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Year in Review: 5 Cool New Features Added to in 2013

By Brett Snider, Esq. on December 31, 2013 12:15 PM

As the ball drops tonight on another successful year (with Justice Sonia Sotomayor leading the countdown in New York's Times Square), try to remember the words to that old New Year's song (that's "Auld Lang Syne" -- you're welcome).

And while you're letting old acquaintances be forgot, don't forget about the five coolest new features that rolled out in 2013. Here's a quick recap:

1. FindLaw's Salute to Military Law.

Just after Veteran's Day, proudly deployed its new Military Law section, adding to the ever-growing list of resources in FindLaw's Learn About the Law section.

If you're watching "A Few Good Men" while waiting to ring in the new year, why not check out how an actual military court-martial works -- or find out whether it mattered if Tom Cruise's character was a military attorney or just a civil lawyer.

2. FindLaw Decodes Obamacare.

More than a few Americans were understandably perplexed by the behemoth set of legislation that composed Obamacare (officially the Affordable Care Act). But FindLaw's blogs stepped in to demystify the law in a series called "Understanding Obamacare."

The series didn't offer any political spin or bias on the range of new regulations. Rather, FindLaw's lawyer-writers sought to answer simple questions like "what is Obamacare?" and "who is exempt?"

FindLaw users may have found this feature useful -- an article describing the Obamacare penalty was shared more than 9,000 times by users on Facebook.

3. FindLaw's Legal Professional Mini Guides.

FindLaw launched its free mini guides back in Fall 2012, and we followed up in 2013 by publishing new mini guides for legal professionals.

Covering topics like negotiating liens and navigating human resources, these mini guides for legal professionals pack a ton of legal info in an easily shareable PDF. They're perfect for attorneys who are glued to their mobile devices.

4. FindLaw's Metro-Specific Sections Hit Home.

Launched just a few weeks ago, now offers specially tailored legal information for consumers in 100 different metro areas.

Now FindLaw users in Galveston, Texas, can get just as much of a legal edge as those who reside in the Windy City. And 2014 promises to add even more cities' local laws and regulations to our Learn About the Law content.

5. Follow Our FindLaw Writers on Twitter.

Beginning in March, began incorporating buttons that allow visitors to follow our blog writers and editors on Twitter, giving FindLaw readers a window into the authors' lives.

You can now follow:

Thanks for making 2013 yet another successful year for Happy new year, and see y'all in 2014!

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