About Laura Counts

Laura Counts is a writer and editor at Rocket Lawyer. She earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and an M.J. from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She's curious about nearly everything, and believes everyone should have access to the systems that hold together our (imperfect and messy) democracy. Some of her personal interests include lying on warm granite next to cold mountain streams, early morning runs, spring in the Bay Area, summer in Vermont and just-baked chocolate chip cookies.
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Quick Quiz: Test Your Landlord Legal IQ

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Are you a seasoned landlord? New to the business? Either way, you probably know there’s a lot more to managing property than hanging out a “For Rent” sign, drawing up a lease, and investing in a sturdy pipe wrench and plunger. Over the years, regulators at the federal, state and local level have built up…
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17 Horrible and (Hopefully) Fictional Employees

Do you recognize any of these bad-employee archetypes among your staff? If you’ve done a good job hiring, chances are most are your employees are honest and industrious. But what happens if you get stuck with a truly bad egg? Best case scenario: you learn a few lessons and show them the door. Worst case: they…
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Root-Beer Pork & Smoked Tri-tip: an Enticing Startup Story From Our Winner

Last month, we invited small business owners to show us their faces for a chance to win an iPad Mini and a Rocket Lawyer membership—tools to help get their businesses organized and on strong legal footing. We heard about cake makers, a sewing cafe for young girls, an art rental company, and a thrift store…
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Alien Attacks & Monster Bites? They’ve Got You Covered!

You may have heard about the teachers in Buffalo, New York who cost their district millions of dollars for botox injections, boob jobs, liposuction and other plastic surgeries that are 100-percent covered under their public employee health insurance plan. They’ve kept the benefits even as the district has had to nip-and-tuck its teaching staff. But…
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How to Ease the Pain of the New Health Insurance Mandate

One of the goals of Obamacare is to drive down insurance costs, and to simplify the way people and businesses buy health plans. The first test of this will begin October 1, when new online insurance marketplaces open their virtual doors. With a single application, individuals and small businesses will be able to shop around…
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Health Care Reform Infographic: Let’s Go Shopping!

Starting in October, millions of Americans will go online to buy health insurance in a new way. That’s when the new online insurance marketplaces—also called exchanges—will be up and running. We put together this infographic to highlight the basics of the new system: View as PDF. Basically, if you’re uninsured or don’t like the plan…
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5 Ways Health Care Reform Will Affect Everyone

By now you probably know that under Obamacare, every American man, woman and child is required to carry health insurance by January 1, 2014. Along with the universal coverage requirement, there are a whole raft of other changes coming into play, up and down the system. If you’re lucky enough to have a stable employer…
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The New “Fiduciary” Duty: Be Social

At Rocket Lawyer, we believe the law is about people, not paperwork. And connecting with people is exactly what social media is all about. Social connections are especially valuable for solo practitioners seeking to build their businesses. Even so, many attorneys—wary of ethical pitfalls or strapped for time—have kept social media at arm’s length.  But with…
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Health Insurance for All: An Affordable Care Act Timeline

There’s no doubt about it: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is a complex and confusing law. It’s no wonder that people are baffled. In fact, a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found  that 4 in 10 Americans don’t even know that it’s the law of the land. And even…
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3 Must-Have Documents for Military Families

Uncertainty goes with the territory for military families, and with uncertainty comes all kinds of stress. There’s the big one: not knowing whether your loved one is alive and well. Then there’s the question of whether your family will have to relocate, or your loved one will be deployed. And with deployment, there’s the likelihood…
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