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									                                 Online State Bar Preventive Law Information
                                                         (Last updated 15 July 00)

  Most State bar organizations or associations offer online preventive law information that is often tailored to that State’s law.
  You can find the information by visiting the bar’s site. The most convenient way to find those sites is to use another web site
  that keeps the links current. Here are three that compile State web sites in case the links shown fail to work.

     ’s State Bar Association list (,
     ’s State Bar Associations ( and
        Rominger Legal’s State Bar list (

   Bar Association & URL               Public Information/RL                      Online Public Information Content (e.g., brochures,
Alabama:                          Select Public Brochures                     Arbitration Agreements, Consumer Finance or Buying on Time,                                                        Lawyers & Legal Fees, Legal Aspects of Divorce, Law as a Career,
                                                                              Last Will & Testament, Mediation, To Serve the Public, Alabama
                                                                              Lawyer Assistance Program
Alaska:                           Select Links & Resources, Web Sites, to     Alaska Legal Services offers several publications by mail. The
                                  reach the Alaska Child Support Guidelines   Landlord & Tenant Act – What it means to you is online @         site/Alaska Legal Services
Arizona:    Select Public Resources, then               A Guide to Understanding Wills, A Guide to Guardianships and
                                  Public Information Brochures                Conservatorships , Alternatives to Trial , Client Rights and Responsibilities
                                                                              , Divorce and Children, Information About Disputes With Lawyers , I Need
                                                                              Legal Advice — What Should I do? Mass Disaster: A Victim's Guide ,
                                                                              Modest Means Program for Legal Services , The Truth about Living Trusts
                                                                              , What does it Mean to be a Certified Specialist? Your Legal Guide to
                                                                              Buying a Vehicle, Your Rights as an Employee
Arkansas:                         Select Public Service                       Small claims court pamphlet, Benefit Guide for Arkansas Veterans,            Information                                 Handbook for Personal Representatives, Senior citizen/ caregivers
                                                                              Handbook, Consumer Law Handbook

California:                        Select Publications, then scroll        How Can I Find and Hire the Right Lawyer? How Can I Work             down to see Consumer                    Effectively With My Lawyer? What Can a Lawyer Referral Service Do
                                   Information Pamphlets                   For Me? What Can a Legal Fee Agreement Do For Me? What
                                                                           Happens When the Attorney-Client Relationship Ends? What Should
                                                                           I Know Before I Rent? Also offers a Kids and the Law pamphlet @
Colorado:                          Select In the Public Interest           Doing Your Own Divorce Clinic, Child Support Enforcement Clinic,                                              Bankruptcy Clinic, Small Claims Clinic, Collections Clinic, Free or
m                                                                          Low-Fee Legal Assistance, Free or Low Cost Referrals, Doing Your
                                                                           Own Divorce
Connecticut:                       Select Law Related Links                Legal resources /publications /services
Delaware:                       Select Resource Link, State of Calendar of Events, Census Information, Consumer Fraud, Contact            Delaware, It’s the Law           Elected Officials!, Contracting with Delaware
District of Columbia:           No online pamphlets, but Public           & Consumer Information offers
                                online information about DC Bar,
                                free legal clinics.
Florida: Select Consumer Services         The Florida Bar provides general legal information on a variety of topics. That
                                                                           guidance is published in its series of consumer pamphlets and is supplemented by
                                                                           the CallALaw recorded telephone messages. Topics covered include legal services,
                                                                           family law, legal system, personal/ finance. Titles: A Consumer Guide To Clients'
                                                                           Rights (3/95); Attorney's Fees (5/96); Clients' Security Fund (4/97); Complaint
                                                                           Against A Florida Lawyer (8/94); Consumer Guide To The Legal Fee Arbitration
                                                                           Program (3/95); Florida Call-A-Law (4/97); How To Find A Lawyer In Florida (3/95);
                                                                           Lawyer Referral Service (4/96); Legal Aid In Florida (10/95); Making Legal Services
                                                                           Affordable (7/95); So You Want To Be A Lawyer (7/95); Adoption In Florida (4/97);
                                                                           Buying A Condominium (3/95); Buying A Home (3/96); Divorce In Florida (5/96); Do
                                                                           You Have A Will? (5/96); Do You Have A Will? (Spanish) (3/95); Family Mediation
                                                                           (5/96); Marriage (5/96); Probate In Florida (5/96); Shared Parenting After Divorce
                                                                           (5/96); What Is Guardianship? (5/96); Filing An Unlicensed Practice Of Law
                                                                           Complaint (5/96); Guide To Florida's Court System (3/96); Handbook For Jurors
                                                                           (3/96); If you Are Arrested in Florida (3/96); Juvenile Arrest (3/95); Legal Guide For
                                                                           New Adults (10/96); Legal Rights Of Senior Citizens (5/96); Mass Disaster (3/96);
                                                                           Notaries, Immigration And The Law (4/97); Notaries, Immigration And The Law
                                                                           (Spanish) (4/97); Sexual Harassment In The Workplace (4/97); So You're Going To
                                                                           Be A Witness (10/95); Applying For Credit (4/97); Bankruptcy (4/97); Buying A
                                                                           Franchise (3/95); Debtors' Rights In Florida (3/96); How To Resolve A Grievance
                                                                           With An HMO (9/93); What To Do In Case Of An Automobile Accident (10/94)

