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Welcome to the new FindLaw series, "If I Find," where we'll discuss the rule of finders keepers as it applies to different topics. We hope you'll check back regularly!

As Marilyn Monroe said, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend!"

However, buying diamonds can be pricy and out of many people's reach. Wouldn't it be lucky to find a diamond on the ground for free instead? So, if you find a diamond, can you keep it?

You already know when and why you need a lawyer, but how do you know you've hired the right one? We talk about getting second opinions all the time in the medical context, but what about in the legal context?

The legal profession is like any other: there are some great lawyers out there, many good ones, and, unfortunately, a few bad ones mixed in. So here are a few signals that might indicate it's time to get a second opinion from another attorney:

Sometimes it's hard to see and other times it's hard to admit, but the law affects our lives on a constant and daily basis. We don't always realize we're making legal decisions, let alone if those decisions are right or wrong.

So here are some common legal mistakes you might have already made, how to fix them if you have, and how to avoid them if you haven't.

Wouldn't you rather hire someone you know instead of some random stranger off the street with a four star yelp rating?

Hiring a lawyer is hard. It's even harder when you don't know any lawyers. So, if you're lucky enough to have a friend or family member employed in the estimable practice of the law, should he be your go-to person for all things law related?

Is it a good idea to hire a friend or family member as your lawyer? Here are the do's and don'ts of hiring a lawyer friend:

If you've ever hired a lawyer (or looked into hiring one), you may be wondering why he or she charges so much -- typically in the hundreds of dollars per hour. How do lawyers set their fees?

One place to look is the American Bar Association's rule on attorney's fees. Rule 1.5 states, "A lawyer shall not make an agreement for, charge, or collect an unreasonable fee."

So what exactly is a reasonable fee, and how do lawyers determine how much to charge?

With travel between states simplified by the advent of cars, trains, and airplanes, many people find themselves embroiled in legal matters away from their home state. A common question that FindLaw gets from our readers is whether an attorney can practice in any state.

The simple answer is no: Attorneys must be admitted to the bar in each state they wish to practice in. However, legal answers are rarely so simple, and indeed, there are exceptions that would allow an attorney from one state to practice in another state.

So, how do you know if you need an in-state attorney or an out-of-state attorney for your out-of state case?

Everyone from Ohio knows that "toward the lake" means north, and "toward the river" means south. In Ohio, when someone asks you how far away something is, you respond in minutes, not miles ("it's about 15 minutes from here"), and the University of Michigan is your mortal enemy.

When visiting the Buckeye State, if there's one thing you have to know, it's that candy buckeyes are delicious and real buckeyes are poisonous. Oh, and don't forget to keep these 10 laws in mind too:

When will lawyers answer questions for free? The lawyerly answer is, "It depends."

For example, we here at FindLaw strive to provide free daily analysis of legal questions that confront Americans in their everyday lives. And many of our writers (including yours truly) are attorneys.

But aside from FindLaw, how can you get free answers to your pressing legal inquiries? Here are several instances you can get licensed legal minds to answer your questions, without paying a dime:

Survey: The Most Popular Way to Find a Lawyer Is...

Move over, Yellow Pages and word-of-mouth referrals. The most popular way to find a lawyer nowadays is to do what you're doing right now: Go online.

It may be no surprise that in the digital age, the Internet is now the No. 1 option that comes to mind when consumers need to find an attorney, according to a new FindLaw survey.

That's actually quite different from how Americans looked for a lawyer in 2005, when FindLaw asked respondents the same question.

How Do You Find Free Legal Aid?

Legal services can be expensive, but for some issues, there may be free legal aid available. But how do you find free legal aid?

Here's a general overview about how to qualify for free legal aid and where to find it: