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Though the fourth smallest state by size, New Jersey is the most densely populated state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is due in no small part to the state's proximity to New York City, Philadelphia, and several other major U.S. metropolitan areas.

But whether you count yourself as a lifelong New Jerseyan, are just visiting, or are passing through from one of New Jersey's neighboring states, you should familiarize yourself with the nuances of New Jersey state law.

Here are 10 laws that you should know if you're in New Jersey:

North Carolina has been host to colonists, pirates, rebels, and tobacco farmers, so you may guess that the state also has a rich legal history.

You may only be visiting North Carolina for some good BBQ or planning to put down roots in Raleigh-Durham, but either way, you need to know the laws of the land.

While in the Tar Heel State, be sure to know these 10 laws:

The U.S. Supreme Court has been as busy as nine incredibly well educated beavers this year, and November should prove to be an interesting month for the High Court.

There are issues of gun control, homeland security, and even home loans to contend with. So here are 10 Supreme Court cases you should really pay attention to in November:

Yours truly is a Texas native, but we won't blame you if you're just arriving or simply here to visit. What Texans won't appreciate is someone who's clueless about the laws in the Lone Star State.

So before your Southwest flight lands, check out these 10 laws you should know if you're in Texas:

A decision by the San Diego City Council not to appeal a ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeals may spell the end of that city's annual hosting of what has become a comic book culture institution: San Diego Comic-Con.

The appeals court decision earlier this month struck down the proposed levying of a special tax on hotel rooms around the San Diego Convention Center, where the yearly event is held, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The city had planned to use the money to expand for a $520 million expansion of the convention center.

Why does this news mean we may be seeing the Los Angeles Comic-Con after the convention's contract with San Diego runs out in 2016?

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a taxpayer can challenge an IRS summons, only if the taxpayer can meet a minimum standard of proof.

The Court's unanimous decision in United States v. Clarke held that taxpayers can ultimately challenge IRS summonses (yes, that's the plural of summons) as long as there are some specific facts that show they were issued in bad faith.

Reports in the news about this case have been a bit misleading, so here's what the High Court actually said about fighting an IRS summons:

Divorcing couples may be a bit in the dark about how to deal with joint tax returns, and a little knowledge can go a long way.

That certainly was the case with Jason Alan Bruce and his ex-wife: Miscommunication over filing a joint federal tax return for their final year of marriage had both former spouses claiming their children as dependents on separate returns -- and got Jason summoned to Tax Court.

What lessons can you learn from this divorcing couple's IRS mix-up?

The U.S. Supreme Court may not have much of April left, but there are some big cases still to be argued and decided.

With six days of oral arguments remaining, here are five Supreme Court cases you should be watching in April:

Legal How-To: Preparing for an IRS Audit

While some people sweat at the idea of preparing for an IRS audit, there's good news: the chances of getting audited are lower than they've been since at least the 1980s.

Budget cuts and new responsibilities are limiting the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS's) resources and ability to police tax returns, so this year, the agency is only going after the "worst of the bad guys," according to the Associated Press.

Although the audit risks are lower this year, it doesn't mean all taxpayers are off the hook. Here's how to prepare for an IRS audit.

Top 10 Tips for Tax Procrastinators

Attention tax procrastinators: You're now just days away from the tax-filing deadline of April 15.

While it probably wasn't the best idea to wait until the very last minute to get your taxes together, there are still some tricks and surprising deductions that can potentially pay off for you.

Here are our Top 10 tips for tax procrastinators: