Monthly Archives: November 2011

Free Public Records Directory – 50 States and More

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As you know, Free Public Records Directory provides access to a variety of governmental public records.  However, you may not know that in addition to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, we provide public record links to U.S. national and federal websites, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The “United States” public records pages include the “USA” website and many public record links unique to the national and federal level such as “Immigration & Customs Detainee Locator” to view current or recently released detainees,   “EPA Fugitives” wanted for environmental … Read More

A New Way to Use a Lawyer: Limited-Scope Representation

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For anyone facing involvement with the legal system for the first time, thoughts may immediately turn to lawyers. We’ve already addressed such questions as “Do I need a lawyer?” and “Can I get a lawyer for free?” and we covered lawyer referral services as well.

For those who don’t want to “go it alone” but don’t qualify for free services and can’t afford complete representation, there is another option. Limited-scope representation – also known as “unbundling” or “limited-assistance representation” – is growing in popularity. You and your lawyer agree to split up the tasks involved in … Read More

End of Life Decision-Making

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Nobody wants to think about worst case scenarios. We all hope that should we die or become incapacitated, our family and friends would make decisions for us that are in line with our wishes. However, the only way to truly ensure that our wishes are carried out (and the only way to remove as much of the stress of such decision-making from family and friends as possible), is to cement those decisions into a legal document in advance.

Some of the most important documents to have drawn up in advance are a living will or “advance directive,” a health care … Read More

Accessing UCC Filing Records

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UCC stands for “Uniform Commercial Code, which is a set of laws that provide legal rules and regulations governing business dealings and transactions. This code was first published in 1952 and has been revised several times over the years. The code was created to make it easy for companies to conduct business across the United States. The UCC has been enacted, with some local variations, in all 50 states.

UCC filings primarily deal with transactions involving personal property, such as machinery, equipment, and livestock. The UCC does not address dealings in real property, such as land or houses. UCC filings … Read More