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Try as we might, no person is perfect. And some of those non-perfect people are our family members. This leaves us non-criminal family members with some tough choices to make. Does a daughter need drug therapy? Should you call the cops on your cousin? Is it time to consult with a lawyer?

Here are just a few of the legal considerations you should keep in mind if you've got a family member who is in involved in criminal activity.

Can My Lawyer Lend Me Money?

It may not be illegal or unethical, but it is one of the favors a lawyer probably shouldn't do for a client. Of all the fee agreements and financial arrangements an attorney can have with his or her client, lending money is one of the most problematic.

So even in cases where your lawyer can lend you money, there are serious concerns about whether he or she should lend you money. Here's why:

Like any other relationship, not every attorney-client pairing is perfect. Even if you were as careful as possible trying to choose the right lawyer, mistakes can be made and things can change.

From personality clashes to professional malpractice, here are a few reasons to ditch your attorney and find a new one:

Why Hire a Disability Lawyer?

Disability insurance may sound easy enough — you’re too sick or injured to work, you file some paperwork, and you get your benefits. But, as anyone who’s been through the disability claims process can tell you, it’s not always that simple.

Or maybe you’re stuck in the middle of the process right now — drowning in disability paperwork, trying to decipher your policy, or you’ve had your benefits claim denied and don’t know where to turn. This is when you’ll need an experienced attorney on your side. Here’s how a disability lawyer can help:

With summer in full swing, the hot weather may have you tempted to put in a swimming pool.

Before you dive into constructing one, there may be one pesky issue you'll have to take care of first -- a permit.

Do you need a permit to build a swimming pool?

While we recommend that you have an attorney help you with legal filings, we do recognize that there are times when you may be able to complete some legal forms yourself.

For most motions, complaints, and pleadings, you no longer have to write it out on pleading papers. Most courts have created forms that are easy to fill out. The hard part is finding where to get those forms and making sure that they're the most current forms available.

Here is a list of resources where you can find the forms you need for your legal case.

As we noted yesterday, lawyers have long been associated with sharks. From Herman Melville to CBS, referring to attorneys as sharks has a long and storied tradition.

In honor of shark week, let's take a look at how you can figure out if your lawyer is a shark:

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.