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Tax 101: Q&A with a Tax Attorney (Part 1)

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Quick quiz: How well can you explain the tax codes related to your personal return? If you’re unsure, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Though most of us file taxes every year, we still seem to have very little knowledge of tax laws. In fact, a new study reveals that most Americans would fail a tax…
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5 Women Lawyers Who Changed Your Life (And You Might Not Even Know It)

International Women’s Day is quickly approaching on March 8, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate our nation’s most influential female lawyers. This list is far from complete, but does include five iconic women, many of whom you’ve probably heard of, who have had a positive impact in our nation. Tell us who we missed…
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Lawyers vs. Accountants: Round 1

It seems you can’t go a day without reading about how law school enrollment is plummeting, big law firms are imploding, lawyers are flaming out faster than 4th of July fireworks, and the profession, once regarded as something to aspire to, now ranks, in the public’s imagination, somewhere between human bug-eater and professional sociopath in…
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NYC Detectives Pursue “New” Half-Century Old Murder

It’s too bad “Cold Case” is off the air, because if ever there was a case made for the CBS crime drama about detectives digging up—literally, in many cases—decades-old homicides in order to find the culprit, it’s this one, involving a 97-year-old porter named Antonio Ciccarello. Ciccarello was 97 years old when he died in…
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6 Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Legal Strategies

If you’re a restaurateur, you never want to serve up a sub-standard plate of, say, meatballs and spaghetti. In the legal industry, however, attorneys occasionally deliver a seemingly “bad” argument in hopes of gaining the strategic upper-hand. Or so says attorney Jonathan Mermin in an entertaining essay on greenbag.org titled, fittingly enough, “Bad Arguments.” He…
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5 Tips for Talking to a Lawyer

We get it. No one wants to talk to lawyers. But there comes a time in everyone’s life—whether it be good news (Marriage) or bad news (Divorce)—when you’ll need to consult with a lawyer. And when that time comes, there are a few tips you should consider to make the legal process a whole lot…
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The Internet of Things Will Change Property Rights Forever

Property law is one of the most ancient and fundamental legal theories in our justice system. Indeed, the cultural origins of property rights based on John Locke’s theory can be traced back to the biblical story of Adam and Eve, where God gave the earth to the two initial inhabitants and their children. Fascinatingly, apart…
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Will Driverless Cars Run Over Personal Injury Lawyers?

Driverless cars are heading our way. A breathless 7-part series on Forbes analyzed the staggering socioeconomic impact of driverless cars not impacting with other cars – or people. When you take into account all the industries affected and the residual effects, Forbes estimates that in the US alone, driverless cars will drive the economy by…
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Documents + Advice: Together At Last

Today, your Rocket Lawyer membership just got a whole lot better. We’re excited to announce the enhanced Ask a Lawyer experience! It’s the perfect union between two of our most popular features: Ask a Lawyer and Documents. We’re thrilled to be the first to offer this—it’s a huge milestone for the world of online legal…
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Lawyers: Be Afraid of Ghostwriting

As Halloween draws near, I thought it would be appropriate to bring up the issue of ghost stories. To be more specific, I’m talking about “ghostwriting.” To say that attorneys are creatures of limited time is to wildly understate the amount of work and pressures we face on a day-to-day basis. Not only must we…
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