Goodbye 2012, hello 2013! With the New Year always comes a lot of reflection on the one past. More than just appreciating the year in review, one can also learn from the major issues of the past year. This is especially true when it comes to the major legal issues of the past year.

At FindLaw.com, we write about a range of legal issues in our Learn About The Law section as well as our many consumer-facing blogs. Because we always strive to provide our users with the information they are looking for, we pay special attention to those legal issues that are searched the most. Sometimes we use this information to add additional content to highly-searched topics while other times we research into the most searched terms to help us make guesses about what consumers will be looking for in the year ahead.

Here’s a look at the top 5 most searched legal issues of the past year.

  1. Harassment: Not only do we have resources on the various types of harassment, we also provide information for employers on how to best avoid these scenarios. Workplace issues are always popular because, let’s face it–we spend so much of our time at work.
  2. Fraud: Unfortunately, 2012 saw a number of national tragedies that resulted in fraudulent websites purporting to help those in need. It’s no wonder that fraud was the second most searched term of the year.
  3. Divorce: The number two most searched legal issue in 2011, divorce is always a highly searched term on our website. Whether users are coming to learn about their own divorce process, or curious about a divorce happening in the news, we have general information on the topic as well as resources on every state.
  4. Common Law: You hear common law discussed in the news all the time, but knowing what the term means is another thing. Like all of our content, we break down the legalese into definitions and concepts our consumers can understand.
  5. Second Degree Murder: George Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder and following his arraignment, many people wanted to know what exactly that term means. Less than first degree but much harsher than manslaughter, second degree murder was a legal topic of serious interest last year. The thousands of searches looking for more information on this topic during this high publicity case also resulted in great discussions on our social networks as well.

As you can see from the list, our users are looking for information about a range of legal issues. As the number one online resource for free legal information, we not only have comprehensive articles on each topic, we also have a huge lawyer directory for users to get in touch with a local attorney when they need specific advice about how to deal with their legal issue. Happy New Year everyone.

Kevin Ahlvin, Director, Business Marketing
with Laura Strachan, FindLaw Audience Team

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