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Life, Work, Holidays, Oh No! FindLaw and Work/Life Balance

My editor gently reminded me yesterday it was time for me to get writing this month's From the Managing Editor post. Um, what? It was just November three seconds ago. Can I get a show of hands for all who think Halloween was yesterday, and are afraid that New Year's is tomorrow?

Such is life during this part of the year, where things speed up until you can't catch your breath. Oh yes, and you still have work to do. A lot.

This has been a successful year for us at FindLaw as we continue to improve the user experience, update our content, and grow our audience. But without an engaged audience (that's you), the effort and passion we pour into our work every day is all for naught. So in the spirit of gratitude, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation for helping us stay in our spot asthe No. 1 free legal information source on the planet (and that's no exaggeration).

We're proud of our achievements but still humbled by the things that matter most. We asked our esteemed colleagues to tell us what they're most thankful for.

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.

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:

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:

Fall at FindLaw: Back to School Sure, but There's More

Welcome to the first in a series that we hope you will like, From the Managing Editor. That's me. It's a first for me, and for FindLaw.com.

Speaking of firsts, it's really that time of year, isn't it? Sure, people think of fresh starts on New Year's, but for me, the fresh start time of year has always been fall. Back to school, back to work, back from vacation.

So what is that fresh start here at FindLaw? Well, as always, we have some great resources to help parents cope with the maze that is back to school. We also have new content, new resources, and really, a new attitude (goes with the new fall shoes).

New at FindLaw: ERISA Explained

No, ERISA isn't the name of that girl from high school you can't remember, it's the legal unpinning for employee benefits and retirement. And FindLaw knows all about her.

If you want to educate yourself on ERISA's reporting requirements, penalties for ERISA violators, or how ERISA, a federal law, meshes with state law protections, FindLaw's Learn About the Law section is the place to go.

Here's a quick preview of some of our newest ERISA content: