Click now for "Law About" from The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries (TCLL), comprised of seventeen (17) law libraries operating under the Massachusetts Court System. These law libraries serve the bench, the bar and the public. Becoming familiar with their website will provide many resources on legal topics. On their left side bar, click on Laws by Subject which takes you to topics under Law About...over 150 topics A-Z.
These libraries are public law libraries. Their hours and locations are arranged by town. Apply in person with identification for a library card which will be mailed to you after a waiting period. Use their databases while you are there. Remotely, you can Ask a Law Librarian and will receive a response during their hours of service. Document delivery is also possible. Just fill out the online document request form.
Massachusetts Health Connector Walk-in Centers: locations here
Individuals and families: need help with the Health Connector Application? Find Certified Application Counselors here to help you .
Businesses: listings of insurance agents here
Any Massachusetts resident who has witnessed or experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence may call the Attorney General’s Hotline at 1-800-994-3228 or fill out a civil rights complaint form at this link. Residents may also contact the AG’s Office through its social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
Use the PowerPoint presentation below, "Massachusetts Practice Series Help with Forms on Disc." Also read the document, "About The Table of Contents: Instructions." The forms are available in the Newton Free Library only. Not all volumbes come with a disc, but forms can be found within the volume. For example, forms can be found for Mechanic's Liens in Construction Law, volume 57. Please ask a Reference Librarian at the Ready Reference Desk for assistance. Document Delivery Service Online Request Form is available as permitted from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Library, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This page of the guide offers access to websites with broad coverage of topics. Be sure to use the Search bar for this guide above to the right, if you need help finding your topic. Other blue tabs may be useful.
From the eResources page, also use our Gale Virtual Reference Library - Topic Law
Remember to use the State-by-State blue tab then click on the name of a state for laws by topic for that state.
There is often recent news which affects laws at the local, state, federal and international levels. Use appropriate blue tabs.
Self help legal publishers offer titles on legal topics intended for the layperson. Updated editions are published as frequently as new legislation or case law warrants. The books can be borrowed as hardcopy, or checked out online with a library card if the library subscribes to a database containing a publisher such as Nolo. Enter a library card number from the Trial Court Law Libraries to search the full text of 100 legal self help books. Newton residents can try Freeding database remotely. Click on Categories, and choose Law.
The Newton Free Library Legal Seminar Series, begun in 1994, has covered a broad range of legal topics. Handouts for library research were prepared, supplementing material presented by private attorneys and Assistant Attorneys General from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Find here samplings of these handouts. A full compilation is available through the Reference Department. Handouts reflect resources available at the time of the legal workshop. Updates or revisions are in progress.
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Conservation Law Foundation: legal work in New England states. Scroll down and find a map in the left from, then click on your state.
Shortly over a year after L. Frank Baum registered the copyright claim for his famous children's book of the same title, he filed another application for copyright “on all musical numbers and lyrics under the title given.” The claim was made in the names of L. Frank Baum as author and Paul Tietjens as composer. The envelope was designed by W. W. Denslow, who illustrated the first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book. The colorful lettering of Baum's name and address are flanked by the Mother Goose and Father Goose characters made famous in his earlier children's books.
Although the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film is the best-known dramatization of the Wizard of Oz, it was not the first production. In June 1902, an extravagantly mounted stage version opened in Chicago to great critical acclaim. The 1903 New York production became one of the greatest successes in Broadway history at that time and continued as a road-show for another decade.
The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. We each have to do our part to keep the Internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone.
Whether you are a homeowner, tenant or property owner, this block will help direct you to need-to-know legal information.
The Trial Court Law Libraries and MassLegalHelp along with the Attorney General's Office of the Commonwealth should help answer your landlord-tenant questions.
Legal resources related to Massachusetts libraries and librarians.
Massachusetts Friends of Libraries Organization
Massachusetts legal aid programs put together MassLegalHelp.org to help you find practical information about your legal rights. Topics include: Children and Families; Consumer; Domestic Violence; Employment and Unemployment; Health and Mental Health; Housing; Immigration; School; Income and Benefits; CORI; and Disability.
Not all categories are covered in the Check a Professional link, so be sure to try other links below. For example, to verify the license(s) of a Mortgage Broker, Mortgage Lender, Mortgage Loan Originator, or Third Party Loan Servicer, please click on the Mortgage Brokers link below.
Want a "prenup"? Look for "antenuptial agreements". Ask for v. 16 in the Massachusetts Practice Series at the Ready Reference Desk for forms, such as:
topics are covered in the Massachusetts Practice series which offers Table of Laws and Rules with relevant U.S. and Massachusetts statutes and procedural rules on areas of legal practice, plus Massachusetts state-specific legal forms, some on CD-ROM, and Table of Cases, federal, other states and Massachusetts, including recent cases (in the pocket part) in the back of the volume, before the index, for each area of law. Ask for these volumes at our Ready Reference Desk. Use the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries' Document Delivery System Form in order to receive texts of cases, if available, from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Librarians. Plan ahead, as their hours of service are daytime, Monday-Friday, approximately 8 AM - 4 PM. There are 17 libraries. Check each location for exact hours.
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Birth, marriage death, divorce and other records
Find laws related to voting. See voting records of U.S. Senators and Representatives under the Federal Law tab's Legislation box.
I'm interested in finding voting records for members of Congress. Can THOMAS help?
There are several different ways of voting in the House and the Senate, one of which is the roll call vote, where the vote of each member is recorded. Not all bills, in fact, the minority of bills, receive a roll call vote.
The THOMAS home page has a link to roll call votes from 1990 in the House and 1989 in the Senate. Each link lists the roll call votes by sequential roll call number. This number is unrelated to the bill number. You can browse the list of roll call numbers, or you can go to Bill Status in Bill Summary & Status for the given bill and find the vote number (and often a direct link to the roll call vote).
THOMAS does not compile votes by members of Congress. However, the Government Resources page contains resources related to congressional votes.
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