The Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation
The Albany Plan of the Union (1754) made by an act of the British Parliament for the American colonies.
The British Administration of Justice Act of 1774.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before 250,000 civil rights supporters and to millions across the world on broadcast television during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Ariel Castro, a 53-year old former school bus driver, agreed to a plea of life plus "not less than 1,000 years" with no chance of parole for 937 counts of kidnapping, rape, and other heinous crimes against victims Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus.
Do you consider yourself knowledgeable on the U.S. constitution? If so, go no further. We’ve put together 10 of some the most challenging questions concerning our nation’s most cherished document – the U.S. Constitution.
We’ll discuss some of the most common questions about the public domain and show how anyone can benefit from using works in the public domain – i.e. free information open to all!
Did you ever wonder what a trade secret was or what makes it "secret"? In this article, we take a look at 10 of the most common questions surrounding trade secrets and what makes them so "secret" – and often highly valuable.
We’ll discuss some of the most common trademark questions to give you quick and to-the-point better understanding of trademark law.
Do you plan on opening a restaurant, bar, club, organization, or other body where you will sell liquor, beer, wine, or any kind of alcohol? If so, we’ll explore what you’ll likely need to know before you do so.
In this article, we’ll explore 10 specific intent crimes. We’ll look at the meaning of specific intent, show how specific intent is different than other types of crimes, and give a real world example on how specific intent works.
In this article, we’ll explore in more depth some of the considerations mentioned in Part I and we’ll go over pre-law considerations in college/university, the law school application process, law school itself, the state bar exam and licensure, legal jobs and salaries, and jobs for lawyers outside of the legal market.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a lawyer? What do lawyers do on a day-to-day basis? Why is a law degree one of the most sought after professional degrees? We’ll uncover these questions, and more, this article.
In this editorial, we’ll discuss the issues of racial injustice, the loss of innocence, and moral foundation, as expressed in Harper Lee’s timeless novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
In this editorial, we’ll discuss ways in which the American jury system could be improved by exploring a few popular literary works that deal with the theory of justice.
Marijuana is undoubtedly the most widely used illegal drug in the United States and the world. However, there are many myths associated with the use of marijuana. In this article, we take a look at some of the most common myths.
In this editorial, we’ll humanize the controversial and diversive topic of illegal immigration by exploring the story of the "haves" and the "have-nots" in T.C. Boyle’s novel, The Tortilla Curtain.
If you believe you have been unjustly left out of a will or not properly provided for, and can prove so, you may be able to recover what you believe you were entitled to. In this article, we’ll look at four main ways in which you can legally challenge a will.
The election of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church is the longest ongoing election of any leader in any institution of the world. In this article, we’ll explore the tradition, process, and mysteries in the election of the Pope – the leader of the world’s largest institution in the Roman Catholic Church.
Most of us have heard about "insider trading," but what is it? What do the courts consider to be an "insider" and when can insiders trade on "inside" information? In this article, we’ll explore these questions and many more, including insider trading cases involving Martha Stewart and Mike Milken.
In this article, we’ll explore the scope of a lawyer’s representation, a lawyer’s duty to abide by the client’s decision and the manner in which a lawyer is required to represent his or her client.
Disgruntled employees cost employers billions of dollars each year in lawsuits, attorneys’ fees, lost productivity, etc. In order to help avoid a lawsuit, every employer should create and maintain a good personnel file system. In this article, we’ll go over how to properly set this up.
In this article, we’ll explore the concept of cyberbullying in schools, and how it is affected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
This article addresses some of the most common questions dealing with non-compete agreements, specifically when dealing with employers and employees. If faced with a non-compete agreement, you’ll want to review some of the main issues to take into consideration before you sign the contract.
How can an offer be terminated, thus preventing the creation of a contract? In this article, we’ll discuss how an offer can be terminated by the person making the offer, by the person accepting the offer, and by operation of law.
Asking questions of a potential employer will help you to stand out and show that you’re really interested in the job. In this article, we’ll briefly go over how to prepare for a job interview, questions you might ask, and how to follow-up with the employer after the interview.
In this article, we’ll discuss the process known as mediation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution whereby the parties are in control of the outcome, under the guidance of a mediator, or neutral person.
In order to create a valid will, the will must generally meet certain formal requirements. In this article, we’ll walk you through the basic requirements to create a valid written will and go over some additional considerations.
In this article, we’ll explore the issue of whether a school can subject students to drug testing, and how this fits within the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Did you ever wonder why the U.S. government takes a census of its population every 10 years? What information is collected in a U.S. census and when is the next census? In this article, we’ll cover all these questions and more.
Many adults do not understand how wills operate, and even more do not have a will. In this article, we’ll explore the fundamentals of wills, why and how to properly create a will, the different types of wills, and some good substitutions to use in lieu of a will.
