Everybody's Guide to the Law: The First Place to Look for the Legal Information You Need Most

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What are your rights if the car you bought is a lemon? If your landlord refuses to return a security deposit? Who gets custody of children after a divorce? How can you successfully sue in small claims court? Or write your own will? The law pervades our lives, yet few of us know just what our rights are, how to use them, and what to do when they're violated. In Everybody's Guide to the Law, celebrated attorney Melvin Belli and accomplished legal writer Allen Wilkinson provide an up-to-date and easy-to-understand practical guide to all the law most people need to know.

Each of the book's twenty chapters, focuses on an important aspect of the law (for example, contracts and torts) or on an aspect of everyday life with significant legal ramifications (for example, real estate and automobiles). Every chapter is designed to be as self-contained as possible so that you are not forced to shuffle between chapters to get a broad picture of the law you want to know about. A thorough index gives quick access to finer points and guides you to relatedsubjects.) And legal terms and concepts are defined not in a glossary at the end of the book but on the spot. Everybody's Guide to the Law advises you when and how you can get by without a lawyer and how to go about getting a lawyer when you need one.

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Melvin M. Belli, Sr., is one of America's most famous lawyers. Admitted to the California Bar in 1933, he has long been known for defending the rights of the individual and representing victims of personal injury. Many of Bellis cases -- most notably, perhaps, the 1964 trial of Jack Ruby -- have drawn extensive media coverage. Belli is a founder and former president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a founder and dean of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Barristers Club. Among his numerous books are the five-volume Modern Trials and The Belli Files: Reflections on the Wayward Law. Belli lives and practices in San Francisco.

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Melvin Belli and Allen Wilkinson...put it all in layman’s language. (USA Today)

[A] comprehensive and well-organized directory to areas of law that affect the average person’s everyday life. (Booklist)

“Well-organized and put in easily understood language.” (Houston Chronicle)

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