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Overview of the Alaska Court System

Alaskans face a wide variety of legal issues on a daily basis. Navigating these issues and the court system can seem difficult at first, but it helps to remember that Alaska's courts are divided into three primary groups: district, appellate and superior courts.

In Alaska, 21 district court judges are responsible for overseeing basic civil and criminal cases. In areas where a full-time judge isn't needed, magistrates oversee basic legal issues. However, district courts have limited jurisdiction. The superior courts in Alaska have much wider jurisdiction and can handle almost all civil and criminal cases. Forty superior court judges hear both appellate and original jurisdiction cases. While the appellate courts are responsible for hearing most civil and criminal appeals, the Alaska Supreme Court has ultimate jurisdiction over appeals.

Alaska Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated Alaska attorney by location and by practice area. We have Alaska attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

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Starting a Business in Alaska

Starting a small business in Alaska can be a great way to realize your financial dreams and participate actively in your community. The State of Alaska offers a wealth of resources for those who are interested in beginning a business in the state.

The first step in starting any small business is formulating a strong, well-considered business plan. Your plan will pave the way for future success and will help you secure financing for your business.

It's essential that you choose the right structure for your business from day one. If you stick with a sole proprietorship, you'll enjoy total control of your business but will be exposed to personal financial liability for business problems. If you choose incorporation or a limited liability partnership, you'll reduce your liability exposure but may have to pay hefty fees in order to incorporate with the state.

Alaska Business Statistics

Alaska is home to more than 69,000 small businesses. Small businesses in Alaska employ 53.1 percent of the private-industry labor force. They are essential to the state's economy, especially in more rural areas. More than half of all small businesses in Alaska are run by sole proprietors who don't have any employees. 32 percent of Alaska's small businesses are owned by men alone while 18 percent of businesses are owned by women alone.

These small businesses are truly the lifeblood of Alaska's economy as the state isn't home to any Fortune 500 companies or major industrial centers. Those individuals who are considering starting a small business in Alaska can benefit from the lack of major competition.