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Do you speak legalese? Or better yet, can you read it? Probably not, but after a few weeks with FindLaw's new series, you may have to change your answer.

In case you missed it, FindLaw's Law and Daily Life blog just launched a new series, "Legalese From A to Z," to give our readers a free crash course on the quixotic terms that lawyers love and consumers loathe.

Here's a sneak peak of some "Legalese" features you can look forward to:

Today's parents live in a golden age of baby accessories, including video-enabled baby monitors, ergonomically designed baby carriers, and even tiny fans made especially for drying a baby's behind. Most of these items are safe, even if some of them are quite useless. Trusting your instincts as a parent is important, but sometimes a flawed design or unintended use can lead to injury or even death.

Product liability laws help minimize these risks, but sadly, consumer safety warnings and recalls typically only come on the heels of multiple injuries or deaths.

Here are five new articles at discussing the potential dangers of baby and kids' products:

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

One of my favorite things to do is to respond to user-requested topics. Why? For one, it means I don't have to dig for topics. But more importantly, it means, in a small way, we can actually help somebody. (Plus, we know that at least one person will actually read and appreciate the post.)

With that in mind, we've decided to try something new. Introducing #DearFindLaw: an advice column on our Greedy Associates blog where every Friday (beginning this Friday), we'll answer reader-submitted questions regarding anything that might concern new and aspiring attorneys, from LSATs to law firm office gossip.

Of course, to make this work, we need your help.

Hey you. Yeah, you, person who is looking for free legal information. And you, the lawyer perusing cases and codes. Guess what? You're missing out on what some of us here (the bloggers) would say is the best part of our blogs.

And we have a lot of them.

Believe it or not, we're blogging all day long, for legal consumers and lawyers alike, about the biggest issues in the industry: notable cases, hilarious slip-ups, business tips for small firms, Kanye West's community service -- you know, the important things. And if you aren't compulsively clicking on our blogs, you're really missing out.

So just how many legal blogs do we have here at

Summer vacation is trending! With the Fourth of July just around the corner, millions of Americans are set to take time off for a well-deserved mid-year break.

That's why this blog recently shared some helpful road-trip tips, along with the results of a new survey on airline fees. On other blogs, we've also discussed the risks of spray-on sunscreens (the FDA has raised concerns), and how a summer DUI can have long-lasting consequences.

But leave it to our team of lawyer-writers to take a few fresh angles on summer vacation that you may not have thought about. Here's what they came up with:

We live in a wondrous age where you can rise to perilous heights at fantastic speeds, transporting yourself thousands of miles in mere hours for less than a week's wages.

Though we rarely stop to revel in this luxury, there are plenty of things about air travel that bring us back to earth. A recent survey finds that 84 percent of Americans are fed up with being "nickel and dimed" by airline fees. Airlines are increasingly charging for perks like checked bags and seat choice -- features that used to be free.

So as a level-headed air traveler, what can you do to soar above? Here are a few legal tips:

More than ever, Americans are turning to the Internet to find a lawyer. And at the same time, Americans are increasingly using their smartphones to surf the Web.

That's why FindLaw's engineering team has been focused on making our popular online Lawyer Directory work even better for mobile users.

Since the launch of our latest update just a few weeks ago, connecting with an attorney via your smartphone is now faster and easier than ever.

Planning a road trip this summer? Remember to properly inflate your tires, plan an itinerary, and be prepared for the unexpected.

And just in case your trip takes a legal turn -- whether it's a speeding ticket on a wide-open desert highway or a dog bite at the beach -- FindLaw's State Laws section has you covered in roughly 100 metropolitan areas, both big and small, across the country.

Let's say you live in Columbia, Missouri, which is right smack in the middle of the country, and want to go west to San Francisco with some friends in your vintage convertible Buick. Sounds like a blast, right?

After almost a year, Season 5 of "The Good Wife" has come to a close -- and so has FindLaw's legal reviews of each episode... until next season, of course.

Still, looking back on all the time we spent watching Alicia, Diane, Peter, and the recently departed Will, we may have actually learned something.

Press pause on your DVR and relive Season 5 with these 10 spoiler-filled legal lessons from "The Good Wife":

The gentle breeze, the smell of spring flowers, the smug satisfaction of passing gridlocked cars filled with angst-ridden commuters -- what's not to like about commuting by bike?

OK, maybe those close calls at the intersection or a particularly long uphill stretch. Gear heads know that pedaling to work rivals the benefits of that morning cup of coffee or occasional trip to the gym, but the savvy bike commuter also needs to know the rules of the road.

So in honor of National Bike to Work Week, we at FindLaw offer our two cents on the legal aspects of bicycling in a car-dominated world.