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How to Explain Attorney Fees to Clients
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An attorney fee is the cost charged to a client by an attorney for legal services such as drafting a contract or representing a party in trial litigation. There are various fee structures an attorney can use in charging for her services. This includes a fixed fee, billable hours, a contingent fee, or a combination of fee structures. Retainer fees may also be associated with legal representation. T

How to Balance Competing Interests in Family Law
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Among lawyers, family law attorneys tend to encounter the greatest number of conflicts of interest. The interests of clients can compete whether drafting a power of attorney, creating an estate plan, preparing for a divorce or initiating a guardianship arrangement. Balancing these competing interests is a skill every new family law attorney must learn, and mistakes mean not just irritated clients,

How to Find a Friend in Prison
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Entering prison is an enormously frightening experience. Not only are you faced with the challenge of navigating a new, extremely hostile environment, but, in most cases, you're tasked with doing it by yourself, without the aid of allies or companions. Making friends in prison is therefore a critical enterprise, one which will save you much grief and possibly even your life. Yet, who to make frien

How to File a Separation Agreement
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A separation agreement is a legal document that is typically filed with the local court in the region where the people being separated reside. As a court decree, it enables married people to live apart and enjoy the same rights as divorced persons, prior to receiving a divorce decree. While the couple are still legally married, they no longer live together. Either person may request alimony, child

How to Obtain a Copy of a State Court Judgment
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A judgment is an order entered on a court's docket that signifies that a plaintiff has prevailed in his case against a defendant. Most courts call the judgment an entry or order of judgment. The entry of judgment will contain the following information: the names of the plaintiff and defendant, the docket number, the date judgment was entered, and the name of the judge who approved the order. Some

How to Arrest a Cyber Criminal
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The Internet teems with new opportunities for enterprising people---including criminals. Not only do new crimes exist (computer hacking, password trafficking), but the Internet also provides new ways to commit old crimes (cyber stalking). Law enforcement agencies have adapted to these criminal developments as well. The most notable of these is the Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as "IC

How to Get a Bond for a Notary Public
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A notary public is a person invested by the state with special authority. They witness signatures, administer oaths and, in some states, perform marriages. Because notaries provide an important legal service, it's possible that any mistakes made by a notary could have serious repercussions. This is why all notaries are required to have a notary bond that ensures their customers will be reimbursed

How to File a Suit in US District Court
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The large majority of lawsuits are tried in state court. You may file suit in federal district court only if the court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of the lawsuit and the parties involved in the lawsuit. Federal jurisdiction applies to suits that arise under federal law---patent infringement or a civil rights matter, for example. Federal courts also have jurisdiction if you are suing s

What to Do When Car Insurance Won't Pay
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Having a car insurance policy is a part of the law in most states if you own a vehicle of any sort. The idea of car insurance is that when a person gets into an auto accident the insurance company will pay the damages and help relieve the financial burden placed on you as the policy holder. Or at least, that's the general idea. Many times though, an insurance company will refuse to pay, even when

How to Get an Interstate Divorce
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Any state where either you or your spouse is a resident can grant a divorce. The state might not, however, have jurisdiction to grant you custody of your child. The basic process of getting an interstate divorce is not much different from divorces where both spouses are in the same state, but there are additional considerations and complications when it comes to division of property and child cust

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