Here at Legal Beagle, we aim to provide fresh, relevant articles that answer your questions and engage people seeking legal information for personal or business reasons. We strive to be an excellent resource for legal information based on facts and procedure. Whether you want to know which tax documents are necessary for your business or want to learn more about child custody laws in your state, you can count on us to provide factual and up-to-date information about your most pressing legal questions.
What We Are
We strive to be the best, most up-to-date, factual and credible legal information resource on the web. When we create articles, we always keep the following in mind:
Always be credible. Whether it’s an article on license plate fees or property ownership, our readers find the information trustworthy and helpful in solving his or her problems.
Always be informative. Our articles provide our readers with the information needed before taking legal action.
Always be relatable. Our examples and scenarios offered are easily relatable, regardless if the reader is a grandmother from Pennsylvania or your neighbor’s college-aged son.
Always offer information in a direct, but welcoming manner. We always strive to provide information in a direct manner, without being condescending. So, while we don’t rely on outdated phrases, we will explain any terms that you might find unfamiliar.
What We Aren't
As a factual, credible legal information source, we always strive to provide our readers the best legal information on the web. Since we never want to confuse or bore our readers, we strive to:
Never use law jargon. We don’t write for lawyers and academics. When the average reader comes to our site, we want them to feel empowered to make informed legal decisions.
Never be purposefully deceitful. We always aim to provide accurate and reliable information so readers can solve problems.
Never be patronizing. We believe that our articles should be welcoming and conversational so anyone is able to obtain the legal information needed to make a decision.
Never offer law advice. We are a legal information resource, not an advice column. We only offer legal information, not advice or opinions.
Who We Serve
We strive to serve anyone who has a legal question or needs legal information. That said, we are proud to say that our readers are:
Pro-active: The Legal Beagle reader educates him or herself on legal issues pertaining to the problem he or she is trying to solve.
Practical: Our reader seeks free legal information before deciding to employ legal counsel.
Looking for information: Our reader has a problem and needs help solving it.
Meet Our Team
Scott Messer Vice President
Justin Chandler Product & Operations
Matthew Theisen Data Scientist
Sumanik Singh Data Scientist
Meet Our Writers
Teo Spengler Contributor
Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles.
Patrick Gleeson Contributor
Patrick Gleeson has a Ph.D. in 18th Century English Literature and is a Registered Investment Advisor with 12 years of experience. He's written over 2,000 articles on subjects related to finance and law for online and print publications, including The San Francisco Chronicle, Ask.com, TurboTax Canada, Synonym Money, The Nest, Zacks.com, and Arizona Magazine.
Beverly Bird Contributor
Beverly Bird has been writing about personal finance and law since 2009. She’s worked as a paralegal in the areas of family law, bankruptcy and estate law and is currently a freelance copy editor and writer specializing in these areas. She has written for Dotdash, TurboTax, TransUnion, Quicken, Autoblog, LegalZoom, Rebel Mouse and Legal Beagle.
Karina Hernandez Contributor
Karina Hernandez has covered real estate, finance and legal topics since 2009. She is a real estate agent in San Diego, freelance copy editor and writer, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA. Her articles have appeared in community newspapers, but most of her work is online. She has blogged for RE/MAX, Turbotax and writes about various legal topics for Legal Beagle.
Our Editorial Verdict
We take editorial quality very seriously, and believe that every good article should be on voice, on topic, factually sound, grammatically correct and stylistically correct.
With each and every article, we strive to be:
Conversational: The content aims to be easy to read. Average readers should be able to easily consume legal information needed to make an informed decision.
Never dry or boring. Though we aim to offer information in a direct manner, we aren’t a law dictionary. You should see us as that one colleague or boss you can have a casual conversation with.
Our freelancers all have 3-5 years of experience in their field (and often much more), and more importantly, a passion for providing legal information and services. All articles are copy checked and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information.
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