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The idea of tackling a legal issue yourself may seem intimidating, but you may be surprised at what you can accomplish with a little legal know-how.
Of course, there are some instances where consulting with a lawyer is the most prudent option. There are others, however, in which hiring a lawyer may or may not be necessary. Our series "Legal How-To" presents some of those scenarios, laying out what is required for those who may be interested in taking on a legal issue on their own.
What were this year's most popular DIY legal stories? Here are the top 10 Legal How-Tos of 2014:
- Legal How-To: Getting Student Loans Forgiven -- For those suffering under the weight of student loan debt, there are a number of options for student loan forgiveness.
- Legal How-To: Challenging Radar Guns in Court -- Looking to fight your speeding ticket? You may be able to challenge radar gun evidence in court.
- Legal How-To: Getting Squatters Evicted -- Trying to remove squatters on your property by force may lead to trouble. Instead, squatters must generally be evicted through a legal process known as unlawful detainer.
- Legal How-To: Changing Your Court Date -- Although the rules vary by jurisdiction and the type of case, in many instances you may be able to change a court date that conflicts with your schedule by following a few simple steps.
- Legal How-To: Fighting a Restraining Order -- If you are served with a restraining order, you have the option of fighting it in court. But you should be sure to follow the rules set out by the order in the meantime.
- Legal How-To: Using Facebook as Evidence -- In addition to being a useful social network, Facebook can also be used to provide evidence in court.
- Legal How-To: Evicting a Roommate -- Sometimes, getting a roommate to leave is as simple as just asking. In other situations, however, a roommate must be formally evicted.
- Legal How-To: Taking Your Wife's Last Name -- More men are choosing to take their wife's last name, but doing so may be more problematic in some states than in others.
- Legal How-To: Withdrawing Your Child From Public School -- Parents generally have the right to withdraw a child from public school and educate the child at home, but there are legal requirements for doing so.
- Legal How-To: Getting Married in Las Vegas -- Las Vegas is a great place for a wedding. But before tying the knot, make sure that what happens in Vegas will actually be legally recognized outside of Vegas.
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