Finding The Law

 

The Official Word

Massachusetts General Law is in the reference department (Ref 345) and online at www.state.ma.us/legis/laws/mgl

The Code of Massachusetts Regulations is in reference (Ref 342.9744) and online in part at www.lawlib.state.ma.us/cmr.html

Court cases that are decided in the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court are reported in Massachusetts Decisions. Ref 345.

Framingham Zoning By-Laws. Ref Desk 974.4/FRAMINGHAM.

General By Laws Town of Framingham. Ref Desk 974.4/FRAMINGHAM.

General Sources

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries. www.lawlib.state.ma.us A wealth of information specific to Massachusetts. Includes a Ask A Law Librarian service with an option for online chat.

Mass Legal Help. www.masslegalhelp.org Improving access to justice for low income and disadvantaged people through innovative use of the Web. Some of the documents are also available in Spanish. 

Findlaw. www.findlaw.com Searchable case law, articles, forms, and links, well organized by subject and geographic location.

Westís Encyclopedia of American Law. Ref 348.73 West's 2004. 

Noloís Encyclopedia of Everyday Law. Ref 349.73 Nolo's 2008. 

Legal Services

www.neighborhoodlaw.org Legal services and extensive information about health, education, housing, family law and public benefits. Information is available in Spanish, Russian, and other languages.

www.massbar.org Legal assistance and information from the Massachusetts Bar Association.  

Consumer Resources

www.state.ma.us/consumer The state's watchdog agency charged with educating, informing and protecting consumers. 

www.ago.state.ma.us Consumer Complaint and Information Section of the Massachusetts Attorney Generalís office. 

Housing

Legal Tactics: Self-Defense For Tenants In Massachusetts. 346.7440434/Legal. 

Residential Landlord-Tenant Law: A Modern Massachusetts Guide. Ref 346.0434. 
www.neighborhoodlaw.org/cat/43 Neighborhood Legal Services housing section provides information about housing rights, affordable housing, and more.

Divorce and Family Law

www.divorcenter.org, a local nonprofit organization providing education information and referrals to lessen the trauma of divorce. 

How To File For Divorce In Massachusetts: With Forms. 346.0166 2001/Sooho. 

The American Bar Association legal guide for women. 340.092 American. 

Every Parentís Guide to the Law. Ref 346.017 1998 Forman. (also circulating)

The Workplace

Sexual Harassment On The Job: What It Is & How To Stop It. Ref 344.01413/Petrocelli.
 
The Employer's Legal Handbook. 344.01 Steingold 2007. 

The Employee Rights Handbook. 344.01 Sack 2010. 

Your Rights In The Workplace. JOB 344.01 Your 2007. 

Health Care

www.medicare.gov is the official U.S. Government site for people on Medicare.
 
www.state.ma.us/dma The Division of Medical Assistance is the single state agency in Massachusetts that administers Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. 

www.hla-inc.org Health Law Advocacy provides free legal representation to eligible consumers that live or work in Massachusetts. 

Real Estate

www.lawlib.state.ma.us/realestate.html

Estate Planning

Plan Your Estate. 346.052/Clifford. 

8 Ways To Avoid Probate. 346.052/Randolph. 

J.K. Lasser's New Rules For Estate And Tax Planning. 343.053/Apolinsky. 

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