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2. How do I create a FindLaw Answers Account?
You can register for a FindLaw Answers account by clicking the orange “Create Account” button on the FindLaw Answers homepage. When you register for an account, you will be able to select a screen name. Your screen name will be shown publicly when you ask or respond to posts. To protect your privacy, it’s recommended that you not include any personally identifiable information in your screen name. To avoid violating our Community Guidelines, do not use obscene or offensive usernames. You can learn more about guidelines in choosing a screen name here.
3. What are the rules for posting?
4. I forgot my password, how do I recover it?
Click on the “Sign in” button at the top of any page, then click “we can help” in the “Forgot your password” section.
5. Will my privacy be protected when I post a question?
When you post on FindLaw Answers, your post along with your chosen screen name will be posted online. FindLaw will not attach any additional information about you to your post. Therefore, it’s up to you to avoid including any private information in the body of your post. If you notice a post that does contain private information, please use the "Report” feature at the bottom of each post to report a violation. Our moderation staff will respond accordingly.
6. How do I use folders to find and post questions related to specific legal topics?
For your convenience, we have 12 topics and multiple sub-topics so you can easily post a question and also find other related discussions. You can see the entire selection of folders on the FindLaw Answers homepage. Take time in choosing the best place to post your question; it will make it easier to locate and increase the chances of receiving a response!
7. Who answers the questions?
Questions posted to FindLaw Answers are answered by the community of users. While this may include legal professionals such as attorneys and paralegals, it does not necessarily mean that each question is being answered by a licensed practitioner of law. No information imparted on FindLaw Answers should be taken as legal advice. Please retain an attorney in order to receive legal advice or representation. FindLaw Answers is a tool to research areas of the law, to clarify legislation and particular state and federal law, and to exchange legal information with others who have expertise related to or experience with a particular legal issue.
8. Are answers equivalent to legal advice?
No. The information exchanged on FindLaw Answers is not legal advice. If you are seeking legal advice or representation, please contact a licensed attorney about your legal matter.
9. How do I answer a question that is posted?
Answering questions is easy. Just Sign-in and then go to the post you wish to answer. Click the orange button “Reply to this Topic” in the original post and you will be taken to a page with a text box where you can type in your answer. You may also scroll to the bottom of the page, and start typing in the reply box. Once you hit post, your response will be posted instantaneously.
10. How do I respond to an ongoing discussion?
To reply to a discussion, click the orange button “Reply to this Topic” in the original post. You will be taken to a page with a text box where you can type in your response. You may also scroll to the bottom of the page and start typing in the reply box.
11. How can I find out if my question was answered?
You will receive an email if your question receives any responses. If you do not wish to receive notification every time your question receives a response, you can opt-out by changing your notification settings. To do this, click your name at the top of the screen and select "My Settings." Go to “Notification Options,” and scroll down to Private Messages and un-check the box next to “Notify me of replies to my personal conversations.”
12. Can I post a question in multiple folders?
To avoid confusion for other community members, we ask that you post your question to the folder that best fits your topic. Additionally, we ask that you search the forums before posting your question to make sure it hasn’t already been answered in another thread by using the search tool bar. Posting your question in multiple folders is a violation of our Community Guidelines, and your posts may be subject to deletion by our moderator. Repeat violations of this rule may result in your account being banned from the forum.
13. What if I posted a question in the wrong folder?
Our moderation team may move your post to a more appropriate folder at any time. You can also request the post be moved to a different folder by clicking the “Report” button at the bottom of the post and include a note asking that the post be moved.
14. It’s been a long time since I posted a question and no one answered. Can I re-post my question?
Posting the same message more than once in the same thread or in another thread is considered spamming. If you haven’t received an answer to your original question, try going back and clicking the orange button “Reply to this Topic” and adding additional relevant information such as the state you are in or other information regarding your question that may help the FindLaw Answers community in responding. As mentioned in ourCommunity Guidelines, refrain from run on sentences and remember to break up long posts and questions with separate paragraphs.
15. I lost my question! How can I search for it?
There are a few ways to locate a post. After you login, select your name at the top of the screen and then select "My Content" on the FindLaw Answers homepage. You will be taken to your profile page which contains your posts. Or, you can search by subject of your post by using the “find words” feature or, your screen name by using the “find author” feature using the “Search” and “Advanced Search” options at the top right.
16. How can I look up posts by a particular user?
Go to the FindLaw Answers Homepage and click on the “Members” tab on the top left of the page. Here you will find all the members and their posts. For advanced filter options, click on the orange “More Search Options” button to narrow your search for a particular user.
17. Can I personalize my profile?
Yes! Login and select your name at the top of the screen and then select "My Setting" on the FindLaw Answers homepage. There are several tabs on the side of the page which allows you to configure and personalize your profile. Keep in mind that any information posted in your profile will be open to public view and should also conform to the Community Guidelines.
If you want to report a violation for a specific question or response, go to the discussion and click on the “Report” feature at the bottom of post and submit your report. Alternatively, if you have a general question or concern you can click on “Problems/Feedback – Contact FindLaw” located at the upper right of the each FindLaw Answers page. It is the second to last link under the heading “FindLaw Answers."
19. What are some tips for asking a question?
We are constantly receiving requests for tips on writing questions that are likely to get a response. Formatting your question with good grammar, spelling, and punctuation is a great start. Avoid writing in ALL CAPS as it feels like you are yelling. Additionally, it is helpful to include the state the issue took place, as many matters are governed by state law. Also, be sure to include relevant and helpful background details about your issue without including personal identifying information.
20. What are some tips for answering a question?
Responses are helpful when they contain useful information regarding laws, legal topics, or questions. It is helpful to include links to external sites where you reference the relevant state or federal law when responding to a specific legal issue. FindLaw Answers strives to maintain a safe and welcoming environment and posts that are disrespectful or insulting are subject to moderation, including removal.
21. I want to delete my question or response, How can I do that?
Users cannot delete their own questions or responses, but they can make edits to existing posts. To request the deletion of a post that you authored or that violates the Community Guidelines, click on the “Report” button at the bottom of the post and include a note asking that the post be deleted. Please include why you are requesting that the message be deleted. Note that you must be logged in to request that a post be deleted.
22. I’m interested in a particular legal topic – is there any way I can be notified every time a new post is made in a particular forum through the use of RSS feeds?
Yes! You can subscribe to a forum through the use of RSS feeds. To subscribe to the RSS feed, go to the FindLaw Answers Homepage, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the RSS icon to select the legal topic you wish to subscribe to. Follow the instructions in your particular browser to complete the subscription.
23. How do I quote another post in my reply?
To quote another post in your reply, you can either click the Quote button beneath a post, or use the multiquote feature. Multiquote is used when you want to quote more than one post in your reply. Select the Multiquote button underneath the posts you want to quote, and you will notice that the button will change color. At the bottom of the page, you will see an informational box appear with the total number of posts you have added to multiquote. You can multiquote from different pages in a topic, or even different topics in the forum. When you are ready to post a reply with the posts you have quoted, simply click the "Quote Posts Add Reply" button.
24. Can I post a question in Spanish or any other language?
FindLaw Answers welcomes posts in Spanish or any other language. For our Spanish speaking audience, you can also visit FindLaw en Espanol as a resource to get helpful legal information in Spanish and find a Spanish speaking attorney.
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