The Handy Law Answer Book

The Handy Law Answer Book

by David L Hudson J.D.
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Visible Ink Press
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The Handy Law Answer Book

The Handy Law Answer Book

by David L Hudson J.D.
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Navigate the law, the history, the theories, the cases, and the system! A legal primer to the practice and history of law in the United States.

Every day we encounter the rules of law—from the time we decide to get married, or perhaps divorced, to making a purchase with our credit cards or dealing with bankruptcy. Let The Handy Law Answer Book help you navigate the system.

You’ll learn useful advice on how to find a lawyer; what happens when you file a lawsuit or are sued by someone else; what your rights in the workplace are; and what you can expect when you have your day in court. Plus, how to read those legal citations as well as some fascinating—and quirky—legal cases.

Combining practical legal tips with an exhaustive overview of the law in the United States, you’ll learn about the history of the U.S. legal system and about the personalities who shaped it. You’ll get an introduction to various laws, important cases, court opinions, and how they all might affect you. You’ll find answers to more than 800 questions, including …

  • Where did the word tort come from?
  • How are state court judges selected?
  • Where did the first U.S. Supreme Court meet?
  • How did our system of law evolve?
  • How does one best navigate that system?
  • How are state court judges selected?
  • How does the law define “marriage”?
  • What should you do if facing too much debt?
  • What is a “wobbler”?

    With a wide range of information suitable for everyone, this is an ideal source for anyone looking to get a better understanding of the law. Fully illustrated, The Handy Law Answer Book also includes a helpful glossary of legal terms, a list of useful resources, an explanation of legal citations, the full text of the U.S. Constitution, and an index.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781578592173
    Publisher: Visible Ink Press
    Publication date: 04/01/2010
    Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
    Pages: 432
    Sales rank: 1,120,636
    Product dimensions: 7.36(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.96(d)

    About the Author

    David Hudson, Jr., J.D. is the author or co-author of over three dozen books, including The Handy American History Answer Book, The Handy Law Answer Book, and The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book, all from Visible Ink Press, as well as The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy, and (as co-editor with John Vile and David Schultz) The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. He works as a senior law clerk at the Tennessee Supreme Court and teaches classes at Vanderbilt Law School and the Nashville School of Law. Hudson earned his undergraduate degree from Duke Universityand his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Carla, who assists him greatly with her excellent research skills.

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments xi

    Introduction xiii

    Constitutional Law 1

    The U.S. Constitution

    History of the U.S. Constitution

    Key Concepts and Structure of the Constitution

    Legislative Branch

    Executive Branch

    Judicial Branch

    State Constitutions

    The Bill Of Rights and 14th Amendment 37

    First Amendment

    Second Amendment

    Third and Fourth Amendments

    Fifth Amendment

    Sixth Amendment

    Seventh Amendment

    Eighth Amendment

    Ninth and Tenth Amendments

    Fourteenth Amendment

    The Court System 89

    The Supreme Court Term

    Judiciary Act of 1789

    State Courts

    Lawyers and Lawsuits 117

    Becoming a lawyer

    Finding a Lawyer


    Criminal Procedures 143

    The Criminal Process

    Trial Process



    Juvenile Defendants

    Credit And Bankruptcy Law 191


    Debt Collectors and the Law


    Chapter 13

    Employment Law 215

    At-Will Employment

    Employment Discrimination

    Title VII

    Religious Discrimination


    Age Discrimination

    Disability Discrimination

    Employee Compensation

    Workers Compensation Law

    Other Employment Law Considerations

    Family Law 271


    Pre-Marital Agreements



    Child Custody

    Child Support



    Personal Injury Law 307


    Professional Negligence

    Other Torts

    Product Liability

    Appendix A Explanation of Case and Statute Citations 349

    Appendix B The Constitution of the United States of America 353

    Appendix C Online Resources 371

    Glossary 381

    Index 395

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