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How to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate

It's common to lose or misplace your birth certificate. Often, by the time you may try to get a marriage license, a passport in certain states, or a Read more...

Forming a Limited Liability Company

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) combine the personal liability protection of a corporation with the tax benefits of a partnership.  To learn more Read more...

Benefits of a Living Trust

A Living Trust can be an important component of an estate plan. When you create a Living Trust, you will transfer ownership of your property and assets to Read more...

Legal Name Change

If you need information regarding a Legal Name Change, please click here. Read more...

How to Transfer Property Rights to Family with a Quit Claim Deed

A Quit Claim Deed is a simple real estate legal document, which is used to transfer property rights. This is usually done between family members. To Read more...

LLC vs. Corporation: What's the Best Legal Structure for your Business?

No matter what sort of business you run, it's a great idea to "make it legal." Whether you are incorporating as an incorporation or forming Read more...

How to File a Suit in Small Claims Court

Small claims courts primarily resolve small monetary disputes, and in a few states, evictions and property claims. The detailed rules for small claims Read more...

Eviction Notices by State

To create an Eviction Notice for your state, please click here. Read more...

Transferring Joint Property After Death

Property that is owned jointly with rights of survivorship passes automatically to the survivor when one of the joint tenants dies. While the probate Read more...

Health Care Power of Attorney Information

In a Health Care Power of Attorney you can designate another person (your agent) to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so Read more...

General and Special Power of Attorney Documents - Important Differences

There are different types of Power of Attorney documents-- General and Special.   A general power of attorney gives broad authorizations to Read more...

Electronic Signatures Are Legally Binding

An Electronic Signature (eSignature) is simply an electronic symbol that is associated with a document. It is intended to serve as a signature for the Read more...

Does Your Business Need an LLC Operating Agreement? LLC Operating Agreement Requirements by State

Though not every state requires your business to have a formal operating agreement, it's recommended that all LLCs have one. Find out which states Read more...

Articles of Incorporation Guidelines

The Articles of Incorporation (also called the 'Certificate of Incorporation', in Delaware) are the primary rules laid out to manage a corporation. Read more...

What is DBA or 'Doing Business As'?

DBA, or 'doing business as' is the practice of using of a fictitious or assumed business name to trade under.  You can advertise, accept Read more...

Family Gifting

You can move a lot of money out of your estate using the annual gift tax exclusion, which lets you give $13,000 to any number of people each year, and $1m Read more...

Police Report

A Police Report Worksheet helps you organize and prepare information you plan on handing to the police. If you need to report something to the police it Read more...

Liability and Release Documents

Release forms are the simple way to protect your business by getting an agreement or someone's consent in writing.  They can release you from Read more...

How to Evict Someone Who Lives With You

Evicting a tenant is a fairly simple process. But what if you need to evict a roommate? What if there’s a family member who just won’t Read more...

How to Collect Personal Debt from a Friend, Family Member, or a Business

Many of us think of debt collection as something that only businesses and contractors have to deal with. But, of course, this simply isn't the case. Read more...

Forming a Non Profit

A non profit is a corporation or association created to promote and maintain the well-being and greater good of a community, in which profits (or surplus) Read more...

Types of Property Deeds

Deeds are legal documents that transfer the ownership of an asset (such as property) from one person to another; however, there are different types of Read more...

Types of Immigration Forms

Whether you are an immigrant looking to become a citizen, an immigrant looking to get a job in the United States, or an employer or sponsor of an Read more...

The Probate Process

To learn more about the Probate Process, please click here. Read more...

How To Do a Trademark Search

When you start planning a new brand, product, or company, it's essential to make sure you have a unique name, or mark, so you can effectively market Read more...

How to get Medical Records

Knowing the contents of your medical records will help you and your family receive better, more effective health care in the future.   To Read more...

What is Estate Administration?

Estate Administration occurs after a person dies, and it is the process of dividing and distributing that person’s property and assets to heirs and Read more...

Hiring Employees Checklist

Here are some legal issues to consider when hiring employees. To learn more, please click here. Read more...

Claiming Dependents on Your Taxes

You can claim a dependent for a person who is a qualifying child or a qualifying relative. A qualifying relative can't be a qualifying child.  Read more...

Calculating Child Support

Child Support payment calculations are complex, taking into account factors... To learn more, please click here.  Read more...

Successor Trustee Duties

If you have a Living Trust, your successor trustee will need to take certain steps in carrying out your wishes. In general, the trustee has duties that Read more...

How to Get a Credit Freeze

The most recent weapon in the war against ID theft is to the ability to get a credit freeze.  A credit freeze completely shuts down access to your Read more...

Do You Actually Need a Lawyer?

Many people view legal representation as an all-or-nothing proposition- either you cede control of your issue to an experienced professional or take care Read more...

What is Probate?

Probate is the court-supervised legal process that determines the validity of a Will (if there is one), gathers the decedent's assets, pays his or her Read more...

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will is a document which states your wishes regarding life-sustaining treatment in the event that you have a terminal illness and are expected to Read more...

