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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:

User Complaints: We Love 'Em. No, Really, We Do.

Everyone has seen that sign for the "complaint department" asking the complainer to pull his number from a grenade. There is also one that says, "Complaint Department --> 300 Miles." You get the idea, nobody likes to hear complaints.

This month's From The Managing Editor post is going to take that idea on, just a bit. Do I like complaining? Not particularly -- just ask my son. However, our user comments system, the place where we get many complaints and comments our readers may have, is actually pretty important to us.

So much so that sometimes, yes, I could almost say we love it.

Civic-minded Americans may already know that we're about a month away from Election Day. You might be someone who always schedules out your trip to your polling place, or you might even be someone who's planning on voting for the first time.

Regardless of your experience, FindLaw can help you enhance your participation in our democracy, with helpful articles in our Blogs and in our Learn About the Law section.

To wit, here are 14 legal reminders for the 2014 elections:

It's almost October, which is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

We know -- every month is a "special" month nowadays, but with the recent Ray Rice scandal and the National Football League's stutter-step response, the issue is more timely and relevant than ever. Perhaps the best thing to come from the four suspensions, the leaked videos, and the outrage will be more awareness of a problem that is far too often often kept behind closed doors.

Here at FindLaw, we have a number of domestic violence resources that victims and advocates may find particularly helpful:

You probably already knew this, but we have a pretty good idea of what our users are searching for. Sure, it's a little creepy when Google knows your question before you even type it into the box. We don't get that personal, but we do pay attention to frequently searched terms in order to better understand -- and serve -- your needs.

Since today is Constitution Day, we thought we'd share the Top 5 FindLaw.com search terms related to the U.S. Constitution. You'll also find valuable resources for each topic listed below, but feel free to search for more: