Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Legal Information

legal gavel and books
Finding legal information seems like a serious topic for July, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it is the perfect time. The United States celebrates Independence Day, its birth as a new nation, on July 4. A new country needs to make its own laws to protect its citizens and ensure them of their rights. And while we can't offer any legal advice, we are happy to help you locate the legal resources, or find the legal referrals, you need.

Want to search Montgomery County, Maryland, or the U.S. Codes? Have a look at our Codes & Cases guide to legal information on local and federal codes. There you can also find links to search Maryland and Federal Case Records. There is a lot of other great links to legal information as well such as the Maryland Building Codes, Maryland Register, Federal Register, and more!

Looking for legal e-books like Filing and Winning Small Claims for Dummies or The Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law? Have a look at the Gale Virtual Reference Library where you'll find e-books that can be read online and are always available!

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Looking for Maryland legal forms? Try Legal Forms from Gale. They have a great variety of legal forms. You can find legal forms to help you with Affidavits, Civil Actions, Divorce, Elder Law, Landlord Tenant, Loans and Lending, Real Estate, Trusts, Wills, and many more. A great addition is that if you get stuck understanding some legalese, there's a legal definitions section you can browse or search. Links to tax forms for each state are included. If you need an attorney but don't know who specializes in a specific type of law you need, try the Attorney Directory. You select the state you are looking for and then legal specialization.

Thinking about going to law school or getting ready to take the LSAT? The online Testing and Education Reference Center provides a LSAT test prep e-book, a complete subject review, and test-taking strategies, It also include practice tests.

Looking for legal aid, referrals, or mediation services? We've gathered some resources to help! We have a list of legal aid organizations that offer help to customers who meet their income specifications. There are directories and referrals to lawyers and organizations that provide mediation services.

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And we can't forget about law libraries! Law librarians, although not lawyers, are experts at finding legal resources you need. Who better to ask for help than the people that help lawyers find their information? Our closest law library, the Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library, is located in Rockville and is open to everyone. In Annapolis, an equally great resource is the Maryland State Law Library. If you can't go there in person, you can chat online, email, or call the law librarians there. The Library of Congress also has its own Law Library, the world's largest!

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Ours is a government of liberty, by, through and under the law. No man is above it, and no man is below it." At MCPL, we're happy to help you find the legal information, resources, and referrals you need!


  1. I invite you to add to the list Workplace Fairness,, which contains over 400 pages of know your rights FAQs for workers who need assistance with job-related legal issues, as well as listings of attorneys who can represent workers in employment-related legal matters.

    1. Thank you. I have added it to our legal guide under Legal Topics.

  2. Thank you, but is there another way to find out about Maryland law besides going to the Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library, or Annapolis, or chatting with or calling someone at either location? Must be some on-line source.

    I had to comment as Anonymous, because there was no appropriate alternative.

    1. Thank you! I updated our blog to include a link to our guide with links to online legal codes and cases. The direct link is here: and you can find the link to our legal guide here: