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Business Law
The law will provide you with resources on the most beneficial steps to take whether you are starting a new business, maintaining an existing business or selling a business.

The business and commercial laws of each state will give guidance as to what should be contained in your commercial leases, the considerations involved in franchising and the financial documentation required for buying or selling a business. Additionally, each state's laws will help you determine the type of business organization structure most appropriate for your business. Further, state and federal business and commercial laws regulate requirements of employment contracts, sales contracts and negotiations for any contract.

If you have a business dispute, such as when one party to a contract does not fulfill their part of the agreement, the legal system provides relief to the damaged party. An experienced business litigation or business transactional lawyer can often provide the answers your business is looking for.

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Family Law
The law provides many remedies for familial problems from marriage, divorce, and childrearing to caring for elderly parents and family members. Families with problems may chose to seek relief from the courts or find an alternative means of resolution through mediation.

The marriage and dissolution of marriage are regulated under each individual state's law. Before entering into a marriage, many people find themselves signing prenuptial agreements with legal terms and language. Filling for a legal separation or a divorce often requires many considerations for the distribution of property and support. The law of your state will determine what procedures to take for any marriage issue.

Children are often a primary concern regardless of the nature of the parents' relationship. Upon divorce, many people seek assistance with child custody issues. Despite the existence of a legal relationship between the parents, they often need assistance with child support and visitation issues. Further, family members of a child concerned with the child's well being may wish to pursue guardianship or an alternate means of custody.

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Government Law
Governmental agencies and organizations are often charged with enforcing rights and determining which rights are enforceable.

The United States Constitution and its amendments preserve the individual's rights when confronted with a governmental issue. U.S. citizens are thus afforded the right to vote, live free from discrimination, and exchange ideas. There are, however, certain limitations on these rights under the Constitution.

Typical issues with the government range from taxes to public education. Congress and state legislatures have given power to many governmental agencies to oversee issues of environmental law, social security, taxes, zoning and taxes. It is important for you to be aware of which governmental agency regulates the issue at hand.

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Personal Injury & Health Law
The law protects those who have been injured in an automobile accident, in a building owned by another party or by a defective product. It also covered those who have been exposed to toxics substances, such as asbestos, and those accused of committing such acts.

Often, insurance covers the problems and issues relating to the health and well being of an individual. Some people find difficulty in attempting to recover for claims from insurance companies, and need legal assistance. This is especially true for complex cases, such as those involving medical malpractice.

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Jobs & Employment Law
Employment law regulates every aspect of employment. Employment law applies to employers, employees and independent contractors alike. From selecting and interviewing employees to work disputes and termination of employment, employment law creates specific guidelines, which both employers and employees must follow.

The majority of state laws say that employment is "at will," meaning the employer can terminate an employee from a position for any reason, so long as the reason is not an illegal reason. State employment laws also regulate employment contracts, and the clauses an employer or employee may find within employment contracts.

Generally, employment discrimination laws apply to all procedural steps of employment, including interviewing, hiring, advertising, giving raises, and firing employees. The laws state that an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of certain characteristics such as race, gender, age, national origin, disability and religion.

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Real Estate, Property & Housing Law
State law regulates commercial and residential real property transactions, and landlord-tenant relationships. Some federal law protections exist for discrimination and environmental violations.

Buying and selling a home or commercial piece of land is one of the most important personal and financial commitments an individual will make. That is why it is crucial to know exactly what you buy, in terms of boundaries, title, and the condition of the premises. Property law provides protections for both the landowner seeking to materially improve the property and the construction contractor providing services.

Many people seek financing through mortgages either to buy real property or to afford improvements on the property. As with any other debt, it is necessary for those interested in mortgages to be aware of the nature and offers of the lending institution.

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Criminal Law & Police
Criminal law covers issues that arise from a police arrest and investigation based on the suspicion of criminal activity. Criminal law also addresses indictments, accusations, and criminal pleas and trials.

Criminal law also deals with problems associated with probation or parole, or requests for record sealing or expungement of records. Crimes can be broken into many general categories such as personal crimes, white-collar crimes, and nonviolent crimes. Personal crimes include homicide, assault and battery, domestic violence, and abuse. White-collar crimes usually refer to tax evasion, RICO (racketeering), securities fraud, and sometimes, environmental violations. Non-violent crimes include drug crimes, gun possession and burglary.

