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for non-lawyers

Hiring a lawyer may not be the first thing you want to do when you have a legal question. But it is often difficult for the non-lawyer to know where to start.  The purpose of this page is to give our clients some basic and preliminary resources to learn about legal issues. An informed client is a client we can help the most. So, investigate some of these links and see if they answer your questions. Then, if you believe you need to take the next step, contact us for an initial consultation to see if we can help.


The Ultimate Self-Help Legal Website:   
Nolo Press

This company began by printing easy to understand legal guides for people who didn't want or didn't need to hire a lawyer. Their books allowed people to handle such things as simple divorce, landlord-tenant issues, etc. on their own. With the advent of the Internet, they expanded their company to the Web. Their coverage of legal issues for the layman is good. Just be aware that they don't give away much for free. If you want the details, you'll have to buy their books or pay to download information. Even so, it is a valuable resource for many legal problems.

Legal Search Engines & Research Tools
Legal Information without the Advice

These sites give you the raw information about legal issues. They are basically legal search engines. Lots of material here, but it's easy to get lost.

http://lawcrawler.findlaw.com  Powered by Google, this specialized search engine focuses on sites with legal information and within specific domains.

MegaLaw Sites

www.findlaw.com   Comprehensive legal site offering web guides, case law, codes and regulations, career development pages, and communication tools.

www.lexisone.com  Provides free access to past five years of federal and state case decisions, selected forms, and a web guide providing links to 20,000 legal sites.

California Law
California Codes & Statutes

Federal Law Sites

http://www.gpo.gov/  U.S. Government Printing Office site providing access to Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, U.S. Code, Congressional Record, and a host of other legislative, executive, judicial, and administrative links.

Supreme Court Decisions Full-text database of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and orders from 1990-present. Also include current court calendar and rules.

www.supremecourtus.gov/  Official website of the U.S. Supreme Court. Provides full text of decisions from 1991-present.

California Legal Resources