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¡Viva FindLaw en Español!

Language is such an essential part of functioning as a human. It connects and divides us, teaches and lies to us, keeps us honest and rips us off, makes us laugh, and cry, and occasionally gets us into trouble. FindLaw's mission depends on clear and trustworthy communication of the law to consumers, most of whom don't have law degrees. While the majority of Americans speak English, Spanish is by far the second-most spoken language in the United States. And since there will be as many as 41 million Spanish speakers in the U.S. by 2020, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, we realized we needed to better communicate with this growing segment of legal consumers.

We're proud to say that FindLaw en Español is now expanded and vastly improved, thanks in large part to the dedication and hard work of Adam Ramirez, currently Sr. Editor of Digital Content for LawInfo (a sister site of FindLaw). Ramirez's task was to improve existing articles on the site, grow the content, and make it a better overall user experience for Spanish-speaking legal consumers.

If you're not following FindLaw's blogs, you're missing out. Don't just take our word for it, take the ABA's. FindLaw's Technologist has been included in the ABA's 9th Annual Blawg 100, a list of 100 of the best legal blogs. This is the third time Technologist has made the ABA's top blogs list.

But while Technologist, a blog on legal technology news and developments for legal practitioners, may be winning praise, it's just one of the many great blogs FindLaw offers.

When you've got a legal question, to whom do you turn? I mean, besides the helpful FindLaw blogs. You probably ask that one friend who went to law school -- they're an expert, right? So you can imagine how many questions FindLaw's staff get from family and friends, covering every legal topic under the sun.

So here are a few of the more common questions we get asked, with some hopefully useful answers:

What Matters Most to a FindLaw Writer

This post in the From the Managing Editor series is a look at how we do what we do. My group here at FindLaw.com are the content creators. Other than News, Answers, Social, and our huge lawyer directory, all the original content on the site comes from the fantastic attorney writers who are part of the content team.

This is my crew. They write, update, scrub, improve, edit, and publish a ton of content each and every day, all year long. I won't tell you exactly how much, but let's just say the usual response when I tell other teams at FindLaw and Thomson Reuters how much we get done on a weekly basis is an "ooohhhh." I have to say, I am proud of that fact.

The struggle for a good work-life balance is something professionals of all stripes are well acquainted with. Professional success requires immense dedication, but so does personal fulfillment.

Thankfully, FindLaw is a company where you can have both a challenging career and a rewarding personal life. Here's how.

States have a certain amount of freedom to experiment with the law, often through legislative action but also (and increasingly so) through the ballot box. States are what John Stewart once called the "meth labs of democracy," and often are just as volatile. 

It wasn't long ago that same-sex marriage existed in a confusing, polarizing, and ever-shifting tangle of state and federal law, but that all changed with a single U.S. Supreme Court ruling. State laws allowing the medical and/or recreational use of marijuana (or cannabis) are following a similar trajectory, but it remains to be seen how the federal government ultimately will respond.

Here's a look at the latest changes in state marijuana laws from FindLaw's Learn About the Law Team.

FindLaw has an amazing collection of talented writers, each of whom found their love of writing nurtured by a favorite author or two. Or five. It's not shocking that FindLaw's writers are also voracious readers.

So who do they love to read? And which authors influenced FindLaw's current writing team? Let's take a look:

How much time do you spend reading your email? Well, according to a 2012 survey, you're probably spending one out of every four work hours with your eyes glued to your inbox. So why not keep those eyes happy by checking out the fresh new face of FindLaw Newsletters.

FindLaw has been sending out dozens of information-packed newsletters for the better part of a decade, but check out these new features for 2015:

Let's be honest: practically no one enjoys the prospect of hiring a lawyer. Not even lawyers themselves. But, like a good auto mechanic, you're always glad they're around when you need one. The law, like an automatic transmission, is complicated and requires the know-how of a trained professional -- even though it can be frustrating to not understand what it is you're paying for. Life is full of risks; so it pays to understand the process of hiring a lawyer when you need help filing a successful injury claim, defending against a frivolous lawsuit, or staying out of prison.

Just like your car will need maintenance and repair throughout its lifetime, you most likely will need a lawyer at some point. FindLaw's extensive Guide to Hiring a Lawyer will help you determine whether you need counsel, how to choose the right lawyer, and how to make sense of attorney fees and agreements. Below, we discuss three essential articles from the section:

The U.S. economy may not be in the midst of a hiring boom, but if you're a job seeker, the news is generally good. Unemployment is down and economic growth is ticking up. Best of all, you've got FindLaw to help you out in your job search.

That's right, you can get much more than just legal information, attorney contacts, and great blogs at FindLaw. We've also got excellent resources to help job seekers know and protect their rights as they look to land a new gig or move up the ladder. Here are seven highlights: