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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.

A-Z Consumer Topics & Alerts

Massachusetts Attorney General's Resources During COVID-19  Rights for workers, multi-lingual resources on earned sick time, proect yourself from frauds and scames, health care and insurance, child care and other resources for families, resources for immigrant communities, students and student borrowers, protecting your civil rights, small businesses, domestic violence and sexual assault resources.

Massachusetts Attorney Generals; COVID-19 Fraud and Scam Online Resources LIst  Helpful links for fraud/scam prevention and teleworking scurely

eResource: Consumers' Checkbook eReource has new COVID-19 scam alerts.  Use your Newton resident library card to access through our A-Z List under eResources tab on the homepage.

Attorney General's Civil Rights Division Phone 

Civil Rights (617) 963-2917 

Disability Rights (617) 963-2939 

TTY (617) 727-4765

Federal Trade Commission Coronavirus Advice for Consumers.  Avoid COVID-19 scams

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fraud Alert: COVID-19 SCAMS,  Scams to be aware to avoid.

U.S. Department of Justice Coronavirus Response.  Report consumer fraud


Complaints and Consumer Help

If you feel you have been wrongly treated, here are state and federal resources on filing complaints.  Local police departments also deal with complaints and have forms.  Do your homework first!  Read through a topic!

The Official Website of the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR)

Consumer Law Center

Citizens Guide to State Services

Easy Legal Websites

Follow this PowerPoint presentation for quick access to consumer protection information.

Federal Reserve System

Consumer Information


Fuel Economy - the official government source for fuel economy information

Insurance Guides for Consumers

Downloadable PDF guides for buying insurance: auto, earthquake, home, life insurance, cancer, medigap, longterm care, annuities.

Home Renovations

The risk: A contractor gets injured while working on your property.

Reduce your risk: Make sure anyone working in your home is licensed and has both liability insurance and workers’ compensation covering themselves and their employees. Make sure that any subcontractors hired also have adequate insurance.  --from Consumer Reports Online.

Licensed Professionals & Companies

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Link to Consumer Resources, Public Safety, Doing Business in Massachusetts, Government Resources and Bureaus handling Victim Services, Medicaid Fraud, Cyber Crime and more.

Recalls & Consumer Information


Shopping Online

Sampling of Books for Consumers

Petition the White House

Browse for a petition, start a petition, take action and build support to get enough signatures.