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There are different types of laws. Federal laws apply to everyone in the United States. State and local laws apply to people who live or work in a particular state, commonwealth, territory, county, city, municipality, or town.
What are Federal laws?
Federal laws are rules that apply throughout the United States. These laws apply in every state, such as:
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) laws
Federal anti-discrimination and civil rights laws that protect against racial, age, gender and disability discrimination
Patent and copyright laws
Federal criminal laws such as laws against tax fraud and the counterfeiting of money
What are state laws?
There are 50 states and several commonwealths and territories within the United States. Each has its own system of laws and courts that handle:
Divorce and family matters
Welfare, public assistance or Medicaid matters
Wills, inheritances and estates Real estate and other property
Personal injuries such as from a car accident or medical malpractice
Workers compensation for injuries at work
What are local laws?
There are different counties, cities, municipalities, towns, townships and villages in each state, commonwealth or territory. Some of them have their own system of laws and courts that handle: