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Learn About the Law in Your Neck of the Woods at

By Steven Tanner on December 10, 2013 2:18 PM

For years, FindLaw's Learn About the Law (LATL) section has helped legal consumers make smart decisions about how to handle speeding tickets, divorce, tax issues, even criminal charges. We provide up-to-date information about federal and state laws, as well as practical advice for any number of legal matters. You'll also find sample documents and helpful worksheets.

But suppose you're looking for free legal aid in Columbia, Missouri. or need directions to a courthouse in Virginia Beach?

Look no further than our newly expanded State Laws section.

More Legal Information That's More Local

Recently revised, our State Laws section provides detailed information about how to navigate the legal system in cities as large as New York or as small as Galveston, Texas.

Our valued visitors are all over the map, but so are the law firms that rely on FindLaw to connect them to those in need of legal assistance. In other words, what helps us continue to grow as a company also helps the thousands of people who come to us each day looking for legal help.

Stephanie Rahlfs, FindLaw's Manager of Digital Strategy and Social Media, was hesitant to divulge our "secret sauce" (we have plenty of competitors nipping at our heels). But she explained how the State Laws expansion came about:

"We noticed that our users are increasingly interested in legal information that is very specific to their location. At the same time, our attorney customers are always interested in reaching potential clients who are located in their communities," Rahlfs said, describing the addition of metro-based legal content as a natural next move.

100 Metro Areas Are Just the Beginning

It's what you might call a "win-win-win" situation: Users can learn about the law in their neighborhood absolutely free, FindLaw's clients (attorneys) are better able to connect with qualified leads, and we thrive as a business.

And while we couldn't cover every city and metropolitan region in the country (at least not right out of the gate), we based our decisions on the prevalence of legal issues in specific locations.

"We used our internal data to create a well-rounded initial group of 100 metros that are popular with our current website users," Rahlfs explained. "We hope to expand to even more metros in the future."

The new metro-specific sections include local legal aid clinics, directions to courthouses, important contact information, and step-by-step tutorials on how to proceed with a lawsuit or defend against criminal charges in your neck of the woods. The Raleigh Laws section, for instance, includes:

If you find yourself in trouble with the law, need to file a lawsuit, or just need directions to the appropriate courthouse, we've got your back. After all, the better we can help you navigate the complexities of the law -- whether it's in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania -- the better off we are as a company.

So check out our new metro area sections, part of our State Laws collection. And as always, feel free to contact us with any comments or suggestions on how we can better serve your needs.

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