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July 2014 Archives

1 in 3 Americans Facing Debt Collections: 3 Ways FindLaw Can Help

A new report finds that more than one in three Americans has debt in collections. But don't panic! has many resources that can help.

According to the Urban Institute, 35 percent of U.S. consumers are struggling with debt in collections -- amounting to approximately 77 million Americans. But what can these debtors do to climb out from underneath their financial obligations?

Check out these three ways FindLaw can help Americans who are struggling with debt in collections:

What Is Legalese? New FindLaw Series Puts It Into Plain English

Legalese From A to Z - FindLaw

Do you speak legalese? Or better yet, can you read it? Probably not, but after a few weeks with FindLaw's new series, you may have to change your answer.

In case you missed it, FindLaw's Law and Daily Life blog just launched a new series, "Legalese From A to Z," to give our readers a free crash course on the quixotic terms that lawyers love and consumers loathe.

Here's a sneak peak of some "Legalese" features you can look forward to:

Today's parents live in a golden age of baby accessories, including video-enabled baby monitors, ergonomically designed baby carriers, and even tiny fans made especially for drying a baby's behind. Most of these items are safe, even if some of them are quite useless. Trusting your instincts as a parent is important, but sometimes a flawed design or unintended use can lead to injury or even death.

Product liability laws help minimize these risks, but sadly, consumer safety warnings and recalls typically only come on the heels of multiple injuries or deaths.

Here are five new articles at discussing the potential dangers of baby and kids' products:

Introducing #DearFindLaw: Advice for New Lawyers, Law Students

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

One of my favorite things to do is to respond to user-requested topics. Why? For one, it means I don't have to dig for topics. But more importantly, it means, in a small way, we can actually help somebody. (Plus, we know that at least one person will actually read and appreciate the post.)

With that in mind, we've decided to try something new. Introducing #DearFindLaw: an advice column on our Greedy Associates blog where every Friday (beginning this Friday), we'll answer reader-submitted questions regarding anything that might concern new and aspiring attorneys, from LSATs to law firm office gossip.

Of course, to make this work, we need your help.

How Many Blogs Are There? You May Be Surprised

Hey you. Yeah, you, person who is looking for free legal information. And you, the lawyer perusing cases and codes. Guess what? You're missing out on what some of us here (the bloggers) would say is the best part of our blogs.

And we have a lot of them.

Believe it or not, we're blogging all day long, for legal consumers and lawyers alike, about the biggest issues in the industry: notable cases, hilarious slip-ups, business tips for small firms, Kanye West's community service -- you know, the important things. And if you aren't compulsively clicking on our blogs, you're really missing out.

So just how many legal blogs do we have here at