Georgia:                       Select Consumer Services, then          Wills, Legal Rights of Nursing Home Residents, Divorce, Buying          Consumer Pamphlet Series                a Home
Hawaii:   None available on line – contact:       Alternative Dispute Resolution: What You Need to Know; Estate
                               Hawaii State Bar Association            Planning; Hawaii's Child Abuse and Neglect Law and Procedures;
                               1136 Union Mall, Penthouse 1            Hawaii's State Court System; Immigration Law and the Benefits of
                               Honolulu, Hawaii 96813                  Permanent Citizenship; I've Been Arrested, What Happens Next?
                               (808) 537-1868                          I've Been in an Accident, What Do I Do? Landlord Tenant Law in the
                                                                       State of Hawaii
Idaho:                         Click on Information for the            Idaho offers a variety of publications thru the mail.   Public and then Pamphlets and
Illinois:                      Select Public Information               Adoption, Advice to Newly Married, The Arbitration Alternative, Auto                                            Accidents, Bankruptcy For Individuals, Buying a Car, Buying a Home,
                                                                       Buying on Time, Domestic Relations In Illinois, Estate Planning &
                                                                       Living Wills, Your Health Care: In Illinois, Who Decides?, Know Your
                                                                       Lawyer In Illinois, Landlord-Tenant, What is a Living Trust?, Your
                                                                       Rights if Arrested, Starting a Business
Indiana:                       Nothing found
Iowa:                          Select Public Information               Accidents; Client Protection Fund and Judicial and Attorney Ethics;   Pamphlets under the                     Complaints of Misconduct or Ethical Violations by Iowa Lawyers;
nsf                            Communications Heading                  Consumer Guide to Iowa Law; Do You Need A Will? Estate Planning;
                               (bottom of left column menu)            Executor's Handbook; How to be a Good Witness! How to Use Small
                                                                       Claims Court; Iowa's New Court System; Joint Tenancy; Jury
                                                                       Handbook; Lawyers Fees; Mental Health Commitment Procedures
                                                                       and Individuals Rights in Iowa; So now you are a Conservator, a
                                                                       Guardian; Sound Steps in Purchasing a Home; The Legal Profession;
                                                                       The Rights of Young People; The Role of the Legal Assistant in Iowa.
Kansas:                        Select Publications, Public             Aging & the Law, The Auto Accident, Child Custody, Support &Visitation Rights, A
                                                                       Death in the Family - What Should I Do?, Domestic Violence - A Practical Guide for          Information Pamphlets                   Victims, Divorce - An IRS Perspective, Introducing Your Lawyer, Is a Living Trust For
                                                                       You?, Joint Tenancy, Juror - Your Rights and Duties, Living Wills & Durable Power of
                                                                       Attorney for Health Care Decisions, Marriage and Divorce, What is Probate?, Small
                                                                       Claims Court, Stop, Look, and Check Before Buying a Home, Ways to Settle Your
                                                                       Dispute, What's so Important About a Will?

