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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:

5 Questions to Ask an Immigration Lawyer

For people from foreign countries who want to stay in the United States or become a citizen, what are five questions to ask an immigration lawyer before you hire one?

Although it's not required that you hire an immigration attorney when filing for citizenship or a green card, an experienced immigration lawyer can help clarify laws to make sure that all your paperwork is filled out and filed correctly. If you're facing an immigration-related legal issue -- such as deportation -- you'll also want professional legal help by your side.

If you decide to hire an attorney, here are five questions you may want to ask an immigration lawyer to see if he or she is the right fit for you:

Legal How-To: Preparing to Sue Someone

What steps do you need to take when you're preparing to sue someone?

Initiating a lawsuit is a big step, as litigation can be a lengthy and costly process for everyone involved. So before you file a lawsuit, you may want to try to exhaust all other options to settle your claims.

If you do decide to pursue legal action, here are some general tips on how to prepare to sue someone:

5 Questions to Ask a Tax Lawyer

When it comes to choosing the right tax attorney for you, what are five questions to ask a tax lawyer?

Hiring a tax lawyer who's a good fit for your case and personality is important because you'll be entrusting them with your legal issues -- and we all know that Uncle Sam doesn't play around when it comes to taxes.

So what questions should you ask a tax attorney? Here are a few you may want to consider: