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Legalese From A to Z - FindLaw

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 FindLaw.com discussing the potential dangers of baby and kids' products:

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 FindLaw.com: 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 FindLaw.com?

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 FindLaw.com 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:

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?

It was supposed to be a significant medical breakthrough: uterine fibroid removals (myomectomies) and uterine removal (hysterectomies) requiring only a small incision (laparoscopy) rather than full-blown surgery (laparotomy).

Instead of weeks of recovery, a patent would be back to normal in mere days. But in order to reduce the size of the organs in order to remove them from the body, a surgeon would have to "morcellate" (cut into smaller pieces) the tissue.

Unfortunately, morcellation has now been linked to a previously unknown side effect in rare cases -- an increased risk of spreading cancer.

A disability can cause anxiety and hardship for the disabled person and family members alike. When filing a disability insurance claim, the process can be a major stressor in what is already a trying time.

That's why FindLaw has been focusing this month on demystifying the laws about disability and helping you get the most out of your disability insurance claim.

While every person's case is different, here are our Top 5 tips to help clarify the disability claims process:

Looking for free legal aid but not sure where to turn? Look no further than FindLaw's State Laws section, which now links you to local legal resources from coast to coast.

FindLaw has always provided coverage of national topics and legal issues. But recently, our Learn About the Law team has been working tirelessly (with coffee, of course) to create city-specific pages highlighting free and low-cost legal aid for 100 different metro areas.

So how do you access FindLaw's free legal aid pages, and what exactly do they offer?

Women's History Month is coming to a close, and if you've failed to take a few moments aside to observe the month-long celebration, we've got you covered.

Over the last few weeks, FindLaw's Consumer and Legal Professional blogs have discussed common legal problems that ladies face, celebrated a pioneer in combatting sexual harassment, and written a litany of posts on the advancement of women in the legal profession. And, of course, there was the wardrobe discussion.

Here's a sampling of how FindLaw's blogs focused on women this month: