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Consumer Legal Resources
- The one-stop-portal on legal information, includes sections for the public, professionals, and the student. Links to legal topics from adoption to traffic violations. Find a lawyer. Links to all the state bars.
- Jurist: Legal News and Research
- An excellent set of tools for legal research, especially for law students or those considering entering the profession. Links to new legal developments, cases, famous trials, even law school course pages. From the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
- Links to find a lawyer, research legal topics, get legal tips, and live chats with lawyers. You can even send an email which will be forwarded anonymously to local lawyers, enabling you to choose one for professional counsel. Site is user-friendly and is produced by Martindale-Hubbell.
- Lawyers.com—Get Legal Tips
- Hiring a lawyer? This site is for you! Covers every topic concerning the attorney-client relationship from office personnel, billing and fees, ethics violations, and clients’ responsibilities to legal malpractice. Also included is a message board for lawyer problems and legal malpractice.
- Legal Forms
- Good basic forms that a consumer or business might need. Very useful and easy to use. Includes wills, living wills, power of attorney, buying and selling, family law for all the states, affidavits, agreements, confidentiality agreements, etc.
- National Consumer Law Center
- The nation's consumer law expert helping low-income Americans. Updates and general information on topics such as bankruptcy, credit counseling, immigration and debt collection abuse, etc.
- Nolo Press: Everyday law for everyday people
- Publisher of self-help legal books for the non-lawyer, provides articles on “almost any legal topic” and provides links to other helpful websites. Includes a legal encyclopedia, law dictionary, and financial calculator.
- Oregon State Bar
- Website has good public legal links. Use “Search” or the “Site Map” to get started. “Disciplinary Information” can be found easily in the “Site Map”. In Oregon, all complaints against lawyers become public record. A member of the public can call the Bar and ask how many “entries” a lawyer has in his/her file and then make an appointment to read the actual complaints and the lawyer's response to the Bar.
- Public Records (Free) Sites
- Provides a core group of links to FREE government searchable sites along with some important non-government sites. Most free government sites are for informational use only and do not contain personal identifiers like data of birth and social security number.
- Washington State Attorney General
- Offers a wealth of information on consumer and other legal issues including the Lemon Law. Provides forms on filing a complaint against businesses. Use the “Site Map” to view all listed topics.
- Washington State Bar Association
- Includes a section for the public, FAQ's, Lawyer Directory for discipline record, problems with your lawyer, and where to find legal help, etc. To get started, click on the “site index”, which will bring up all the topics, or use the general search box on the top.
- Washington State Courts
- Find court forms, juror website, court opinions, your court date, more.
- The Virtual Chase
- Teaches users how to do legal research on the Internet, with an emphasis on skills and tips. Also includes legal news, company information, and people finder.
Law on the Web
- City and County Codes in Washington State
- Links to all municipal and county codes that are available online in the state of Washington.
- City and County Codes: by state
- Maintains by Seattle Public Library. Links to out-of-state city codes.
- Clark County Code
- Also in print format (R 348.797 CLARK) at Clark County library branches.
- Clark County Code Enforcement
- Includes FAQ's, nuisance complaints, building complaints, land use complaints, and environmental complaints.
- Constitution of the United States
- Includes texts, commentaries, historical texts, and judicial decisions. Includes a link to the non-ratified amendments.
- Code of Federal Regulations
- Current and historical materials from 1997 to the present are available on this site. Search by keyword, citation, or by CFR title and volume. Also in the library at R 348.73 UNITED.
- The Federal Register
- Includes presidential documents, federal regulations both proposed and final, and general notices from 1994 on.
- Includes searchable databases for Washington State Supreme and Appellate Court Decisions, Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Codes, as well as Washington State county and city municipal codes.
- Thomas—federal legislative information on the internet.
- Excellent source for congressional materials, including bills, public laws dating back to the 93rd congress, the Congressional Record, hearings and committee reports.
- The United States Code
- Laws of the United States. Read the “Search Tips” section for effective searching. Includes editions since 1994. Also in the library at R 345.21 UNITED.
- Vancouver Municipal Code
- A codification of the general ordinances of the City of Vancouver, Washington. Also in the library at R 352 VANCOV.
- Washington State Legislature
- Search for bills, Revised Code of Washington (RCW), Washington Administrative Code (WAC), State Register and Washington Constitution.
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Materials listed here may be located at different branch libraries. Locate holding of the titles in our online catalog. An R in front of the call number denotes a reference book that is for use in the library only.
- Legal information: how to find it, how to use it
by Kent C. Olson
R 340.072 OLSON
- Every landlord's legal guide
by Marcia Stewart and Ralph Warner
R 346.7304 STEWART
- Every tenant's legal guide
by Janet Portman
R 346.7304 PORTMAN
- Divorce Guide for Washington
by Mark Patterson
R 346.797 PATTERSON
- Divorce and money: how to make the best financial decisions during divorce
by Violet Woodhouse
- Personal bankruptcy laws for dummies
by James P. Caher
- Everybody's guide to small claims court
by Ralph E. Warner
- Small Claims Court Guide for Washington; how to win your case
by Donald D. Stuart
NW-R 347.797 STUART
- Neighbor law: fences, trees, boundaries, and noise
by Cora Jordan
R 346.7304 JORDAN
- Represent yourself in court: how to prepare and try a winning case
by Paul Bergman
- Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
R 340.0973 MARTIND
- Lawyers and lawsuits: a guide to litigation
by Robert A. Izard
R 347 IZARD
- Mad at your lawyer?
by Tanya Starnes
- What your lawyer doesn't want you to know
by Douglas R. Eikermann
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- Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program
- Offers legal clinics, classes, referrals and some direct representation.
- King County Law Library
- Use their “Research Help” section to find good information on many legal topics of interest to the general public in Washington state.
- Northwest Justice Project
- Provides contact information on NJP's Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral service (CLEAR), a free legal assistance project for qualified Washington residents.
- Oregon Law Help
- A free legal website for low-income Oregonians. Self-help legal topics include protection from abuse, family, consumer, government benefits, housing, senior, disabilities and farm workers. Some materials and forms are available in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese languages.
- Washington Law Help — Northwest Justice Project
- This non-profit organization's website serves as a clearinghouse for legal self-help information and tools on on-criminal legal problems affecting low-income people in Washington state. Some self help categories include family (divorce), immigrants, housing, employment, and health care. Some materials and forms are also available in Chinese, Laotian, Somali, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese languages.