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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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How do you check the legality of a new business model?

Hire a lawyer, who is licensed and trained in law and who is obligated to be honest with you and advocate for your interests, and get him/her to review your business plan. He/she will point out real ...
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Why are there two case numbers for United States v. Trump?

Court Listener explained by email: This is unfortunately a bug we have in multi-defendant criminal cases. Sorry! See a more technical description of the problem here: https://github.com/...
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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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How to discover/be aware of changes in law that might affect oneself personally?

The short answer is that, as a practical matter, you can't be aware of every change in the law that could conceivably affect you. Even lawyers don't have enough time to keep up with every change in ...
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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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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

Laws are collective works that often have multiple authors. Law do not have, in general, a single author, although minor, uncontroversial legislation that passed more or less unanimously without much ...
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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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Looking up a Texas land title case from 1901

How may I go about getting this case? UPDATE: Glad to see that others have found the data. Best of luck! The Final Decree Is Probably Easy To Obtain The final decree is the case is probably recorded ...
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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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Why are there two case numbers for United States v. Trump?

The extra number is typically added to the end of a case number when there are multiple defendants. Trump's case number ends with -1 because he is the first named defendant. I suspect you'd be able to ...
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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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Looking up a Texas land title case from 1901

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission indicates on this page that the records you seek may be stored on microfilm at the University of Texas -- Arlington. The case number would be on: Reel ...
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How do you check the legality of a new business model?

When you have a problem with your car, you take it to a person who is trained to fix cars and knows about them. You pay money for their time and expertise. This is more or less the same situation- you ...
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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

canada Public acts The legally relevant portions of the legislative process are public acts, not dependent on the identity of the person who actually chose the words, if such an individual could even ...
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Is there a list of doctrines and rationale in American common law that isn't based on codified laws and constitutional rules?

Short Answer Is there a list of doctrines and rationale in American common law that isn't based on codified laws and constitutional rules? No. There is really nothing so compact as a mere list. Long ...
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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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How to discover/be aware of changes in law that might affect oneself personally?

canada In Canada, notices of proposed regulations, the official regulations and orders, as well as Acts of Parliament are published weekly (with extra additions as needed) in the Canada Gazette. ...
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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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Why don't law collections show who the author of the law is?

It doesn't matter The individual person who wrote a law is irrelevant to its application. The legislature that passed it matters, of course, but not the person who wrote it. It is important to know ...
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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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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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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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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 discover/be aware of changes in law that might affect oneself personally?

united-states The first requirement is to know what jurisdiction you "are" in. That would obviously include country and state, but you also have to consider county and municipality, since ...
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