Law For Dummies

Law For Dummies

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By (author) John Ventura

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  • Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 233mm x 24mm | 539g
  • Publication date: 23 August 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Foster City
  • ISBN 10: 1568848609
  • ISBN 13: 9781568848600

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Do you know your legal rights and responsibilities if you're buying or selling a home, applying for a job, or getting a divorce? Are you baffled by the legalese used in contracts, insurance policies, warranties, and other documents? If you want to protect both yourself and your family from the many legal problems that have become commonplace in today's society, you don't need a law degree all you need is a basic understanding of the law. Whether you're a consumer, employee, or small business owner, Law For Dummies will help you discover your legal rights, responsibilities, and obligations in a wide range of areas. Best of all, this friendly guide will also improve your understanding of how to use laws without resorting to attorneys! You can use this book to answer specific questions about the law as it relates to particular areas of your life or you can use it as a guide to low-cost or no-cost sources of legal advice, including government agencies and nonprofit organizati ons. Law For Dummies is packed with the tools and resources you need to make informed legal decisions. You'll become familiar with a variety of laws that can affect you personally from retirement, health care, and housing laws to personal finance, employment, divorce, and privacy laws. You'll also discover how to: * Make sense of the U.S. legal system * Resolve legal problems as quickly as possible with a minimum amount of money and stress * Correct errors on your credit report * Prepare wills and other legal documents * Avoid legal hassles when running a business * Protect your rights at work * Collect child support If you're like many Americans today, you probably feel overwhelmed by the rules, regulations, and red tape that seem to govern and complicate every aspect f your daily life. With Law For Dummies you can boost your legal know-how and solve a number of everyday legal problems that may come your way.

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John Ventura is a board certified bankruptcy attorney who counsels consumers and small business owners. He's been featured in many publications, including Money, Newsweek, Kiplinger's, and The Wall Street Journal.

Table of contents

Introduction. PART I: Basic Legal Stuff. Chapter 1: All about Our Legal System. Chapter 2: Do It Yourself: Solving Your Own Legal Problems. Chapter 3: Solving Legal Problems with an Attorney. PART II: Laws That Affect your Daily Life. Chapter 4: Relationships, Marriage, and Divorce. Chapter 5: Parenting and Child Care. Chapter 6: The Law and Your Job. Chapter 7: So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur! Chapter 8: Credit: Getting It, Using It, Losing It. Chapter 9: Smart Spending. Chapter 10: Buying and Selling a Home. Chapter 11: Your Home Is Your Castle - Well, Almost. Chapter 12: Driving and the Law. PART III: Tough Stuff: Being Sick, Getting Older, Dying. Chapter 13: Your Health Care Rights. Chapter 14: Social Security: A Social Safety Net. Chapter 15: Getting Older: We All Do It. Chapter 16: Estate Planning. Chapter 17: Death and Dying: Doing It Gracefully. PART IV: Other Legal Stuff. Chapter 18: Getting Here and Staying Here: Playing by the INS Rules. Chapter 19: Juvenile Law: The Times Are Changing. Chapter 20: Crime and Punishment. Chapter 21: Privacy: Do You Really Have Any? PART V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 22: More Than Ten Ways to Avoid Legal Problems. Chapter 23: The Ten Most Common Mistakes Consumers Make When Hiring an Attorney. Chapter 24: Ten Great Free and Almost-Free Sources of Information and Legal Help. Chapter 25: Ventura's Top Ten Law-Related Home Pages on the Internet. Appendix: Sample Letters. Index.