How do you use FindLaw.com? Perhaps you enjoy reading our non-legalese analysis of the law behind today's biggest news stories. Or maybe you're seeking information about a legal issue that's really none of our business -- even though helping you is indeed our business.
We pride ourselves as being the "Swiss army knife" of legal know-how for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. You probably don't use all of the tools, but it's nice to know they're there.
To that end, here are some new features you may (or may not) have known about, from five different sections of FindLaw.com:
1. Making Answers More Social.
Our free community forum, called FindLaw Answers, is where people go to discuss legal issues with other contributors, including licensed attorneys. And it's getting a lot more social.
Answers' new share feature gives users the ability to share their legal questions and answers through social media. This is useful when you've received good information about a legal issue -- like how to get a refund for a defective refrigerator -- that may also be of interest to your friends on Twitter, Facebook, or any number of other social media platforms.
2. Learning More About the Law.
Our Learn About the Law section constantly changes to keep up with changes to the law. But sometimes we make bold changes to our layout too.
The newest feature is the "Show More" button you'll find on "landing pages" for different legal topics, like the Accidents and Injuries landing page. Click "Show More," and you can expand the introduction to get a more complete explanation of that area of law. The extended introductions are meant to help you decide whether a given area of law addresses your particular needs.
3. Introducing 'Legal How-To.'
Our diverse network of legal consumer blogs puts the law into perspective, from the legal underpinnings of everyday life to the most bizarre legal stories of the day. We also recently launched a weekly series called "Legal How-To," to help you handle minor legal issues on your own.
Our top performer in the series so far: a post on how to fight red-light camera tickets. It offers a step-by-step guide that may just save you a chunk of change, and points on your license.
4. Offering Guidance You Can Take With You.
Our FindLaw for Legal Professionals site gives attorneys free access to cases and codes, legal news, solutions to help you manage your legal practice, and much more.
One of our newest features is our legal professional mini-guides -- printer-friendly PDFs that you can download and read offline, or print out and share with colleagues. The FindLaw Guide to Malpractice Insurance is our most recent offering.
5. Coming Soon: A New Newsletter.
You can sign up to receive a number of different free FindLaw newsletters via email, such as The Supreme Court Digest and Sports Law Update. As with Answers, the Newsletters team also has added share buttons to its content to help our readers spread the word. We're also excited to launch our new Legal Planning newsletter, which will offer practical advice for non-attorneys regarding common legal matters.
Here at FindLaw.com, we know everyone's needs are different. We hope our newest features will give you even more reasons to keep our multi-tooled legal portal in your back pocket.