly community conversation!
    1. Mobile Apps

      Technical support and feedback for our popular and top rated Law Guide & Law Dictionary app for Android and iPhone mobile phones.
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    2. Other Legal Issues

      If you cannot find an appropriate legal forum to post then it belongs here. This may include general questions about property, licenses or other matters not covered above.
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    3. Lawyer Jokes, Stories

      Tell your wild and crazy lawyer stories and best lawyer jokes here.
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    4. General Chat, News, TV, Politics

      Social banter, current issues, the news, politics, TV, sports, law shows on TV. Mostly non-legal issues, not about cases but about conversation.
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