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The year is coming to a close, but we can't say goodbye to 2014 without considering some of the "greatest hits" from FindLaw's consumer-focused legal blogs.

Every year, FindLaw's Blogs cover topics that consumers can't get enough of: law enforcement questions, viral video liability, and even reality TV court battles.

So what did consumers love most about 2014? Here are 2014's Top 10 Consumer Blog posts:

Life, Work, Holidays, Oh No! FindLaw and Work/Life Balance

My editor gently reminded me yesterday it was time for me to get writing this month's From the Managing Editor post. Um, what? It was just November three seconds ago. Can I get a show of hands for all who think Halloween was yesterday, and are afraid that New Year's is tomorrow?

Such is life during this part of the year, where things speed up until you can't catch your breath. Oh yes, and you still have work to do. A lot.

Last year, for the first time ever, FindLaw made the American Bar Association's "Blawg 100." In fact, until the final week of voting, our Technologist blog had a strong lead in the popular vote in the Legal Tech category. Alas, much like my Kansas City Royals' charmed run to the World Series, we had to settle for second place.

This year, however, we hope that you'll help us reach the top. Our Technologist blog is once again on the ABA's "Blawg 100" list, and once again, the ABA wants your votes for your favorite blogs -- which, of course, includes us. (Right?)

This has been a successful year for us at FindLaw as we continue to improve the user experience, update our content, and grow our audience. But without an engaged audience (that's you), the effort and passion we pour into our work every day is all for naught. So in the spirit of gratitude, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation for helping us stay in our spot asthe No. 1 free legal information source on the planet (and that's no exaggeration).

We're proud of our achievements but still humbled by the things that matter most. We asked our esteemed colleagues to tell us what they're most thankful for.

Ever since you were a kid, you had questions like, Why is that...? How can I...? When do you...?

That impulse to ask doesn't end with childhood. Inquisitive adults have a whole different set of interests and concerns, and yet the legal world that intersects them can still look like one big question. Luckily, FindLaw Answers exists as a place for consumers to post their grown-up questions about the law -- even if they may be as simple as "why" or "how."

So what are some of the most popular categories on FindLaw Answers, and why is now a great time to ask your questions?

For Our Vets: FindLaw Reflects on Veteran's Day

November 11 is Veteran's Day. Do you care? Do you think a vet is just some old guy who wants to tell war stories? This month's From the Managing Editor asks the burning question: What is a veteran anyway?

Death with dignity laws address a sensitive topic for Americans: the ability to choose a medically prescribed method for ending one's own life.

Putting a finer point on it, Brittany Maynard, a woman who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, chose to end her own life under Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. CNN reports that Maynard passed away Saturday, dying "peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones." Many are still divided on the issue of medically assisted suicide, but states like Oregon have passed laws allowing patients like Maynard to choose to die on their own terms.

So which states have "Death With Dignity" laws similar to Oregon's? Look no further than FindLaw.com's section on Health Care Law, where we unveiled some new content this week.

As dusk falls and the sun oozes into an orange puddle on the horizon, you hear the slow but steady cadence of footsteps approaching your front door. You're not expecting company, and you get a chilling sensation as you hear a dull knock at the door, the clap of thunder, and what sounds like the word "brains." Halloween was several weeks ago, so you're not expecting trick-or-treaters (or zombies, for that matter).

You peer through the peephole and see a young man holding a few papers in his hand; nothing out of the ordinary. It's not a monster, you conclude, but something much, much worse... a process server!

That's right, you're being sued for something that happened on October 31, and apparently it's your fault (Oh, and the guy serving you the complaint said "rain" under his breath when he felt a few drops on his head). The horror!

Actually, there are quite a few ways you can expose yourself to a lawsuit on Halloween. Let's explore a few -- if you dare:

State laws can be confusing. Some laws are quite similar across state lines -- like the 0.08 percent blood-alcohol concentration limit for drivers 21 and over -- while others vary greatly.

That's why FindLaw's team of lawyer-writers has been hard at work on our State Laws section, where we break down some of the most sought-after laws from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The result: dozens of new pages on topics such as DUI and debit card fraud, specific to certain states. Check out these 10 new State Law pages to get a better idea of what you'll find:

SCOTUS Week at FindLaw

We'll admit it: We're a little bit obsessed with the Supreme Court. And by a little bit, we mean Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia are our desktop wallpapers. We follow everything the justices do (in their professional capacities -- we're not creepy), so when the Court goes on break for the summer, we feel the void of their absence.

That's why, with the Court's October 2014 Term finally underway, we celebrated in our typical style: by blogging obsessively. For (nearly) every federal circuit, we covered the already granted petitions -- even the incredibly obscure ones -- both for your reading pleasure, and also so that when the Court does issue its decisions, we'll be prepared.

Here's everything from FindLaw's "SCOTUS Week," presented in a massive list: