Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

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Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

The Legal FAQs of Everyday Life

and , J.D.

, 9th Edition

Turn to Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law for answers to everyday legal questions that come up in all aspects of life. Easily locate concise explanations about legal issues including:

  • credit, debt, and bankruptcy
  • divorce, child custody, and visitation
  • wills, living trusts, and estate planning

See below for a full product description.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the law, but couldn't afford to ask.

The law affects practically every aspect of our lives, and legal questions come up daily. When they do, turn
to Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, a handy, information-packed resource.

Written by Nolo’s expert team of attorneys, this book answers hundreds of the most frequently asked questions about everyday legal issues. And it does so in plain English with no mind-numbing legalese. Topics include:

• Credit & debt                         • Privacy rights

• Workplace rights                   • Child custody & support

• Wills & trusts                         • Retirement planning

• Buying a house                     • Bankruptcy

• Divorce                                 • Noisy neighbors

• Small claims court                 • Home businesses

• Domestic violence                 • Name changes

• Adoption                               • Searches & seizures

• Probate                                 • Tenants’ rights

• Inventions                             • Criminal law    

 

This new edition is completely updated to reflect the latest laws, government agency contacts and resources. There’s
also a helpful glossary of legal terms.

 

“You’ll find well-reasoned self-help tips divided by categories, such as child custody, purchasing a car, traffic court, small claims court, debt collections and bankruptcy.”  -Detroit Free Press

ISBN
9781413319972
Number of Pages
512
  • Editors of Nolo

    Nolo’s editorial department includes more than a dozen legal editors and a full-time legal researcher, who collectively have more than 100 years’ experience turning legal jargon into plain English. Most of our editors gave up careers as practicing lawyers in favor of furthering Nolo’s mission: Getting legal information into the hands of the people who really need it.

    All Nolo legal editors specialize in certain areas of the law, and many are recognized as national experts in their field. They write books, edit books by outside authors, and in their spare time write online articles and blogs, develop legal forms, and create the legal content of Nolo software.

  • Shae Irving

    Shae Irving has written and edited for Nolo since 1994, specializing in estate planning and family law issues. She has written or co-written books and software, including Prenuptial Agreements: How to Write a Fair and Lasting Contract, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for CaliforniaGet It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To, and Nolo's Quicken WillMaker Plus software. Shae graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and briefly practiced law at a large San Francisco firm before becoming a legal author.

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1. Houses

  • Buying a House
  • Selling Your House
  • Deeds

2. Neighbors

  • Boundaries
  • Fences
  • Trees
  • Views
  • Noise

3. Landlords and Tenants

  • Leases and Rental Agreements
  • Tenant Selection
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Rent and Security Deposits
  • Tenants’ Privacy Rights
  • Satellite Dishes and Other Antennas
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Landlord Liability for Criminal Acts and Activities
  • Landlord Liability for Lead Poisoning
  • Landlord’s Liability for Exposure to Asbestos, Bedbugs, and Mold
  • Insurance
  • Foreclosure
  • Resolving Disputes

4. Workplace Rights

  • Fair Pay and Time Off
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Losing Your Job

5. Small Businesses

  • Before You Start
  • Legal Structures for Small Businesses
  • Nonprofit Corporations
  • Small Business Taxes
  • Home-Based Businesses
  • Employers’ Rights & Responsibilities

6. Patents

  • Qualifying for a Patent
  • Obtaining a Patent
  • Enforcing a Patent
  • Putting a Patent to Work
  • How Patents Differ From Copyrights and Trademarks

7. Copyrights

  • Copyright Basics
  • Copyright Ownership
  • Copyright Protection
  • Copyright Registration and Enforcement

8. Trademarks

  • Types of Trademarks
  • Trademark Protection
  • Using and Enforcing a Trademark
  • Conducting a Trademark Search
  • Registering a Trademark
  • How Trademarks Differ From Patents and Copyrights

9. Your Money

  • Purchasing Goods and Services
  • Using Credit and Charge Cards
  • Using an ATM or Debit Card
  • Strategies for Repaying Debts, House Payments and Student Loans
  • Dealing With the IRS
  • Debt Collections
  • Bankruptcy
  • Rebuilding Credit

10. Cars and Driving

  • Buying a New Car
  • Leasing a Car
  • Buying a Used Car
  • Financing a Vehicle Purchase
  • Insuring Your Car
  • Your Driver’s License
  • If You’re Stopped by the Police
  • Drunk Driving
  • Traffic Accidents

11. Wills and Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Executors
  • Avoiding Probate
  • Living Trusts
  • Estate and Gift Taxes
  • Funeral Planning and Other Final Arrangements
  • Body and Organ Donations

12. Health Care Directives and Powers of Attorney

  • Health Care Directives
  • Durable Powers of Attorney for Finances
  • Conservatorships

13. Older Americans

  • Retirement Plans
  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Finding a Caregiver or Residential Care Facility

14. Spouses and Partners

  • Living Together—Gay or Straight
  • Domestic Partnership and Civil Unions
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Changing Your Name

15. Parents and Children

  • Adopting a Child
  • Stepparent Adoptions
  • Adoption Rights: Birth Parents, Grandparents, and Children
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Guardianship of Children

16. Courts and Mediation

  • Representing Yourself in Court
  • Small Claims Court
  • Mediation
  • Finding and Working With a Lawyer

17. Criminal Law and Procedure

  • Criminal Law and Procedure: An Overview
  • If You Are Questioned by the Police
  • Searches and Seizures
  • Arrests and Interrogations
  • Bail
  • Getting a Lawyer

Glossary

Appendix

  • Legal Research
  • Learning About a Particular Area of the Law
  • Finding a Specific Law
  • Finding Answers to Specific Legal Questions
  • Finding Legal Forms

Index

Introduction
About Nolo’s Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

Whether we like it or not, the law touches our personal lives in many ways each day. We may not think much about the laws that affect us as we carry out simple tasks such as driving a car, making a phone call, or shopping at the farmer’s market. But every now and again, we’re sure to need an answer to a common legal question that arises in the course of daily life:

What can I do about my noisy neighbor?

What are my rights if I’m fired from my job?

Do I really need to make a will?

What should I do if I can’t pay the child support I owe?

And so on.

This book provides answers to frequently asked questions about hundreds of subjects you might encounter in your personal life—topics that range from buying a house to getting a divorce, from paying your debts to starting and running a small business. Obviously, we can’t answer every question on a particular subject, but we’ve answered many common ones to get you started.

Throughout each chapter, you’ll find resources for additional information, including websites that will help you learn more about a specific area of the law, find the answer to your legal question, connect you with a government or community agency, or lead you to the form you need to accomplish a specific legal task. And if you need to go further, and read the text of a specific law or court case, the appendix in this book explains how to do basic legal research online or at the library.

Think of this book as a desk reference—a little encyclopedia that explains what the law really means in a language you can understand. But remember that the law changes constantly, as legislatures pass new statutes and courts hand down their rulings. We will publish new, revised editions of this book periodically, but it will never be ­perfectly current. It’s always your responsibility to be sure a law is up to date before you rely on it. Check for legal updates on our website at www.nolo.com for the most current legal information affecting Nolo books and software.

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