Using a Codicil to Change a Will

After you sign your Will, you may wish to change some of the provisions. One method is to prepare and sign a new Will that includes the changes that you Read more...

Steps for Collecting Late Rent Before Issuing an Eviction Notice

When tenants fail to pay rent on time, landlords can take certain steps to recover late payments and collect late-rent fees. By having a plan in place for Read more...

Legal Name Change in Texas

In order to change your name without a recent marriage or divorce, you need to get a court order approving your name change.  To learn more, please Read more...

Legal Name Change in New York

In order to get a legal name change in New York without a recent marriage or divorce, you will need to obtain a court order approving your name change. Read more...

Alabama No-Fault Divorce

No-fault divorces are recognized by the State of Alabama.  One party must allege that the marriage is `irretrievably broken`.  This is commonly Read more...

10 Things You Need to Know About Life Insurance

For 10 things you need to know about life insurance, please click here. Read more...

How to Draft a Loan Agreement

A Loan Agreement is a legal contract regulating the terms and conditions of a loan, and can be used by both individuals and corporations to lend or borrow Read more...

What to Do if Your Identity Has Been Stolen

In the event that your identity has been stolen, you need to act swiftly to stop any further damage and repair your credit.  Here is what to do if Read more...

Division of Property in a Divorce

If you are getting a divorce, it's best when you can decide with your spouse on the division of property rather than let the court take control. To Read more...

Avoid the Eviction Process with a Mediator

Evicting a tenant is generally fairly time consuming.  Notices must be written.  Courts get involved.  The landlord and tenant both spend Read more...

How to Get your Security Deposit Back from your Landlord

To learn more about how to get your security deposit back, please click here.     Read more...

Reasons to Evict a Tenant

If you’re a landlord and want to evict a tenant, you need to have a legal reason for doing so. In other words, you can’t evict a tenant just Read more...

Which Affidavit Do You Need?

To learn about some of the most common affidavits and a little information about each, please click here.  Read more...

What Happens if my loved one dies without a Will?

If your loved one dies intestate-- that is, without a Will-- his or her property and assets may not be divided according to his or her wishes.  To Read more...

What is an Affidavit?

An Affidavit is a written statement of facts, sworn to and signed by a deponent before a notary public or some other authority having the power to witness Read more...

South Carolina No-Fault Divorce

South Carolina grants both fault and no-fault divorces. If a spouse believes that the marriage should end on the grounds of adultery, alcoholism, physical Read more...

New Mexico No-Fault Divorce

New Mexico offers both fault and no-fault divorces. In order to receive a no-fault divorce, the filing spouse must state their grounds for filing as Read more...

Estate Executor Checklist

Rocket Lawyer provides a comprehensive checklist to help executors through the estate administration process.  To learn more, please click here. Read more...

Duties of a Will Executor

An executor is the person you designate to carry out your wishes after your death, as per the provisions in your Will. He or she handles your estate, pays Read more...

Distributing Assets with a Living Trust

As an alternative to using a Will as your primary document for transferring property at your death, you can transfer all or some of your assets into a Read more...

Creating a Durable Power of Attorney (Durable POA)

A `Durable` Power of Attorney (aka a Durable POA) is a General, Special, or Health Care Power of Attorney which contains special durability provisions. Read more...

Collecting Child Support

Arranging and collecting child support from your ex-spouse can be stressful, but there are actionable measures you can take to set up child support and Read more...

Changing Vehicle Ownership - Getting a Car Title Transferred with the DMV

A car title is the document that establishes ownership of a vehicle.  To change ownership of a vehicle, the designated owner and recipient must Read more...

Breaking a Lease

A written lease or rental agreement is a binding contract between you and your landlord. While you may have valid reasons for wanting to get out of your Read more...

Bankruptcy Lawyers Can Help a Case Through the System

Once a debtor has decided to file for bankruptcy, he or she should retain a  bankruptcy lawyer. The bankruptcy lawyer can explain the complicated Read more...

Applying for an Adopted Child's Citizenship

Generally, any child who immigrates to the U.S. as the adoptee of a U.S. citizen automatically becomes a U.S. citizen if the adoption is completed before Read more...

Applying for a Hague Certificate for a Completed International Adoption

The Department of State issues Hague Adoption Certificates which certify that a U.S. adoption has been completed in accordance with the Convention and the Read more...

Guardianship of Elders

Guardianship of the elderly means being appointed as the caretaker for a person that is incapable of providing for him or herself.  This includes Read more...

Court Order Documents

Rocket Lawyer does not provide court order documents (such as judgment, brief, summons, etc). Please contact your local government website for more Read more...

Choosing Beneficiaries in a Will

The primary purpose for having a last will and testament is to specify the persons, called "beneficiaries", who will receive your property after Read more...

When Photographers Need a Model Release Form or Use of Likeness Form

 How can you know when it’s okay, legally, to take a picture of someone? Do you know if you can sell that photo? To learn more, please click Read more...