Kentucky:                  None online, contact:              Divorce; Laws and Programs for Older Kentuckians (1993 ed.);      Kentucky Bar Association           Lawyers And Legal Fees; What To Do In Case Of An Auto Accident;
                           514 West Main Street               Wills
                           Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1883
                           (502) 564-3795
Louisiana:                 Select Pubic Resources, then       Arbitrators/ Mediators; Complaints; Consumer Brochures (e.g., Divorce:       pick from topic list. For          Who gets custody? Who pays support? Community Property: What is
                                                              mine? What is yours? Do I need a Will? Your estate and Louisiana Law. Is
                           example, Consumer Brochures        Your Car a Lemon? The Judicial System: How it works. Fair Debt
                           includes family law information.   Collection Practices Understanding How Lawyers Charge; Preparing to be
                           Note: many of the Tel-Law audio    a Witness: Including deposition and trial testimony; Truth in Savings; Equal
                           tapes have been transcribed to     Credit Opportunity; Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About
                           written form online.               Lawyers); How to Find a Lawyer; Statewide Directory of Legal Services;
                                                              Tax Talk; Tel-Law
Maine: http:               Select Public Resources,           On Your Own: A Short Guide to Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities as   Legal Information Pamphlets.       an Adult; Adoption Law; Buying and Selling Real Estate; Divorce and
                                                              Separation; Domestic Abuse; How to be a Good Witness; If You Have an
                           Also has a Tel-Law site.           Auto Accident; Landlord Tenant Law; Law as a Career; Making a Will;
                                                              Mediation and Other Settlement Procedures; Organizing a Business; OUI
                                                              Law; Probate - What Should I Know About It? Social Security Disability;
                                                              Some Basic Facts About Bankruptcy; What Should I Know About Lawyers
                                                              and Their Fees; Worker's Compensation
Maryland:                  Select Public Resources            Appointing a Guardian, Buying a Home, Being a Witness, HIV and the Law,                                          Divorce and Custody Mediation, Wills and Estates, Alternatives to Nursing
                                                              Home Placement, Domestic Violence: You Can Live Without It, Juvenile
                                                              Court, Employees' Rights in the Workplace , Divorce and Separation, When
                                                              You Need a Lawyer , Filing for Workers' Compensation, Lawyers and Legal
                                                              Fees, Nursing Home Admission Contracts in Maryland, Entering a Franchise
                                                              Agreement, Foreclosure Proceedings in Maryland, Your Legal Rights if
                                                              Arrested, Health Benefits: What Are Your Options?, Should I File for
                                                              Bankruptcy? , What to do in Case of an Auto Accident, So, You've Received
                                                              a Traffic Ticket, Rights of Landlords and Tenants

Massachusetts:               Select Law.Help, then pick a          Broad categories covered: Government Assistance, Consumer Law,      category to see information           Criminal Law, Concerns of the Elderly and Disabled, Family Law,
                             within that topic.                    Labor and Employment, Real Estate, Tort Law, Protecting Your
                                                                   Privacy, Immigration and Deportation
Michigan:                    None available online, to see         Title/cost: Acting for Adults Who Become Disabled ($.50);      topics select Publications,           Buying or Selling a Home ($.45); Courtroom Visits, A Guide for
                             Pamphlets & Brochures (upper          Teachers and Court Officials ($.45); Don't Trust Trust Kits
                             right). Contact:                      ($.45) ; The Durable Power of Attorney ($.25); Elder Abuse,
                             State Bar of Michigan                 Questions and Answers ($.45); Estate Planning with Living
                             Membership Services                   Trust ($.25); Juror's Manual ($.55); Law School and the
                             Department                            Career that Follows ($.65); A Layman's Guide to Legal Terms
                             Michael Frank Building                (.65); Legal Checklist, While You're in the Service ($.55);
                             306 Townsend Street                   Michigan Marriage Law ($.55); Probate Administration of
                             Lansing, Michigan 48933-2083          Decedent's Estate ($.50); What to Do if You're Arrested ($.55);
                             (517) 346-6326, ext. 6326             Wills ($.45); So You're going to Be a Witness ($.45); You and
                             (800) 968-1442, ext. 6326             the Law ($.65)
Minnesota:                   Select For the Public and             Legal Help by Topic to view complete list.        Consumer Information
Mississippi:                 None online, contact:                 Why You Need A Will , Buying or Selling A Home, When to See A        The Mississippi Bar                   Lawyer, Guide to Legalese, Your Role in the Courts, Juror's Guide,
                             643 North State Street                Organ Donor Awareness, Guide to Women's Legal Rights in MS,
                             P.O. Box 2168                         Law As A Career
                             Jackson, Mississippi 39225-2168
                             (601) 948-4471
Missouri:                    Select Brochures on Legal             Consumers and the Law: Your rights as a consumer; A Listing of Other        Topics                                Topics: including the Senior Citizens Handbook; Durable Power of Attorney
                                                                   for Health Care and Health Care Directive: Instructions and Sample Form
                                                                   (.pdf format): Probate law Resources Guide: All about wills, living trusts and
                                                                   the probate system.
Montana:                     Select Information for the            Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Living Trust Scams and Older   Public                                Consumers, Divorce in Montana, Wills & Probate

