Monthly Archives: November 2013

Who is a Friend of the Court?

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Actually, the correct question is “What is a Friend of the Court?” The Friend of the Court we’re describing here is not a person. There is a different type of “friend of the court” who can be a person – or a group or organization – who files a brief in an appellate court case. If they are not a party to the case, they are an amicus curiae (Latin for “friend of the court”). They may be providing additional information to help the court take a broader view of the issue on appeal, or they may be providing additional … Read More

Birth and Death Records

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Do you need a copy of your birth certificate or a copy of a parent’s death certificate? Well, there are a number of ways to get those types of documents using our website.

Generally, birth and death records are available at the state level and county level. If you know where the birth or death occurred, you can usually obtain the document either by mail or in person from the pertinent county office. Using our websites “Birth Records Resources” and “Death Records Resources,” you can access online resources for all 50 states and each county within … Read More

BEYOND THE PAPERWORK: PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR OBTAINING A PROTECTION ORDER

When you seek an order of protection, you should be fully aware of the gravity of the request and its legal consequences.  An order of protection (or restraining order, protection order, or no-contact order, depending the jurisdiction and relationship of the parties) is a court-issued document that prohibits an individual (the respondent/defendant) from directly contacting the petitioner/victim.  Protection orders are frequently filed to prevent acts or threats of domestic violence, stalking, and harassment, although they can be used to bar other types of abusive or menacing behavior.

A protection order must be issued by a court.   A petitioner may seek … Read More