Thursday, November 08, 2012

MLA 12 - Navigating Legal Info

Navigating Legal Information: An Introduction to the New Michigan Law Help Website for the Public Librarian
Presented by Laura Mancini of the Adams-Pratt Oakland County Law Library and Kimberly Koscielniak of the Library of Michigan.

There is a new legal information web site for Michigan, and it is AMAZING!

There are all kinds of self-help tools and articles about topics like family law, housing, consumers, and more.  There are also links to things like finding a lawyer, a help center, or a community service organization.  It is a wealth of Michigan-specific legal information. People who want to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer should start at this web site. 

The best part is the interactive interview for legal forms.  It's sort of like TurboTax for legal forms.  You answer questions and the site populates the correct legal form with your answers. You end up with a completed form - and you know it was filled out correctly because the program puts in the answers the way they are intended.  You can save the form and finish it later, too, which is nice. It only works in Internet Explorer, which is unfortunate, but it is pretty slick.

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