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Sooner or later, you're going to need one. When the time comes, here's how to find the best attorney at the lowest cost.

By MSN Money Partner Tue 6:01 PM

An attoryney © Terry Vine, Blend Images, Blend Images, Getty Images By Stacy Johnson, Money Talks News


Q: What's the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer?
A: A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.

Whether it's something as simple as making a will or as complex as a murder trial, at some point in life, odds are you'll need a lawyer. If you've heard horror stories about how much they charge or how they can sometimes complicate otherwise simple transactions, take it from me: They're probably true.

Here's this week's reader question:


How do you find a lawyer? This is for legal issues regarding medical malpractice. My primary care doctors support that I need an attorney. They said once I get one they will help me with a case. -- Heidi


Here's how to go about finding a lawyer. Many of these tips will work for other professionals as well.


'We are sitting ourselves to death,' a doctor says in a new book, and obesity isn't the only risk.

By MSN Money producer Tue 3:16 PM

By Hamza Ali, CNBC CNBC


Standing while you read this could do something toward saving your life, according to Dr. James Levine, whose new book reveals how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us.


"Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death," says Levine, a professor of medicine at the U.S.-based Mayo Clinic, in his book "Get Up!: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It."


Financial institutions are reaping huge profits from fees associated with campus cards, which are used to distribute financial aid.

By Tue 1:36 PM

A silhouette of a student with a graduation cap. (© Brian Snyder/Reuters)By Mitch Weiss,

It's not all that hard to figure out: When your argument hits too close to home, the other side starts calling you names.

So when a vice president for government affairs of payments for the Financial Services Roundtable -- the industry’s leading legislative advocate -- calls the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a "school yard bully" and accuses it of being "engaged in a shakedown" of colleges and universities for "being in cahoots" with banks and other financial services providers, my guess is that he’s less concerned about "students' access to mainstream banking products" than he is about what the industry stands to lose if the regulatory and consumer-advocacy groups have their way.

The conflict has to do with the Obama administration's plan to extend the U.S. Department of Education's authority to regulate the use of a little piece of plastic known as a campus card.

The administration is doing that with good reason.


At $6.11 per pound, the average price of bacon has hit an all-time high.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 2:42 PM

Crispy bacon © bhofack2/Getty Images
By Krystal Steinmetz, Money Talks News 


Bringing home the bacon just got more expensive. Money Talks News

The average price of a pound of bacon in the U.S. increased by 6 cents in June, pushing it to an all-time high of $6.11 per pound, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That's a 41 percent increase since June 2012.

"For what you'd spend for a pound of bacon today, you could buy a whole 4-pound chicken, a six-pack of PBR, 10 pounds of bananas, 36 eggs, or a paperback copy of the fourth installment of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, 'A Feast for Crows,'" The Huffington Post said.

Bacon prices are getting heftier for a couple of reasons. The nasty (and deadly) porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed 8 million young pigs, or about 10 percent of the entire U.S. herd, The Des Moines Register reported.


Here's how to write a resume that will get the attention of hiring managers and help you land the job you really want.

By MSN Money Partner Mon 2:15 PM

By Allison Martin, Money Talks News


When you're applying for a job, your resume is the essential tool that helps you get your foot in the door.

So, how do you write a resume that makes you stand out from the competition in the brutal job market we face today?


This basic piece of information is obviously hard to keep secret, but there are some steps you can take to make thieves' lives harder.

By Mon 1:41 PM

A man types on a computer keyboard in a cyber attack © Kacper Pempel/ReutersBy Adam Levin,

Your personally identifiable information (PII) is all around you, and much of it is impossible to protect. While your driver’s license and Social Security numbers are a significant part of the equation, you can take certain protective measures to keep those from prying eyes. 


Unfortunately, that's not the case when it comes to more visible forms of PII -- like your birthday, email address, home address and even your name. There are criminals out there who see you as their day job, and they know how to use the most easily obtained pieces of your PII, like your name, to commit crimes.

The fact is, most everyone will experience some form of identity-related compromise during their lifetime. Yes, you most likely will become a victim. The crimes are often hard to detect, but they happen all the time, and there is absolutely no service out there that can give you complete protection from identity-related crimes.


Fewer cars are stolen than in decades, but that's no comfort if you own one of thieves' perennial favorites, like a Honda Accord or Chevy pickup.

By MSN Money producer Mon 12:48 PM

Silver Honda Accord © Q-Images/AlamyBy Des Toups,

The good news: Car thefts continue to drop. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports in its annual Hot Wheels report that the number of stolen vehicles reached its lowest since 1967.

The bad news: That’s still a car stolen every 45 seconds – and the vast majority of them are older models that are easier to steal and whose owners may not be covered by comprehensive car insurance.

Looking at preliminary data for 2013, the FBI predicts a reduction in national vehicle thefts of 3.2 percent from 2012, to fewer than 700,000. Compare that with 1991, the peak year: 1,661,738.


With a little patience and effort, you can repair your own credit without soliciting the assistance of a credit repair company.

By MSN Money Partner Fri 6:10 PM

By Allison Martin,  Money Talks News    Money Talks News


You've managed to get back on your feet after a financial disaster, and you've finally reached the last hurdle: the credit repair process.

It's no secret that your credit needs to be rebuilt, but the thought of undertaking what seems to be such a complicated task frightens you. Should you go it alone to save money, or place the task in the hands of a professional who's far more experienced than you are?



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