Legal Tips for First Time Landlords

There are some guidelines to help protect yourself when you’re starting out as a new landlord. To learn more, please click here. Read more...

What is a Provisional Patent Application?

There are two types of patent applications: the provisional patent application and the non-provisional patent application.  For an initial patent Read more...

What is a Domestic Partnership?

A domestic partnership is a legal or personal relationship between two people who live together and share a common domestic life, but are not married or Read more...

Types of Estate Planning Documents

No one wants to think about their own death, but taking the time now to complete some basic documents can save you and your family much heartache later. Read more...

State Processing Times for Business Entity Filings

After filing for incorporation for your business, you’ll have to wait for the state to process your application. How long? That depends on the state Read more...

Setting up a Business Structure - Tax Considerations

Each type of legal business structure is taxed differently. Find out the specific differences between S-Corps, C-Corps, LLCs, Partnerships, Sole Read more...

Navigating The Deportation Process

If you've been targeted for deportation, make sure you contact an experienced immigration attorney immediately. They may be able to help you remain in Read more...

Legal Name Change in Illinois after Divorce

To get a legal name change after divorce in Illinois, please click here. Read more...

Legal Name Change in Illinois

In order to change your name without a recent marriage or divorce, you will need to get a court order approving your name change. To learn more, please Read more...

Legal Name Change in Florida

In order to change your name without a recent marriage or divorce, you will need to get a court order approving your name change.  To learn more, Read more...

Texas No-Fault Divorce

The state of Texas allows both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce.  To learn more, please click here.    Read more...

South Dakota No-Fault Divorce

The State of South Dakota offers a no fault divorce based on irreconcilable differences. Irreconcilable differences can only be used as a grounds for Read more...

North Dakota No-Fault Divorce

A no-fault divorce can be obtained relatively quickly in the state of North Dakota as long as both parties are in agreement to the terms of the divorce. Read more...

North Carolina No-Fault Divorce

The State of North Carolina still requires grounds for divorce, but they do offer one no-fault ground: `one-year separation`. If any other reason is Read more...

Missouri No-Fault Divorce

Missouri is a purely no-fault divorce state, meaning that there is no need to provide grounds for the dissolution of the marriage.  To learn more, Read more...

Maryland No-Fault Divorce

In order to file for a divorce in the state of Maryland, the spouses must have grounds or reason to do so, which must have occurred in Maryland, or else Read more...

Indiana No-Fault Divorce

Indiana offers both fault and no-fault divorces. A fault divorce places blame on either party, and can only be considered if one spouse believes that Read more...

Florida No-Fault Divorce

The State of Florida is a purely no-fault divorce state, meaning the court will not assign fault to either party for the divorce. Florida law states that Read more...

California No-Fault Divorce

The State of California is a purely no-fault divorce state, meaning the court will not assign fault to either party for the divorce.  To learn more, Read more...

Arkansas No-Fault Divorce

Arkansas is not a no-fault divorce state: this means the parties must have grounds (a valid reason according to the state) to request the divorce.  Read more...

Arizona No-Fault Divorce

Arizona is a purely no-fault divorce state, which means that neither spouse has to prove blame or responsibility to end the marriage.  To learn more, Read more...

How to File for an Uncontested or No Fault Divorce

A no-fault divorce is not the same as an uncontested divorce. A no-fault divorce refers to the grounds for the divorce-- typically separation, Read more...

How to Change a Will after Signing

If you decide to change the provisions in your Will, be sure your family and attorney are aware of this new situation. They may not need to know the Read more...

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online

You can usually apply for unemployment benefits online through your state's labor office website. Unemployment benefits (also known as unemployment Read more...

How to Apply for a U.S. Passport

To learn more about applying for a U.S. Passport, please click here.  Read more...

How Lawyers Bill for Their Services

If you're thinking about hiring a lawyer, it's important to understand the ways that lawyers charge clients for their services.  To learn Read more...

Getting Married Checklist

Here's a checklist to help you get ready for your wedding and settle in to your new married life. To see the rest, please click here.     Read more...

Forms for Hiring Employees or Contractors

If you own your own business or work in human resources, you know that hiring employees requires a lot of paperwork. To learn more, please click here. Read more...

Foreclosure Avoidance Solutions

To learn more about foreclosure avoidance solutions, please click here. Read more...

Firing Your Lawyer

One thing people often fail to realize is that they can fire their lawyer. You can. Here's how.  To learn more, please click here.  Read more...

DUI Penalties in Your State

The specific penalties you may face for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol vary from state to state. You could lose your driver?s Read more...

Does your C-Corp or S-Corp Need to Keep Minutes? Corporate Meeting Minutes Requirements by State

A vast majority of states require your corporation to keep regular meeting minutes. Though these minutes do not need to be filed with the state and can Read more...

Corporations - Public Records

Corporate records such as incorporation documents are available to the general public.  To learn more, please click here. Read more...

Corporate Taxation: How a C-Corp is taxed

Incorporating your business as a C-Corp allows you more flexibility than you'd have as an S-Corp. You can choose to have several classes of Read more...