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Law Firm with one lawyer and hundreds of legal experts who haven't passed the bar

A Lawyer may hire paralegals, clerks, secretaries, and other assistants. The lawyer may hire as many as s/he pleases, and assign them whatever tasks s/he chooses. However, some kinds of documents may ...
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Arizona laws regarding ownership of ground glassware for chemistry usage

Arizona does not license chemists, though they do license pharmacists. There is a law against possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of which is a felony. The law also says In determining ...
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Can messages in messaging application be used as evidence to accuse someone?

united-states Messaging (and other online communication) are fixed media. A face-to-face conversation, or a telephone call, does not exist at all - except in the mental recollections of the ...
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Correlation between wealth and win rate

It is difficult to quantify in a useful way. Part of the issue is that calling the courts "dispute resolution forums" is misleading. Courts are "rights enforcement forums." They ...
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Law Firm with one lawyer and hundreds of legal experts who haven't passed the bar

Some kinds of practices are bottom heavy, with lots of administrative and paralegal staff relative to attorney employees. Examples including consumer side bankruptcy firms that represent debtors, ...
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How many British statutes are in effect?

All(?) current UK legislation may be found here. It is searchable on just a word, eg: there are 61 UK Public General Acts containing the word "police". Or by type: there are 116 Ministerial ...
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Is there "evidence-based" practice in law?

The primary field of research where the kind of studies you are thinking about are done is often called "empirical legal research." There is a fairly rich literature, that a substantial ...
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Can messages in messaging application be used as evidence to accuse someone?

Can messages in messaging application be used as evidence to accuse someone? When you say "accuse" I assume you mean have enough evidence to support a prosecution, as anyone can accuse ...
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How can I gather data from past cases in the US? Is it possible?

Let's say I wanted to generate a report on the trends in outcomes of civil cases. Is there anywhere I could download any kind of data related to it? The parties involved, maybe information about the ...
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Is the ORGVSM f*ck tee legal?

"Commercial disparagement" is about statements that a person makes, knowing that they are false. The words on the T-shirt are neither true nor false. The T-shirt might be illegal in ...
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Why there isn't any law resulting from the Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019?

The bill was never passed. According to the list of all actions on Congress.gov, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce in April 2019. Evidently, that ...
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How can I gather data from past cases in the US? Is it possible?

While there may be others, the only nationwide court case aggregator that I am aware of is: Lexis/Nexis It's not a free service but if you need this information presumably you have a paying customer ...
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How do I interpret a court judgement? What does it mean?

Congratulations, intrepid legal enthusiast or learner! What you'll need A legal dictionary, especially if you're just getting started. If you don't own one, you can try Black's Law Dictionary A ...
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Do lawyers actually use big bookshelves filled with texts?

Why do attorneys have these? Originally to use as references, although some kinds of books (e.g. case law reporters, Shepard's citations, Martindale Hubble directories, and serial analysis of case ...
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Motion or Demand for Discovery (NY) (Family Law)

To paraphrase the Princess Bride: "I don't think those words mean what you think they do". The "truther-activist", "sovereign citizen", and "Citizen vs. Human Being" concepts will only hurt you. It ...
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Can a country ban oversea biotechnology research out of an endemic plant that is only found in its territory?

A government, in this case the Brazilian government, cannot effectively control what people, particularly people who are not its citizens, do in other countries. If people are able to obtain and ship ...
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How to go about learning cyber security if possessing such software (hacking software) is highly and explicitly illegal in my and most countries?

...many [countries] forbid even the possession of software for "hacking" despite intentions That is not the case in the united-kingdom where accessing a computer, and possessing the tools to ...
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During your trial, the Supreme Court of the US agrees to hear an appeal of a relevant precedent case. What is the law that you are presumed to know?

Why does someone need to know? Supreme Court decisions are effective to all cases at trial or on direct appeal when decided, so long as the issue it resolves are raised in the trial court. Judges ...
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How to verify a US based company?

As was mentioned in a comment, in the United States, businesses are generally registered at the state level. The information collected, and the extent to which or manner in which the public has access ...
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How can one validate an assertion that "X" is not legal?

Finding Certainty There is only one way for certain: Do the supposedly unlawful thing Get sued (civil) or prosecuted (criminal) Go to court - if you win it wan't illegal If you lose, appeal to the ...
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How do I read an Australian case citation and find the text of the judgement?

The quickest way to get the text of Australian judgements is through AustLII. Reading the citation Parties: Tame v New South Wales In this case, the parties are (Clare Janet) Tame and (the State ...
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Is email verification for account creation in violation of GDPR?

When someone registers at your website, they enter a contract with you. You need an email address, because you need to be able to contact them (at least for the password recovery). You probably want ...
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Correlation between wealth and win rate

The most on-point article I know of is Albert Yoon's The Importance of Litigant Wealth: While proponents of tort reform have argued that the current legal system makes wealthy individuals vulnerable ...
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How are Indian laws classified and how many types of law are there?

It's complicated, to say the least. A good starting point is the Wikipedia page on the Law of India... India maintains a hybrid legal system with a mixture of civil, common law and customary, Islamic ...
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Which countries divide children as legitimate and illegitimate?

You can look here for various sources on the legal status of children born "out of wedlock", however most of that discussion is focused on European legal systems. This page states what the ...
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Can a person be prosecuted for their thoughts?

If you wrote for example "I had thoughts about taking the axe from my garage and decapitating my neighbour", and your neighbour read that, he would reasonably be worried and contact the police. I ...
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How do I interpret a court judgement? What does it mean?

Let's roll back a couple of conceptual steps: before deciding how to interpret a judgement you should know what a judgement is. What is law? I quote from Australian Business Law 2002: The law is ...
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How can one validate an assertion that "X" is not legal?

Unfortunately this is one of the reasons lawyers exist. The law can be in statute or in case law. Determining legality involves an element of predicting what a court would do if you litigated the ...
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Does the United States legally not recognize phds from any specific country?

No. Nor would the United States recognize your degree if you got them from the UK or France, or even from within the United States. The United States does not legally protect or sanction PhD holders ...
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Removing deceased spouse from mortgage - TX | USA

It primarily depends on the title that you have to the house: are you "joint tenants with right of survivorship". This could have happened when you bought the house; it also could have been ...
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