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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...

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...

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...

Eviction Notices by State

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

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Get your Security Deposit Back from your Landlord

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

The Probate Process

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

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...

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...

Can the Executor of a Will Also Be a Beneficiary?

If a legal document requires witnesses' signatures, it should be signed by disinterested, third-party, adult witnesses.  Some 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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Collecting Past-Due Alimony Support Payments

Alimony is a legally binding financial agreement where one member of a separated or divorced couple pays the other member money. Alimony is usually paid 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...

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...

Apartment Rental Agreements Specify Terms of Occupancy

When you rent an apartment, you are likely required to sign a Rental Agreement. For the landlord, legal forms are an important way to ensure that tenants 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...

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...

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...

Forming a Doing Business As (“DBA”)

To learn more about DBAs and how to get started, please click here. If you have a question and need to speak with someone directly, please call our 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...

Legal Name Change in Pennsylvania

In order to change your name in Pennsylvania without a recent marriage or divorce, you need to get a court order approving your name change.  To 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...

Tennessee No-Fault Divorce

Tennessee offers both fault and no-fault divorces. In order to file for a no-fault divorce, the couple must state that there are "irreconcilable Read more...

New Jersey No-Fault Divorce

In the state of New Jersey, you can file for divorce on several grounds: adultery, extreme cruelty, desertion, and no-fault. No-fault divorce means the Read more...

Minnesota No-Fault Divorce

Minnesota is a purely no-fault divorce state, which means that neither party must find grounds for divorce, rather, the couple can get a divorce on the Read more...

How to Access a Tenant's Apartment - Notice to Enter

A landlord may need to enter a tenant's apartment for a variety of reasons, and will usually need to provide a signed Notice to Enter as a way of Read more...

How Renting and Leasing Are Different

Renting or leasing? The two terms are often used interchangeably, but the distinction is important because each is associated with it's own legal Read more...

Hiring Employees Checklist

Here are some legal issues to consider when hiring employees. To learn more, 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...

Duties of a Health Care Proxy or Agent

The terms `proxy,` `agent,` `attorney-in-fact,` `surrogate,` and `representative` all refer to an individual designated by a Living Will or other Advance 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...

Bankruptcy Debt Discharge

Filing bankruptcy doesn't necessarily mean a person can wipe out all his or her pre-bankruptcy debt, but it does allow a person to start over, after a 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...

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...

Choosing Legal Separation or Divorce - Common Situations

Choosing between legal separation and a divorce is often a difficult decision.  Click here for a list of common reasons that couples often 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...

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...

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...

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...

Types of Bequests in a Will

Gifts made at the time of death (whether through a Will or a Living Trust) are made as specific bequests or residuary bequests.  To learn more, Read more...

Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations by State

There is a limited amount of time within which a patient can make a medical malpractice claim against a medical professional. While the actual statutes of Read more...

How to Place a Lien on a House or Other Personal Property

Sometimes, a debtor simply won't pay. This doesn't mean you're left out in the rain, however. Liens are the best legal way to assert rights 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...

Legal Name Change in California

The following information is for adults attempting to change their name in the state of California.  Information specific to restoring you maiden Read more...

How to Get a Copy of a Marriage Certificate

Whether you're applying for health insurance coverage for your spouse, requesting to change your name with your bank, tracing your genealogy, or even Read more...

How to Get a Copy of a Death Certificate

When a loved one passes away, a death certificate is created to mark the time and cause of their passing.  To learn more, please click here. Read more...

Pennsylvania No-Fault Divorce

The State of Pennsylvania offers two types of no-fault divorce. A "mutual consent divorce" can be granted ninety days after filing for divorce 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...

Michigan No-Fault Divorce

Michigan is a purely no-fault divorce state, meaning that there is no need to prove grounds (like adultery or impotence) in order to get a divorce.  Read more...

Illinois No-Fault Divorce

Illinois allows both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. The no-fault grounds for divorce are based on the couple living separate and apart for a Read more...

How to Contest a Parking Ticket

Parking tickets can be a hassle, especially if you live in a city where the number of parking restrictions are difficult to keep track of or not clearly 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...

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...

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...

Employer Responsibilities Under OSHA

The occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) is responsible for worker safety and health protection. To learn more, please click here. Read more...

Do you need Corporate Bylaws? Corporate Bylaw Requirements by State

If you're an owner of a C-Corp or S-Corp, chances are you have to create corporate bylaws. Most states require you to memorialize your bylaws and, Read more...

Claiming a Decedent's Tax Refund

If a refund is due to someone who is deceased, the estate executor may have to complete and file a copy of Form 1310 - Statement of Person Claiming Refund Read more...

Choosing a Business Insurance Policy

Business insurance -- along with incorporating -- is a great way to protect your company. But which policy should you choose? To learn more, please click Read more...

Benefits of a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a hybrid business structure that combines elements of a sole proprietorship or partnership with that of a corporation. Read more...

Basic Estate Tax Concepts

The Federal Gift and Estate Tax System is a unified system that taxes all transfers made by an individual. The Gift Tax is a tax on the right to transfer Read more...

Avoiding Probate - Wills vs. Living Trusts

Living Trusts and Complete Wills both specify how you'd like your assets to be divided upon your death, but there are a few key differences between 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...

How Divorce Affects your IRAs and Employer-provided Retirement Plans

Your Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) will address how the divorce affects your IRAs and employer-provided retirement plans.    What is Read more...

Complete Plain Language Legal Dictionary

Rocket Lawyer is committed to making the law simpler, more affordable, and available to everyone.  In the spirit of this goal, we've created the Read more...