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With Memorial Day just a few days away, we at FindLaw would like to extend a heartfelt salute to all the selfless men and women who have served our country. And while those of us who haven't served can simply change the channel whenever there is news about military conflicts halfway around the world, thousands of uniformed service members don't have that luxury. Look around you; quite a few of these brave individuals are your neighbors and coworkers, or their sons and daughters.

Meet Air Force Captain Tony Alexander

One of our favorite colleagues, Air Force Captain Tony Alexander, works as a Project Manager in our Sunnyvale office. His current title makes sense, given the enormously complicated projects Alexander managed as a young captain in the 1980s. But while his work in the military involved matters of life and death, he credits his service for helping shape his approach to work and life in general.

We here are FindLaw aren't just lawyers. (Or journalists, or social media genii.) And we don't spend every hour of the day churning out the best consumer and legal professional content on the web.

Many of us have lives and hobbies that extend beyond the walls of our Sunnyvale, California offices -- here are just a few:

Notice anything different about FindLaw's Learn About the Law pages? As part of a never ending effort to improve and update LATL, the Military Law section just completed a shiny new update in order to revise and expand topics like military criminal law, employment rights, and benefits.

So what's changed in this LATL section? Let's find out.

April Fools' Day is behind us, and Tax Day is starting to fade from memory. But before April -- also known as Distracted Driving Month -- comes to a close, you should remind yourself of the distracted driving laws that exist in your and many other states.

To get you started here are some legal reminders about what to do (and not do) when you're behind the wheel.

Have you ever wondered what a family court in Texas considers before making a child custody decision? Or how about trade practices determined to be deceptive under California law? Perhaps you purchased a new car in Indiana that isn't quite working as advertised and you need to learn more about the state's lemon laws.

Whether you need to defend against a drunk driving charge, would like to adopt a child, or need to know how much your landlord may legally require for a security deposit -- most legal processes are governed by state laws.

FindLaw.com is certainly the most knowledgeable source for legal information on these here interwebs, but where did we get all this legal knowledge from? Easy: Wikipedia.

Kidding.

Almost all of us amassed our considerable legal expertise in law school, while the others are just that smart. Here's a little rundown of the institutions to which FindLaw's best and brightest owe mountains of law school debt.

One of the major function of FindLaw's legal professional and consumer blogs is keeping each audience up to date on changes in the law, whether it's through statute or court ruling.

It's only March, but we've been busily reporting on new laws that will take effect in 2015 since at least August of last year. Here's a smattering of some of that helpful advice.

Unless your name is Benjamin Button, you are aging right now and will become an elderly person (if you live long enough, that is). Perhaps you're already elderly, even if you're still young at heart. Being older has its share of unique challenges and painful realizations -- along with the wisdom and rich perspectives that come with age -- but it sure beats the alternative. The point is, each and every one of you reading this eventually will be considered elderly and may need help with any number of elder law issues.

Regardless of your current age and station in life, getting to know the basics of elder law can go a long way toward making your golden years, well, more golden. We'll help you get started by sharing five of our newest elder law articles in FindLaw's Learn About the Law section:

Losing an Employee: FindLaw's Real Ideas for Making It Through

Small business owners, school principals, circus ring masters, heck -- anyone who manages people will understand this statement: Losing a great employee sucks. Just when you have someone who does solid work and who you and your team rely on -- poof. They're gone as soon as they say, "Hey boss, can I talk to you for a second?"

Crickets.

I really don't want to talk to anyone when they say that because I know what's coming.

Most people have a favorite restaurant, flower shop, or boutique clothing store where they feel at home. It's quite comforting to walk into your favorite diner, be greeted with a familiar smile, and served a tall cup of half-decaf coffee with three creams (or whatever your signature drink is) without even having to ask. In fact, that's pretty much the definition of community, which equally applies to the online world as well.

Even though we can't see your faces, we like to think of FindLaw.com's visitors as important members of a global community. We measure our success in how well we serve each and every individual who accesses our site, from the young couple in Topeka researching international adoption, to the lawyer in Seattle brushing up on maritime law.

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