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Learn About our Nifty Fifty United States

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By Steven Tanner on April 21, 2015 10:01 AM

Have you ever wondered what a family court in Texas considers before making a child custody decision? Or how about trade practices determined to be deceptive under California law? Perhaps you purchased a new car in Indiana that isn't quite working as advertised and you need to learn more about the state's lemon laws.

Whether you need to defend against a drunk driving charge, would like to adopt a child, or need to know how much your landlord may legally require for a security deposit -- most legal processes are governed by state laws.

And regardless of where you live in the United States (including Washington, D.C.), FindLaw can help you get up to speed on a variety of local statutes covering everything from crime to state lotteries. We'll even help you find the right courthouse in New York City or deal with a car accident in Des Moines, Iowa.

FindLaw's State Laws section isn't new, but you'll hardly recognize it if you haven't visited in more than a year. Here are some of the highlights of our new and improved State Laws section:

Updated Law

Making sure the laws are current is job #1 over at FindLaw -- because no amount of bells and whistles matters if we're not giving you the right information. This is a job that is never finished, since state laws change quite regularly, but we're committed to getting these pages updated as soon as we can whenever new legislation is enacted or a law is modified through a higher court's decision. See Colorado Marijuana Laws and Texas Abortion Laws for examples of newly updated laws.

New Legal Topics

In addition to updating and improving our existing state law pages, FindLaw also has expanded coverage in each state with several new legal topics, including domestic violence and security deposit limits for renters. New pages in our California Law section, for instance, include California Credit Card Fraud Laws and How Do I Get Child Support in California?

Metro-Specific Legal Information

We also added more depth to our coverage with information on more than 100 cities and metropolitan regions -- from the booming metropolis of Los Angeles to the small, Midwestern college town of Columbia, Missouri. While these pages typically involve state laws, they provide information about courthouses, sources of free legal aid, and how to handle a given legal matter in your neck of the woods. See Your Fort Worth Personal Injury Case: The Basics and Louisville Courthouses for examples.

When it comes to state laws, FindLaw has you covered from sea to shining sea.

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