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Finding the answers to legal questions : a how-to-do-it manual

Finding the answers to legal questions : a how-to-do-it manual

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Edition Details

  • Creators or Attribution (Responsibility): Virginia Tucker, Marc Lampson
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): New York (State)
  • Publication Information: New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, ©2011
  • Publication Type (Medium): Popular works
  • Type: Book
  • Series title: How-to-do-it manuals for libraries, no. 174.
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.us/finding-the-answers-to-legal-questions-a-how-to-do-it-manual/ (Stable identifier)

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XXII, 274 pages : ILlustrations ; 28 cm.

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, Finding the answers to legal questions : a how-to-do-it manual is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers
  • Responsable Person: Virginia Tucker and Marc Lampson.
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Copyright Date: 2011
  • Location: New York
  • Country/State: New York (State)
  • Number of Editions: 2 editions
  • First edition Date: 2010
  • Last edition Date: 2011
  • Languages: English
  • Library of Congress Code: KF240
  • Dewey Code: 340.072073
  • ISBN: 9781555707187 1555707181
  • OCLC: 656784799

Main Contents

List of figures
Foreword / Mike Eisenberg
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part 1: Foundation: Legal Information Overview
Structure of the legal system in the United States
Getting started finding legal information
Fifty-one legal systems
Rule of threes
Three types of primary law
Three branches of government
Legislatures enact statutes
Administrative agencies promulgate regulations
Courts make case law
Three levels of courts
Trial courts
Intermediate Appellate Courts
Final Appellate Courts
Conclusion
Secondary sources and practice materials
Secondary sources generally
Secondary sources: In print
Legal encyclopedias
National legal encyclopedias
Localized legal encyclopedias
Treatises
Practice materials and forms
Loose-leaf services
American Law Reports
Legal periodicals
Law reviews/journals
Legal newspapers, magazines
Restatements
Secondary sources: Pay-for-view databases
Secondary sources: Free online access
Conclusion
Finding Federal Law: legal information in the Federal system
Introduction
General secondary sources for Federal Law
American Law Reports-Federal
Practice and procedure and form books
Treatises
Resources recap
Free web sources for Federal Law
Government sites
Educational institutions' sites
Private company sites
Resources recap
Primary law: U S Constitution
Secondary sources on Constitutional Law
General sources
Print
Websites
Resources recap
Primary law: Federal statutes
Pending legislation
Websites
Current statutes
Print
Websites
Resources recap
Primary law: Federal cases
United State Supreme Court
Print
Websites
United States Courts of Appeal (aka “Circuit Courts”)
Print
Websites
United States District Courts
Print
Websites
Other Federal Courts
Bankruptcy
Print
Websites
Resources recap
Primary Law: Regulations (Administrative Law)
Print
Websites
Resources recap
Primary law: Federal Court Rules
Print
Websites
Resources recap
Conclusion
Finding state and local law
Introduction
All-in-one websites
Resources recap
State constitutions
Resources recap
State statutes
Statutory codes
State session laws
Court decisions interpreting statues
Resources recap
State Administrative Law
State Regulatory Codes
State Regulatory Registers
Court decisions interpreting Administrative Law
Resources recap
State Court decisions
Opinions from Trial Courts Or Courts Of Limited Jurisdiction
Finding State Appellate Court decisions in hard copy
Finding State Appellate Court decisions for free online
Resources recap
State Court rules
Resources recap
State Executive materials
Resources recap
Other State-specific resources
Resources recap
Local Law: Primary sources
Resources recap
Tribal Law and Federal Indian law: Primary sources
Resources recap
Part 2: Preparation: Understanding Legal Information Needs
Legal research basics
Deciding what legal information is needed
Reference interview for legal information needs
Legal information versus legal advice
Resources recap
Techniques for finding what is needed
Jurisdiction
Secondary sources
Citations: Known item searching
Keyword and subject searching for Case Law
Hard-copy tools for Case Law subject searches
Online databases for Case Law subject searches
Keyword subject searching for Statutes and Regulations
Resources recap
Building on what is found
Pearl growing: Finding one good case, then more like it
