Saturday, December 29, 2012

The "Legal 101" Basics

Learn about all those fat law books called "Reporters", and how to use them in citations of caselaw authority, how to research for supporting caselaw, and starting points for all federal and state laws, rules, regs, and etc.
  • Before you dive into the many links given below, may want to check out this blog of one of my affiliates who helped a mom in her time of need. It shows the basic parts needed to defend yourself: Basic Example of a Great Defense 
  • Also, thanks to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, they have given State Statute Summaries relating to Family Issues. Here is the link to the Index  on our NFPCAR web site.
You must become an Advocate for Yourself to defend your Precious Family, with or without a lawyer, by doing your homework. Not an easy task, but Vital. 
  • Jurisdictionary. Has great courses on CD/DVD for sale. Excellent dictionary is FREE. Also, Dr. Frederick Graves travels around the country, hosting free legal seminars for groups of people.
  • All about Caselaw and those Reporters: This map from WestLaw shows the USA divided into the corresponding caselaw Reporter regions, i.e., each group of States that use the same Reporter. This PowerPoint presentation is an excellent and easy review of the National Reporter System, or, the collections of all those State and Federal caselaw volumes, and how it all works.
  • How to Cite Legal Authorities: Introduction to Basic Legal Citation by Peter W. Martin.
  • Legal research in the United States: This quick Wikipedia article will quickly get you up to speed on how to find what you need to know.
  • Great free caselaw search # 1: LexisOne is the trimmed down, and free, version of Lexus-Nexus.
  • Great free caselaw search # 2: FindLaw is a top "all things legal" site, with caselaw search.
  • Links to Federal law and etc.: Constitutions & Codes. Federal Constitution, Codes, Regulations, Court Rules, and etc.
  • Links to States' law and etc.: Listing by Jurisdiction. Links to all 50 + DC: law, codes, rules, and etc., "at the tops", so you can find everything you need.
  • Browse by Topic/Area of Law: Listing by Topics/Areas. Links to all 50 + DC: law, codes, rules, and etc., so you can focus on a particular topic or area of law.
  • Analysis of the U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation of the Constitution. From Justia's US Supreme Court Center, an analysis and interpretation of the Constitution of the United States of America. Each portion, Preamble, Articles, and Amendments, are provided along with relevant caselaw, annotation and discussion.
  (+)  More Federal and State legal links:  Still limited, but growing sporadically, here's some links to other Federal and State specific pages for even more relevant information you might be looking for.
  (+)  Law Dictionaries:  Learn what a common law term or phrase means, or that set of latin words:
  (+)  More legal info than you can shake a stick at:  A service of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School, their "Building Blocks page has categorized links to virtually everything you could ever think of, when it comes to litigating any case.
  (+)  Still need more?:  How about using the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain records of what you need? Many things fall under federal fingers now, so use the federal FOIA laws, instead of state FOIA, Open Door, Open Access, etc., laws. Here is Wikipedia's link to federal FOIA info, a customized link for obtaining state records of Title IV-D records, and the SPLC's online FOIA letter generator. Go fish!
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 GranPa Chuck