Sentencing and punishment for crimes are often harsh and can be brough against adults as well as juveniles. The criminal process is quite detailed, rigorous, and time consuming. It is often stressful on both the individual suspected of the crime, and that individual's friends and family. Hiring the right criminal defense attorney can often make a substantial difference in your case.

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Finances Law
Finances play an active role in your daily life whether you wish to start a new business, buy real estate or decide on how to invest for your retirement.Should you wish to make a large purchase, choosing the right bank or financial institution is very important. Also crucial is addressing credit problems, whether you have mortgages, liens or collections companies calling you. The competency of the financial institution and the quality of your credit are key features for personal and business financial matters.

Many companies offer a variety of insurances, in the event that you wish to protect your investments. Insurance companies insure anything from your car, house or business, to your life and health.

Individuals attempt to enhance their financial capacity by investing money and minimizing their tax liability. Often people invest in 401K plans for retirement, or are curious about buying stock in particular public corporations. You should be aware of the legal obligations and risks involved in investments, as well as the potential tax consequences.

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Immigration Law
Coming to and staying in the United States brings many responsibilities and obligations. There are procedural laws and requirements that must be followed for those who wish to enter and stay in the United States for any length of time.

Immigration laws regulate how an individual from abroad may qualify for a visa and under what circumstances that individual can be deported. There are many different kinds of temporary and permanent visas. Depending on the purpose of your entry, there is a visa that is right for you.

Those already in the United States must also abide by immigration laws. Large portions of immigrants who legally reside within the United States have a green card, or permanent visa. While those with green cards may seek to be citizens, they must also stay away from activities that may bring deportation. It is always wise to make whatever attempts possible to reside legally within the United States.

Alternatively, some people who reside in the United States may wish to seek asylum due to the conditions in their home countries. Immigration laws and lawyers experienced in the field offer many options for those wishing to reside in the United States.

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Intellectual Property Law
What is Intellectual Property?

Generally, intellectual property is broadly defined as any invention, creation, innovation, discovery or improvement. Intellectual property embraces such items as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and any creation that would be eligible for a patent. Generally, the intellectual property must be relatively unique in order for it to be protected.

Who is the Owner of Intellectual Property?
Generally, whoever does the inventing, creating, innovating or improving is the owner of the intellectual property. There are some exceptions:

• Employees – If an employee creates intellectual property within the scope of their employment, generally, the employer owns the intellectual property.
• Independent Contractors – The intellectual property created by an independent contractor, within the scope of the independent contractor's assignment or contract, is generally owned by the independent contractor. This can change if the independent contractor and the company for which she is employed have a contract stating otherwise.

Intellectual Property Infringement
Intellectual property infringement occurs when another person, or organization, uses the intellectual property of another without permission.

Confusingly Similar
Infringement also may occur when another person or organization uses intellectual property that is sufficiently similar to something already in existence. This other person or group must be using it for a relatively similar good or service to the good or service for which the original was created. Protecting your Intellectual Property? There are varying ways to protect your intellectual property, depending on what type of intellectual property you own.

• Trademarks – A trademark is a word, phrase, logo or other symbol, used to identify a product, the source of a product and the manufacturer or merchant. You can register a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
• Copyrights – A copyright is a right to prevent others from using your originally authored work. An owner and creator of original work can register a copyright at the U.S. Copyright Office.
• Patent Protection – Inventions that are new and non-obvious can be protected through a patent. You can apply for a patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Should I Consult an Attorney for my Intellectual Property Issue?
An attorney can help you meet all the deadlines and fulfill all the requirements. A lawyer can also participate in on-going research to make certain no one else is using your intellectual property without your permission. Additionally, if you have an issue of intellectual property infringement, an attorney can guide you through the difficult and strict procedural requirements for litigation and bring out the core of your case.

Products & Services Law
The law protects both consumers who purchase defective products and businesses that make or sell the products. The law focuses on enforcing warranties made on personal items, drugs, medical devices, and the like. Further, implied warranties exist to protect consumers regardless of whether the product specifically states coverage.

Many people hire the services of others who are specially skilled. The law determines how to draft a contract between parties for services and what obligations each can be held to. The law of each state also places restrictions on the actions of certain specialized practices, such as attorneys and doctors. Thus, whether you are hiring a contractor to renovate your house, or are looking for an attorney to represent you in a products liability case, the law regulates these relationships.

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