Pay-for-view services: Lexis and Westlaw
Updating
How much is enough? ; who can help me further?
Resources recap
References
Resources beyond the public library
Law libraries
Resources recap
Free legal help
Resources recap
Alternative dispute resolution
About mediation
ADR organizations and resources
Resources recap
Choosing a lawyer
Resources recap
Conclusion: Knowing the community. Part 3: Information: Specific Legal Questions
Lawsuits
Framework for questions in this area of law
Getting started
Resources recap
Finding answers to frequent questions
Process of a lawsuit
Legal procedures and forms
Pretrial stages of a lawsuit
Evidence
Trial process
Juries and jury instructions
Appeals
Resources recap
Family law
Framework for questions in this area of law
Getting started: a checklist
Finding answers to frequent questions about relationships
Questions about marriage
Questions when unmarried and living together
Questions about divorce
Resources recap
Finding answers to frequent questions about children
Questions about parenting plans
Questions about child support
Resources recap
Finding answers to frequent questions about domestic VIolence
Resources recap –Finding answers to frequent questions about adoption
Resources recap
References
Landlord-tenant
Framework for questions in this area of law
Getting started
Finding answers to frequent questions
From tenants
From landlords
Resources recap
Epilogue
Wills, Estate Planning, and Probate
Framework for questions in this area of law
Getting started
Understanding key terms
Finding answers to frequent questions
Resources recap
Debts, collections, and credit
Framework for questions in this area of law
Multistate matters
Matters involving contracts
Getting started
Debtor: Basic starting information
Creditor: Basic starting information
Facing foreclosure
Finding answers to frequent questions
Resource recap
References
Bankruptcy
Framework for questions in this area of law
Federal Law governs
Currency: Be sure you have the most recent information
Getting started
Finding answers to frequent questions
Resources recap
References
Employment and unemployment
Introduction
Getting started
Resources recap
Framework for questions in employment discrimination
Finding answers to frequent questions about employment discrimination
Resources in employment discrimination
Resources in employment discrimination
Primary sources: Federal Law of employment discrimination
Primary sources: State statues in employment
Discrimination
Do-it-yourself publications in employment
Discrimination
Resources recap
Framework for questions in unemployment compensation
Finding answers to frequent questions about unemployment compensation
Resources in unemployment compensation
Primary sources: Federal statues about unemployment compensation
Primary sources: State statutes about unemployment compensation
Do-it-yourself publications in unemployment compensation
Resources recap
Framework for questions in worker's compensation
Finding answers to frequent questions about workers' compensation
Resources in workers' compensation
Primary sources: Federal statutes in workers' compensation
Primary sources: State statutes in workers' compensation
Do-it-yourself publications about workers' compensation
Resources recap
Framework for other employment law questions
Wages and hours
Wrongful discharge
Workplace privacy
Resources recap
Conclusion
Criminal law
Framework for questions in this area of law
Getting started
Finding answers to frequent questions
Rights of the accused
Crimes and criminal codes
Criminal procedure
Criminal defenses
Resources recap
Part 4: Collection: Building A Basic Collection Or Website
What's online, what's not, and when to use what
Introduction
Primary law
Secondary sources
When to use print sources
When to choose free or pay-for-view online databases
Comparing and combining print, free online, pay-for-view repositories
Conclusion
Evaluating the trustworthiness of websites and self-help law books
Introduction
Jurisdiction
Statutes
Regulations
Case law
Obsolescence
Domain
Gov
edu
org
com
Scope of coverage
Authorship
Authority
Additional resources
Self-help law books
Conclusion
Creating a library webpage and basic legal collection
Deciding what your library needs
Building a basic website of local legal links
Topical “clusters” for your site
Shortcuts: Mega portals and piggybacking
Linking to (and from) your OPAC
Easy tools for website creation
Building a basic print collection-on a shoestring, or no string, budget
Secondhand book sources
Hand-me-down books sources
Do-it-yourself book publishers
Final words
Resources recap
References
Appendix 1: Glossary
Appendix 2: Recommended legal resources online
Appendix 3: State law resources online
Index
About the authors.

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