Changing your name is often much easier than people think. In this article, we’ll explain how to change your name and probably surprise you with a few celebrities whose name changes helped to make them American icons.
The U.S. President can pardon or grant a reprieve to just about any individual for federal crimes against the United States In fact, many individuals have received presidential pardons dating back to George Washington’s presidency. To learn more about the pardon process, take a look at this article.
In this article, we'll outline certain restrictions that have been placed on the fundamental right to vote, discuss the principle of "one person, one vote" and look at what it takes to run for office, and what restrictions have been placed on this right.
Companies like LimeWire and Napster became extremely popular nearly overnight by allowing peer-to-peer file sharing. However, illegal file sharing could cost you thousands in legal fines, and even jail time. So, what exactly is illegal file sharing? We’ll explore these questions and more in this article.
In this article, we’ll explore the main type of deed used in the transfer of real estate – a general warranty deed. We’ll explain what a general warranty deed is, and the covenants (e.g. promises) that go along with it.
Did you know that certain criminal acts can be completely wiped off a person’s criminal record (with some exceptions)? In this article, we’ll explore the concept of expungements, and how they may be able to help you, or another, get a clean criminal record.
If you want to learn how a corporation functions, then read its bylaws. The bylaws are the "meat and potatoes" of a corporation and differ substantially from the Articles of Incorporation. In this article, we’ll explore the purpose of bylaws and what you’ll likely find in them.
Out-of-home care neglect is an important legal term to understand, especially if you are a parent or custodian who is in the process of placing your child at a daycare facility, day camp, or even school, like most other hardworking parents in the U.S.
Did you know you can use a U.S. Passport or a U.S. Passport Card to travel internationally. U.S. Passport Cards cost less than U.S. Passports, but they are more limited in their use. To find out the best passport for you, read ahead.
Are you looking into starting a new business? If so, you’ll most likely have to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your business. In this article, we’ll go over what an EIN is, how to obtain an EIN, and some additional considerations.
In this article we’ll explore why, how, and when to value a business and go over some other "valuable" business valuation tips.
In today's "virtual" world of 21st century business, it’s easier for entrepreneurs to work from any location, but they still need a way to receive mail. In this article, we’ll show you how to set up a PO Box for the virtual entrepreneur.
You likely have an idea about what "delegating" means. However, do you know what it means under the law? In this article, we’ll explore what it means to delegate your contractual duties and your rights and responsibilities.
What is the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act? It was the first law signed into effect by President Obama that allows an employee to file a claim against an employer for an "unlawful employment practice." What is an "unlawful employment practice?" Read ahead.
Find out the details in applying for your first U.S. passport, including where to go, what identification to bring, how long it will take, and the costs involved.
Every day hundreds of thousands of people place ads in various media outlets, but many fail to take into consideration the legal nature of the language they use in their ads. Before you post an ad, you should be aware of some common laws that may apply to your ads.
What should you do if you lock your keys in your car (or someone else’s vehicle)? Nearly all of us have done it. But what are the best methods to unlock a car? In this article, we’ll go over the proper legal steps to follow in the event you’ve locked yourself out of your vehicle (or another’s vehicle).
All new U.S. employees – both U.S. citizens and non-citizens – must properly fill out a Form I-9 prior to employment. To see what information and documents you’ll need to complete Form I-9, and go over some FAQs, read ahead.
You may have heard about Harvard’s or Yale’s multi-billion dollar endowments. But how do universities like Harvard, Yale, or other institutions have such large endowments? In this article, we'll explain how endowments work and much more.
No law requires an employee handbook, but every employer should eventually have one. Why? Because written policies help to bring order in the workplace and protect employers against potential lawsuits. In this article, we’ll go over the purpose, contents, and main policies to keep in mind when creating an employee handbook.
What people hold the highest levels of power in corporate America? What does a Chairman of the Board do? In this article, we’ll uncover these questions and more. In fact, some of the most influential people in the corporate world are the Chairman of the Board
Are you jobless? Well, don’t despair. In this article, we’ll show you 6 steps you can take to get back on your feet. In fact, this may be your opportunity to pursue the goals you never thought possible.
In this article, we’ll explore the First Amendment freedoms of speech and assembly, as guaranteed to us through the U.S. Constitution, and some of the guidelines that the government must follow when trying to make any such regulation of these freedoms.
In this article, we’ll explore the four main security interests in real estate.
In this article, we’ll explore the concept of standing, which deals with whether or not a person can show that he or she has a concrete investment in the action brought before the Court.
In this article, we’ll explore the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court and flesh out the types of cases in which the highest Court in the land can exercise its power over.
In this article, we’ll discuss the fundamental right of privacy. Encompassed within the fundamental right to privacy are the rights related to marriage and family, the rights to caring for your children, the rights within your personal sexual relationships, the right to abortion, and the right to read obscene material within your home.