Nebraska:                           Select Public Information (under       Be A Good Witness; Buying A Home; Child Support, Custody &                construction); contact:                Visitation; Client Security Fund; Contracts, Credit & Bankruptcy;
                                    Nebraska State Bar Association         Employment Law; Joint Tenancy; Landlord-Tenant Law; Legal Fees;
                                    P.O. Box 81809                         Living Trusts, Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health
                                    Lincoln, Nebraska 68501-1809           Care; No-Fault Divorce; What To Do In Case Of An Auto Accident;
                                    (402) 475-7091                         Wills; Your Legal Rights in Nebraska
Nevada:       Select Public Services                 Bankruptcy, Divorce, DUI, Power of Attorney Forms, Legal Links
New Hampshire:                      Select For the Public and then         Workers' Compensation, Divorce and Separation in New Hampshire,               select Public Information              Wills, Trusts and Advance Directives for Health Care and Financial
                                    Pamphlets                              Planning
New Jersey:                                          Under Construction (late summer)
New Mexico:                         Select Public, then Legal              Adopting A Child, Bankruptcy, Disaster Victim’s Guide,               Information by Topic                   Landlord/Tenant Relations, Making A Will, Social Security
New York:                           Select Public Info                     Adoption in New York; Child Support – Determining the Amount, Divorce &                                                      Separation; Living Wills & Health Care Proxies; Why You Need A Will
North Carolina:                     Select Public and then Public          AIDS/HIV Infection and the Law, What To Do In Case Of An Accident, Filing             Information Pamphlets                  for Bankruptcy, Buying a Home, Buying on Time (Goods and Services),
                                                                           Child Custody, Visitation Rights and Support, Divorce and Separation,
                                                                           Family Violence, Landlords & Tenants, Living Wills and Health Care Powers
                                                                           of Attorney, Making Your Will, Marriage in North Carolina, Serving on a
                                                                           North Carolina Jury
North Dakota                        No bar association online
Ohio:                               Select Public Resources, then          Administering an Estate Without a Will, Attorneys, Auto Accidents, Being a             Law Facts/Pamphlets                    Witness, Buying a Home, Divorce Mediation, Divorce, Dissolution &
                                                                           Separation, Guardianships, Intellectual Property Rights, Jury Service,
                                                                           Lawyer Ethics and Discipline, Living Trusts, Living Wills and Power of
                                                                           Attorney for Health Care, Ohio’s Courts, Ohio’s Credit Laws, Ohio’s
                                                                           Marriage Laws, Probate, Resolving Disputes Without a Trial, Sharing
                                                                           Parental Responsibilities After Separation, Tenant/Landlord Rights and
                                                                           Obligations, Wills, Your Rights with the Police
Oklahoma:                           Select Public Info then                Advanced Directive (Living Will), Do You Need A Will?,               Brochures
Oregon:                             Select Legal Information for           Offers Oregon Law in a Nutshell – covers Consumer Law, Debts &               the Public                             Bankruptcy, Family Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estates, Real Estate. Also
                                                                           offers Tel-Law.

