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What is my legal issue?

Legal matters are transactions, disputes or problems that fall under local, state or federal law. Ask yourself if your issue is a legal matter or a personal one. features comprehensive guides for common legal matters, including Personal Injury, Divorce, Bankruptcy and Criminal Defense.

Attorneys generally focus on specific areas of the law and any directly related practice areas. For example, tax lawyers may also handle bankruptcy cases and family law attorneys may also handle divorce or adoption cases. But a civil rights attorney will generally not handle business transactions. Start with a general category, such as business, tax or personal injury and narrow down from there to find attorney with specific experience that matches your legal need.

Can an attorney help me?

If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed by the actions of a person or company, you probably need an attorney to protect your rights and see that you are compensated fairly. If you’ve been charged with a felony, you definitely need a lawyer to represent you. If you are selling your business, you likely need an attorney. But if you are buying or selling a car at the local dealership, for example, you probably don’t need a lawyer to manage the transaction.

How do I research my legal issue?

Common legal matters, from Bankruptcy to Social Security, are discussed in depth here in our Legal Information section. Compare lawyers and law firms near you to find an attorney with experience with cases like yours. Carefully consider reviews from past clients. Speak with several local attorneys to learn more about your legal options and to find an attorney whom you are most comfortable with.

How do I find the right attorney? features a comprehensive directory of attorneys and law firms. Our legal directory is the only one where every lawyer is connected to their law firm and every firm to its attorneys. Browse local results for 100 practice areas all across the United States. Our directory has attorney and law firm results for every common legal matter.

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