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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

Federal and State Forms

Document Delivery Service

Need a document? a case, legislation, regulation, legal form? Fill out a request form, and pending availability and any restrictions the document will be delivered to you by means you have selected, during their library hours, approximately 8am-4pm, depending upon location.

Self Help Books with Legal Forms

Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, Applications

Forms may be found in West's Massachusetts Practice Series in various volumes and accompanying CD-ROM.  Ask a librarian for help.  Use the \ Index to the series to help identify a volume containing the form you need. A symbol indicates if there is a CD-ROM.    Look below for a breakdown of the Massachusetts Practice Series table of contents.

Table of Contents for Massachusetts Practice Series Forms on Disc

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.

Massachusetts Practice Series Legal Forms

Search the Minuteman catalog for Massachusetts Practice Series to find individual volumes explaining a topic and containing appropriate forms.  The series is a key resource in finding Massachusetts specific forms on topic. There is a PowerPoint help presentation in the Table of Contents box in this column to help you find a form.    Listed  below are areas of law with their volume numbers which have forms on disc.   The forms and their citations within the Massachusetts Practice Series apply to both book and disc formats.

Forms on Disc: Areas of Law , in Alphabetical Order:

Business Corporations  vol. 13

Collection Law vols. 48, 48A

Construction Law vol. 57

Criminal Defense Motions vol. 42

Discovery vol. 49

Drunk Driving Defense vol. 50

Elder Law vol. 56

Estate Planning vols. 23, 24

Family Law and Practice  vols. 1-3

Landlord and Tenant Law  vols. 33, 33A, 34

Legal Forms vols. 15, 15A, 16, 16A, 16B

Massachusetts Motions in Limine vol. 54

Massachusetts Summary Judgment vol. 55

Mediation and Arbitration vol. 47

Probate Law and Practice vols. 21,22

Professional Malpractice vol. 51

Real Estate Law  vols. 28, 28A, 28B

Massachusetts Forms: Agencies & Department

Be sure to check under the tab for Massachusetts Code of Regulations (CMR) where you will find listings of agencies and departments.  Forms are found there specific to those agencies and departments.  One example is the RMV - Registry of Motor Vehicles, which is under the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Vital Records

Birth, marriage death, divorce and other records