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Law School is Expensive, But Legal U is Free

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By Robyn Hagan Cain on July 24, 2012 1:09 PM

There are a lot of legal issues staring us in the face every day. Take, for instance, jury duty. Some people can't wait to receive a jury duty summons. If you're not one of those people -- and it's okay if you're not - maybe you'd like to know exactly what you're getting into.

Let's say you go online to the New York State Unified Court System's jury pool news page. There, you can find the answers to juror-centric crossword puzzles for the last 13 years.

Or, if you want real information, you could turn to FindLaw's Legal U post, "How to 'Do' Jury Duty in New York," and learn how long you're required to be at the courthouse, how much you get paid, and how to delay your duty if you have a scheduling conflict.

Legal U is a new, hyperlocal blog series to help you solve, or at least learn about, the common legal problems you face in your community. And it’s not just about jury duty.

Each Legal U post starts with a brainstorming session. The FindLaw blogging team — we’re all lawyers, by the way — discuss the issues that we see popping up repeatedly in each city. Then we ask, “Is there a way someone could solve this problem on his own?” We research local ordinances, locate the necessary forms, suggest ways to deal with local officials, and even point you to the courthouse, (if that is what it takes).

In other words, we do the basic research for you.

Certain legal issues are more complicated than others, but you’re generally allowed to represent yourself in court. Whether you choose to go it alone or hire an attorney we give you the information you need.

(Fun example: most people hire an attorney to write a patent, but Spanx founder Sara Blakely read a few books and wrote her own patent for the product that started her billion-dollar empire.)

Before you make the decision to lawyer-up for those everyday legal challenges, let Legal U help you decide if you have the information you need to navigate the legal steps to a solution.

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