Pennsylvania:                   None online; contact:                Advance Health Care Declarations (Living Wills); Abuse - How to          Pennsylvania Bar Association         Get Protection; Auto Accidents and Insurance; Bankruptcy; Bringing
                                Public Affairs Department            Suit Before a District Justice; Criminal Law; Divorce and Separation;
                                100 South Street                     Estate Settlement; Finding a Lawyer; Home Sweet Home; Lawyers
                                P.O. Box 186                         and Their Fees; Renting a Home; Rights of Exceptional Children;
                                Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108       Social Security; Support and Child Custody; Traffic Violations;
                                (717) 238-6715, ext. 253             Unemployment Compensation; Why a Will Can't Wait; Workers'
                                (800) 932-0311                       Compensation
Rhode Island:                   Select Consumer Info                 Senior Citizens Handbook, Adoption -- How Can I Go About It?                                                    Probate -- What Should I Know About It?
South Carolina:                 Select Public Resources              Auto Accidents and the Law; Buying Your Home and the Law; Children and           (    the Law; Consumer Debts and the Law; Divorce and the Law; Education
                                                                     Rights and the Law; Getting Arrested and the Law; Landlords, Tenants and
                                Select Legal Assistance, then        the Law; Wills and the Law; Workers' Compensation and the Law;
                                Free Publications                    Alternative Ways to Resolve Disputes; Choosing the Right Lawyer;
                                                                     Working with Your Lawyer; Other Publications - A Child is Missing;
                                                                     Domestic Violence is a Crime; The 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act;
                                                                     Volunteers and the Law in South Carolina.
South Dakota:                   Select Consumer’s Guide              Law and the Consumer, Law and the Courts, Law           and/or Pamphlets                     and the Workplace, Law and the Family, Selecting a Lawyer,
                                                                     You're a Witness, Law and the Elderly, Law and Death,
                                                                     Law and Real Property, Bankruptcy, Law and Youth,
                                                                     As You Turn 18, Resource Guide
Tennessee:                      Select Public Information,           Attorneys/Legal Services; Automobiles/Traffic; Bankruptcy;   LawBytes                             Consumer Information; Criminal Law; Employment; Family Law;
                                                                     Home Ownership and Rental; Immigration; Mediation; Public
                                                                     Benefits; Wills and Estates
Texas:                          Select Info for the Public           Topics include Landlord-Tenant; Elder Law; Family Law; Justice System,
                                                                     Consumer, Pro Bono – titles: 12 Most Often Asked Questions About the State Bar;                                         A Guide to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act; A
t.htm                                                                Homeowner's Guide to Residential Construction Disputes; A Secret Sickness: How
                                                                     Secret is it? A Victim's Guide to Disaster; Barratry and Attorney Advertising;
                                                                     Becoming a Lawyer; Client Security Fund; Complaints Against Attorneys and the
                                                                     Grievance Process; The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 & Negotiating a
                                                                     Family and Medical Leave Policy; Handbook on Rape Avoidance; Handbook for
                                                                     Texas Jurors; How to Select a Lawyer; How to Sue in Small Claims Court; Lawyers
                                                                     and Layoffs; Legal Choices for Victims of Family Violence; Now You are 18; Texas
                                                                     Notary Public Handbook; Texas Referral Service; To Will or Not to Will; What To Do
                                                                     In Case of An Auto Accident

Utah:   Select Public Info – Useful Info     Wills and Probate - Questions and Answers, Estate Planning,
                                                                     Divorce in Utah, Bankruptcy in Utah
Vermont:                        Select On Your Own Booklet           On the Road: New and Used Cars, Repairs, and Rules of the Road; On           (scroll down the left side or use    Your Own…Sooner (Emancipation); Welcome to the Voting Booth; Dating
                                                                     and Dating Relationships; Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for
                                this URL:                            Health Care; Rental Housing; Money Matters (Banking, Borrowing, and
                               Credit); Smart Buying; Mail Order Disorder; Climbing the Consumer
                                ublic/OnYourOwn/OnYourOwn            Complaint Ladder; To Your Health (Insurance); Public Benefits Overview; If
                                Intro.htm)                           You Are a Victim of a Crime; If You Are Arrested; The Vermont Court
Virginia:   Select Public Information,           The Bankruptcy Process; Children & Divorce; Divorce in Virginia;
                                Publications (scroll to bottom)      Health Care Decision Making: What You Need to Know; How Do
                                Public Information Pamphlets,        Lawyers Charge? Immigration and Naturalization Law and
                                select information pamphlets         Procedures; Marriage in Virginia; Minors, Alcohol and Virginia Law;
                                (    Purchasing Your Home; Selecting and Working with a Lawyer;
                                                                     Spare the Child
                                brochure/index.html)                 Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act; Wills in Virginia
Washington:                     Select Services for the Public       Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Divorce (dissolution of marriage), Elder Law,                                                 Landlord-Tenant, Marriage, Probate, Real Estate, Revocable Living Trusts,
West Virginia:                  Scroll to Public Services            Select Public Information and Legal Questions           Provided by the State Bar
Wisconsin:                      Select Public Resources then         Bankruptcy, Divorce, landlord/Tenant, Wills/Estate Planning. Offers     Consumer Tips                        ―Fast Facts‖ on a large drop down list of topics. Also has ―Legal
htm                                                                  Bytes,‖ audio briefings on topics using Real Audio (free download).
Wyoming:                        Information for the General          Limited information online; What You Should Know About      Public; contact:                     Bankruptcy; What You Should Know About Mortgages and
                                Wyoming State Bar                    Foreclosures; What You Should Know About Being a Good Witness;
                                500 Randall Avenue                   When Should I Call A Lawyer; A Statement of Skills and Values for
                                P.O. Box 109                         the Legal Profession
                                Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003-0109
                                (303) 632-9061


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