In this article, we’ll explore the fundamental right to journey across state lines, as well as the fundamental right to be treated equally after moving from one state to another.
When you sign a lease for a new apartment it is important to know the legal consequences of that lease. In this article, we’ll explore the four main types of leasehold estates that arise in a new lease.
If you’re thinking about starting a new business, you’ll have to choose a business structure. In this article, we’ll take a look at the different business structures, the pros and cons of each type of business structure, and some key considerations to keep in mind.
We live in a digital society where information travels faster than ever. And much of that information is protected under copyright laws. A person who creates work is generally the author of the work, except if the work is created as a "work made for hire." In this article, we’ll explore the common questions associated with "works made for hire."
If you’re an employee or an independent contractor that creates a work for an employer, you’ll want to know who owns the copyright to that work. Copyrights can be very valuable, and in this article we’ll explore how an employer can gain full copyright ownership to a work created by an employee or independent contractor.
If you started a business on your own and never filed any paperwork with your state to establish your business, you’ve likely created a sole proprietorship. In this article, we’ll explore what exactly a sole proprietorship is, the advantages and disadvantages of creating one, and some other considerations.
What does it mean when a child is placed in "shelter care" during dependency, neglect, or abuse proceedings? What is the standard for shelter care? Where is the child placed when he or she is in shelter care? What rights do the parents have with respect to such proceedings?
Believe it or not, there are many types of custodial arrangements available in the realm of juvenile and domestic relations courts. So what exactly does it mean to have legal custody of a child? As a legal custodian, what are your responsibilities and obligations?
With the explosion of the internet in our digital age, copyright laws are becoming more and more important. One of the biggest exceptions to use of copyrighted works is called the "fair use" doctrine. In this article, we’ll explore 10 misconceptions to be aware of if you plan to utilize the "fair use" doctrine.
In the digital age, copyright laws play a larger role than ever in the legal world. There are certain exceptions where a person does not need the consent of the copyright owner to use the work. One of the biggest exceptions is called the "fair use" doctrine, which we’ll explore in this article
We’ll discuss some of the most common copyright issues that people ask about, including those copyright questions which often lead to confusion.
Behind every large public corporation sits a group of key decision makers known as the Board of Directors, or the "Board." We’ll explore what you’re likely to see in a Board meeting, how Boards function, and some of the modern legal doctrines that are supposed to govern their operations.
If you plan on starting a corporation, the first formal document you’ll need to complete and file is known as the Articles of Incorporation. In this article, we’ll go over the purposes and contents of the articles of incorporation, how it differs from other legal documents, and a few other considerations.
An arraignment refers to the initial stage of a criminal case where a judge tells the defendant why he or she has been charged with the crime(s). In this article, we explore what to expect at an arraignment, what the judge will likely say, and some of your rights and responsibilities.
James Bond, aka "007," may be the most famous special agent of all. But what exactly does it mean to be an "agent" in the eyes of the law? You may be surprised to find out.
Did you ever wonder why the legal drinking age in the United States is 21? This article will explain the reasons behind this alcohol-related law.
If you ever find yourself called as a witness, either for a trial, deposition or something else, keep these 10 things in mind and you’ll be prepared to do a great job!
Closing arguments are the culmination of a jury trial—the last and final chance to communicate directly with the jury. If done properly, the closing argument will have a lasting impact on each jury member’s psyche.
Landowners have the right to use and possess the surface, subsurface (soil), and airspace of their property. So what exactly does this mean? And, are there any restrictions on how you may use the property that you own?
Chances are that you have shared music or other files on the Internet. If you use peer-to-peer (PTP) filing sharing programs like WinMX or Limewire, make sure you are using them legally. So, what exactly is illegal file-sharing, and is WinMX legal?
Did you ever wonder how the law works in Antarctica? This article will give you all the information you ever wanted to know about the southernmost continent on Planet Earth.
If you plan to hire an employee (or independent contractor) anytime soon, you’ll likely conduct an interview to determine who is the best candidate for the job. In this article, we’ll go over the legal do’s and dont's in the interview process.
Did you ever wonder how a contract legally works? In this article, we explore just that - how a contract works and operates.
If your U.S. passport is lost or stolen, make sure to report it immediately. In this article, we’ll go over the steps involved to report a lost or stolen U.S. passport.
If you already have a U.S. Passport, check out this article to learn how to renew your U.S. Passport.
Movies often do not accurately portray legal concepts and procedures. However, Hollywood has produced some superb legal based movies with memorable closing arguments that "kill". In this article, we'll explore closing arguments in A Time to Kill and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Find out the details in applying for your first U.S. passport, including where to go, what identification to bring, how long it will take, and the costs involved.
What does the law really say when you "find" something?
First-time homebuyers can receive up to $8,000 in money from the federal government in the form of a tax credit. If you are a first-time homebuyer, read on to see if you qualify.