From day one, in 2006, and for sixteen years since, the mission of LegalConsumer.com has been to:
Sixteen years, and 18 million users later... we are still at it! Apparently lots of you find what we're doing here useful, so we'll keep doing it!
As of this writing (April 2022), after all these years, we continue to get over 1 million new users each year looking for local information about consumer law on bankruptcy, minimum wage, tips, their local unemployment offices, their local probate court, estate taxes, the local family court (to deal with child custody matters)...
Some are simply looking to find out how to contact their local elected officials about a consumer issue, or to report fraud to a local state agency.
LegalConsumer has always been designed to be a portal to the best resources on the web on the subjects it covers.
We have never attempted to be "everything you need" to complete your legal task, but we DO strive to point you to the best web resources that can help you get your job done!
Whether it be a direct link to the California Central District Bankruptcy Court court's forms, or a phone number the the California unemployment agency that can help you get your benefits, or ways to connect with a local lawyer who serves all California cities, and knows how to handle your kind of case in all California counties, we point you to resources that help you get the job done. From day one, our mission here has always been to help you "Learn what do to. Get help if you need it. Get on with your life!" as quickly and painlessly as possible.
This site is supported by selling ads, via Google AdSense (and other ad networks that work through the Google ad network), and, in many zip codes, the sale of "leads" (via affiliate networks like Martindale/Nolo and LegalBrandMarketing) to lawyers who are willing pay a bit for the privilege getting in touch with potential clients, like you, and giving you a free consultation about your situation, if you're thinking of hiring a lawyer.
So.. sixteen years and counting! It looks like we'll keep on doing this, and keep improving and updating the site, as time permits, so long as you all keep finding it useful!
Our writers and legal editors have years of experience explaining the law in plain English, as both authors and editors of books by Nolo, and writing for LegalConsumer.com.
Albin Renauer. author of our Bankruptcy and Democracy content is the co author of "How to File or Chapter 7 Bankruptcy" and was a key designer of WillMaker.
Liza Hanks has written books on estate planning and inheritance for Nolo and is the author of LegalConsumer's Inheritance Law area.
Lisa Guerin and Deborah England are employment law experts who have authored and edited several books on employment law for Nolo. They are the authors of our Unemployment Law and Wage and Hour Law sections.
Shae Irving is a veteran editor and author of many Nolo products and is the author of our Obamacare and Child Custody area.
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We hope the resources you find here will help make you a smarter, better informed consumer, so you can face the hassles of your life, and deal with them intelligently, so you can get on with your life!